Thailand is a traveller’s paradise, with azure waters, amazing glistening golden beaches and a laid-back vibe, which ensures that you feel relaxed and revitalised.
Although thousands of visitors spend time in Thailand without any problems at all, there are risks involved with travelling in that country and it’s best to be wary of these to ensure you enjoy the best of Thailand and avoid travel accidents.
Staying safe in Thailand
Here are five things to avoid to make sure you have an unforgettable trip for all the right reasons:
- Motorbikes: Many travellers opt to get around by motorbike, but road safety is a real issue in Thailand; the condition of the roads is very poor, people tend to drive very quickly and traffic can be extremely heavy, especially in Bangkok. Safety standards are not nearly as high as they are in the UK and road traffic accidents are common. If you get hit by a car on a motorbike, you have very little protection and as a result, car crash injuries tend to be very severe.
- Street stalls: Thailand is home to some of the most exquisite street food on the planet, but there is a risk of food poisoning, especially for those who are not used to eating food cooked out on the streets. If you are keen to indulge in the local cuisine, make sure the food you are served is piping hot and that any meat and seafood are cooked through.
- Tuk-tuks: Tuk-tuks are an icon of Thai travels; however, they can be unsafe, especially in big cities, where they tend to wind through long queues of traffic and drive erratically. If you wish to travel around using a safer mode of transport, hop in a licensed taxi.
- Touts: If you’re travelling in Thailand, you’ll soon realise that you can barely go a few metres without being targeted by touts and street sellers. While most mean no harm and are looking to make a living, some target tourists and try to lure them into paying for things that they probably don’t want. Take extra care outside public buildings and tourist attractions, where touts will try to sell over-priced tickets and tell you that sites are closed in a bid to get you to go somewhere else with them.
- Getting a tattoo: Many a traveller returns from Thailand with a tattoo, but the truth is that tattoo parlours in Thailand are not regulated in the same way as at home and the risk of infection is far greater. If you’re desperate for a memento of your travels, it’s probably best to wait until you get home.
If you’ve visited Thailand and you were involved in a holiday accident, you suffered from food poisoning abroad or you sustained road traffic accident injuries, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about claiming travel accident compensation.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice