Everyone agrees that Thailand is such an amazing place to visit. It is rich in culture, while it boasts panoramic views of natural places, beaches, forests, paddy fields and more.
There is nothing wrong in visiting one of the most beautiful countries in in the world.
What Are the Places Best to Avoid When Visiting Thailand
Still, there are some places to avoid or be a little bit more aware of your surroundings, especially in the cities or villages.
If you are planning to visit Thailand, here are places to avoid, for security and safety reasons.
Visiting The Markets
The markets in Thailand are always and interesting and fun place to visit and buy souvenirs and local products.
It is much easier for visitors from Southeast Asia, as they have a similar appearance with most Thailand citizens.
Some sellers in the markets always charge higher prices for tourists, from most western countries.
However, it doesn’t mean that your shouldn’t go shopping. It is always best to have a native guide, so he or she will make a bargain.
Enjoy The Nightlife
The nightlife never loses its appeal. Visitors from around the world can just enjoy all kinds of entertainment, especially in cities like Pattaya or Bangkok.
Though there are nice bars and café’s on those cities, there are also sex shows in some bars. The ‘show’ can be interesting. But beware, it is important to know that there can be very high charges for drinks or some hidden cost.
Even worse, there are times when a girl from the bar keeps following a tourist to offer a one-night-stand. Even when the foreigner says no, she will threaten to get her brother or uncle to kill him.
Stay calm and ignore such things. Keep in mind that it is always better to find bars with a good reputation, this can be found by checkin the reviews online.
Hiring Taxis or Tuk-tuk
In this case, backpackers or tourist need to ensure that they are familiar with some information about hiring a taxi or tuk-tuk, as taxi’s will claim that the meter is meter is not working. And the stories about Tuk-Tuk’s are true.
In this case close the door and go to the next taxi until you find one that turns on the meter.
Tuk tuk’s are generally more expensive, especially for westerners there is a lot of scams with Tuk tuk’s.
The public transport is not always as comfortable as those in Europe or the US. But, visitors can save much money by taking public transport which will include a small bit of walking.
Walking Downtown Or Markets Without Copy of Your Passport
Corrupt policemen are common in Thailand. So it is always recommended to bring a copy of your passport along or other ID’s.
Always lock the original passport away in the hotel safe.
It is easy for the police to spot backpackers, even if they are also Asian.
You can read more on protecting your passport here.
Finally, don’t let those points stop you from visiting Thailand. There are still lots of exciting places to explore, even if you have limited budget. With the prices of food from the street vendors is fairly cheap.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the what are the places best to avoid when visiting Thailand has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.