My oldest daughter is 21 years old, and she wants to go visit Thailand with her boyfriend next Fall. Now, they are both very mature and very responsible, but it will be their first trip abroad and I must say I’m worried.
A friend of mine told me that Thailand was not a safe country to travel to… Is it true? Has anyone here ever been to Thailand?
RachelParticipantTopics: 8 Replies: 64
I’ve never been to Thailand, but I’ve traveled in a few places around the world… I guess any country can be dangerous if you happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, doing the wrong thing… Then again, staying in your hometown can be dangerous as well!
Try not to worry too much for your daughter, you said yourself that she is very mature and responsible, I’m sure she’ll be fine if she’s cautious.
NatalieMemberTopics: 8 Replies: 62
Will they be going on a tour, or travelling on their own? I know that Thailand tours are great, they really allow you to customize your experience so you can see and do what you really want to see and do.
For now their plan is to plan their trip on their own, but I think they are starting to feel a bit overwhelmed already. Do you think I should tell them to do business with a travel agency and to get a custom tour? That sounds like something they could be interested in, if it can really be customized to their liking.
BrettParticipantTopics: 4 Replies: 69
TeresaParticipantTopics: 6 Replies: 72
I’ve heard there were a lot of motorcycles in Thailand, and that you have to be careful as a pedestrian. Apparently there are thieves that use motorcycles to come close to someone walking by so they can grab their purse or bag, and then get away quickly…
Apart from that I don’t think there are a lot of big crimes against foreigners, but do tell your daughter to be careful and to watch out for thieves. She should never carry all of her valuables in her bag.
Thieves on motorcycles, that sounds a bit scary! I’ll tell her to be careful. Thank you for the advice.
I sent her the link to Tour East’s website after browsing through it, I hope she and her boyfriend will find it helpful.
JacksonMemberTopics: 1 Replies: 43
I think no place in the world is completely safe for travellers. I guess if she’s going with her boyfriend, she’ll be more safe than if she was going alone, as things can be more complicated for solo female travellers.
Obviously, there are a few common sense things that they should do, like not walk alone at night, and choose safe accommodations instead of going for the cheapest place they can find.
I’ve been to Thailand a few years ago, and I felt very safe in most places I visited. As long as your daughter uses common sense I’m sure she will be safe.
Thai people mostly seemed like shy people, and I got to meet some very friendly people too, as well as travelers who came from other parts of the world. I have nothing but good memories of my trip.
That’s good to hear! Thanks everyone for your tips and comments, I’m feeling less worried now.
My girl and her boyfriend are now considering whether they want to go on a customized tour, or plan their own trip.
Whatever they choose to do, I hope they have fun!
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