Just wondering about safety and where and what we should do/things and places we should AVOID. We're flying in through Bangkok and looking to backpack through the islands for 3 weeks in August. Also isnAugust the rainy season? Will we be ok?? Thanks for your help!!
Nikki, it sounds like we ought to be writing to Thailand and warning THEM you're coming! You'll have a great time. There's not a lot to be worried about in Thailand, it's super traveller friendly. Of course there's the usual drink-spiking danger in the clubs and bars. There are also a lot of scams, and while most will take your money they're not particularly dangerous. Have a look at this article of ours: http://safety.worldnomads.com/Thailand/66555/Scams-in-Thailand-How-to-avoid-being-fooled
If you go to the full moon party, make sure you're cautious, and keep your wits about you. Watch our video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOnwfW4xBQM
August is the middle of the rainy season, floods are common in Bangkok and elsewhere, and sometimes they're deadly, or will affect travel plans (which is why it's a good idea to get travel insurance, check out what we offer: http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/)
Phil at the safety hub about 7 years ago
Safer than home. Thais love their king be careful not to disparage. Be respectful of Buddhists. Nowhere I've felt uncomfortable. You may wish to avoid Patpong in Bangkok where seedy places have ping pong shows. Biggest danger is from traffic accidents.
Here in Hua Hin 3 1/2 hours south of Bangkok at present it rains almost every day but this never becomes an inconvenience. Take or buy a small folding umbrella. about 7 years ago
August isn't really the best time to go to Thailand...I would suggest looking up the weather before you go. What I have read so far for best time to go is October-February, after that it gets really hot! But if you can stand the heat I would do it! about 7 years ago
From a local. Another confirmation that August is not a good time for seaside enjoyment around here, too cloudy and surely rains all the time.
However if it is a must, saving 3 days for Bangkok is quite enough already for all-around tourism site, another 1 day either for shopping or walkabout also fun. You can keep the rest for the sea.
Thai people mind if you pat their heads, considering rudeness. Temples like "Wat Prakeo” are meant to be respected while visiting by not revealing too much of your flesh; wearing long pants only, neither slipper or tanktop. Don't bargain on food price, but try your best on souvenirs. All the good views located on "Chaopraya River" which they have the river tour boat in different boat sizes. Shopping center called "Siam Square" and "Silom Road". "Patpong" is the sinful road if you'd expected naughtiness in life but I'd say "stay away". "Thonglor" for elite clubbers while "Khaosan Road" is wilder, you can say friendlier, coupling with lots of scams. Most of the place I mentioned can be reach by city train or subway. If you will use public bus, either air-con ones or not, be prepared for the rush hour during morning 0800-0900 hrs and 1600-1900 hrs afternoon.
You are safe to go anywhere, well, as long as you do not out yourself at risk by following any undeclared suggestion from people, especially men.
Good food are available from 2-4 USD a meal, 8-15 USD for a restaurant.
We have only sun and rain, make sure to wear something good for hot-weather country, and an umbrella (3 USD something for a tossable ones)
Hope you enjoy Bangkok, and Thailand :) about 7 years ago