Thailand health & safety

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Medical services

Thailand health care is of a good standard in all the major tourist destinations.  Most have hospitals or clinics staffed by well-trained doctors and nurses.  An ambulance can be summoned from a private hospital in the case of an emergency. 


Thailand vaccinations


Vaccinations are recommended but not a must.  If you’re planning on trekking or passing through the more remote areas then check out the list of recommended vaccinations for visits to Thailand.  Avoid drinking the tap water to ensure you don’t get sick.  Make sure you stock up on bottled water.


Safety and security in Thailand


Below are a few hints and tips to ensure you have a hassle-free trip to Thailand:

  • Beware of unauthorized people who offer their services as guides.  You could end up going somewhere completely different from where you intended or paying through the nose.  For all tourist information, phone the Tourism Authority of Thailand on 1672.

  • Observe the usual precautions with regards to personal safety and the safety of your passport, airline tickets, money, jewellery and other belongings.  Most hotels will have a safety deposit box either in the room or at reception so make use of that, otherwise when walking make sure all zips and bag openings are closed and secured.  Walking alone on quiet streets or deserted areas is not recommended.  Visitors needing assistance relating to safety, unethical practices, or other matters, should phone the Tourist Police on 1155.

  • Do your bit to keep the streets clean – drop your garbage into a waste container. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration strictly enforces the law in an effort to keep the city clean and will fine anyone caught spitting, discarding cigarette stubs, or dropping rubbish in public areas.

  • Do not get yourself involved with drugs. Penalties for drug offences are very severe in Thailand including long jail sentences or even death.

  • Don’t support wild animal trafficking or abuse and never purchase any products or souvenirs made from wild animals including reptiles like snakes, monitor lizards, and also turtle shell and ivory. Avoid local restaurants that serve wild animal delicacies as it is against the law to slaughter wildlife for food in Thailand.



Thailand travel insurance


Don’t leave home without it!  Accidents happen – and they can happen in the strangest places at the strangest times, like on the side of a mountain in Krabi or in an alley in Bangkok at 3 am.  Travel insurance can cover you for all sorts of mishaps during your travel, and even before you leave.  Did you know up to 25% of all insurance claims are due to cancellation of travel?

Check out the STA Travel insurance policies and get the one that is right for you (link to insurance page)


*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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