Travel Warnings for Thailand

If planning a trip to Thailand there are certain areas of the country that should be avoided. This includes travel to the Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple area located on the border of Thailand and Cambodia as well as travel to Preah Vihear. It is also so recommended that visitors should only visit the provinces of Yala, Songkhla, Narathiwat, and Pattani if absolutely necessary.

Terror Threats in Thailand

There is a high risk of terrorist attacks in Thailand. There have been both grenade and bomb attacks in the country. These attacks are indiscriminate and include places that are frequently visited by foreign travellers and expatriates. When visiting the country you should be extremely vigilant and pay attention to the security advice offered locally as well as any media reports.

Flooding

Another concern when traveling to Thailand is localised flooding in the area of Sukhothai. Sukhothai is located about 265 miles north of the city of Bangkok. The area experiences heavy rains that are associated with flooding and landslides. The last landside occurred in September and caused the rail service from Lampang and Chiang Mai to be suspended. Currently, there is a bus service available to replace the rail service for now. Make sure that you check your travel plans before heading out to ensure the rail service is running and that the weather conditions are favourable for travel. You can read more about the flooding here.

Driving in Thailand

Compare car hire prices in Thailand before renting for your holiday trip. You will also want to check your travel insurance coverage to make sure that you are covered while driving in Thailand. When driving in Thailand it is important to watch out for motorcycles as there are many on the roads of the country. In order to drive in Thailand you are going to need to acquire an International Driving Permit. You may also obtain a Thai driving licence.

Many beach resorts offer scooters and motorcycles to ride just within the area of the resort. You are not allowed to take these on the roads as they are typically not licensed. If you choose to rent a motorcycle you are required to wear a helmet at all times.

Other Crime Issues

Other concerns when travelling to Thailand include unprovoked attacks on western travellers by gangs from Koh Phangan. These attacks are fairly common around Full Moon parties and almost always happen late at night. When you are in this area, exercise extreme caution and never travel alone.

There have also been several reports of violent robberies and assaults in Chaweng, Koh Samui. Be extremely careful when travelling in any area of the country, especially after dark.

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