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Health & Safety in Thailand
Thailand has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and the vast majority of visitors never have any problems during their stay. There are potential dangers though, and it is important that tourists are aware of these so that they can avoid trouble.
Crime in Thailand
There is a high level of crime in Thailand, but it usually does not have much of an impact on tourists. The one thing visitors will need to keep an eye out for are scam artists (these may be Thai or other nationalities). It is important to be suspicious of strangers who are overly friendly or who make offers that sound too good to be true (for example, they want to sell you cheap gems). One of the most common reasons for why foreigners end up in trouble in Thailand is that they engage in illegal activities, and this brings them into contact with criminals. It is also important to keep in mind that Thai males will often turn violent if they are made to lose face. Generally, though, Thailand is very safe - you can even walk around most of Bangkok in the middle of the night alone and feel safe.
Health Care in Thailand
Thailand has become a centre for medical tourism and there are some excellent hospitals in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Khorat, Phuket, and Pattaya - as well as many other cities. The health care in the rural areas is of a much lower standard.
Road Safety in Thailand
The main roads in Thailand are very good, but the biggest problem is the road users, who will often not follow the rules of the road. Fatal motorbike accidents are very common.