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    Travel Warnings Thailand

    When traveling to a new place it is essential to equip yourself with the right information about cultural etiquette and what not to do in Thailand to avoid misunderstandings and cultural faux pas, conflicts or even worse- breaking the law. It is best to stay on top of your home country’s travel advice and any Thailand travel warning by checking the latest information on official government travel guides. Be smart;- if others advise you about things not to do in Thailand, then heed their warnings. A smart traveller is an informed traveller. 

    Thailand is considered one of the safest countries in Southeast Asia.  It is recommended to exercise standard safety precautions such as keeping an eye on your belongings, not carrying too many valuables around and generally staying alert as you would in any new environment. 

    From time to time there are political tensions and public protests against the Thai government in Bangkok which are best avoided. It is advised to avoid some provinces in the southern tip of Thailand near the Malaysian border because of ongoing ethnic and racial conflicts. Check your home country’s Thailand travel advice on this. Thailand also has strict laws (lèse majesté) about defaming the monarchy which can lead to imprisonment, therefore its best to avoid discussing the Royal family altogether.

    Transportation scams like non-metered taxis overcharging continue to plague urban tourist centres, as do petty crimes like pickpocketing. Another common transportation scam is taking a tuk-tuk in Bangkok where the driver insists on taking you to a gem wholesale store instead of your agreed-upon destination.  The goods are usually fake and the driver gets a commission. Best to politely decline and find another driver.

    So what is illegal in Thailand? Thai illicit drug laws are some of the harshest in the world with violators being subject to the death penalty. Don’t take the risk- never use, buy or transport illicit substances whilst in Thailand.

    Gambling is basically illegal, apart from the government-supported National Lottery or horseracing. There are no casinos in Thailand. Those found to be participating in gambling can be subject to a fine or a jail term.

    Due to environmental concerns, the Thai local authorities have outlawed littering at major tourist areas and beaches and its a felony to litter on sidewalks in cities. Litterers may receive hefty fines or even up to one year in jail.

    Smoking is also prohibited in public spaces except in designated zones. Electronic cigarettes and vaping are also banned. If caught violating these laws, people will be subject to a large fine or imprisonment.

    Under Thai law, it’s also illegal to drive a car if you are not wearing a shirt. Make sure you are always clothed when driving.

    Regarding photography and operating drones, Thai regulations stipulate some restrictions around what can and can’t be photographed. Statues of Buddha, the Royal Family, government border checkpoints and military points are all off-limits and should not be photographed. You will need to apply for a permit from the relevant authorities to operate a drone in Thailand.

    Thailand has strict laws known as lèse majesté about insulting the monarchy which can lead to imprisonment, so beware and avoid discussing the Royal family altogether.

    Thai visa laws are unforgiving so if you overstay your visa you will be detained at an immigration detention centre. Thai immigration authorities don’t allow you to simply pay an overstay fine like other countries.  Always make sure Thailand visa is valid and be careful not to overstay.

    To stay healthy, its best to avoid drinking the tap water; it’s not treated and thus unsafe to consume.  Avoid eating food that’s been sitting around for a while. Insist on the food being freshly prepared for you by the street vendor. 

    Some cultural points that you need to be aware of are that the Thai people consider it impolite to pat another on their head as this is considered as the holiest part of the body.  The same goes for pointing with your index finger or gesturing with an open palm. These are seen as disrespectful gestures and should be avoided at all costs.  The polite and correct way to greet a Thai person is by using the ” wai” hand gesture and bowing. For the “wai”, the palms of the hands are pressed together in a prayer position usually at the height of the chest, and then you slightly bow.

    When visiting temples, always cover your shoulders and knees. Dress modestly as these places of worship are considered sacred. Monks are also highly revered in Thailand so you should never make any physical contact with a monk as touching them is a sign of utter disrespect.

    FAQs About Travel Warnings Thailand

    Are there any travel warnings for Thailand?

    From time to time there are political tensions and public protests against the government in Bangkok which can turn violent, so it is advised to avoid the city and some provinces in the southern tip of Thailand near the Malaysian border because of ongoing ethnic and racial conflicts.  Check your home country’s travel advisory service on this.

    As of September 2020 CoVID 19 Travel restrictions :
    All incoming passenger flights to Thailand are suspended indefinitely due to the COVID 19 situation. Foreigners are not permitted to enter or transit through Thailand except for under certain extreme circumstances. There are limited flights out of Thailand. We suggest you follow the Australian Embassy in Thailand social media accounts for the latest information and updates on flight options for Thailand or the SmartTraveller website for up-to-date Thailand travel warnings.

    Is it safe to walk around Bangkok at night?

    Yes overall but operate caution as you would walking anywhere at night, and avoid walking in an uncrowded place where there are no other people to be on the safe side.

    What to wear in Thailand?

    Thailand has a warm tropical climate all year round so it’s best to choose light clothing, a cotton fabric so your skin can breathe, and general summer attire.
    When visiting temples, certain museums and the Grand Palace in Bangkok, cultural etiquette requires you to dress modestly; shorts, spaghetti straps or anything exposing bare shoulders, skirts above the knee, tank-tops are not acceptable.

    Is Thailand dangerous for tourists?

    Thailand is considered one of the safest countries in Southeast Asia.  It is recommended to exercise standard safety precautions such as keeping an eye on your belongings, not carrying too many valuables around and generally staying alert as you would in any new environment. 
    From time to time there are political tensions and public protests against the Thai government in Bangkok which are best avoided. It is advised to avoid some provinces in the southern tip of Thailand near the Malaysian border because of ongoing ethnic and racial conflicts. Check your home country’s Thailand travel advice on this. Thailand also has strict laws (lèse majesté) about defaming the monarchy which can lead to imprisonment, therefore its best to avoid discussing the Royal family altogether.

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