Bangkok, with the official name Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, is the capital of Thailand and its largest city, too.
It is a city known for warm and welcoming people that are used to the heavy flows of tourists that come to this country in growing numbers every year. And it’s no wonder they do, really.
Bangkok is probably the most touristy city in entire Thailand, and tourists line up to visit its incredible features and golden statues and temples.
Bangkok is also equipped with everything a tourist might need or want in a city, and there is something for everyone, and for every budget.
Some of the best luxury hotels and some of the best and cheapest backpacker-friendly hostels.
The most important thing about Bangkok is that it has resisted the heavy flows of tourist, and kept its innate identity characteristic only for Bangkok itself, keeping its rich culture, religions and history safe.
Though it boasts jaw-dropping high-rise buildings, it also offers to its tourists some magnificent temples and palaces.
Warnings & Dangers in Bangkok
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Generally speaking, Bangkok can be considered a safe city: some parts are very safe, while others are highly dangerous. You better apply all possible precautious measures, just in case you stumble upon the latter.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH
There is a great risk when it comes to transportation conditions in Bangkok. These are completely new traffic rules for tourists, that they are not used to, which makes it difficult to be a part of the transportation system. Avoid public transport too, as this is where the pickpockets operate.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
As Bangkok is a growingly popular tourist city, it's actually to be expected that pickpockets operate everywhere, usually in crowed places filled with foreigners. Excessive vigilance is highly recommended.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
As for natural disasters, Bangkok is known for tsunamis, severe storms and occasional earthquakes.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Kidnappings are not that often, though they have happened, They're, however, possible, especially in the remote areas of the city, and in the outskirts of Bangkok.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
As for terrorism risks in Bangkok, it has been assessed as a medium-threat location for terrorist activity.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
Be prepared that most people providing any type of service for tourists in Bangkok are probably going to try to scam you or rip you off. Tuk-tuk drivers, fake police officers, street vendors are all possible scammers. Keep in mind that ATMs are places where criminals try and steal pin codes. Also avoid drinking in local clubs and bars. There have been many reports of tourists being drugged and then stolen from.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Even though Bangkok could generally be considered a safe country for women, they are still highly advised to follow the basic rules of precaution. Try avoiding dark alleys, walking alone along dark, poorly lit or deserted areas, or finding yourself late at night in areas filled with bars or clubs as you might receive some unwanted attention. Apart from that, use your common sense and apply all basic precaution measures.
So... How Safe Is Bangkok Really?
Bangkok is somewhat safe to visit, though it does have its dangers. Petty theft like pickpocketing or bag snatching is more than common and you should expect it at every step.
Violent crime has been on the rise during the past couple of years and muggings and robberies are not rare at all. Avoid any confrontations at bars and clubs as you might get severely beaten up.
There have, of course, been reports of getting ridiculously overcharged by taxi drivers, street venders, practically anyone providing any service, so do be careful about getting scammed.
Keep in mind that you should never, under any circumstances, say or mumble anything negative, or make jokes about the Thai royal family, as you might get attacked, and severely so.
There are strict Lese Majeste laws, and these laws extend to even the national currency bearing the picture of the king.
Many locals might try to physically assault upon hearing something bad about the Thai royal family, and at the very least you can expect getting verbally attacked.
- Visas - US citizens planning on traveling to Bangkok for less than 30 days do not need a visa. Just make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months past the date of arrival into this country. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
- Currency - Thai BAHT is the official currency of Bangkok. Bear in mind that Kasikom Bank and Siam Commercial Bank have the best exchange rates and, as mentioned earlier, treat the money well: never step on a coin, or throw, tear or burn paper bills, because it shows disrespect to the royal family.
- Weather - The climate in Bangkok is tropical, with mostly high temperatures and abundance of humidity throughout the year. The best time to visit Thailand is between November and February.
- Airports - Suvarnabhumi Airport, unofficially known as Bangkok Airport, is one of two international airports serving Bangkok the capital of Thailand. The other is Don Mueang International Airport.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Bangkok, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.