Is Phuket Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Phuket, Thailand
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* Rated 50 / 100 based on 2 user reviews.

Phuket Island is Thailand’s largest island and its brightest jewel.

Tourists love this island as this is the place where you can go and unwind on white sandy beaches and next to clear blue waters.

The island is at 48km in length and 21km at its widest. It’s located in Southern Thailand, on the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline.

The reason Phuket is so popular with tourists is that it offers a wide range of options and activities: you can swim in blue lagoons and pink sunsets or make a short visit to monks in orange robes.

The most popular beaches are on the southern coast: Phi Phi Island, Phang Nga Bay, and Patong Beach are the most popular places because they’re God’s gift to all summer lovers.

Your options here are is very rich: diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and sailing are just some of the available activities.

And if you want to get away from the vibrant hustle of Thailand’s coast, you should head up north.

Warnings & Dangers in Phuket

Overall Risk


Generally speaking, Phuket 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


There is a great risk when it comes to transportation conditions in Phuket. The number one cause of death for visitors to Thailand is motorbike accidents that often occur on the narrow, mountainous and twisty roads of Phuket and Samui. 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


As Phuket is a growingly popular tourist destination, it's actually to be expected that pickpockets operate everywhere, usually in crowded places filled with foreigners. Excessive vigilance is highly recommended around Chian Wa, Patong and Phuket City market.

Natural Disasters Risk


As for natural disasters, Phuket is known for tsunamis, severe storms, and occasional earthquakes.

Mugging Risk


Kidnappings are not that often, though they have happened. Muggings are also rare, but they're possible, so remain vigilant at all times and avoid deserted and poorly lit areas.

Terrorism Risk


It is advised against visiting far south regions of Thailand, such as Yala, Pattani, and Songkhla since they have been targets of small bomb attacks and shootings. As for Thailand’s main cities, they have been assessed as a medium-threat location for terrorist activity.

Scams Risk


Be prepared that most people providing any type of service for tourists in Phuket 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


Even though Phuket 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 with 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 Phuket Really?

Phuket is somewhat safe to visit, though it does have its dangers. It’s a location known for its nightlife, which by itself can cause numerous risks for tourists, from pickpocketing to assaults.

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 vendors, practically anyone providing any service, so do be careful about getting scammed.

Another, probably the most severe, danger in Thailand, and the number one cause of death for visitors to Thailand is motorbike accidents, that often occur on the narrow, mountainous and twisty roads of Phuket and Samui.

Always wear a helmet, avoid driving at night at all costs and never drink and drive.

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.

How Does Phuket Compare?

CitySafety Index
Chiang Mai73
La Paz (Bolivia)52
Sao Paulo (Brazil)45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Siem Reap (Cambodia)63
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)61

Useful Information



US citizens planning on traveling to Phuket 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 which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.



Thai BAHT is the official currency of Phuket. 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.



Phuket is, expectedly, hot and humid throughout the year. The hot season generally runs from March to early May. During the summer monsoon season, that lasts from May to October, mornings and afternoons are still sunny and clear, with huge rain spells in the evenings.



Phuket International Airport is an international airport serving the Phuket Province of Thailand. It is located in the north of Phuket Island, 32 kilometers from the center of Phuket City.

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Phuket Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 28° C
Feb 29° C
Mar 30° C
Apr 30° C
May 29° C
Jun 29° C
Jul 29° C
Aug 29° C
Sep 28° C
Oct 28° C
Nov 29° C
Dec 28° C
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2 Reviews on Phuket

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    Anonymous says:


    A farang was murdered by a Thai last week in Phuket ka

  2. Dangers of Driving & Muggings

    I lived in Phuket for 5 years as a female. I was followed, chased and grabbed three times while riding my motorbike. Twice was during the middle of the day in jungle areas between houses or businesses, the other time was at night. He chased me right into town and pulled over hen I pulled over at a busy noodle stand. I got on my phone and he took off. Fortunately I was not injured during either incident, but it was very scary. In some areas of Phuket like Prompthep Cape, people will place road blocks down and cause you to stop, slow down or turn around, giving the thieves time to jump out of the bushes and attack you and mug you. A couple was beaten so badly they were found unconscious on the road. My step-mom was mugged and beaten up pretty badly while walking down the road of Prompthep Cape to take photos of Nai Hahn Beach in the middle of the day. People look for quick opportunities when you are alone or just with one other person where there are no buildings around. Beware of places like this. Listen to your gut and intuition. Many Thais think all foreigners are wealthy and therefore take advantage of that. I would advise not to rent a motorbike. Spend the extra money on renting a car. It could save your life, especially since motorbike accidents are the #1 killer of tourists and locals. My husband and I were run off the road by a bus at night on a motorbike. He broke his collar bone and I was somehow unharmed, but shaken up. It could have gone much worse had we been on a cliff or had nowhere to go we would have gone right under the bus. Driving is extremely dangerous. Every day there were new patches of blood on the pavement. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of lovely Thai people and I felt very at home in Thailand, making life-long friends. Just use caution when driving and keep an eye on your belongings.

Phuket Rated 2.5 / 5 based on 2 user reviews.

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