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Expats Greg Jorgensen and Tony Joh sit down to discuss whether or not Bangkok is safe. The short answer, thankfully, is yes. Listen in for full details.
Publish Date: Jul 05, 2021
Expats Greg Jorgensen and Tony Joh sit down to discuss whether or not Bangkok is safe. The short answer, thankfully, is yes. The long answer is that visitors to Thailand risk experiencing the same low-level crime present in most tourist destinations, like pickpocketing or confidence games.
this is Bangkok safe? Uh interesting. Yeah. Do you think do you think Bangkok is safe? Uh The short answer would be yes. I mean obviously it's not perfectly safe. Um I mean in a way I I guess it makes sense in in that Thailand is a massive tourist destination and so tourists before they make a plan to come here, if they don't know much about Thailand is Thailand safe? That it makes sense. That that would be one of the first things that they would ask. Yeah and it were it was the number one. The first the first thing that came up is Bangkok safe. And people ask me this question a lot and what I always say to them is like as a six ft 2 £260 white man. Yeah I think Bangkok is pretty safe. If I was if I was a five ft one uh indian lady maybe I wouldn't feel that way. But but uh so I did I did a little bit of searching and actually um um I landed on the U. S. Department of State website and it rated Thailand as level one which means exercise normal precautions. And it's interesting. So I mean I uh I know a little bit about crime levels in Thailand and I do think it's kind of true that random violent attacks I think are fairly rare in Thailand. I think they're fairly rare. But they also happened, they happened in any city in any big city in the world is going to have random violence. Um But the State Department said quote most criminal activity is limited to non confrontational street crimes and crimes of opportunity, including purse snatching, pickpocketing, petty theft, jewelry schemes and tourists and fraud, violent crimes such as murder, rape and assault against americans. And other foreigners are relatively rare when they do occur. Such crimes typically happen at night, often when victims have been drinking and or are separated from their companions. You know, that makes perfect sense to me. Based on my experience here, I think most of my friends and myself who have experienced crime, it has, it has been something like pickpocketing or theft. So I think it's common. I think it's common sense if you're a tourist or a foreigner in a country, you are, you are a potential target for theft. And I think I think pickpocketing in that type of thing is by far the most common thing that happens to, uh, to foreigners and time.