Pratunam Palace Bangkok

City Square 1091/336, New Petchburi Rd., Pratunam, Bangkok, 10400, Bangkok, 10400, Thailand
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Safe or not safe?

by nsazali

Hi peeps,

I am going to Bangkok in JAN 2011 for 4 nights. Is it safe in Bangkok now? And is it safe to travel to bangkok with just 2 girls?

Hope to hear as many comments as possible.

Re: Safe or not safe?

by johnaalex

How safe is safe? There has been some Red Shirt activity and I think one explosion down to them recently. How can you expect anybody to predict what it will be like in 3 to 4 months time. During the worse moments of the earlier protests most tourists (including myself) did not come to any harm or even see any violence. I have trips booked to Thailand for December and January and on both times I will be staying in Bangkok, which is more than likely less risky than living in London where the threat of terrorist activity is always HIGH!.

Not sure what you mean about travelling with "just 2 girls" are they your bodyguards?

Regards

John

Re: Safe or not safe?

by davlap

Its,as safe or dangerous as any where in the world,from what i hear the violence has calmed down.trouble can follow if your male or female ,just dont look for trouble and you wont get any,if anything you might get ripped off by the tuk tuk drivers.certain things to remember,thai,s are lovely people,2nd laws they break regarding tourists are harsh,be resolute in whatever dealings you have,cash is king, i make it plain,dont rip me off and you get the tip anyway,and if people are trying to sell you stuff,either dont make eye contact and keep walking or say miaow,as in a cats meeow, means no. I arrive there in 2 weeks so contact me later and i will let u know whats happening,where to stay, etc. Most of all have a great time, once your used to it ,it a grat place.

Re: Safe or not safe?

by SirHalberd

I have been through several of these "political" protests over the past few years - I never felt threatened! Inconvenienced at times - yes! But I was not in fear of my life. I avoided areas where protests were scheduled and went about my life.

Even during the protests tourists by the thousands were showing up in Bangkok. Since the last protests many millions of tourists have come to Thailand and returned home safely.

No one can guarantee that you will be absolutely safe but I would say you should reasonably expect to be safe. Probably safer than the tourists going to Europe right now. In Thailand tourists are not the targets of any political protests but in Europe tourists could be targets on purpose by Muslim terrorists!

Even in your own country you may be a victim of some sort of terrorist act either on purpose or just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I think if you take reasonable precautions it will be okay to visit Thailand. If you hear about major problems in Bangkok you can always choose a different city to visit. If the airport is ever closed you can take a train to Malaysia and fly from there or from Singapore.

Too often when you see news on TV about "riots" in Thailand or "protests" in Thailand these incidents are in a small part of the city and the rest of the city just continues on normally!

Travel Tips for Bangkok

Lunch by the River

by dave&jen

This stylish cafe beside the Chao Praya River has a brightly colored flower-filled deck overlooking the famous Bangkok River....
It's a perfect night time quiet dinner on the deck... I miss everything in Bangkok... it's culture, its sights and just the mere fact that you are in Thailand!

Cambodian Embassy

by deeper_blue

The embassy for Cambodia may not be correct on your map, it is a fair way out of town, I had to take a taxi there. Visas cost around 1000 baht, on many border posts they can be arranged.
Incidentally the staff were very helpful here.

Thai Buddha Statues

by bulldogtwo

Most statues and spires on temples are gold leaf. This is pure gold, 24 karat but is very light and paper thin. There are usually several layers, especially over the years but normally not "solid" through and through as they may say. Terms can be relative. Kowing the Thai's, I don't think that there is anything deceptive about this, they just assume that most people know this and when they say pure, it in fact really is, it's just rice paper thin.

Spirit Houses

by jrs1234

Much more common than shrines, but generally much more modest, are Thai Spirit Houses. These are normally seen on the corner of Thai residential properties, and sometimes outside commercial properties too. Thai people generally believe (to some degree at least) that spirits reside on the land, and if you build a house, you have to build a small home for the spirits too. Offerings will often be made at these to keep the spirits happy.

A couple of great, but unusual examples of Spirit Houses can be found on the street corner outside the MBK mall in central Bangkok - there are two together there. If you're visiting the mall, it's worth braving the heat for a few minutes to take a look at them!

You can read more about Spirit Houses on this webpage.

Don't forget your guide book.

by kyoub

If you need extra luggage for your trip home. You can find them very inexpensive here.
You will probably only need lightweight cotton clothing. You should leave your shorts in your suitcase until you get to the beach. Bring a wrap for cool restaurants and a water resistant jacket if you come in the rainy season. Don't forget to bring comfy walking shoes.
You can find most anything that you will need in Bangkok, if you know where to look. Bangkok has three seasons: the cool season, hot season, and rainy season. Temperatures rarely drop below 25° C (70° F). To most of us tourists it seems quite warm and humid .
They do love their air conditioners though so bring a wrap.

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