Is Thailand Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Thailand is generally safe for solo female travelers. However, exercising common sense and staying aware of the surroundings are important. The locals are friendly and helpful, but, as in any place, it's important to be cautious of who to trust. Be careful with belongings and avoid venturing out alone at night, especially in quieter areas. Majority of the people are respectful, friendly and will help if you're in need.

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How safe is Thailand?

Safety at nightModerate

While Thailand is generally considered a safe destination, night time can bring certain risks particularly in major cities and tourist areas. Cases of petty crime such as pickpocketing and theft are commonplace. Some areas are poorly lit and pedestrians have to be careful. Women, especially, should be cautious about their intake of alcohol and mindful of their belongings and wearing modest clothing to respect local customs. Traveling in groups is advised over walking alone.

Public transportationSafe

Public transportation in Thailand is generally reliable and safe. This includes transportation such as city buses, taxis, tuk-tuks, songthaews, and Bangkok’s BTS Sky Train System and MRT Subway. There's an established culture of respect towards women in public spaces, including on public transportation. However, it's important to use common sense while using public transportation, in particularly crowded or late-night situations. Keep an eye on your belongings at all times, be aware of your surroundings, and try sticking to well-lit areas.

Street harassmentLow

Thailand is generally considered safe and respectful towards solo female travelers. While there might be occasional catcalling or unsolicited comments, it's not a widespread issue. Most locals show great respect towards visitors and are often very helpful. Nonetheless, as anywhere, it's advisable to maintain a level of caution, especially at night in less crowded areas. You may encounter touts trying to sell you something or directing you to shops, which is a common form of annoyance rather than harassment in tourist heavy areas. Thai culture is relatively conservative and dressing modestly can often help reduce unwanted attention.

Petty crimesModerate

While there is a risk for petty crimes such as pickpocketing or bag-snatching particularly in crowded areas or tourist hotspots, Thailand generally has a relatively safe environment for travelers if precautions are taken. Always keep your belongings secure and be aware of your surroundings to further lower your risks for such incidents.

Tap waterUnsafe

Tap water in Thailand is not generally considered safe to drink straight from the tap. Although it's typically treated and purified in cities, it can still contain bacteria, contaminates or heavy metals. It is recommended to stick to bottled or filtered water during your stay to reduce the risk of illness or infection.

Is Thailand safe right now?

When traveling to Thailand, it is prudent to exercise a high degree of caution. This is due to ongoing political tensions, sporadic demonstrations in Bangkok, and other parts of the country, there is increased risk for civil unrest and potential terrorism. Be particularly cautious in major tourist destinations like Bangkok and Phuket. Ensure to stay updated on local news, avoid crowded places, demonstrations, and political gatherings. Check with your national foreign office for the most recent security updates before and during your trip.
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United States Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The United States Government advises exercising normal precautions in Thailand, though some areas may pose an increased risk. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 24, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Thailand. This is due to the ongoing political tensions and sporadic demonstrations occurring in Bangkok and other parts of the country. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 20, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Thailand overall, due to the risk of civil unrest and the threat of terrorism. This includes areas such as Bangkok and Phuket. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: December 21, 2023

Is Thailand safe to visit?

4.9 /5

Based on 40 experiences

Majda

Majda

France

Solo travel experience

My experience in Thailand was AMAZING I stayed there for 3 months and visited : Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai This country is really safe and there is always something to do, food is good and there are a lot of backpackers so it makes really easy to meet people I recommend this country as a first female solo trip !

Posted: January 28, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I went to Nakhon Ratchasima, Forest tree resort and it was awesome. I rode some trail aventures and fun activities the resort offers and awesome room service and would love to go back again❤️ I felt safe during my stay in thailand. Awesome food as well. Although Im not a super big fan of spicy food they are kind enough to lessen the spice if your taste buds cant hold the spiciness of their food

Posted: January 14, 2024
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Lydia

Lydia

Germany

Solo travel experience

Thailand is Really Safe for Solo Travellers, also for womans. Its Really easy to Go from A to B, because they are very well adapted to tourists. The only thing i don’t like in Thailand is that they quickly rip off tourists and that sucks.

Posted: December 28, 2023
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I went to Thailand alone last October. I flew to Bangkok. I stayed near the airport. I was there for 2 days and booked a flight to Ko Samui, which I really liked. I jumped on a boat to Koh Phangan, where they have full moon parties, and the beach is beautiful. I spent my last 4 days in Bangkok and I really liked it too. I felt completely safe. Most people know a bit of English and are very nice. I really enjoyed it. I would go back there tomorrow if I could.

Posted: December 24, 2023
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I spent most of my time in Bangkok and had 2 nights in Phuket as part of island tours. Phuket was very touristy and I probably should have chosen Pattaya instead. I felt very safe in both places.

Posted: October 17, 2023
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I have been to Thailand multiple times over the years and I always felt very safe. I also lived there for over a year and traveled extensively throughout the country, using trains, planes, boats, taxis, tuk-tuks, etc., and I always felt safe. Plus, the people are very friendly and helpful, and getting around the country is easy.

Posted: October 16, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Thailand is very friendly for those traveling alone. I've heard that it's the safest place for solo travelers and I agree with that. I was never worried about my safety. Thais are some of the nicest people I've ever met. I recommend staying in hostels to meet other people and be cautious, just like you would do at home.

Posted: October 14, 2023
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I've been living in Thailand for 3 months and I've been on several solo trips. My advice is: - Always have a plan while traveling - at least know how you'll get to bus stations/airports/ferries etc., in case no one speaks English - Download Grab, it's the Thai version of Uber - Most people will be very friendly and will want to help you, but if you feel uncomfortable or think they only want your money, of course, stay away from them - Tourist areas are very safe, but look after your belongings - Learn the phrase "Mai ow kha", it means "no, thank you" and hearing it in Thai seems to them much more important than hearing it in English, they usually listen right away.

Posted: October 12, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I went to Thailand alone for a month. It is very safe there. I never felt fear and I never found myself in dangerous situations. Getting around the country is easy, as everyone is helpful, and many people travel there alone. There is no problem with the language.

Posted: September 26, 2023
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I visited Thailand for two weeks and I really liked it there. I traveled across this country from north to south. I stayed in hostels and felt very safe there, with the exception of mosquitoes attacking me.

Posted: September 11, 2023
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Is Thailand safe to live?

Is Thailand worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 40 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.9/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

4.7/5

Solo travel experience

I stayed in Thailand for a month. I visited Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Phi Phi, and Phuket. It's a safe place. Very enjoyable and fun everywhere. The nature is perfect. The food is cheap. Accommodation is affordable.

Posted: February 28, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Couple travel experience

I loved it, especially Railay Beach and Chang Rai. People are very friendly but sadly they don't speak English well. I loved sleeping on the beach and sleeping in hostels. Ayuttaja also was breathtaking

Posted: February 25, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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