Is Bangkok Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Bangkok, as the capital city of Thailand, offers a generally secure environment for solo female travelers. The locals are often friendly and willing to help. The city is well-policed, and serious crimes against tourists are fairly rare. However, one must always take precautions, especially in crowded streets or markets to avoid pickpocketing. It's also important to be vigilant when using public transport late at night. Riding a taxi or hiring a reputable driver is usually the safest mode of transportation. Sexual harassment incidences can rarely occur, but overall it is quite safe for women travelling alone.

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How safe is Bangkok?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Moderate

Bangkok has vigilantly maintained law and order which makes the city relatively safer than many others around the world. There are well-lit streets especially in heavily populated areas. However, as a solo female traveler, it's critical to note that the safety at night could vary depending on the specific area you find yourself in. High-risk areas are generally those with less people and poor lighting. Stick to well-populated areas, avoid deserted streets and always be aware of your surroundings. Plus, always trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Bangkok, generally offers a safe experience, especially during the day. The city's rapid transit systems like the BTS Skytrain, the MRT Subway, and the Airport Rail Link all provide safe and efficient travel. BRT buses and traditional taxis are also dependable. However, it's important to remain aware of your belongings at all times, especially during peak hours due to the high volume of passengers. Avoid tuk-tuks late at night, as prices can be exorbitant and routes dubious. Little English is spoken amongst drivers but most rides are reasonably safe.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Bangkok is generally safe and welcoming for female solo travelers. Most locals are friendly, respectful, and willing to help. Street harassment, such as catcalling or unwanted attention, is relatively low compared to other major cities around the world. However, as in any big city, it is always important to remain vigilant, especially during the late hours in certain areas. Tourism is a large part of Thailand's economy and steps are taken to ensure the well-being of visitors. Scams targeting tourists are a more common issue, but these can be avoided with common sense and awareness of your surroundings.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Moderate

Bangkok is generally considered safe for solo female travelers. However, like any major city, petty crimes such as pickpocketing, bag snatching and scams particularly in crowded tourist spots may occur. Be alert and cautious at all times. Public transport is generally safe, but it's advisable to keep an eye on your belongings, especially when in crowded areas or when riding a tuk-tuk.
Tap water:

Tap water:Unsafe

Drinking tap water in Bangkok is not generally recommended. While it's technically safe to drink because it's treated and filtered by the local Municipal Water Authority, the pipes often compromise the water's cleanliness. It is highly advisable to stick to bottled water or use purification tablets or filters for health safety purposes.

Is Bangkok safe to travel?

4 /5

Based on 11 experiences

Patrice

Patrice

United States

Solo travel experience

Came here to leave Asia. I got sick. Been in an amazing hostel. I’d recommend. Humans are generally friendly in Thailand. Know a little English. I can walk day or night and really feel safe. Busy place.

Posted: June 13, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I felt super safe in Bangkok even at night. I would recommend to use bolt because it’s cheaper than grab. As a women I think it’s completely okay to travel there by yourself. The food is amazing and if you don’t know what to do you can try all the malls are huge and you can never get bored. The temples are amazing as well. I recommande Chinatown

Posted: March 29, 2024
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Jess

Jess (33)

United Kingdom

Solo travel experience

I found this a rather overwhelming first destination for my solo travelling venture. I would say, read up about the city first and find out what it is you want to do/focus your energy on. Even though the locals are lovely and enthusiastic about the city, you can often get roped in to booking stuff that isn't really what you're looking for. I would say I felt very safe though and not threatened in any way. I found that within seconds of me being unsure where I was going, a local would pop up out of nowhere asking where I was going but not in a creepy way. They just seem genuinely keen to help and want you to have the best time!

Posted: March 6, 2024Experienced: January, 2024
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clara

clara

Germany

Solo travel experience

it was nice, I felt very safe and comfortable! Such a nice stay would do it again, can recommend :) I stayed for 2weeks and enjoyed it a lot. Even tho I travelled solo I never felt alone or unsafe! :)

Posted: February 14, 2024
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It was an amazing experience, Bangkok truly stole my heart. With its many activities, locations to visit, foods to try you’ll for sure never get bored! Even if in many warned me about the criminality in the city I never felt unsafe, of course I was careful about going around with other people at night and the neighbors I was visiting.

Posted: January 6, 2024
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Marissa

Marissa

Canada

Solo travel experience

Despite most people saying Bangkok is overrated, busy, and dirty, I managed to find a lot of fun experiences within this massive city. While it is a bit grimy and busy, I think that may add to the appeal. I found tons of things to do in this city and I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much. Some of the best things I did in Bangkok were: - watching a pro Muay Thai match - the floating market - the night markets - a food tour of China Town - iconsiam Mall - temple hopping at the Grand Palace, Wat Pho (reclining Buddha), and Wat Arun This was my first city in Asia and I was at first intimidated but came to feel quite comfortable after finding the right hostel. I stayed at Jam Hostel near Khao San road which made me feel comfortable, safe and welcomed. They had daily activities and the women working there go out of their way to provided the best experience for guests, and always ensuring their guests are getting the best deals and not being scammed by tuktuks and tour groups. The only time I really felt “unsafe” here was walking around at night, which I guess is to be expected of any large metropolitan city - including even my home town. However, I never had any bad experiences here and I would go as far as to say I felt more safe here at night then I did in my own city of Vancouver. This city is huge and it’s quite spread out, somethings are very difficult to get to. I would recommend taking the water taxi and metro as much as possible. Avoid taxis and tuktuks where you’ll surely be scammed, instead take grab bikes which are generally cheaper and get around much faster.

Posted: October 21, 2023
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I was left alone in Bangkok for 2 days before the arrival of my best friend. I never felt unsafe. In the evening, I stayed close to the hotel, I had a plan for the day, I studied maps so as not to look lost, and I probably asked questions. People were incredibly kind and helpful.

Posted: October 9, 2023
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Is Bangkok safe for women?

Safety rating

3.5 /5

Based on 5 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.6 /5

Based on 5 experiences

Bangkok seems quite safe for women provided you are not under the influence and have someone with you when you walk the streets at night. Public transport is never a problem and I have never been catcalled on the streets, my only fear is walking alone at night which is a fear that is pervasive regardless of the country I am in.

Posted: May 31, 2024
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Patt

Patt

I have been living in Bangkok for over 15 years now. I would say it is pretty safe for solo traveling, it is safe for a lady. However, beware of surrounding environment and people, do not go to dark spots alone should be keep in mind.

Posted: May 14, 2024
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Is Bangkok safe right now?

Before your visit to Bangkok, it's essential to check travel advisories for Thailand, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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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 due to ongoing political tensions and sporadic demonstrations in Bangkok and other areas of the country. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 5, 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 security and safety risks. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 23, 2024

Is Bangkok worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 11 experiences

Solo travel experience

i really really liked bangkok and the city bangkok itself! it is a really hectic place but also a great opportunity to meet new people and experience culture exchange! as a first step for your travels to thailand it can be a little bit overwhelming because it’s really a lot because it is really big. But still i overall liked the city and enjoyed my trip!

Posted: June 10, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 4/5
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Couple travel experience

I had a great time taking a cooking course, they show you how to make curry and take you to a market. I would try to get a hotel close to a train station. My least positive experience was getting around with taxis, they don't want to use the meter which will 100% get you a better price. Better to just not take the ride till you find one that will turn on the meter.

Posted: February 20, 2024Experienced: December, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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