The King looks upon daily life in Bangkok

The King looks upon daily life in Bangkok

Some people like the beach, but if you don’t then Bangkok’s excitement and energy might be for you.

Bangkok is a beautiful city, probably the most famous place in Thailand. It is one of the most visited cities all over the world. In addition, it is where you can find the wonderful view of the city in the combination of the old and new. It is a city in Thailand, which most of the beautiful temples are located. At this time, it is one of the recognized cities of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) because of maintaining its culture.

Why do so people want to visit Bangkok?

There are a lot of reasons why people always wanted to visit Bangkok. One of these reasons is anyone can get an easy to go around the city. You will never encounter trouble in going around the city because of the different transportation that you could use such as the MRT, motorcycles and taxis that are available all over Bangkok. Other reasons of people in visiting Bangkok are to taste their unique foods and visit their markets – which are known as the shopper’s paradise.

What are the things you can do in Bangkok?

Like other countries, there are many things that you can do which you will absolutely enjoy. However, Bangkok can give you a little bit different from other country since it gives you a unique and the best experience while you are in this city of Thailand. One of the best things to do while in Bangkok is to visit a huge number of temples. Indeed, there are plenty of beautiful and sacred temples that you can visit. Moreover, going to the weekend market is one of the best things that many people ever wanted to do in Bangkok. The weekend market is huge famous market where you can find everything and anything that you need.

How Bangkok gives a different style in food?

As you go to Bangkok, you could see that people are making different styles in order to serve delicious food to could fill your stomach. This is the reason why it is called food for the families. You will find plenty of delicious meals and good fruit across the market, either in the morning or evening. Bangkok is also known in having a night market where you could find various street foods with different and unique taste in a cheaper price. In addition, when you are having a tour around Bangkok, you can have a visit to the floating market and experience their delicious food. If you want to taste different kinds of food, then go to Bangkok and you will never be disappointed.

Why people wanted to come back to Bangkok?

People who experienced visiting Bangkok wanted to come back because of multiple reasons. Many people get a love at first sight in Bangkok while others appreciate when they stay in the city for a period of time. But whatever reasons on how they love Bangkok, they still in one reason why they always wanted to visit again the place and it is because of the people and the place itself which gives them comfort, easy access and enjoyment while visiting this beautiful city in Thailand. Moreover, they love Bangkok because of the many beautiful places they can visit.

Wikitravel has a range of good information on Bangkok.

Given the news of two British travellers murdered in Koh Tao a lot of the conversations I’ve had about Thailand of late has been about crime and safety. It’s not something I was planning on writing about so soon in my blog but given what’s gone on then I thought it best to address it and hopefully reassure people who are worried about it.

This article only deals with being the target of crime, rather than tourists being accused or arrested. That’s another good topic, one I hope to get to later.

There's, sadly, always the risk of crime wherever you are.

There’s, sadly, always the risk of crime wherever you are.

Crime does happen

First off, let’s be honest. Crime happens everywhere, and Thailand is no exception. While we don’t think about it, or at least not much, on holiday, the chances of being caught up or targeted do not disappear.

Indeed, tourism tends to attract a degree of crime. Where there are tourists, otherwise relaxed or distracted, off their guard there will be opportunists hoping to take advantage. From pickpockets targeting visitors to the Eiffel Tower, to people trying to overcharge for services or relying on misunderstandings to short change people, being a tourist sadly comes with a risk of being a target for crime. It is important to remember this.

However, violent crime against tourists is rare. It does happen, even in Thailand. Armed robbery form a small percentage of all robberies. Even more serious crimes like rape and murder do happen but are rarer still. Four million trips were made from the UK last year to Thailand, the vast majority (I’d say 99.9999% but I cannot find any good, authoritative figure) came home without incident.

Your major risks in Thailand tend to be corruption, petty theft, or other traditional tourist targeting scams.

The “Good” News

Furthermore, countries like Thailand where tourism makes up a consider able percentage of the economy make considerable efforts to keep tourists safe. Even if it is only so tourists aren’t put off by crime to other tourists, authorities have a vested interest in minimising the risk and harm to tourists.

Thailand has section of the police force – the Tourist Police – dedicated to protecting and assisting tourists in major tourist centres. These police tend to be quite visible, with manned booths or stations near or in major tourist areas and attractions, and are equipped for dealing with foreigners (for example, they will often have quick access to officers who speak other languages). If you need police assistance the Tourist Police should be your first target.

Additionally, major tourist sites have increasing surveillance in the form of CCTV cameras – even traditional full moon party beaches have them. And in the wake of the latest sad case, the authorities have been coming up with new ideas (however likely to work) to keep people safe.

And violent crimes against tourists in Thailand generate a major police response. Whilst if you are a victim this might be of little comfort, but it does act as a significant deterrent.

Keeping safe

So what can you do to keep safe? There are some precautions you can take to lessen your vulnerability. Most of these are common sense:

  • Avoid displaying too much wealth, such as flashing lots money about, and thus draw attention to yourself.
  • Likewise, avoid carrying anything you don’t want to lose, like an iPad.
  • Make sure bags that you carry around with you are as visible to you as possible, and not easy for someone going past to snatch.
  • Alcohol is a factor in a lot of tourist crime. Be careful how much you’re drinking so you are not affected by alcohol, or appear to be (which makes you a target. The same is applicable for drugs – if you seem out of it at all then you’ll draw attention as a target.
  • Stick to busier areas and at night make sure areas are well lit.

By following your instincts and using common sense you can reduce the chances you’ll be the target of some sort of criminal activity.