CHIANG RAI – There is no shortage of tourists who are clueless about the dangers which they could get themselves into at any time in Thailand and how a seemingly placid Thai person, who is smiling all the time, can just explode into a violent rage over the smallest things.
The violent attacks against tourists in Thailand are actually quite common and anyone who tells you otherwise is either clueless, or doing this because they are affiliated with the tourism industry and are afraid of a drop in tourist numbers.
There are literally violent attacks on tourists daily and the Thai authorities do their best to not report these incidents to other countries as they know it will ruin the tourism industry. The violent attacks are usually the result of a mugging gone wrong, or a tourist misbehaving or being disrespectful.
It doesn’t seem to matter how many foreigners get hurt or killed, there are always new tourists who get into trouble that don’t know a thing about Thailand which fall victim to crime.
Remember that life is cheap in Thailand and a death isn’t as big a thing as it is in most other countries and in particular – the death of a tourist, doesn’t mean much to them at all.
The areas in Thailand that tourists flock to the most are where the majority of crimes happen to foreigners. The most dangerous places for tourists to go to are the most popular places such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan and you really have to be careful when you are out and about in certain parts of these places, especially at night.
There is also a real danger on the roads especially when on a motorbike. The road toll in Thailand is quiet shocking and the worst time to be on the roads in Thailand is when the Songkran Festival is on. Any other time isn’t safe either, you really have to be careful of others on the road – especially drivers who cut corners and ride scooters on the wrong side of the road.
If you are staying in a high rise building in Pattaya, Bangkok or Patong, then make sure that you don’t get drunk on the balconies, as the railings on these buildings are not very high and it is easy to fall off them.
It is also a good idea to not stay in one of these buildings if you are mentally unstable, as there are far too many people who leap to their deaths whilst on holidays.
There are numerous reports of guys who come to Thailand and fall in love with bar girls and then they run out of money on their holiday and the fantastic times come to an end so they jump to their death.
If you are mentally unwell and you are staying in a high rise building and plan on getting drunk, then this could be a recipe for disaster. The extra depression of knowing that you are leaving Thailand and being drunk could make you do that crazy thing that too many tourists seem to do.
There is also rumors of foreigners getting thrown off buildings and there is no way to check to see if this is true or not, as the police often don’t even bother showing up at the scene of the falls anymore in Pattaya. – Phuket-fever.com
Below is a short list of Foreigners that have died and their deaths have actually been reported by the Newspapers in Thailand from Feb-April of 2103.
April 2013 Death Toll
- Faetra Petillo, USA, 29 – Phuket, 30 April 2013
- Male, Malta, 70 – Phuket, 30 April 2013
- Dieu Yoann, France, 26 – Phuket, 30 April 2013
- Paul Otto Norbert Richter, Germany, 70 – Bangkok, 30 April 2013
- Mark Anthony Woodward, Australia, 45 – Pattaya 30 April 2013
- Lane Raphael Woodren, Germany, 21 – Chumphon, 27 April 2013
- Paul Ancell, UK, 33 – Phuket, 22 April 2013
- Eino Olavi Ahlfors, Finland, 73 – Pattaya, 18 April 2013
- Male, 40-50 – Pattaya, 17 April 2013
- Peter Lutz Teubner, Germany, 57 – Phuket, 17 April 2013
- Hans Peter Hermann Stamminger, Switzerland, 65 – Pattaya, 15 April 2013
- Colin Callanan, Ireland, 29 – Koh Tao, 15 April 2013
- Oyvind Holmen, Norway, 57 – Khon Kaen, 11 April 2013
- Timothy Joseph Carr, USA, 57 – Pattaya, 10 April 2013
- Sofia Marain, Belgium, 21 – Phitsanulok, 8 April 2013
- Tor Per-Erik Hedberg, Sweden, 65 – Pattaya, 7 April 2013
- Hans Kunne, Germany, 84 – Pattaya, 6 April 2013
- Lief Anders Lonvik, Norway, 68 – Pattaya, 6 April 2013
- Male, Austria, 70 – Phuket, 29 March 2013
- James ”Jimmy” Madigan, USA, 64 – Phuket, 29 March 2013
- Christian Klasky, Germany, 34 – Pattaya, 27 March 2013
- Michel Rooer Edmond Harnisch, France, 58 – Chiang Mai, 26 March 2013
- Oleg Udaloi, Russia, 44 – Phuket, 22March 2013
- John Pickin, UK, 52 – Koh Samui, 24 March 2013
- Derek Rodney Gent, UK, 69 – Koh Samui, 23 March 2013
- Michael Holmes, UK, 68 – Koh Samui, 23 March 2013
- Jorg Frings, Germany, 44 – Pattaya, 9 March 2013
- Wade Mckee, UK – Isaan, 8 March 2013
- Aleksei Iasev, Russia, 34 – Pattaya, 7 March 2013
- Dan Bubis, Israel, 56 – Pattaya, 7 March 2013
- Theo Schitz, Germany, 56 – Pattaya, 6 March 2013
- Martin, UK, – Ban Chang, 6 March 2013
- Andrei Komarov, Russia, 39 – Pattaya, 6 March 2013
- Ian Blackburn,UK, 61 – Pattaya, 6 March 2013
- Male, Australia, 53 – Phuket, 5 March 2013
- Male, Sweden, 30s – Koh Phangan, 5 March 2013
- Mikko Ulevt Mantere, Finland, 41 – Phuket, 2 March 2013
- Marcel Spiess, Switzerland – Phuket, 23 February 2013
- Henri Antonova, Russia – Koh Phangan, 22 February 2013
- Unidentified male, 50s – Pattaya, 20 February 2013
- Stefan Braunwalder, Switzerland – Phuket, February 16, 2013
- Hans-Jurgen Umbreit, Germany, Phuket, 15 February 2013
- Anthony J Scarrabelotti, Australia – Surin, 14 February 2013
- Peter Root, UK – Chachoengsao, 13 February 2013
- Mary Thompson, UK – Chachoengsao, 13 February 2013
- Alexey Babenko, Russia – Phuket, 13 February 2013
- George John Bishop, UK – Pattaya, 12 February 2013
- Rustem Sadri, Turkey – Pattaya, 11 February 2013
- Simon Ashley, USA – Phuket, 11 February 2013
- Frank Robert Gulbensen, Norway – Phuket , 9 February 2013
- Unidentified male, 23, USA – Phuket, 9 February 2013
- Paul Porter, Canada – Chiang Mai, 8 February 2013
- Delphine Jofette Raene Kiesser, France – Chumpon, 6 February 2013
- Ivan Malyukov, Russia – Phuket, 6 February 2013
- Evgenii Pozhitkov, Russia – Phuket, 4 February 2013
- Rudolf Urbain, Belgium – Chiang Rai, 3 February 2013
- Thomas Ohlson, UK – Chiang Mai, 1 February 2013