Bangkok is a safe destination—with a little know-how! Thailand’s action-packed capital city is a great place to visit. With some local help, we created this guide to safety in Bangkok. It covers everything from COVID to tips for solo travelers.
Work with a local to build your trip to Bangkok. They'll offer up-to-date information that you might not find online—and tips on how to stay away from the crowds. Learn more.
Is it safe to travel to Thailand? This is one of the most common questions about Thailand these days. COVID makes travel trickier than before, but far from impossible.
Here’s what you need to know right now:
Effective January 9, 2023, through at least the end of the month, all visitors must show proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID within the six months prior to travel. Proof of health insurance is also required if you would need negative RT-PCR COVID test results to re-enter your country of departure.
Want more details? Get in touch with a local in Thailand.
The nonstop excitement of Bangkok makes it a thrilling place to visit in Thailand. Within the city’s glorious labyrinth, locals say you’ll find fantastic street eats, stunning shrines, and more. But there are some safety considerations! Locals tell us:
All in all, Thailand is a safe destination. Bangkok may feel intense, but it’s safe. Use common sense and educate yourself on safety issues. You should be fine!
If safety is a concern, you can always work with a local to plan your trip. Our trip planners can let you know how they navigate their hometown safely. Learn more.
Although Thailand is a safe destination, travelers should beware of a few common scams. Locals tell us that, in Bangkok, these can include:
Use caution in large crowds. Keep an eye on your belongings, and don’t leave your wallet in your back pocket. Pickpockets are known to operate around tourist hubs, so be on your guard!
Thailand is safe for solo travelers, as is Bangkok. Although a huge city can seem intimidating, locals tell us it’s safe, even for women traveling alone. That being said, solo travelers should:
Even if you want to navigate Thailand solo, you don’t have to go it alone. Work with a local to create your trip. Basically, it’s like having a best friend in Thailand.
The CDC recommends that all travelers be up-to-date on routine vaccinations and the COVID-19 vaccine before visiting Thailand. In addition, they recommend that most people get vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid.
Depending on where you’re going in Thailand, you may want to get additional vaccinations for diseases like cholera, malaria, and hepatitis B. Talk to your doctor before you go.
No matter where you stay in Thailand, it’s good to know a few phrases. Local recommend learning these basics:
*krub=for men, kah=for women
Although you likely won’t need it, here’s some emergency information to have on hand: