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Can I trust the Thai police?

Thai Police are generally trustworthy; in fact, in 1982 the Tourist Police was set up to coordinate with the Tourism Authority of Thailand in order to provide safety for tourists. Its responsibilities are receiving and acknowledging claims and complaints, conducting subsequent investigations, and acting as co-coordinator of tourist security protection. At present, some 500 tourist policemen are stationed in major tourist areas around Bangkok, such as the Grand Palace, Pat Pong, and Lumphini Park. Bi-lingual Tourist Police are attached to Tourism Authority of Thailand offices in Bangkok, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Pattaya, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Surat Thani, Phuket and Songkhla to provide speedy assistance to visitors.

To contact in the event of an emergency:

Central Emergency (Police, Ambulance, Fire) : 191

Tourist Police (English, French and German spoken) : 1155,

Crime Suppression : 195 or (662) 513 3844,

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Call Centre : 1672,

Immigration Bureau : (662) 287 3101-10

What are the chances I will be robbed?

Should I buy gems I've been offered by a really convincing person I've met/been introduced to?

Can I use drugs in Thailand?

Is Thailand a safe place to travel alone to?

Are legal drugs cheap in Thailand?

Do I need a prescription for these drugs?

Do I need malarial medication in Thailand?

What is my risk of contracting HIV/AIDS?

What general food and water precautions should be followed?

Hospitals in Thailand

What general health advice is there for Thailand?

What should be in a traveler’s medical kit?

Will I get diarrhea?

Where should I go when I need to see a doctor?

Are there any poisonous animals in Thailand?

What kinds of help are available in case of injury or other medical emergency while traveling?

What should I do if a bag is stolen from my room or dormitory?

What if another type of emergency happens, such as lost luggage, theft, or damage to a rental car?