Thailand has suffered numerous terrorist attacks in recent years including IED attacks specifically aimed at tourist locations. In Bangkok, a large explosive device was detonated resulting in the deaths of numerous locals and travelers. There are ongoing disruptions due to attacks in the southern provinces of Thailand where civilians and members of the security services have been targeted.
Due to the high level of Road Traffic Collisions (RTC) the World Health Organization rates Thailand as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for RTCs, with fatalities at approximately 5,500 annually.
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The political situation in Thailand is unpredictable and sometimes volatile. Over recent years there have been instances of civil and political unrest resulting in large demonstrations and in some cases violence. Most criminal activity is limited to “non-confrontational” street crimes (pickpocketing, purse snatching, jewelry-schemes, tourism fraud, credit card theft). Foreigners have had items snatched by thieves on motorbikes when walking along busy streets.
Western tourists have been victims of vicious, unprovoked attacks by individuals and gangs in Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao. Attacks have also occurred in other tourist districts in Thailand including Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Krabi.