Health and Safety
Thailand is generally quite safe, despite the media widely publicizing any cases there involving foreigners getting into trouble. Remember however that thousands of people visit Thailand every year and that most visits are trouble free.
The southern part of Thailand has long been involved in a civil dispute that continues to rumble on and has been the location of several attacks, although not targeted specifically at foreigners. That said, the provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani are not considered safe places to visit so should be avoided if you value your safety. There are plenty of police in Thailand and we advise you to talk to the Tourist Police (1155) as they speak some English and are used to foreigners.
General vaccinations recommended for all travelers to Thailand include diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus, yellow fever, hepatitis B and Japanese encephalitis.
Dengue fever is prevalent in Thailand and travelers should take precautions to avoid being bitten. These include using insect repellent, avoiding going out at dusk, and covering up using long sleeved clothes at night. There is no vaccination or treatment as such for dengue fever.
Thailand is technically in a malarial zone although many places are malaria free and it exists mostly in heavily forested areas on the borders between Cambodia and Myanmar. If you are venturing off the beaten track then you need to think about taking anti-malarial prophylaxis and it is best to consult with a healthcare professional before travelling.
The health care in Thailand, while not as good as Singapore, is still excellent by most standards, although it can get expensive quickly so make sure you have adequate travel insurance. There are many international hospitals available as well as public hospitals and English is widely spoken. For some more general information, check our page about health precautions.