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Short Answer: No!
Long Answer: Keep Reading…
Years ago when I first considered visiting Thailand, I knew nothing about it. All I knew is that it was far away, a dangerous third world country, and where Muay Thai kickboxing was born.
The mainstream media has countless books, websites, and movies available that display Thailand to be dark and dangerous on so many counts.
But the truth couldn’t be further from that.
Can Thailand be dangerous? Yes it can. But is it any more dangerous than any other country???
I don’t believe so. Not by a long shot.
Let’s look at a few examples:
USA – I’ll see about 2 or 3 fights every night at a single nightclub.
Thailand- I’ll see one fight every 2 – 4 weeks.
Reason Why: I believe that there are more fights in USA nightclubs than Thailand nightclubs because sex is so much more difficult to attain in USA.
Most of the fights in the States happen for two reasons:
Because sex and women is so easy to attain in Thailand, this isn’t nearly as big of an issue as it is in western countries. A simple case of supply and demand. There is a higher ratio of attractive and willing women in Thailand.
Try walking alone in downtown Los Angeles or New York. How do you feel? Try walking alone in downtown Bangkok at 4am and you’ll know what I mean. At no point will you ever feel threatened. If fact, I’ve seen people passed out drunk on the side of the road in Bangkok and woke up hours later with neither being robbed or messed with in any way.
Try doing that inside any major city in America. I’ve felt safer walking down the streets in Bangkok than I have in any other major city in the world.
How often have you driven drunk in the United States or Europe? Me, it’s quite a bit. How often have I driven drunk in Bangkok? Zero.
Why??? Taxis are so fucking cheap in Bangkok and can be found everywhere. There is no reason for you to ever drive drunk in Bangkok.
I can’t say that for the United States. Taking a taxi in Los Angeles often costs me 100usd. Because of this, I’ve risked driving more times than I should. And I have a feeling I’m not alone in this.
Without a shadow of doubt, the police are much more competent in the United States and Europe. However, situations where you need the police help is rare in Thailand.
Stay away from Patpong Road in Bangkok, and you won’t be scammed.
Don’t start a fight with Thai guys, and you won’t have a huge brawl on your hands.
Don’t buy drugs, and you won’t have to worry about jail time.
Besides those situations, there is a 99.9% change that you won’t ever need to talk to a police officer.
(If for some reason you do have trouble, talk with the “tourist police”, not the local police. The tourist police are at least half way competent.)
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To fully answer this question for yourself, you’ll just need to take the plunged and come to Thailand. This is one of the things in that life that you can’t just read about, you need to find the answer for yourself.
Posted on Gods of Thailand September 30, 2013 in Thailand