How to Deal With the Police in Thailand

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Are the Thai police reliable and approachable? Can you bribe your way out of anything? Read these tips to stay on the right side of law enforcement.


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Quick tips for dealing with police in Thailand

  • Do not argue with Thai police. This is not your homeland; things work differently here.
  • Always carry a photocopy of your passport with you to use as ID.
  • Try to get a witness to your interaction with a Thai police officer, to back up your version of events.
  • Save the phone number of your country’s Thai-based embassy in your phone. If you’re being treated unfairly by a police officer, immediately call your embassy.
  • Be especially wary of police who approach you at night on the street near one of Thailand’s touristy entertainment precincts. These locations are where travelers most commonly run into unscrupulous officers.
  • If you’re driving a vehicle in Thailand, carry an international driver’s permit or, at the very least, your driver’s license from back home.

Types of Thai police

Community Police – this description I’m using to broadly refer to the uniformed officers a tourist will encounter on the roads and in the public spaces of Thailand. They are not detectives tasked with executing detailed investigations, but everyday officers whose job is to react to high-volume crimes and maintain order.

Tourist Police – Thailand’s main tourist destinations, such as Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, and Chiang Mai, have special police units dedicated to helping foreign travelers. Made up of Thai officers and ex-pat volunteers, they speak English and wear vests that, in large print, identify them as “Tourist Police”. By calling the phone number 1155, a foreigner can request the presence of the tourist police. These officers specialize in arbitrating arguments between tourists and Thai people, which can be related to theft, scams, road accidents, or financial disputes. If you become a victim of a serious crime, visit the nearest police station. For lower-stakes matters, call the tourist police phone line.

Immigration Police – these are the officers you’ll be faced with if you overstay your welcome in Thailand. Tourists from most countries get a 30-day VISA-free entry upon arrival in Thailand. If you remain in the country beyond that, without applying for a Visa extension, you’ll have to explain yourself to the immigration police when you finally attempt to leave Thailand. They will automatically fine you US $15 for each day you’ve overstayed, up to a maximum of US $600.

Avoid bribery

Thai police famously supplement their modest salaries with what is known locally as “tea money”. This refers mostly to small bribes paid by Thai citizens caught for traffic crimes such as speeding or riding a motorbike without a helmet, both of which are rife on Thai roads. Instead of paying an official fine or getting a criminal charge, the motorist is let off after handing over a few hundred baht (US $5 to $20) which slides straight into the police officer’s pocket.

Many Western tourists follow suit when confronted by a Thai police officer. But it is not advisable to bribe Thai police, especially as a tourist with a shallow understanding of how this nation works. Just because Thai people do it does not mean you should, or even that you can successfully.

In attempting to bribe a Thai police officer, you may well land yourself deeper in trouble. Beyond potentially offending the officer, you could also be charged with attempted bribery. Instead, if you do commit a crime in Thailand, act just as you would back home. Pay the fine and toe the line.

Watch out for fake police

As one of the most-visited countries, Thailand is a magnet for scammers looking to target foreign travelers, especially in tourist-soaked destinations like Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai. These criminals have endless strategies for squeezing money out of tourists and one of those is to pose as a Thai police officer.

In July 2021, the Thai Government released a warning to foreigners about an increase in reports of scammers impersonating immigration police. This announcement followed media reports of fake immigration police raiding condos in Bangkok and demanding to see the Visas of foreign residents.

The Government revealed that these fake police had also been harassing ex-pats in the street, shaking down foreign business owners, and confronting tourists in bars and nightclubs. As part of their announcement, the Government offered helpful advice for any foreigner approached by someone claiming to be a Thai police officer.

You should immediately ask that person for their Thai police identity card, which must list their name, rank, and the station at which they’re based. If that person refuses to show you this card, or their police ID looks fake, report this incident to the nearest police station.

No matter what, stay calm

Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles” due to the sunny disposition of its people. But that isn’t because Thais are joyful and always relaxed – it’s partly because, in traditional Thai culture, it is frowned upon to openly show anger in public.

Thai people have no problem venting their frustration in private, or for a passionate cause such as a political protest. But becoming livid in public during an exchange with another person is seen as a sign of weakness, and results in a loss of face. This is particularly important to remember when dealing with an authority figure, such as a police officer.

Back home you may be free to remonstrate with a policeman if you feel you’re in the right. In Thailand, however, it is best to always maintain a monk-like level of calm and politeness when dealing with an officer. Such courtesy may well get you out of trouble.

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  • Jai said

    Also, will they ever ask you for 'on the spot fines'?

  • John said

    Try this one and judge for yourself...

    It’s a fact of life here.
    Nothing the government says in it recent press is going to change the #27 in the world rating. Corrupt countries rating.

    I have just sat here and watched the bike taxi s cough up to The bike police officer and have it ticked off in the book.
    No fine fee. They call it.

    The other day I see a large rotund officer walk into a gold shop, 20 seconds later he has a hand full of 100 baht notes.
    They don't hide it. Extra protection..
    No help was not selling his gold chain.

    As said previously, it's like a public contribution to the boys, for doing a job they get paid to do.
    And it appears buy Thier own handguns, and bullets.

    Although the government has introduced an 18,000 baht weapon of choice purchase scheme, at low interest.

    I cannot see them getting only 6,000 baht a month.

    My friend gets 9,000 and days off, and paid overtime, working cashier in a food shop.

    The other night I sat on Beach Road and saw the local constabulary at work. Enforcing the law. (Month end pay days loans, top ups, haha)
    Sorry, it is serious.

    100 bikes pulled over.
    93 Farang. Seven Thai.
    Seventy nine Farang booking.
    Not one Thai.
    Including the one with four on a bike and no helmet.
    Rental bikes are prime targets.

    Thai bikes with a mobile shop attached, and no lights, a charcoal fire burning, and gas bottle to boot, no licence, no food selling licence.
    They seem to get away Scott free.

    Let's face it.. they will never have the cash to pay a fine anyway.

    The Farangs.
    Not one received a recipt.

    The two officers were scribbling on the back of a folded newspaper.

    No receipt see boss.
    500 baht a pop.

    Not bad for two hours work.

    Several friends have bars here and they still contribute 2500 every month to the black book.

    A well touted story around town is..
    The number one job here.
    Chief of the police.

    They actually pay 10 million baht for the position.
    To be number one and reap all the dividends that goes with it..
    I have no reason to doubt it..

    Who ya going to call?

    They even have I.T. guys trace internet stuff,
    Freelance cash payment.
    Try using a vpn on the pc, and see how much more you can access.
    The Thai xxxx block or blacklist thousands of sites.
    This is the message that you get, saying slow connection, or site not found.
    It's actually blocked same as they do in China.

    I've had almost 10 years working and playing here.
    But it's getting to be a sad place.
    Monks and beggars in Bangkok who give to the police around Asoke and Nana.
    Special operatives who have the right to remove and detain you in and around Sukhumvit .
    The bar sellers who sell you the gear (viagra/kamagra) and ten seconds later the plain wrappers pull you.
    Buying prescription drugs without a doctor authority.

    It is happening guys...

    My lady 3.5 years, say she see nothing wrong with take money from farangs.
    Can do. She say.
    Farang have job and money, thai not have much.
    So ok to do.. if want to do.
    Not satisfied with about one million baht over the years, new house, family taken care of. Sons wedding paid for.
    Loans to brothers wife, we never get back.
    Now she works a good job, but still wants me to pay for just about everything. And give her family.
    And she gives hers to a lazy son and he wife.

    We have all done it.. and meanwhile we have the rubbery police to deal with as well.

    It makes your goolies shrink to the size of raisins.
    How the minds work..

    Maybe time to reassess my situation. LOL.

  • farang ripoffs said

    The latest thai racket against foreigners is said to be at certain duty free shops at Suvarnabumi Airport Departures. Yes you heard it right, it's all within the airport premises, by what the latest sotries say. The modus operandi is simple. You purchase some items at duty free and pay at the cashier. The cashier is an accomplice with the highly corrupt Royal Thai Police. The cashier discreetly puts in an item you did not purchase in your bag and then charges you with shoplifting. The corrupt Royal Thai Police are callec on scene, threathen to put you in jail unless you pay a "fine". Another disgusting story on how foreigners are targetted in Thailand.

  • Joe said

    I was once driving on the sidewalk cause it was a shortcut to where I was going and there was a police officer hiding behind the tree. I showed him respect and told him where I was going and he just let me go with out any fine.. I was shocked. That was the first and only good experience I've had with thai police

  • President Trump said

    The guy who hit me came to the station and talked to the cop for ten minutes in Thai. The cop spoke no English. My head was killing me and I had a big lump on it. I kept repeating I needed to go to the hospital. The guy who hit me spoke English. He told me the cop said I could go if I came back with my passport and promised not to walk on the street again. I said fine but I wanted to press charges.

    They put me in a room where I waited for an hour when the Tourist Police finally came. Two Thai cops. One woman and one man. The man spoke no English. I told the woman cop what happened and she said fine you can file a complaint but you will go to jail for 5 years for trespassing.

    I got the message and said ok fine nevermind. In a civilized country the guy would have gone to jail for assault for 5 yrs. Best not to go to Thailand.

  • S said

    To clean up a country, one needs not to look at the country that needs to be cleaned up but, the other country/power that influences their corruption.

  • The Punisher said

    You will never change anything unless you go to war.

  • Tt said

    If you want change, then during the election, bring up the issues. War is a last resort and war itself can cause even bigger issues.

  • Grzegorz said

    I had to pay 20 000 baht for police because I have call police because change was not returned by waiter in the club. Police is very very corrupted. I paid in club using 1000baht note and did not receive change. We call police to inform them about the fact and they put us to prison with cambodian immigrants. What is more in order to leave prison we had to pay and sign report that it was our fault(noise, alcohol etc).
    This country is crazy, never again go there. Scammers!!!
    Do you think is there any chance to report this to embasy? It is not about money, it is just to warn tourist to be careful when go to Thailand.

  • Galen said

    I have traveled the world, and retired after 40 years as a school administrator and teacher. I visited Thailand a year or so ago, and overstayed my Visa a few days. For that I spent 2 weeks in the Thai s__t jail with almost no food. It was about the same experience as J2 above wrote. The Land of Smiles; it sure wasn't that for me. I saw sweet women and angry men there...

  • MR WDJ said

    I've been all over SE Asia for work including several trips to Thailand. That includes Chiang Mai and Bangkok. My experiences have been pretty good and so far I have avoided any of the typical tourist scams. I ride a motorbike in all these countries and have only ever been pulled over twice. First time was in Sri Lanka. I was friendly and polite with him. I showed him my IDP and made small talk about how much I am enjoying my time in his country. He thanked me for my time and sent me on my way. In Cambodia I was pulled over and I didn't have my IDP with me. The officer wanted $30 and I basically said I only have $10 with me (was the truth). I smiled and was deferential to his authority and he took $10 and sent me on my way. It was official and polite. In Thailand, I have passed through several check points on my bike and never been pulled over. Good luck I assume.

    There is a lot of complaining here about corruption but the vast majority of it can be avoided by following the rules. Overstay your visa? Yeah, you're rolling the dice. Drinking (anything) and driving? You're rolling the dice. No license? You're rolling the dice. Arguing with the police (losing proposition)? Rolling the dice. Point is, be nice, be deferential, follow the rules and expect that bribing the police every now and again is part of the experience.

  • benjamin said

    Having just had to pay 21000 baht to police near Kao San road for being caught having a pee in public (1.30 am) im kinda realling. It was originally 20000., i was made to go to a cash machine to withdraw the requested amount while 3000 baht was taken from my money belt while i was completing the transaction. I was abit drunk but by no means completely intoxicated. So basically a ruined holiday where i can only afford basic food and accommodation before my ticket home. If i could cut my losses and return earlier i definatly would but changing the date on my ticket also costs too much. Not Sabidee

  • Unit said

    After reading these comments I think I'm going to forego my trip to Thailand and try Cambodia or Vietnam instead. Apparently Thailand isn't the same as it was the last time I was there 15 years ago.

  • Tony said

    Is Walking Street in Pattaya empty now? Are the working girls all wearing masks now?

  • David said

    I hope all those corrupt police are enjoying their measly salaries with no tourists around to supplement their income. Time for a new "game" - lets see how what happens when they start to target the locals due to no tourists being around.

  • Ian Anderson said

    Can anyone currently living in Bangkok advise me on finding an English-speaking source who can assist me to trace an old friend I lost contact with a few years ago?

  • Jones said

    Some people on this site claimed it has not always ben like it is today with increasing corruption, cheating in recent years and disrespectful treatment of the so called "farang", which ist a derogative specifically aimed at white people, if i am not mistaken.
    Im interested, could all this negative development being tied to the apparent decline of western world? Have these people heard, that there is a political trend, a pan-western agenda, to not seeing a western country as a unit, and almost an order as to not seeing yourself as part of a (ethnical) group, to explicitely ordering that there is not to be any solidarity among people of western countries, even condemming inter-western (white!) solidarity among white people as "racism"?
    Maybe they have lost respect for western countries and their citizens as they heard that display of solidarity among western common people is almost prohibited and certainly frowned upon by western governments and western media. Of course there are other mechanics of defending oneself than being part of an ethnical group that may side with you when you are obviously wronged based on your race, not only on a local scale, say like white people being around you in a ciritical situation and ready to help, but on a global scope, like your home-state intervening and maybe sending a diplomatic note when hearing about westeners being cheated or treated badly in a foreign land like Thailand. But with this defense mechanism not available, there is certainly one less strategy for a white "farang" travelers to rely upon when being in a foreign country. Maybe the Thais, among others, have noticed that.

  • Ian said

    Google now not to get killed in Thailand it's a very good read,and if you know Thailand the author couldn't of been more accurate of his version of thailand.
    I would wrecking this lockdown is not going to do much favour to the dodgy bar owners and slimy women last boys e.c..t.
    The economy is also going to feel the pinch the corrupt police will be out in force trying to fine rape and intimidate any farang he sees.
    The corrupt officials at the top will all feel this and we will see the breed really being exposed for what it is.
    I also could imagine the starved piranha will attack for the kill hungrier than ever before when tourist season opens up..
    Is be careful visiting that country what a nasty place

  • Rin said

    As someone who live in Thai, I can confirmed that the Police force of right now can be very corrupted, and many good police that do good deed can't get up their rank. and There are even corrupted Judge here, That favor those who got the rich, even when there are solid evidence like Videos Clip of what happen.
    They still try to get rid of it or even blatantly declare that They're not in the wrong and won't take responsibility for their action by going to some higher up in the police force.

    The government member of Thailand right now's also in conflict with each other. and try to delay the inevitable revolution.

    and Then just recently, They allow the people they consider to be VIP to get in the country without following safety procedure that everyone that came in the country must follow, and COVID-19 start to spreading again after it's about to recover.

    and then also the matter that This government got Soldier masquerade as Prime Minister which I kind of pity him, It's like he's a puppet that can only do as other say, It's like he feel guilty to have done a bad things but he has to do what he has been told to do.

    It's so mess up.

  • Yanisa said

    The situation in Thailand's worsening overtime.
    I don't think coming to travel here right now will be good, unless around the tourist places, I think?

    They don't have conflict there, but there are also the question of your safety, If you want to travel, It's best that you travel with those you can trust and do not go alone.

    I know that there are still some good people left, but if you come you have to be careful, and don't forget to check on what's happening in Thailand, There are murder's case pop up everyday. Gun's not legally approve in our country but so many people got them and when something happen people end up dying whether directly or crossfire.

    sorry for my bad English, I'm still learning.
    I just worry for your safety here.
    Yes there're still many good things in Thailand but there are many bad things here to.
    just like the person above has said. and there are still much more problems than what Rin's comment has said.
    so, Please don't travel here alone, and stay with those you can trust.

  • Yanisa said

    I really miss the time when his his majesty the 9th King, watch over us all.
    Things in control in that time. but now It's become nasty like what lan has said.

    I'm in despair at how the country have change over the years.
    How can we escape from this pain?

    We can't said or talk about any thing bad that happen in our own language in our own country or The police will come crashing down on us.

    It's so frustrating, this is not living. It's just like we continue to endure and exist.
    We're afraid that if we did rebel, We will get kill like what happen on 14 October 1973 once again.

    There are a lot people who disagree with things that happen here, but can't openly declare it.
    'Democracy' here's just a farce.

  • Kannika said

    Try to avoid police as much as possible.

    Sure, there are good police, but you never know which one's corrupt or not, It's better to be safe than sorry.

    and Also avoid seclude place, someone dangerous can be around there.

    Stay in place with more people but not too much or you can get your belonging stolen by some thief.
    (and Covid-19's still not end yet, even if there are only a few now. There's still a chance there whether because of what the government did in secret or from Those that came in the country illegally.)
    There are many case of this happening lately.

    The important things's to choose where you rest, don't choose the place that's too seclude. If you stay with the crowd, and something happen, They can help you. We survive again injustice and criminal this way.

    Keep recording's also important. It can be evidence you need to survive. If you got the recording of something happen, don't immediately go to the police, you post the evidence on your social apps like facebook,.. etc. first. So that if the cops can't help, you still can get help from those in Facebook.
    They're really effective to got you survive against being charging with false charge.

    If we can't survive with law, then this can definitely help. They are many people in Facebook in Thailand that will help against the injustice. If the official are corrupted, The people in Facebook will definitely take your side with the evidence you have.

    Good luck, and be safe.

  • Lance ryan said

    I'm American and I have been to a lot of countries Mexico Barcelona Russia Bulgaria Morocco bali,e.c.t.and I have witnessed corruption and all sorts which still wouldn't turn me of travelling.
    The only country I would never return to again is Thailand,it's simple as it's one of the most dangerous places I have ever been to I would not travel there ever again,I will say more

  • Ian henshaw said

    My friend is a police man here in pattaya get to know someone like this and it is smooth sailing,always protected by the other greedy pigs that live in tourist pockets and the corrupt system.
    Paying out big bath every week for protection and extortion is a big blow specially when you run pubs trying to make a living.
    The politicians here are no good and the monarch is a joke

  • Songphon Kretsuwan said

    The 9th Monarch's great, His majesty always try to help his people and a hard workers but.. the 10th Monarch, He doesn't care at all about his people, only his personal interest.

    I born and live in Thailand and can confirm that many police or law systems's corrupt.
    People have to lookout for themselves with their Camera or Videos clip to get evidence for their protection.

    There are some crime that have been going on so blatantly by the higher up, there are so many evident but they won't ever admit to it and We can't do anything about it, because most of those in high position are their own people. While there are many resistance from the people, They just gave light punishment to said criminal and let them be. I don't know when or will it ever change for the better.

    Ah.. I just remember that there are still many good people in the royal. It's just that The 10th Monarch's the problem.

    Also, anyone that speak badly of the 10th Monarch in public or in Social apps such as Facebook. can be kidnapped and vanish.

    Even though Covid-19's pretty quite here now, It's because the people being careful by themselves, while the government still brought over people from others country without following the 14 days containment measure, and got Covid to spread again.

    While there are many beautiful place to travel here, It's not worth it.

    I also want to be in another country,but I'm stuck here now.

    Sorry for my bad English, but hope this help you even for a bit.

  • David said

    I've been living in Thailand now for 5 years full time. I cannot say I've had any problems with the police at all. I have had problems with renting places from Farangs though. I've lost my deposit 3 times. One for 50,000 baht. One for 110,000 baht. And another for 180,000 baht. I've had all my belongings stolen from me inside one of these places, taken by a foreigner owner. He told me that he has the police captain in his back pocket and can do whatever it is he wants to me. Also since the lock down things have gotten much worse now. It's now out in the open and the people who do not like Farangs are making themselves known now. A guy tried to run me down at the Mall and tried to hit me with his car. Another guy in a Mercedes told me that I'd better get out of his way. When I told him I could easily beat him up with the greatest of ease he then told me to follow him down to the police station. It's getting militant here that's for sure....and I have a date with destiny and I don't want to be late.....Always remember, real men don't take anything from anybody, police, military, doesn't make any difference whatsoever. If you mess with a man you're going to pay a man's price. Since there are no "men" here they of course do not understand this. Their ways are lies and deception and murder....nothing more.....All people should know and realize.....there are many Thai's who hate Farangs......maybe only 10% of them, but that's enough to make things very unpleasant.....they are making a statement more Farangs in Thailand....oddly enough when I'm with my girlfriend nothing ever happens to me....when I'm alone I'm a target.....

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  • peter said

    Thai Police in Thailand work with the Mafia and most of them commit murder for money after hours, beleave me i've lived in Thaland for a long time.....Dueing the day they play cop but after hours in the Province's they Kill....So be aware not to go outside of the tourest area

  • Erik JC Young said

    The Thai police are no longer paid 6000 Baht per month. This has been increased to 27,400 Baht per month and higher ranking officers earn up to 96,000 Baht per month

  • Auriga said

    The police are extremely corrupt, and act like an organized crime syndicate. Those officers who try do be honest never get promoted or get sent to dangerous places like Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat. Most officers have to pay a bribe simply to get their first jobs.

    I've known the country for 25 years, and it is falling a part. Even a new democratic government, or an abdication of the monarch, wouldn't change anything because corruption is deeply imbedded in all local institutions like hospitals, schools, police stations, municipalities, military bases etc. The locally powerful people will never accept any changes.

    The Thai people's current solution is to use social media to get justice, but this only amplifies the intense atmosphere. Now they all have to worry about corrupt police and online witch hunts, because today they have to deal with old-school government control and modern social network control based on mob-rule. Anyone with an e.g. business competitor is at risk of slandering, and there is no justice system to defend themselves from false accusations. All this is the perfect recipe for widespread paranoia. Facebook was actively used to demonize the Rohingyas, when a genocide on them became a reality in Myanmar.

    I all honesty, who is fit to govern Thailand, and take on the wrath of an entire country of corrupt officials and businessmen. Until they have solved this massive issue, Thailand remains a dangerous place for all foreigners. There is simply no justice, and emotionally-fueled social networks have only increased the danger.

  • Harry dodds said

    Sleazy place my friend just got back from there and he has said the thai locals are turning on the flang it's very very dangerous specially when the locals are hungry and the flang is living good.
    They also blame the flang for this pandemic you have been warned

  • thai guy said

    seeing some of the comments. If you guys have the idea that you can be as drunk or as crazy as you can because Thailand is a 'third world country', then you deserve to be arrested or fined, whatever. Especially if you OVERSTAY YOUR VISA...just absurd. how can you not know when you need to go back. These people shouldn't visit Thailand. You know as a Thai person, we just dislike the sense of these cheap backpackers visiting Thailand for alcohol, drug, and sex because it's just fueling these illegal industries. These people make Thailand worse

  • Ligi said

    To the above ,......If Thailand didn't promote sex, drugs, and party scenes,entice people to go there and ignoring the prostitution, maybe you wouldn't have all walks of life over there
    The place is sick and it's the government's, fault not the farang
    The people and long term farang would do anything for money.
    MY ADVICE KEEP AWAY ⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡

  • Almost died in bangkok said

    Hi so basically this is a true story. Me and my dad we went to bangkok and stayed at very top 5* hotel in bangkok. And i wanted to arrange an escort for my dad. This turned to a bad bad idea, she managed to spike my dads drink and still all the monry in his room, when i arrived at his room, he was paralysed and the curtains were closed, i obly just realised after this happened. We went down to reception to ask them to report this case to the police, i had all the messages saved from the escort website, and they called in 3 non uniform cops to hotel, they tried to accusse us and the hotel wanted us to pay for the hotel right away even after losing all the money, my god this country is worst then africa curroption!! Please never visit, so me and my dad were called upon a friend i knew his father lived in bangkok, and he helped us, we tried to leave this shithole country asap, and we got into his car, the hotel that day try tl force us to get inside the yellow taxi whixh obviously is part of the mafia related group, we stayed at friends house, and even the hotel lobby was full of these royal thai police. Honestly it was like a bourne identitiy movie. We almost thought we died there. Trip was only a few days. Ane even in the airport they tried to get rid of a paper i had in my passport, and i remember the hotel showed us photos of our passportz as if to threaten us. Its been more than 5 years since this incident and it still hauntes me. Im glad to be bqck at home away from this devils place. When i came back i rewuested video fottoage from the head quarters of this hotel company and no reply. Please never set foot in this place they really hare us foriengers. I went to south korea and at least that was plasant with no horro stories.

    My god, thialand is worst country ever, and me and my father almost disspeardd there, they almost killed us. I wish i had reported this when i got back to home country, im worried that these incidents are haplening everyday there, and thai mafia trying hard to trap foreingers there so they cannot escape.

    Stay safe and stay away from thailand!

  • Jim said

    Seems all the tourist 'honeypot' places have all the problems.
    Hardly had any after 17 years here (Deep South)

  • Ronnie said

    The place is a walking death trap no good of a place .
    Imagine you have to watch your bk 24/7 even not getting a proper night sleep because of some staff In hotels.
    I've seen and heard enough from Thailand I never want to see the place again .
    I do pray for the young pack packers that go out there not realizing and find themselves in danger.
    Keep far away from police, don't bring nobody into your room,be careful of bar owners who try and be friend you, and ask you all about yourself and where you come from, mostly them people are the ones trying to find out have you money or maybe savings at home in order to have you wrongfully arrested and bribed .
    Trust me I could tell you millions of tragedy and horror stories straight out of Pattaya you wouldn't believe
    The place will even steal your soul be safe and please avoid that nasty place
    Why I write this now is because I'm old and feel sorry for those who lost their lives over there,many students bk,packers e.c. t and be careful of tourisr trappers you could find yourself in a situation that you cannot get out of

  • Tiffany said

    My brother went there 9 years ago for a month. He took a taxi to the airport and when he got out, the taxi driver took off with all of his belongings. He only had the clothes on his back. No ID, no passport, no plane ticket, no cell phone, nothing… the airport personnel and police wouldn’t help him, let him call anyone, call the embassy, or anything. Someone let him borrow their laptop for a moment and he posted on Facebook pleading for help. “Please help, I’m stuck at Bangkok airport”. He was dead about 11 minutes later. They say he jumped. The whole family and friends doubt that. He had an incredible time and was excited to go home, and toxicology results showed nothing in his system. We still don’t have answers, but we all suspect foul play and a coverup.

  • Mo said

    Tiffany I am very sorry for ya and can't believe the stories,and the story you yourself have wrote.
    That is awful and a total disgrace did you or your family get any answers or clues as of yet.
    Could I find this story on Google or any other articles,I'm sorry for asking but I would love to understand why and how.
    I am not saying you are lying it is hard to believe because it's an airport,I am sorry if I am coming across nasty or forward R.I.P to your lost one,it's just crazy.
    I hope ye get answers much love

  • LAB said

    When I first went to Thailand, 20 years ago, I got a train from the airport to bangkok and then a tuk tuk to Kho San Road. I was so disorientated and culture shocked (first time travelling alone, first time in Asia) that I left my money belt with passport, travellers cheques, cash - everything, in the back of the tuk tuk.

    As I'm hauling my briefcase into the nearest bar to have a beer and get my head together the tuk tuk driver honks his horn and points to the money.

    For every bad Thai in Thailand there are ten good ones.

  • Anon said

    This is a country where you need to be more afraid of the authorities than the criminals. I've been ripped off there so many times by the people who are supposed to protect you. I can easily see civil war erupting there in the near future because the locals are so pissed off with the government who basically milk everyone they can at all times with complete impunity. There are so many stories of corrupt police being caught and charged, as a shameless PR exercise, but these cases seem to drag on for so long that everyone just gets bored of waiting for the outcome and the case just dissolves as a distant memory with no outcome. You can almost guarantee that a Thai policeman would never end up in jail, even if he raped or murdered someone. Even immigration here are corrupt. I've been asked for 'tea money' just for a simple visa extension that I was fully entitled to. It's shameless and not even particularly discreet because they know they'll get away with it even if they get caught. The one thing I heard constantly from locals is that this was a better place when the old king was in charge. Now it's effectively a huge beautiful prison for them. I'd avoid going there if you value your freedom and bank balance. One step out of line and you'll either get locked up or bankrupted. The king should be ashamed of what has happened to his country. I'll never go back there.


    i am living in Singburi Thailand for over 12years, the only times i had to pay a fine, i took a taxi once from Bangkok to Hua Hin, the driver stayed in the right lane too long, police stopped as for not going back into the left lane, he wanted 200 baht, the driver said he had no money, i paid the fine for him, knowing i did not have too, my brother and his wife from Germany was with as, so i paid, the same going from Bangkok to Pattaya, we got stopped for driving too fast, he said i can pay him 200 baht or drive back to Bangkok and pay the fine, he said roll down the window, nobody could see i gave him the money, i have been stopped a few times, to show my license, they were very friendly and tried to joke a little, i did, in general, i only had good experiences with the police, a few times i have been ask where i am from, i always say from Canada than i said and you, at first they said nothing, then they smiled and said from Thailand, i found it is a good ice breaker, to ask friendly jokes,

  • Angie said

    Don't ever travel there bro Thailand enough advise and please take it

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