Phuket Tourist Police
Serving the visitors to Phuket & Thailand
24-hours x 7-days
You aren't alone in Thailand, if you have any problems contact the Tourist Police
The duty of Tourist Police is to facilitate the security of tourists thoughout Thailand. We would like you to enjoy your trip in the land of smiles. So there is some advice for tourists. It involves the way to take care of yourself and also how you handle helpful offers and advice from those that do not have your best interest in mind. It is good to understand that not all smiles are the same.
Here are some situtations for example
Visitors are approached in crowded places such as street, hotel, restaurant and market; by a respectable looking man who can speak English quite well. They will be every friendly often offer their free assistance or services during a conversation with the visitors. At some point of time, the well dressed robbers steal or change the visitor's bag and run away before the visitor finds out that they have been cheated.
- Beware of any encounters with strangers that end up requiring to buy something in shops or places.
- There are no government promotions or special sale at any time of the year.
- Don't leave your bags unattended at the table.
- Keep your valuables properly protected from loss or keep them with you at all time.
- Never leave your valuables out of sight even briefly.
- Don't accept drinks by strangers.
Traveling on an over night coach, van and taxi; visitors usually put their bags in the luggage compartment, boot or put them under their seats. When they arrive at their destination, they pay the fare and check their bags. There are some dishonest drivers that take your bags away or the visitors find that their valuables have been stolen from their bags. Moreover, there are some women or transvestites gang who stay in the taxi or private car pretending to ask the visitors to get into the car. Visitors may be taken to a hotel and drugged.
- Note down the vehicle's registration number and its color, name of the travel agency as well as the description of the person in the car and the place where you get on and get off it.
- Take your bags out of the boot before paying the fare.
- Keep zippered bags secured with small locks.
- Check your valuables before getting off the vehicle.
- Keep the ticket for reference.
- Don't get into a strangers car if you are asked to do so.
Don't forget to take these precautions with regard to personal safety and security of your belongings. You will have a wonderful period of time while you are staying in Thailand.
Safety in Thailand
Thailand is a very safe country to visit, but it is always wise to take some precautions to ensure you have a trouble free holiday:
- Make sure your room is locked and bolted at night.
- Always leave valuables, airline tickets and passports in the hotel safety deposit box.
- Carry a photocopy of the id page of you passport. The police can demand to see it, but rarely do.
- If you take a taxi, be clear about where you want to go. (See Scams)
- In Bangkok taxis have meters, but in provincial areas you will need to bargain the price.
- When travelling by train or bus don't leave valuables in you baggage, and be cautious of strangers offering free food or drink. Thai's can be very hospitable, but it also has been known for food and drink to be drugged. When you awake your valuables have gone.
- If you hire a vehicle read the terms carefully, and make sure you get proper insurance cover, otherwise you may have to pay for any damage or repairs.
- Wear reasonable clothing if you ride a motorcycle. A minor spill when wearing shorts can ruin your holiday. The law requires you to wear a crash helmet.
- The law requires front seat passengers in cars to wear a seat belt.
- Driving standards in Thailand leave a lot to be desired so take extra care.
- If you hire a water scooter or jet ski wear a life jacket and keep away from areas where people are swimming.
- You require a Thai driving licence or and International driving permit to ride a motorcycle or drive a car. Your licence from home is not sufficient. When driving without a licence you also invalidate your insurance cover.
- Take out travel insurance. If you are involved in a road traffic accident the maximum amount of compensation guaranteed by law is only US$2,000. For anything more you will have to go to court, possibly waiting years and still never see a penny.
- Since 2003 there has been a crack down on drugs, and the penalties for possession and trafficking have been enforced with extreme severity.
- Thailand has a special Tourist Police force which was founded to assist visitors. The officers are multilingual and will help deal with theft, accidents and disputes.