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How dangerous is Yala for a Farang?

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I have lived in Thailand for 11 years and have traveled through about half of the country. I'd love to eventually visit every province, but I considered Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat to not be worth the risk. I have a female friend from Yala who is going back home in a few days and asked me if I want to go. Obviously it will be much safer if I'm with a local.

 

If the only concern is bombs then I think it's worth the risk. They aren't that frequent and are often small, designed to cause unrest rather than kill from what I understand. Many attacks seem to take place in the middle of the night/very early morning when I will be asleep in my room.

 

I asked a Thai man I know here in Pattaya and he said the militants want to damage Thailand's reputation and hurt tourism with the attacks and killing a Farang would be a great way to do that. He said the bombs aren't the big risk, the risk is that the wrong person might see a Farang and shoot me. If I will be a target based on my appearance then I won't go. He follows the news but has never been there so I don't know how educated his opinion is.

 

Are there any Farang living there or who have traveled there recently who can give me more local information?

 

Thanks in advance.

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I would be going there to see a part of Thailand that I've never seen and to experience the culture with locals. If all I cared about is pussy then why would I ever leave Pattaya? I would love to go but I want some educated opinions on how dangerous it would be to go.

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<deleted>,  I want to know how likely I am to be injured/killed from visiting there. I'm well aware of the risks of getting involved with a bar girl. LOL.  I've visited over 40 provinces on my own and never had any problems, but the far south is a place where I'd feel a lot safer being with a local. The purpose of going there is to see the province and have a new experience/adventure. I'm not going with the hopes of getting involved with the girl.

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I have run into 2 people who went to Kota Bharu to get a new ME non-immigrant visa (via Sungai Kolok). I joked that if you survived that perhaps you deserved the visa. They all admitted that it wasn't all that bad; wasn't much different that most Thai towns, except for a few more security checkpoints.

 

I will ask a 3rd person who had to work there.  But it wasn't that bad from what I remember.

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I just received a reply from one of those who went there and he confirmed that it is no more dangerous than riding a minivan (or driving) anywhere in Thailand.  

 

Only increased military checkpoints.   Nothing to lose sleep over.  But he didn't go to sightsee.  Just pass through for a day or two.

 

Another person I knew actually was a teacher in the region, so I hope to hear back from her soon.

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,  I want to know how likely I am to be injured/killed from visiting there. I'm well aware of the risks of getting involved with a bar girl. LOL.  I've visited over 40 provinces on my own and never had any problems, but the far south is a place where I'd feel a lot safer being with a local. The purpose of going there is to see the province and have a new experience/adventure. I'm not going with the hopes of getting involved with the girl.



If you like statistics the drive there would probably more risky than living there.

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4evermaat,

Thanks. I'd be very interested to hear what the teacher has to say. But comparing it to a minivan sounds bad lol. Many of those drivers are total maniacs.

 

alanrchase,

Yes I like statistics. This was interesting.

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4evermaat,

Thanks. I'd be very interested to hear what the teacher has to say. But comparing it to a minivan sounds bad lol. Many of those drivers are total maniacs.
 

alanrchase,

Yes I like statistics. This was interesting.
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Who is the "Teacher"? You asked for advice. The answer is probably in your own mind. Weigh the possibilities of death and make your choice. Numerous places in the world where people are happy to live but not to my personal taste. Only you know who you are.

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4evermaat mentioned a teacher he knows who worked in the area.

The reason for making the thread was so I could get enough info to "weigh the possibilities of death and make my choice".

 

Thanks for the replies.

 

 

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4evermaat mentioned a teacher he knows who worked in the area.

The reason for making the thread was so I could get enough info to "weigh the possibilities of death and make my choice".

 
Thanks for the replies.
 
 


Thanks for the bold text. Bit slow at my age but the bold text has helped. Loved your graphic but no mention of "Ferang" deaths in Yala. Go, live, enjoy.

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i'm too lazy to type it. When I copy pasted it it was bold. Yes, having stats on Farang deaths would have been very useful but I'd have to know how many live there too. If there were only 10 Farang deaths then I might not worry..but if there were only 10 Farang living there then it would be a huge issue.

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i'm too lazy to type it. When I copy pasted it it was bold. Yes, having stats on Farang deaths would have been very useful but I'd have to know how many live there too. If there were only 10 Farang deaths then I might not worry..but if there were only 10 Farang living there then it would be a huge issue.


Ok. Seriously, if you want to visit go visit.
Safe as anywhere else in Thailand. Possibly preferable to Pattaya.

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12 hours ago, 4evermaat said:

I have run into 2 people who went to Kota Bharu to get a new ME non-immigrant visa (via Sungai Kolok). I joked that if you survived that perhaps you deserved the visa. They all admitted that it wasn't all that bad; wasn't much different that most Thai towns, except for a few more security checkpoints.

 

I will ask a 3rd person who had to work there.  But it wasn't that bad from what I remember.

I have been through on a van to Golok maybe 6 - 8 times, yes, you are right, nothing more than roadblocks manned by young kids, but once I saw frantic behavior from some pretty scary army guys on the side of the road - IED maybe? Wanted insurgent? I don't know, but it only takes one incident.

 

I have ridden through Yala, outskirts of town a few times to Betong, and come across some pretty serious army guys there .. people are ok, although I didn't stop on purpose for a chat, the GPS was going wonky and they came to chat.

 

Working in Hat Yai, we don't worry about checkpoints - they are lapse and inconvenient - but to work outside Chana - in the way to Pattani - no thanks.

 

The OP's question - I don't think he has to worry too much, I don't believe the Thai guy who thinks that a farang would be a good target, it depends where the guy is going, there are certain districts that are not cool, there are certain times when tension flares, however it takes one incident and it's game over, but then life's a gamble.

 

 

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8 hours ago, alanrchase said:


If you like statistics the drive there would probably more risky than living there.
 

 

 

 

Indeed, 24,000 people are estimated to die on Thailand's roads every year, whilst the war in the south has claimed 6,950 lives in 12 years.

If you're sensible and aren't too conspicuous you should be fine.

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Chances of get killed is not big but pray for your safety b4 come..haha

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