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Thailand ‘among top 20 most dangerous countries’ to visit

By THE NATION

 

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THAILAND HAS been ranked as one of the 20 most dangerous countries in the world for tourists, with high rates of crime and violence and low reliability of police services, according to a recent survey.

 

Of the 136 countries around the world covered by the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, which was released last month, Thailand sits at 118th with a 4.0 score for safety and security for tourists. 

 

The index indicates a country’s exposure of tourists and businesses to security risks, considering serious harm such as violence and terrorism. 

 

While a score of seven is considered the best for visitors, Finland is ranked No 1 with a score of 6.7, while Colombia, regarded as the most dangerous country for travellers, is the lowest with a score of 2.6.

 

Among Asean countries, the Philippines is the most dangerous, placed 126th with a score of 3.6, and Singapore is at the top (6th and 6.5). 

 

The violence that flared in Thailand’s deep South in early 2004 took more than 6,800 lives. 

 

The southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, bordering with Malaysia, are the trouble hot spots. 

 

While historical and ethno-religious grievances are behind the bloody unrest in the predominantly Muslim region, the causes of the occasional attacks in Bangkok, notably since the 2014 military coup, are largely unknown. Authorities have no clear explanation. 

 

The latest bombing at the military-run Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok took place on May 20, wounding more than 20 people. 

 

Investigations on that case and previous explosions have made little progress.

 

Responsible military units in the capital say the junta has plenty of measures to assure safety and security for tourists. 

 

“We have enough surveillance cameras in public places and security officials are working in many locations to closely monitor groups of people who have the potential to create trouble,” said Chalermphon Srisawat, commander of the Second Cavalry Division.

 

The military has also engaged with hotels where foreign guests mostly stay to take care of safety and security, he said. 

 

Hotel operators are required to submit their guest lists to authorities, he said.

 

However, the WEF report says that Thailand’s overall safety performance has barely improved, as it was 34th with a 4.4 score in 2017 from 35th with 4.3 in 2015. 

 

Other indicators include business environment, health and hygiene, information and communication technology openness, price competitiveness, environment sustainability and tourist service infrastructure. 

 

The country did well on tourism service infrastructure with a 5.8 score. The lowest score was found in cultural resources with only 2.8. 

 

Thailand welcomed nearly 30 million visitors with international inbound receipts of US$44.5 billion (Bt1.5 trillion) last year. Tourism is a key engine for the country’s economic growth. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30317678

 
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2 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

and low reliability of police services,

Nah,

More fake news ! :cheesy:

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Please help me understand this article. 

 It says thailand is in the top 20 most dangerous countries to visit. Then next it says the report places Thailand  118 out of 136 countries. with a placement of 4 . I do not know about the rest of you but 118 seems to not be in the top 20. What is this article trying to say?

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10 minutes ago, lovelomsak said:

Please help me understand this article. 

 It says thailand is in the top 20 most dangerous countries to visit. Then next it says the report places Thailand  118 out of 136 countries. with a placement of 4 . I do not know about the rest of you but 118 seems to not be in the top 20. What is this article trying to say?

#1 being the least dangerous eh!

 

It would have helped if they had said bottom 20, but you know these guys want to be near the top.

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Melbourne, Australia has rampant crime of late. Forced home invasions, car jackings, aggravated burglaries and senseless crime.. In Bangkok I feel extremely safe and haven't had any issues, nor for anywhere in Thailand... Melbourne was the most liveable city but no longer... 

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10 minutes ago, lovelomsak said:

Please help me understand this article. 

 It says thailand is in the top 20 most dangerous countries to visit. Then next it says the report places Thailand  118 out of 136 countries. with a placement of 4 . I do not know about the rest of you but 118 seems to not be in the top 20. What is this article trying to say?

Maths wasn't one of the reporters strongest subjects, after all this is Thailand.

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35 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

...Thailand sits at 118th with a 4.0 score.

Isn't Thailand 4.0 that same magic number that the PM keeps on talking about. 

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It's certainly the most dangerous place I have ever worked, which includes South Africa and the Middle East.Those places you only needed to worry about the non uniformed criminals.

I am sure we will hear some garbage denial in the morning, explaining how they haven't taken something totally insignificant into account, that changes nothing other than a semblance of "face" being saved, but ignores reality. Which also means they will do nothing to improve it either.

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Must be No. 1, in the falling from balconies category.

regards worgeordie

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1 hour ago, owenm said:

Melbourne, Australia has rampant crime of late. Forced home invasions, car jackings, aggravated burglaries and senseless crime.. In Bangkok I feel extremely safe and haven't had any issues, nor for anywhere in Thailand... Melbourne was the most liveable city but no longer... 

Hobart has now become the most liveable city

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1 hour ago, 4MyEgo said:

You could say multiculturalism has created a safer Australia old son, she once was the lucky country until the politicians changed the rules, took the gravy away and left nothing for the workers and expats, just keeps throwing money at the M's, that or I am delirious.

The aborigines have always found Australia unlucky! 

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Maths wasn't one of the reporters strongest subjects, after all this is Thailand.


Thailand might be sharing same score with the bottom pack so it's ranked top 20 in the list score wise.

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6 hours ago, Machiavelli said:

The aborigines have always found Australia unlucky! 

You mean since 1770

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Either way you look at it you know its right, a tourist nightmare place to visit

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