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Health and Safety

For a city of its size, Bangkok is relatively safe; however, you still need to practice common sense. Don't accept food or drinks from strangers, as there have been reports of people being drugged and robbed. If you plan to enjoy a massage in your hotel room, put your valuables in the safe. Bangkok is no more dangerous for women than any other major city, but it's still best to avoid walking alone at night (take a taxi if you're out late).

Beware of hustlers who claim that your hotel is overbooked. They'll try to convince you to switch to one that pays them a commission. Also avoid anyone trying to sell you on an overpriced taxi or limo. Proceed to the taxi stand; these taxis will use a meter.

Contact the Tourist Police first in an emergency. For medical attention, Bumrungrad Hospital and Bangkok Nursing Hospital are considered the best.

Emergency Services

Ambulance. Bangkok, 1669.

Fire. Bangkok, 199.

Police. Bangkok, 191.

Tourist Police. Bangkok, 1155.


Bangkok Nursing Home Hospital. 9/1 Convent Rd., Silom (Bang Rak), Bangkok, 10500. 02/686–2700;

Bumrungrad Hospital. 33 Sukhumvit, Soi 3, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, 10110. 02/667–1000;


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