Phuket is one of the more popular tourist destinations in the country. With an international airport of its own, many tourists choose to make Phuket their first stop on a trip around the country. However, while Thailand is generally a safe country for solo female travelers, it’s always a good idea to be aware of what to expect before you visit. In this article, we’re going to provide some tips that should make your trip to Phuket as safe as it is enjoyable.
1. Choose Safe Accommodation
Whether you’re traveling on a budget or have a bit more money to spend, it’s always worth researching your accommodation options and booking a room before you arrive. Paying $5 for a night in a dormitory may sound like a good choice, but you will be putting yourself at risk if you choose to do this. Instead, check out the Holiday Inn hotels in Patong Beach Phuket, or the female only hostels. These will both be much safer than a bed in a fixed dorm, ensuring you get an undisturbed and comfortable sleep.
2. Stick to the Tourist Areas at Night
While Thailand is a generally safe country, the unlit alleys and dark streets can become as unfriendly as those in your hometown after dark. If you plan on venturing out in the evening, make sure to stay in the well-lit tourist areas as these will be much safer. If your hotel isn’t located in one of these areas, don’t risk walking home alone. Either find someone to accompany you or flag down one of the official taxis to drive you. This holds true for the beach as well; don’t walk alone during the night.
3. Be Aware of Bag Snatchers
Although violent crime is rare in Thailand, petty crime is unfortunately quite common, especially in the main tourist hotspots. Ride-by bag snatching is one of the main crimes that tourists experience, and it’s one that could be catastrophic if you are carrying around all of your valuables. What happens is that a motorbike comes up close to you on the sidewalk, and the back passenger grabs your bag from your shoulder. Tourists often have little time to react and before they know it, their possessions are gone.
To reduce the chance of this happening to you, keep away from the outer edge of the sidewalk when walking. Keep your valuables hidden, and don’t carry anything on your person that you don’t need.
4. Avoid Party Drugs
Although Phuket isn’t as well known for its full moon parties as Koh Phangan, you’ll still find full moon and half moon parties being held on Paradise Beach. These are often a place where tourists like to get drunk and try some party drugs. We recommend avoiding this anyway, but it’s especially important as a solo female traveler. First of all, drugs impair your judgement and may lead you to do things you wouldn’t normally. Second, Thai drugs can be cut with poisonous substances which could kill you. And third, drugs are illegal in Thailand and the penalties are severe. It’s really not something you should be messing about with.
Phuket is a fantastic place to start your Thai vacation. Keep the above tips in mind and you should have no trouble at all.