Is Khao Lak Safe?
Tsunamis, Crime, Thailand’s Deep South:
What to know about safety in Khao Lak
Is Khao Lak Safe ? The area is pretty much back to normal after 2004’s Boxing Day tsunami. Rest assured that tsunamis are relatively rare events and that the Andaman Sea area now has an alarm system that is regularly tested.
Thailand’s Deep South
It is easy to see news reports of problems in the deep south of Thailand in the three provinces that have significant Muslim populations. There, yes, significant problems exist and you should not travel to that area unless you have good reason and someone who knows the area with you. But, the truth is that those three provinces are a hard day’s drive south of Khao Lak – and sit right on the border with Malaysia. What is happening there is not likely to affect you in Khao Lak.
Crime in General in Khao Lak
There is some crime everywhere in Thailand – like with most countries, but most of it seems to be criminal or “mafia” related crime where the bad buys are fighting it out with each other. Even this is much more common in Phuket than in Khao Lak. There is also some theft and robbery, but probably quite a bit less than in most Western countries. Be careful, as you would back home, but don’t be overly concerned.
Most people who have spent significant time in Khao Lak and Thailand in general, find them to be safer places than the crime-infested cities in the West. And Thailand in general, like much of Asia tends to be safer in terms of major crime than most Western countries. Petty crimes and pilferage by people who are very hungry or poor does exist, but generally these problems are far away from the resort areas.
Be careful, pay attention, don’t wave fist fulls of money about and you’ll be just fine.
Safety message from US Department of State about Thailand