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Teenagers alone in Thailand

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Teenagers alone in Thailand

My 18 year old daughter is going travelling this summer with 3 other girl friends. Starting in Bangkok for 4 nights. As a worried mother can anyone tell me where I should ensure they avoid, where is dangerous and where is suitable? Thanks

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1. Re: Teenagers alone in Thailand

Its really like anywhere else in the world just as long asthere not out getting stupidly drunk and use there common sense they should be fine pattaya is somewhere i don't rate very highly as the crime rate here is higher that most other places in Thailand but most of the islands are very nice and people are really friendly I'm in samui and back and forwards to phangan a lot and is def worth a visit to the full moon party if they like that sort of thing, other than this just make sure they stick together n look after each other and they will be fine.

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And the Full Moon parties are one place l'd say they should avoid. Its rowdy, often to the point of violence, drug taking is rife and drunkeness the order of the day. To compound that, law enforcement is almost non existent.

Overall, Thailand is fairly safe for those who use their common sense, and don't do what they would not do at home.

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They should be OK as long as they use their common sense. Be wary of pickpockets and purse snatchers. Don't listen to unsolicited advice from strangers. Don't get drunk with anyone you don't know. Don't use any form of illegal drug. Stay off motorcycles unless that's genuinely the only form of local transportation (as it is on some islands).

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How long will there trip be? If they have a decent amount of time (and depending on what there interests are), I would suggest Bangkok, Chiang Mai (my favourite place), and an island like Koh Samui or elsewhere. Follow the good advice above, and I can't see too much going wrong.

Travel insurance is a must. They should read up on as much information as they can - scams, transport options, what the area is like where their hotel is, general tips, etc. - of which is easily done by reading the posts on this website. You can really glean a lot (I'm a first-timer who just went to Thailand last month)!

For everyday bags, I used my PacSafe (slash proof) bag, which I felt quite comfortable with - No incidents, but, I'm always mindful of my surroundings.

I concur with the above about how friendly people are (make sure they don't fall for the people who are too friendly though - like those who advise about the Grand Palace being closed, when it's actually not ... !).

Another thing - Make sure they read up on customs and general etiquette ...

I'm sure they'll have a wonderful time (and with many hotels offering free wifi, you could get her to Skype you often!)! :)

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Hi Ali - you might not get much of a say in the matter, once they get there. My youngest son went travelling when he was 18, and he hasn't stopped. My elder son was a little older when he went travelling alone, for 6 months. Needless to say that both had a fantastic time and got back safely. And to tell the truth, I'm just as worried about the fact that both are going on their first ski trip in a few weeks time.

If your daughter is sensible, then she should be fine - they just need to watch out for the obvious. The one thing I did absolutely ban, was riding bikes, but in actual fact, tragically, one of their friends died in a bike accident in Thailand, so that had more of a lasting effect then anything I could say.

The other thing, is to take out the best travel insurance you can, and read the small print. STA Travel provide a high quality product - I checked that they would be covered for all the usual things like tubing in Laos and bizarrely playing football on the beach. Some policies don't cover the things you and I think are obvious. They won't be covered for bikes or scooters if they don't have a licence - they might even need an international driving permit?? Others will know that.

The Full Moon Party is a draw, and a bit of a rite of passage. Maybe best to have a chat about the risks involved? Tell them to make sure they look out for one another, and be aware of drink spiking (it could just as easily happen London). Chiangmai is an obvious place to visit and it feels safe. Phi Phi is another popular destination.

The other thing I insisted on, with my youngest, was that the friends he was travelling with had our contact details and vice versa; we also had the contact details of their parents. This did come in handy on one occasion.

Chances are, they will have a wonderful time, and the trail is well trodden in Thailand, and they do look out for one another. In fact, it was because of their tales and photos, that we started going to Thailand, and haven't looked back since.

Hope this helps a little - I know exactly how you feel. (You could of course, do what our next door neighbour did, when her 18 year old daughter was back packing in Thailand. She and her husband, booked a holiday out there, so that if anything happened, they were in easy reach. Relatively!)

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6. Re: Teenagers alone in Thailand

Ali, I feel your pain! My daughter is leaving Thursday for a month in Thailand with a friend of hers...I've been drilling her and we've been doing TONS of research, reading, learning as much as we can online and talking to friends who have also gone.She'll be turning 21 there!! I remember the first time my daughter went to Cancun for spring break for the first time, I was a mess. Now she's done that for a few years so I'm good with her venturing off to Thailand. If she can handle 2 weeks Spring break Cancun style she can handle a moon party! Everyone else has given great advice. Skype, emails etc will help you keep calm. Make a plan for contact and stick with it. Time to let her spread her wings!

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Diva - have to agree about the 'Spring Break' - my youngest has done that too, and I have to agree about being well placed to do Thailand afterwards! Then there's the final party week in Ibiza!!!!

There are risks everywhere - half the time we don't know what they are doing - and particularly when they were at university.

Ali, she'll have a great time - its the only time I've been 'allowed' to be one of my eldest son's friends on Facebook- just so I could follow what he was doing through his photos. He deleted me once he got back! But, it was a great way of keeping touch. The other thing is to encourage her to get a SIMM card, and to Skype. Not to mention free wifi when she can.

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haha Mags, I'm sure when my girl is 40 I'll still be telling her 'don't take drinks from strangers, drink tons of water, don't even hold anyone's bags, etc etc LOL

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9. Re: Teenagers alone in Thailand

Sad thing is though Diva, that my 23 year is now trying to persuade us not to hire a car, when we are in Koh Samui, this Easter. Apparently, it's just too dangerous! Not to mention cocktails on the beach, eating street food and just about anything else that's fun.

I have to admit though, that in the past, I have told my sons to let me know after they had done the FMP! Ignorance is bliss.

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10. Re: Teenagers alone in Thailand

Hi Ali24,

My daughter and a friend had a wonderful time in Thailand. Both were 18 and they spent their time in Phuket (Patong) and Phi Phi. They indulged in some pretty hard partying and bar-going but never struck any trouble, except for one incident in Patong, which involved predatory westerners, not Thais. Thankfully they had their wits about them and managed to stay safe. They never felt worried about their possessions - purse-snatching just wasn't an issue. Phi Phi was the best experience - they spent most nights at Hippies Bar in the company of a lot of adoring young Thai guys. We received at least one email every day, usually more, and that kept us happy.

So - I'm sure they'll be safe, like the hoards of other youngsters who go there, but do tell them to watch out for lecherous Europeans in Patong bars, and stick together!