The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border. See Terrorism.
The FCO advise against all travel to the Preah Vihear (Khaoi Pra Viharn in Thai) temple area and the Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple area located on the Thai-Cambodian border due to the presence of troops in the area and the risk of outbreaks of fighting. See Cambodian border.
There is a high threat of terrorism. See Terrorism.
Political demonstrations continue in and around Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand. Some of these have been violent, including the use of firearms and grenades, and there have been casualties and deaths. The situation is unpredictable and further protests are expected. You should avoid protest sites.
On 21 January 2014, the Thai Government declared a 60-day State of Emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas from 22 January. Protest action in central Bangkok since 13 January has caused significant disruption to roads in affected areas, with knock-on effects across the city. The main protest site is at Lumpini Park. There are smaller protest sites at Ratchadamnoen (from Phan Fah to Royal Plaza), the government complex at Chaeng Watthana, Government House and the Ministry of Interior. There are also sporadic rallies to government offices and private companies.
There have been indiscriminate attacks involving weapons and explosives at protest sites and at protest marches. Attacks have taken place during the daytime and at night.
Voting in a national election took place on 2 February. There were protests and some violence during the election period and these may continue until all rounds of the election are completed and the results announced, which may take several months.
You should take extra care and avoid all protests, political gatherings, demonstrations and marches. If you’re travelling to the airport, allow extra time to take account of possible transport delays, and consider using the airport rail link. Monitor local news and social media for developments. See Political situation
The Thai authorities have set up a Tourist’s Friend Centre to provide information for tourists. Offices are located at the Sport Authority of Thailand in the Bangkapi district of Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, four BTS Skytrain stations (Siam, Phya Thai, Ekkamai and Wong Wian Yai) and Hua Lampong MRT station. You can also contact the Tourist’s Friend Centre by telephone on +66 (0)2 314 1212 (in English – 24 hours).
The majority of road traffic accidents in Thailand involve motorcycles, but accidents involving other vehicles including cars, coaches and mini-buses also occur. See Road travel
By law you must carry your passport with you at all times. Tourists have been arrested because they were unable to produce their passport. See Local laws and customs.
Penalties for possession, distribution or manufacture of drugs are severe and can include the death penalty. See Local laws and customs.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
Over 800,000 British nationals visit Thailand every year. Most visits are trouble-free, but incidents of crime (sometimes violent) can affect visitors. See Crime.