Foreign nationals have been caught up in property scams.Several British nationals also face criminal defamation charges for alleging fraud and malpractice.See the Tourism Thailand website and seek advice locally before you travel to this part of the country.Only cross into Burma at an official border checkpoint, and after obtaining any relevant permissions/visas from the Burmese and Thai authorities.The political situation in Thailand is unpredictable and sometimes volatile.Over recent years there have been instances of civil and political unrest resulting in large demonstrations and in some cases violence. Article 44 of the interim constitution gives wide powers to General Prayuth Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister and head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).Foreigners have had items snatched by thieves on motorbikes when walking along busy streets or travelling in open transport like tuk tuks.
Not all land border crossings into Laos are open to foreigners and you may need to get a Laos visa before you arrive to cross the border. Suvarnabhumi International Airport is the city’s main international airport.Be careful about taking drinks from strangers and at clubs and parties, or leaving your drinks unattended, particularly in Koh Samui, Pattaya and at the Full Moon party on Koh Phangan, where date rapes have been reported.Alcohol and drugs can lead to you being less alert, less in control and less aware of your environment resulting in accidents, injuries, robbery, assaults and lost travel documents. Drinks served in bars overseas are often stronger than those in the UK. There have been incidents of ATM skimming in Thailand.Some foreign (including British) and Thai journalists, human rights defenders and members of the public face criminal charges, including for defamation and sedition, for raising concerns and making political comments.Be on your guard against pickpockets and bag snatchers.