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17 Nov

Thailand revealed as one of world’s most dangerous holiday destinations

Thailand has been branded as one of the world's most dangerous places to visitThailand is one of the deadliest countries to visit in the world according to a recently released book by author John Stapleton. 

The book, called Thailand: Deadly Destination, says that large amounts of crime, violence and police corruption mean that the country is one of the world’s most dangerous places to visit for holidaymakers.

The Land of Smiles, which is what Thailand is commonly called, has seen a huge increase in the number of holidaymakers visiting the country since 1960, but as a result of recent scandals, tourists are being advised to be careful and to ensure that they have annual travel insurance cover when they visit the country.

Relations between visitors and Thais have strained

John Stapleton’s book says; “In reality, the relations between ethnic Thais and foreigners are often difficult; and there has been growing friction and disengagement, a drift from curiosity to contempt, as visitor numbers have increased.

“While many foreigners leave the country happy, there are equally thousands of travellers from Europe, America, Australia, India and the Middle East, both short-time tourists and long-term residents, leaving the country impoverished, distressed, frightened and unlikely to ever return.”

According to a report in the Daily Mail, figures from the British government show that there were 362 deaths and 267 hospitalisations of British tourists in the 12 months to April 2014, which again highlights the importance of buying specialist medical travel insurance, especially if you are visiting Thailand.

Consequently, the UK’s Ministry of Tourism are estimating that the number of holidaymakers visiting Thailand will decrease from 30 million this year to 25 million in 2015, with holidaymakers favouring other destinations across the globe.

This decline in holidaymakers has also likely been influenced by recent bad press that Thailand has received, with recent protests in the country hitting the headlines and the recent news of two British backpackers being murdered while travelling.

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