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Offline thaiga

173rd place: Bangkok ranks near bottom of ‘safe city’ list for expats

Out of 230 cities across the globe, Bangkok shamefully ranks 173rd when it comes to personal safety for expats, according to the Quality of Living Rankings by Mercer, which was released Tuesday.

But it isn’t all bad being an expat in Bangkok as the city came fifth in Southeast Asia in terms of good quality of living.

In the Asia Pacific region, Singapore dominates both lists as it ranked eighth place for personal safety and 26th place for the quality of living category.

Following Singapore in Southeast Asia was Malaysia, with Kuala Lumpur at 86th place and Johor Bahru at 103rd for quality of living. Also above Bangkok is Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei (102).

Other key Asian cities ranked highly in the quality of living index included Tokyo (44) and Hong Kong (70), followed by ..........

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Offline thaiga

Re: Is Bangkok safe? It depends who you're asking
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2016, 04:39:04 PM »
Maybe this will explain the above post a bit more and it is interesting reading. There are a number of reasons why people might not think Bangkok is safe ie. Attacks on expats tend to receive widespread coverage in international media. These incidents, however, are usually relatively isolated, the uproar surrounding them, a sign itself of how rare they are. and another thing to reinforce it by publishing surveys that make it seem as if places such as Bangkok are lawless and dangerous, when they do pretty well compared with a lot of other places.

Here have a read - Is Bangkok safe? It depends who you're asking Thanks to Maher Sattar

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Offline takeitor

I've got to say that, despite having lived there for a while, I have never felt in any serious personal danger in Bangkok, although I'm sure it pays to steer clear of some of the dodgier outskirts (as in any large city).  I suspect, though this is just supposition, that the type of expats who choose to live in Bangkok may be different, on average, than expats who decide to live in Singapore or KL and this inevitably leads to a different set of dangers.  You will not see the numbers of expats hanging around in nefarious bars in many other cities that you will in Bangkok.

I think it is horses for courses.  I always find a weekend away in the big smoke quite relaxing, and certainly not fraught with danger.  I'm always glad to get back to Korat though, as the pollution in Bangkok is not nice for more than a couple of days, especially at this time of year.
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Online Roger

Yes Takeitor. These dangers in BKK are exaggerated ! Never felt personal danger there but I don't dice with it either.
I remember Lagos in Nigeria and holdups - the local poor would just hold your Lady's arm out of the window and chop the finger to get the ring !
In Th. it depends what you want and where you want to be.
Myself - I visit BKK if essential. Pattaya and Phuket etc I don't need.
I'm not a 'frit' person but simply don't want to be in these places.
I'd guess that the 173rd place rating is right. And it's not an uproar. No-one is persecuting a case against Th. here but the truth does out.
And you need to post a new pic, as your hair is longer now !

Offline thaiga

Bangkok: Good for your health

Hi takitor, on the subject of pollution , i was suprised to learn the Air in Bangkok is less polluted than other world’s global cities. ie. Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Sydney.

Did you know that somewhere around three million people in the world die prematurely each year from outdoor pollution.
Bangkok has the lowest amount of air pollution of 28 cities in 19 surveyed popular holiday countries and received a score of “good,” writes Andrew Batt in Dot Property.

For those concerned about air quality when travelling abroad, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has commisioned a guide comparing air pollution levels in some of the world’s top holiday destinations.

If the AQI is over 151 you should avoid strenuous exercises or activities, so best keep out the seedy bars then. ;D
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Online Taman Tun

Never trust lists.  They are generally compiled by organizations with an interest in proving that their particular city/product/service is the one for you.  Bangkok always feels pretty safe to me, but if you want to go looking for trouble you can always find it.
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. Churchill
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Offline thaiga

Yes T/T i never trust surveys or stats either - but you wouldn't think you were asking for trouble by ordering a noodle soup would you.

Swiss man dies after choking on noodle soup - poor guy he was on holiday as well.

Swiss man dies after choking on noodle soup in Jomtien - Pattaya One

credit@Pattaya One Channel
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Offline thaiga

So we are all agreed that bangkok is quite safe for expats and if you want to go looking for trouble, need i say anymore.

According to a book by John Stapleton called Deadly Destination, this is what it reads.

The daily robbing, bashing, drugging, extortion and murder of foreign tourists on Thai soil, along with numerous scandals involving unsafe facilities and well established scams, has led to frequent predictions that Thailand's multi-billion dollar tourist industry will self-destruct. Instead tourist numbers more than doubled in the decade to 2014. The world might not have come to the hometowns of the many visitors fascinated by Thailand, but it certainly came to the Land of Smiles. more here: John-Stapleton

Well i'm glad to say i have not seen any of that - have you. Be interesting to know what you guys would think is the most
dangerous place to live in thailand and also which is the safest.

No - Home in bed will not be accepted  ;)
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