Bangkok Podcast: Is Bangkok Safe?

2017-10-18T21:48:02+07:00August 22nd, 2010|Bangkok Podcast Season 1, Expat Experiences|10 Comments

Bangkok Podcast 15: Is Bangkok Safe?

Bangkok is a sprawling, steamy city of roughly 8 million that can give any other metropolis a run for its money. Naturally, crime and violence are a reality of everyday life, although not on the same scale as other notorious places like Rio de Janeiro, New York or Johannesburg. Despite this, one of the most common questions we get is: is Bangkok safe?

The short answer to this question is: yes, Bangkok overall is a very safe city. However, living here does require a certain amount of street smarts and a bit of knowledge about how things in Thailand work if you’re to navigate successfully around the odd pitfall. On this episode, Tony and Greg talk about their experiences trying to avoid crime and violence, give a few sage tips on what to do if something does go awry, and share a few of their personal encounters with the ugly side of living in a huge city.

Tony also vents about Google’s dominance annoyance over online advertising, and Greg talks about his trip on the new Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link (SARL) and ponders whether people will choose to avoid the taxis for the new electric rail system.

Show Links:

YouTube is Dying (YouTube Exposed)

Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link


  1. Brook August 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Another great one guys! Keep it up!

    5 years ago my then fiance (farang) was mugged in our building in her bath towel… My advice? Kind of just like you said. Over the years, Thai people have been lovely, helpful and great… …but some people see us (farangs) as very opportunistic targets…

    Luckily my now wife wasn’t harmed and we only lost a few hundred Baht from her purse, but we did spend the next day and a half at the local Thai Police Station once they caught the teenage kid and were needed for questioning and the all-so-Thai photo shoot for the local newspaper…

  2. Bob August 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Don’t like Google’s products? What are you German?

    • Tony August 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      Yes my father was German.

  3. Jack September 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    I really like the show, i’m coming to BKK by december thanks for all the tips….i hope we will see video podcast from your guys…cheers

  4. Vin September 11, 2010 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Hey Greg,

    I have a theory as to why the kid was trying to attack you. Mistaken identity.

    He may have had an altercation with another farang who looked kind of like you. Since Westerners all look the same to most Asians, he saw you and thought you were the person who “wronged” him.

    That’s my theory.

    • Tony September 11, 2010 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      Only if the Thai guy had an altercation with Homer Simpson! 😉

  5. tommy black September 21, 2010 at 12:28 am - Reply

    Hi there guys, can u plz tell me if there is a train from bangkok airport to nana area??



    • Tony September 21, 2010 at 10:19 am - Reply

      No train directly to Nana Station. Take the City train from the airport to Phaya Thai Station, then transfer to the BTS line going to Nana.

  6. James Nardell December 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    For what it’s worth, generally speaking, I feel that Bangkok is a pretty safe place for those wishing to conduct business or take part in tourism. I feel safer in Bangkok, especially late at night, than I do in London.

    I have put together some thoughts on what I have both learned, and experienced, over the past 18 years in Bangkok [regarding safety] in this video.

    • Greg December 21, 2017 at 7:57 am - Reply

      Nice! Thanks James and yeah, we feel the same way.

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