Overall, our destinations are safe places in which to travel. Physical attacks and other crimes against “the person” are far less likely than in many other “developed” nations. Just as you need to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety when out and about in your home country, you need to keep your wits about you abroad as well. The following represents the best advice in regard to many aspects of personal safety and security to be considered during your time in Asia. Be mindful of this advice and it may help reduce an already low probability of encountering any trouble.
When considering your personal safety “common sense precautions” still reign supreme – just like anywhere else.
Lock up Valuables: Though there are relatively few reports of people being pick pocketed or mugged, there are plenty of horror stories about guests in hotels who have had their valuables stolen while they were out. Most hotels, guest houses and even bungalows offer in-room safes. Make sure you use yours to lock up your wallet, electronics or anything else valuable. Also, lock up your luggage or keep it on your person when taking long bus trips!
Don’t eat pre-prepared foods: Our destinations (Especially Thailand – FP) have some of the best street food in the world and most of it is freshly prepared in a sanitary fashion. Aside from tasting great and costing little, you get to watch your food being made, so you know everything that goes into it. The one thing to watch out for is food that’s been pre-prepared and is sitting in a big pot or vat. If you must try something that’s been sitting around, boil it before eating.
Wear a helmet: Or, perhaps skip renting a motorcycle or hopping on a motorcycle taxi altogether. While it’s tempting to ‘do-as-the-locals-do’, remember that motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of injury to tourists. If you do get on a motorbike, at least make sure to wear a helmet.
Be cautious at night: It may be tempting to take a solitary moonlight stroll on a deserted beach or wander the city streets by yourself in the middle of the night, but be extremely careful! If you don’t know your surroundings well, or know where to quickly find help if you should need it, you’ll put yourself in unnecessary danger. When going out for a night on the town, it’s especially important to stay with a friend and pay extra caution to your surroundings. Most crimes against “the person” happen in party settings, so mind your P’s and Q’s and keep an eye out for eachother.
Beaches & swimming: Most beaches don’t have lifeguard protection. Be aware of posted signs indicating no swimming areas, areas of rip current, areas of undertow and where swimming is otherwise dangerous. Of course, you should avoid swimming alone or under the influence of alcohol.