Risks are for real when you are globetrotting. The recent mishaps that befell two your travellers in the beach of Thailand are proofs that young travellers must not ignore safety precautions to stay safe in foreign lands. It is not just Thailand; every destination has some real dangers but some are riskier. This is why travellers must heed travel advisories. Remember, your safety as a traveller is as much as your responsibility as it by the host country.
Vacationers bound to Thailand must be in a panic mode right now with the recent news flashing across the headlines – first about the murders of the two British tourists and now the banning of the beach parties in some of the most popular islands in the country. While it is easy to justify that it is for the guests’ safety, it is undeniable that those who have booked a holiday in the islands are looking for other ways to enjoy the spot. Without the beach parties, those who are already booked need to check out other promising ways to enjoy the islands.
The Briton Murder Aftermath: Bans on Beach Parties
Read all about it in this news article “Thailand Bans Beach Parties in Wake of Briton Murders” posted in The Telegraph – World News/Asia Section
All-night parties to be outlawed on Koh Tao, Samui and Phangan after the murder of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller, but infamous ‘Full Moon’ escapes the crackdown.
The ban on parties covers all islands in the province which, as well as Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, includes Koh Samui.
… Chatpong Chatputhi, governor of Surat Thani province which includes Koh Tao, said all beach parties would now be banned – except for the infamous Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan – following their murders.
“We’ve reached a point where we need to clean up the image of tourism in the province including beach parties that can get out of control and lead to violence,” Mr Chatpong told Reuters.
“This is aimed at tourists’ safety. Sometimes these parties are held at secluded locations that are difficult to reach and where we cannot offer adequate protection.”
The double mishap has negatively affected Thailand tourism, which makes up for almost 10 percent of the country’s GNP. Authorities say it caused the industry to take a dip. This is simply too much to take when the tourism is still trying to recover from political unrest following the May 22 coup.
An Effort to Keep Tourist Safe
How does Thailand save the plunging economy generated by the tourism sector? In the face of the dent in the economy, it is understandable that the Thailand government would impose policies and programs to keep tourists coming. There are efforts being undertaken now and these are shared to you by Ian Broad of Mail Online. In his article “Thailand plans to make EVERY tourist wear electronic tags in the wake of the double-murder of British backpackers on Koh Tao pleasure beach published in Daily Mail Online – NewsSection, Broad enumerated Thailand’s various plans and programs of action, to wit:
- Plans for all visitors to be given their own ‘electronic tracking device’
- Tourists to be issued with a serial number and ID wristband at hotels
- Travellers may also be paired up with local minders during their stay
All these are expected to improve the security of foreign guests, yet the government is also expecting that it will not be fully appreciated by some. It is, therefore important to combine the strategies to warrant an enhanced security for the tourists. While the government seriously pursues strategic security measures, it is equally important for tourists to see to it that they also adhere to safety protocols and guidelines.
Thailand is a beautiful country that’s endowed with lots of attractions, history and culture. Many choose this destination, not only for its charm and boisterous beach parties, but also for the serene beaches that can relax and invigorate stressed people. So, while parties on the beaches are on hold, come to Thailand and discover its many other allures. If you are booked for the Full Moon Party, rejoice because it is exempted from the ban. Be warned, however, and take safety close to your heart.