Is it safe to travel to Thailand? Holiday UPDATE after mysterious tourist death on Koh Tao
KOH TAO island in Thailand has been shrouded in mystery after the death of a Belgian backpacker. Here’s the latest travel advice from the Foreign Office.
Her body has been found on the popular island in Thailand, with authorities investigating her death.
However is it still safe for holidaymakers to head to Thailand?
Britain’s Foreign Office (FCO) has warned travellers about violent activity on the Samui archipelago, where Koh Tao is located.
The FCO said: “British nationals make over one million visits to Thailand every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
“But there have been attacks (sometimes violent), particularly on the islands of Samui archipelago.”
The country is still in a state of mourning following the death of the king, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
A year of mourning is currently taking place, with a ceremony due to take place later this year in October 2017.
The FCO has issued some guidance to Britons who plan to travel to the south Asian country or are currently there.
On its website, the FCO wrote: “You should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time.
“During the mourning period, the Tourism Authority of Thailand encourages visitors to continue with their travel plans as normal.”
Tourists are also advised to stay vigilant, especially during symbolic dates or celebrations.
The country suffered terrorist attacks earlier this year with explosions in Bangkok in April and May.
The FCO website states: “Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Thailand.
“You should take care, particularly in public places, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media reports.”However, a rise in crime and deaths across the islands has raised fears of the security and safety of the South-east Asian destination.
The death of the young couple who were killed in 2014 shocked the nation after they were found on a popular beach in Koh Tao. Two Burmese bar workers were sentenced to death for their murders. – Express
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