UK Foreign Office: Alarming increase in Brits dying whilst in Thailand

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The British government has released comprehensive data on the number of UK nationals who have died in Thailand between 2014 to 2016

In response to a Freedom of Information request, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released information about about the numbers of British citizens who have died in Thailand 2014 – 2016, broken down by age and circumstances of death.

The figures below are for all those British nationals where the FCO has been made aware of the death, the report says.

The data is split into five age categories: 0 – 15 years,  16 – 30 years, 31 – 50 years; 50+ years; Unknown.

And lists a range of different causes of death such as, Accidental, Drowning, Hospital death, Murder or manslaughter and Suicide.

The figures show a considerable increase in the number of of British nationals in the 50+ age group who have died in Thailand.

According to the data, in 2014 263 Brits aged 50+ died in Thailand, with the biggest cause of death recorded as ‘Natural Death’.

In 2015, the number of deaths jumped to 281.

However, in 2016, 378 Brits aged 50+ died in Thailand, with the most common cause of death recorded as ‘unknown’ (142).

This recent data confirms previously released stats that an average of more than one Brit per day dies in Thailand each year.

British citizens who have died in Thailand

Published 16 August 2017 – Download CSV 2.2KB

British national deaths in Thailand, broken down by age:

0 – 15 years

2014

2015

2016

Death – Accidental

0

0

0

Death – Drowning

0

0

0

Death – Execution

0

0

0

Death – Hospital death

0

0

0

Death – Missing

0

0

0

Death – Murder or manslaughter

0

0

0

Death – Natural death

1

1

1

Death – None [1]

0

0

0

Death – Road traffic accident

0

0

0

Death – Suicide

0

0

0

Death – Unknown [2]

0

1

0

Death – In custody

0

0

0

British national deaths in Thailand, broken down by age:

16 – 30 years

2014

2015

2016

Death – Accidental

4

2

1

Death – Drowning

0

0

1

Death – Execution

0

0

0

Death – Hospital death

0

0

1

Death – Missing

0

0

1

Death – Murder or manslaughter

2

0

0

Death – Natural death

1

3

0

Death – None

0

0

0

Death – Road traffic accident

2

2

2

Death – Suicide

3

1

0

Death – Unknown

7

4

6

Death – In custody

0

0

0

British national deaths in Thailand, broken down by age:

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31 – 50 years

2014

2015

2016

Death – Accidental

5

7

3

Death – Drowning

0

0

0

Death – Execution

0

0

0

Death – Hospital death

0

0

0

Death – Missing

0

0

3

Death – Murder or manslaughter

0

0

0

Death – Natural death

9

9

4

Death – None

0

0

1

Death – Road traffic accident

7

4

2

Death – Suicide

2

5

2

Death – Unknown

16

12

15

Death – In custody

0

0

1

British national deaths in Thailand, broken down by age:

50+ years

2014

2015

2016

Death – Accidental

4

2

6

Death – Drowning

0

0

1

Death – Execution

0

0

0

Death – Hospital death

0

0

60

Death – Missing

0

0

14

Death – Murder or manslaughter

0

1

0

Death – Natural death

180

185

135

Death – None

0

0

5

Death – Road traffic accident

5

6

4

Death – Suicide

6

4

9

Death – Unknown

68

83

142

Death – In custody

0

0

2

British national deaths in Thailand, broken down by age: Unknown

2014

2015

2016

Death – Accidental

1

2

2

Death – Drowning

0

0

0

Death – Execution

0

0

0

Death – Hospital death

0

0

5

Death – Missing

0

0

4

Death – Murder or manslaughter

0

0

1

Death – Natural death

9

15

11

Death – None

0

0

1

Death – Road traffic accident

1

3

0

Death – Suicide

0

0

0

Death – Unknown

11

3

6

Death – In custody

0

0

0

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  • Not to be insensitive but a bunch of deaths (all Nationalities) could be avoided by tourists acting responsibily. Stop treating Thailand like a toilet where anything goes. Drink your limit, act like adults, and treat Thai people with a little respect. I see drunk idiots, racists assholes, and drugged out dim wits all over. No wonder they find themselves in bad situations. Been in Thailand for 12 years with absolutely zero bad situations. Act accordingly and you will have a vacation of a lifetime. Obviously there are accidents so this does not apply to all deaths. I just see it apply to a lot of them!

    • Can’t disagree that.

    • I agree bud, I party hard there, till god awful hours in the morning !! BUT..I always respect the locals, I piss in the hotels and not the streets and I dont cruise the Walking Street like some thug looking for a brawl…respect the lands and people you visit.

  • Victor Foster Daniel Faithfull Mark Cooper Dennis Johnson James Kelly

  • You’re rite there Jack.! Too many idiots go there now. Why don’t they fuck off back to Spain.!!