Chiang Mai is a fairly safe place to visit.  Having said this, there are certain precautions that the tourist to this Thai town should take in order to keep their trip trouble free.

Because Chiang Mai has a contrast of wealthy tourists and poor locals, petty theft does occur, which means that visitors should take certain precautions. 

  • Don’t carry around large amounts of money, and avoid wearing expensive jewellery or looking flashy. 
  • Drawing unnecessary attention to one’s self is never a good idea. 
  • Try blending into the crowd instead of sticking out. 
  • Leaving irreplaceable items in hotel rooms or guest houses is not a wise decision.  Instead, see if a security lock box is available.  If not, store the valuables with the accommodation’s front desk, but make sure to obtain an itemised receipt before leaving the valuables behind.
  • Avoid travelling alone at night in quiet and dimly lit areas - this is a general recommendation for any unfamiliar area, but should be followed in Chiang Mai as well. 
  • Drinking water out of the tap is not recommended. Some hotels have good filtration systems, but it is better to purchase bottled water. It is available at any convenience store (7-11s are everywhere) and is very cheap, starting at 10฿ per litre.    

Further information on Personal Safety and security advice;

General Advice on Personal Safety - LINK

Health & Safety - LINK

Touts, Scams and Cons - LINK

Emergency Phone Numbers - LINK