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a VirtualTourist member asked on Mar 3, 2010


Safety for children in Phuket/Patong

Hi travellers,
We are travelling to Phuket in June with our 2 children.Toddler & school age.
I have heard that Phuket is dangerous for children, in our newspapers there have been reports in recent years of alleged kidnappings of Western children.
Ofcourse our kids will never be allowed out of our sight.
I would like to know if Phuket is a safe destination for children and if there is a high risk of kidnapping?
thanks for your help.

7 Answers

answered on 3/3/10 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

I do not know to which newspapers you refer, but I have never heard of any kidnappings of Western children in Phuket or anywhere else in Thailand, nor can I find any information about this on the internet other than mention of an Australian father who staged the kidnapping of his own daughter, and the alleged kidnapping of a child survivior of the tsunami.

I have not yet visited Thailand, but I doubt destinations such as Phuket would be offered as family package holidays by e.g. UK tour operators if the location was unsafe.

There is no mention of kidnapping threats in the UK FCO travel advisory for Thailand:

nor in the Australian equivalent:

nor the US:

I hope these links will reassure you.

answered on 3/3/10 by
a VT member from London

I have been going to Thailand at least once a year since 1989 and I do keep up to date with what goes on there via the Internet reading the English language newspapers the Nation and Bangkok Post and I do not recall any instance of such kidnappings. Also like Leics as said any such crimes would have been reported extensively by the western agenies such as CNN, BBC and Sky. I see lots of families with children of all ages having great holidays in Thailand - I hope you get to join them.



answered on 3/4/10 by
a VT member from England

I see many western Families on Phuket beaches but never heard of any Kidnappings in Thailand about western Children and like someone has said it would be big news.

Phuket is perfectly safe as any other beach in Thailand, so stop reading all these bad stories in the papers and enjoy your holiday.

answered on 3/4/10 by
a VT member from Bangkok

Do you have any links to sites reporting these alleged crimes? Or is this a rumour along the lines of other urban legends like the kidney thieves?

answered on 3/5/10 by
a VT member from Perth

Totally agree with all previous posting not sure which newspapers you have been reading but I have never heard such nonsense or seen on my numerous trips to Thailand. Phuket and in fact Thailand swarms with children both Thai & Western and I have never witnessed anything more than extreme kindness from the local people towards children. Get a good hotel complete with kids club and you wil have a fab time without fear of kidnap.

answered on 3/6/10 by
a VT member from Bangkok

Never in my 20 years of travelling to Phuket have i heard of kidnapping a Western kid! Please send us a link to your newspaper sources!
Phuket is one of the safest and best destinations on offer for kids.

answered on 5/17/10 by
a VT member

Phuket is a very safe place for children I have been going to Phuket with my children (Blue eyed Blonde hair)
They have been travelling with me since they were babies they are both aged 12 now and we go to Phuket every 2 years
My children love Thailand any part of it .
you will find the Thai's love western children not to kidnap them they will touch their face's and to my son's dislike some lightly pinch his cheeks
You only have to smile and ask them not to touch and there is no problem but please smile and be nice when you say this
we will be back again this year in July until September.
Please go to Phuket without fear and enjoy

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