Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

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Re: Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

Post by Spitfire » Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:18 pm

That might well be true Kendo.
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Re: Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

Post by Norseman » Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:55 pm

No, and I do agree with Spitfire.
Thailand has changed for the worst and this has happened very slowly.
I've been here for 12 years and the Thai youth mentality have changed from OK to not so OK.
I have a stepson of soon 18 y.o. and if you really believe that the Thais don't change, (just like us) then you're wrong.
They change.
Some to the good others to the bad.
Just like everybody else in the world.
We all have our own experiences but this is all just like private experiences.
Thailand has changed.
No question about it.

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Re: Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

Post by STEVE G » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:07 pm

There has been a bit of an explosion in drug abuse amongst young Thais in the last 5-10 years that doesn't ever seem to make the news. We don't let our step-son go back to the village in Issan anymore because it's getting so bad.

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Re: Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

Post by buksida » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:21 pm

Obviously with the explosion in handheld camera smartphones and the likes of Farcebook we're getting access to a lot more violent video footage than we ever did before so we're going to see a lot more ...

... but I tend to agree with the above, having lived here for nearly 20 years, Thailand has definitely become more violent and there is a lot more animosity directed at foreigners than there ever was before. Whether this is simply because there are a lot more foreigners here now ... or those in power have stoked the fires of nationalism to almost rabid levels remains to be seen.
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Re: Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

Post by Bamboo Grove » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:36 pm

"Naklengs" have always been around. I heard about them in -89 when I started living in Thailand. Whether the problem is more serious now or just more widely reported, I don't know.
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Re: Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

Post by JW » Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:57 am

16 years here, many late nights out till the wee hrs..never had a sniff of an issue. The attack on my dad in 2003 was down to a scorned girlfriend and dad didnt know the ropes until it was to late..the girl in question was a wrong un and cant come back to HH.
Bottom line with the horrible Song Kran incident is that if the foreigners had walked on then nothing would have happened..if something is brewing walk away. No condoning the attack,, especially the kick the old lady received but tourists should be given more information about how to be respectful and polite.

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Re: Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

Post by JamesWest » Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:06 pm

When I was in Korat last year for Songkran, during the daytime, Thai teenagers were very carefully wiping your face with wet powder, no problem.

In Binabaht on the night of the attacks, teenage Thai boys were rubbing the mixture in your face, over your eyes and mouth, very aggressively. Someone mixed some sort of irritant in the powder and I had to wash it off, as my face started burning.

I was wearing safety glasses.

I have to say Songkran at night to me feels more like Halloween in the USA, were as a teenage boy I got into all sorts of mischief.

As for HH being safe, I would worry more about getting killed crossing the street than getting attacked.
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Re: Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

Post by kendo » Sat Apr 30, 2016 1:35 pm

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As for HH being safe, I would worry more about getting killed crossing the street than getting attacked.[/quote]

I tend to agree with that sentiment. Apply the same common sence you would in your own country and a little bit more. New year in any tourist area or boozed fueled city centre has the catalist to go off. I enjoy my beer for me I would go out about 2 and home around 10 before it get a bit clicky.
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Re: Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

Post by Stargeezer » Tue May 03, 2016 6:32 am

I think that Hua Hin and Thailand is just as safe as a lot of places in the world.
As some other commenters say,, it is a foreign country so know that fact and try to
be careful if you are out and about too late, especially during one of the
holidays. I was in Hua Hin two years ago on New Years Eve. I stayed at the
U Turn bar until after Midnight, then I walked all the way from there to Soi
94 and back of the tracks about one km. There were a few others still lucky to
catch tuk tuks and other cabs, but unfortunately for me, I walked as the wait time was long for
the taxis and tuk tuks. I only seen one argument , and no fights that night, and my walk
to my rented apartment was uneventful. When people visit Thailand and other countries,
Do try to read about the customs a bit and then be careful! If you stay out late, be extra careful.
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Re: Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

Post by gerryha » Tue May 03, 2016 8:33 am

Its not quite fair to say that around the wold youths + booze equals mindless violence. It seldom manifests itself in youths + booze = severe beating up elderly people. Lets not forget the elephant in the room, in most countries this would be treated as a race crime.

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Re: Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

Post by Stargeezer » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:36 pm

Hua Hin is as safe as anywhere in Thailand, and I feel safer here than in Pattaya.
I feel safer in the Jomtien beach area of Pattaya, but the mix of tourists are different,
than the tourists in Hua Hin. I tend not to be out after midnight, as I have seen many
people getting drunk by then, and I would prefer not to be driving amongst them after
they head for their homes, and hotels. As many commenters say, keep your wits about you
do not prevoke anyone and keep your hands to yourself. Most of the time that is enough
to enjoy your stay in Thailand without getting beat up.
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Re: Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

Post by keepitfun » Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:14 pm

The ratio of good vs bad things happening after midnight reduces rapidly in any city. Personally I'm happier out late in Hua Hin than Melbourne

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Re: Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

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Re: Is Hua Hin safe anymore?

Post by stretch » Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:52 pm

try walking the streets of Britain late at night .in some areas clubland for instance the police are walking in 3 and 4s the world has changed .we are all getting older in the 70s we would have a fight at the drop of a hat its called youth hua hin is still very safe compared with sadly britain

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