FCDO advises against non-essential travel to parts of Thailand.
This section provides security recommendations for the Thailand region. It only covers areas where FCDO has specific recommendations.
You should also read FCDO’s overall travel advice and safety and security advice.
Due to frequent terrorist attacks in the following provinces, FCDO advises against travel to the following provinces unless necessary:
- Pattani Province
- Yala Province
- Southern province of Songkhla, except areas north of the A43 road between Hat Yai and Sakorn; and areas northwest of the train line between Hat Yai and Padang Besar
- Hat Yai-Padang Besar train line attacked in 2022
Martial law has been imposed in most of these provinces, meaning security forces have greater security enforcement and investigative powers. Previous terrorist attacks have included arson, explosions, gunfire and grenade attacks. Security forces and government officials were the main targets of the attacks. However, hotels, shops, supermarkets, as well as transport infrastructure and trains have all been targeted.
Attacks can be indiscriminate, including places visited by foreigners. Be careful in public places, follow the advice of local authorities and follow local media reports.
Use extra caution in border areas and follow directions from local authorities. The international border near Preah Vihear Temple is disputed by Cambodia and Thailand. There are also unexploded mines in the border area. Stay on marked trails, especially around Ta Krabey.
When traveling near the Cambodian border and at land border crossings between the two countries, please monitor the situation on the ground closely.
Not all land border crossings into Laos are open to foreigners. You may need to obtain a Lao visa before arriving in Laos for transit. Follow directions from local authorities and remain vigilant in border areas.
The security situation in Myanmar is unpredictable and may change without notice. See travel advice for Myanmar.