Bangkok Dangerous: Soi Cowboy Safety Zone
Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in TAT, Thailand

I had to spend a couple of weeks in Bangkok and had the opportunity to go out to the Soi Cowboy Safety Zone with a couple of buddies of mine.

The Soi Cowboy Safety Zone was packed on the two nights I went (a Wednesday and a Thursday) mainly with Japanese tourists.

Soi Cowboy Safety Zone

Soi Cowboy Safety Zone

Just because there is a Safety Zone banner at the entrance to Soi Cowboy doesn’t make it any safer.  And, the plans from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand to make the areas safer, adding more Thai Police, training taxi drivers and bouncers, and adding more CCTV cameras hasn’t happened.

Soi Cowboy Safety Zone Police Box

Soi Cowboy Safety Zone Police Box

On both nights at the Soi Cowboy Safety Zone, the Thai Police box was being used by motorcycle taxi drivers as a place to hang out.  No Thai Police were in sight.

This is all just a ruse put out by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to try to get tourists back by pretending that tourist areas are safe.

Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza, and Khaosan Road are not any safer just because of a Safety Zone banner. The one night “show” for the media happened long ago and the promises of safety were as quickly forgotten.

So, don’t believe an area is safe just because there is a Safety Zone banner flapping in the wind.  If anything, the area marked Safety Zone is more dangerous than other areas, so be careful.

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