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Welcome to Phuket Pains, the blog designed to help you prepare for your vacation in Thailand by giving you plenty of hints and travel tips but also warning you of the dangers, the scams, the inconveniences and difficulties that you may experience during your visit and what to do if you fall foul of any of these.

Don’t worry, we’re not trying to put you off coming to Thailand, far from it, but being aware of what you might experience may actually help you enjoy your holiday that much more. We hate seeing tourists scammed, hurt or hospitalised but it happens and perhaps reading some of the cautionary advice here may stop it happening to you.

Thailand is a great holiday destination and we’ll also be incorporating some general travel advice, recommendations for places to visit, restaurants, hotels, bars and shopping places, though this is already catered for in several online blogs which we’d recommend: Jamies Phuket Blog for those in Phuket, Richard Barrow for Bangkok-based activities Stickman if it’s the nightlife you’re interested in and many more; that’s why we’ll mainly we’ll be telling you how to stay safe in a country recently designated in the top twenty most dangerous in the world. Why? Read on and you’ll find out.

There’s nothing in the blog you won’t be able to find elsewhere on the worldwide web but to have all this in one place is hopefully a very useful resource for those of you already in Thailand or simply preparing for your holiday.

We’ve lived in Phuket for several years and are familiar with most of the issues here, but scams, dangers and problems occur all over Thailand so other areas within the country will not be ignored.

We’ll be keeping you up to date with the latest scams, dangers and travel advice for Phuket and the rest of Thailand and we’ll be incorporating a few real-life experiences.

Remember, the vast majority of tourists have a great holiday with many returning year after year. Read the blog posts and it’ll help prevent you joining the minority.