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This section deals specifically with Bangkok. While there are certain vaccinations you may wish to get if you are travelling outside the capital, listing these is beyond our scope here. Please ask your doctor. For Bangkok, no special shots or immunizations are required for visitors from the United States, though this can change. If you will be arriving from any other areas, it's best to ask your doctor beforehand or your airline when you book your ticket. Generally, the only time you require anything is if you are coming from a sub-Saharan African country where you may have been exposed to yellow-fever. If this does not apply to you, you probably don't need anything. Still, it never hurts to check with your local doctor as these situations can change rapidly. Bangkok is malaria-free.

Once you are in Bangkok, you should not drink the tap water - bottle water is available everywhere. If you need an ambulance for any reason, the toll-free emergency number is 191. (This number is good for the police and fire departments, as well.)


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Bangkok is one of the safer cities in the world, with the usual precautions. If you are travelling alone, particularly if you are a woman, be extra-aware later at night in lesser populated areas. Know that there is a women-only bus system - ask your hotel's receptionist about it. Do not, of course, accept drinks or food from strangers in unusual circumstances. The worst thing you're liable to encounter in Bangkok is someone trying to rip you off by selling fake gems, or taking you to a "tourist" store where the 35% extra you're paying is going as commission to the tout who grabbed you off the street. Still, it's very safe and not even comparable to the less safe places in Europe and, of course, the United States. Relax, and enjoy yourself.


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