Take Phuket Island as example, it is about 530
square kilometers and is populated with only
250,000 people. This population varies with a
workforce that grows and shrinks with high and
low tourist season. Do not worry about a new
tsunami. Tsunamis are very rare events, in our
life time, it probably will not happen again.
But we do not control nature. What we do
control in Phuket is our strategies against
possible tsunamis. The island and Andaman Sea
area have now an alarm system that has regular
tests and works perfectly. “If” a tsunami ever
happens again, everybody will be warned long before it hits the coastal areas. And remember that a tsunami only effect that coastal area and not further into the island.
On the other hand there are humans, over 250,000 over here, and among them also criminals. We will not make it better than it really is but Phuket is a very safe place to be. There is some crime on the island, though most of it seems to be criminal or ‘mafia’ related crime where the bad guys are fighting it out with each other. So if you are not one of them, changes are small to get hit. There is some theft and robbery but compared with Europe, it is not even worthwhile mentioning. If by very rare occasion, a violent robbery does happen, it is spread all over the news as if the island is under attack. Media makes a big thing out of a small incident. You still have to be careful as in every country, also in Thailand. Some reports of problems shows up from the deep south of Thailand in the three provinces that have significant Muslim populations. But they are far way from Phuket, on the border with Malaysia. The answer if Thailand is a safe place to live is definitely: Yes!!! It is much safer than most of the European and US style kind of countries. Crime rates are superb low allover Thailand.