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Health and Safety
For a city of its size, Bangkok is relatively safe; however, you still need to practice common sense. Don't accept food or drinks from strangers, as there have been reports of men and women being drugged and robbed. If you have a massage in your hotel room, put your valuables in a safe; likewise, don't take anything but a bit of cash with you when visiting massage parlors. Bangkok is no more dangerous for women than any other major city, but it's still best to avoid walking alone at night (take a taxi if you're out late).
Beware of hustlers at the airport who claim your hotel is overbooked. They'll try to convince you to switch to one that pays them a commission. Also avoid anyone trying to sell you on an overpriced taxi or limo. Proceed to the taxi stand; these taxis will use a meter.
Contact the Tourist Police first in an emergency. For medical attention, Bunrungrad Hospital and Bangkok Nursing Hospital are considered the best.
Tourist Police (1155.)
Bangkok Nursing Home Hospital (9/1 Convent Rd., Silom, Bangkok, 10500. 02/686-2700. www.bnhhospital.com. Subway: Silom; Skytrain: Sala Daeng.)
Bumrungrad Hospital (33 Sukhumvit, Soi 3, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, 10110. 02/667-1000. www.bumrungrad.com. Subway: Sukhumvit; Skytrain: Ploenchit.)
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