Thailand, the land of smiles, the land of freedom and opportunity right? Yes thats certainly correct, Thailand is a wonderful place and you are most likely enjoying yourself here on holiday, it’s a new unique place for you to be. People are different, the culture is different, the food is different and most importantly the rules are different, but that doesn’t mean you should forget how to keep yourself safe.
We want to talk about something specific though, helmet safely.
As you will see throughout Thailand, many of the local Thai population don’t wear helmets, you might even witness many people at one time getting on a motorbike and none of them wear a helmet. Well this is one of those times when the saying “When in Rome, do as the Roman’s do” shouldn’t really be followed. Although you might think that as you witness this there is no rules in Thailand for wearing helmets. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There thing is that the police are often too overwhelmed in some of the poorly funded provinces to enforce these regulations on a large scale. This is why in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui you will usually not see anyone driving without a helmet.
That’s beside the point, the point is that you should always wear your helmets, as when in a foreign country and when taking risks, things when simply solvable in your home here can become complicated and difficult. Moreover you’re head is one of those important parts of your body and when damaged can have irreversible effects on the rest of your life.
So if we can ask you one thing, please take care of yourself, take care about your head and about your future. Put on a helmet when you drive in Thailand.
That’s not all, there are occasional stops by the police against people not wearing a helmet, they are most commonly in the form of road blocks and therefore the police stop everyone passing through a certain road block. If this happens to you and you’re not wearing a helmet, expect to be fined 500THB.