Whilst I was researching info for another article I recalled sharing British Deaths & Arrests In Thailand According To The FCO for the year up to March 2014 way back in September 2015, so I thought I’d have a look at their latest stats to see how the numbers stacked up and share my findings here for those who might be interested.
All the facts and figure below were sourced from the gov.uk website and are the latest available.
The first figure that jumped out at me was the number of visitors to Thailand from the UK.
Year ending March 2014: 900,000
Year ending March 2015: 392,000
Year ending March 2016: 432,000
A 50% drop in 2 years is quite a staggering number but not one that will surprise many business owners catering to Brits and Europeans.
Comparing stats from the 12 months ending 31 March 2015 and the following year, deaths are up, rape and sexual assaults up, arrests up, including those for drug related offenses.
The only figure that actually dropped comparing the two periods was the number of people hospitalised.
1 April 2011 – 31 March 2012 : 296
1 April 2012 – 31 March 2013 : 389
1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014 : 362
1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015 : 348
1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016 : 374
When it came to arrests, Thailand ranked 5th overall in the world with just under 200 official arrests / detentions, although the country ranked #3 globally when it came to Brits being arrested on drug related offenses.
Rape / Sexual Assault
The stats also revealed there was a 50% increase in rapes and sexual assaults reported in the two 12 month periods shared by the FCO.
The only figure that dropped was the number of Brits hospitalised that the British Embassy was made aware of.
I’d imagine this number is actually far higher as not everyone would call the embassy to let them know they were on a drip for 24 hours.
Much like previous years, the stats for deaths were not broken down to give any insight as to the number of Brits who died of natural causes, accidents, murders or suicides which would have made for some interesting reading.