New figures released this week by the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) show that British tourists in Thailand are more likely to die there than anywhere else in the world.
Fatalities due to incidents with motorbikes were the highest cause of death last year with a staggering 269 Brits killed. The stat is worked out by the number of British tourists to Thailand versus the number of deaths, which gives it the highest percentage. There was a total of 860,000 Britons who visited Thailand last year.
The British Behaviour Abroad report also said that Thailand had the highest percentage of hospital admissions because of motorbike accidents, which was 324 last year. However that number is thought to be a lot higher as they were the ones that were reported to the FCO in Thailand.
Thai law stipulates that crash helmets must be worn by all riders of motorcycles, but this is widely ignored especially in the tourist area where a lot of the motorcycle accidents happen. The bigger cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai stick to the law with helmets, but outlaying officials do not generally enforce the rule. Thailand has a high death rate from motorcycle related accidents with an average of 38 per day.
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