The most dangerous places for Aussies to holiday

Days before the fatal bike accident, Ms Knights posted a video of herself riding on the back of a scooter in Bali and captioned it: 'Sorry mum, no helmet'
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Motorbike rides, rampant drinking and the country where 212 mostly young tourists have died… so what is the most dangerous place for Australians to holiday?

  • Thailand topped the list of most dangerous holiday destinations for Australians

  • There were 212 Australian tourists who died in Thailand in the past year alone 

  • Deaths and injuries in Thailand soared 26 per cent higher than the year before

  • There were more Australians arrested and jailed in the US than anywhere else 

Thailand has topped the list of most dangerous holiday destinations with the most Australians killed there in the past year than anywhere else in the world.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade statistics released on May 31 reveal the countries where more Australians have died, been hospitalised and imprisoned in the past year.

DFAT told Daily Mail Australia there were 621 Australian lives lost in just five countries in the past year, with Thailand topping the list with 212.

Emily Collie, 20, was just one young Australian to lose her life in Thailand this year after a jet-ski crash
Emily Collie, 20, was just one young Australian to lose her life in Thailand this year after a jet-ski crash

Thailand was followed by the Philippines with 124, Indonesia with 97 and both Vietnam and the US with 94.

There were also more Australians hospitalised in Thailand than anywhere else, with 200 admissions in the past year.

Indonesia had the second highest number of Australian tourists hospitalised with 161, followed by the US with 119, New Caledonia with 104 and Vietnam with 76.

Deaths and injuries in Thailand soared 26 per cent higher than the year before, despite the number of Australian visitors dropping by five per cent, the Courier Mail reports.

Emily Collie, 20, was just one young Australian to lose her life in Thailand this year.

Ms Collie (pictured with boyfriend Tommy Keating) died after the jet-ski she was riding collided with her boyfriend, who was riding a separate jet-ski
Ms Collie (pictured with boyfriend Tommy Keating) died after the jet-ski she was riding collided with her boyfriend, who was riding a separate jet-ski

 

Ms Collie is pictured being treated by lifeguards on the beach at Phuket in Thailand 
Ms Collie is pictured being treated by lifeguards on the beach at Phuket in Thailand

 

Ms Collie is pictured being taken to the ambulance by lifeguards following the crash
Ms Collie is pictured being taken to the ambulance by lifeguards following the crash

Ms Collie died after the jet-ski she was riding collided with her boyfriend’s jet-ski off Kata Beach in Phuket.

She was pulled from the water unconscious and pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Australian man Joshua Beath, 25, also died while holidaying in Thailand.

Mr Beath fell to his death from the seventh floor of a Bangkok hotel in August 2016.

Australian man Joshua Beath, 25, fell to his death from the seventh floor of a Bangkok hotel in August 2016
Australian man Joshua Beath, 25, fell to his death from the seventh floor of a Bangkok hotel in August 2016

Young Australians also tragically died on the roads of Bali, Indonesia in the past year – where the second highest number of Australians were hospitalised.

Sydney woman Ella Knights, 26, fell from a scooter into a gutter on the popular tourist island Bali in April.

Ms Knights was found lying face down in a gutter in Canggu, North Kuta by a passer-by.

Days before the fatal bike accident, Ms Knights posted a video of herself riding on the back of a scooter in Bali and captioned it: ‘Sorry mum, no helmet’.

Sydney woman Ella Knights, 26, fell from a scooter into a gutter on the popular tourist island in April
Sydney woman Ella Knights, 26, fell from a scooter into a gutter on the popular tourist island in April
Days before the fatal bike accident, Ms Knights posted a video of herself riding on the back of a scooter in Bali and captioned it: 'Sorry mum, no helmet'
Days before the fatal bike accident, Ms Knights posted a video of herself riding on the back of a scooter in Bali and captioned it: ‘Sorry mum, no helmet’

While Thailand topped the list for deaths and hospitalisations, the US arrested more Australians than anywhere else.

There were 170 Australian tourists who sought consular assistance after they were arrested in the US in the past year, 53 of which were jailed.

Canberra man Baxter Reid, 26, made headlines in May when he was jailed in the US for overstaying his visa by 90 minutes.

Canberra man Baxter Reid, 26, made headlines in May when he was jailed in the US for overstaying his visa by 90 minutes
Canberra man Baxter Reid, 26, made headlines in May when he was jailed in the US for overstaying his visa by 90 minutes
Mr Reid spent time in a New York detention centre before he was released and allowed to return to Australia

Mr Reid spent time in a New York detention centre before he was released and allowed to return to Australia

He spent time in a New York detention centre before he was released and allowed to return to Australia.

China, Vietnam, Thailand and New Zealand also made the top five list of countries with the most Australians serving jail time.

The United Arab Emirates, including Dubai, recorded the third highest number of Australians arrested, with 77 in the past year.

Bali, a holiday favourite for Australian travellers, is also a hotspot for injury on its busy roads
Bali, a holiday favourite for Australian travellers, is also a hotspot for injury on its busy roads
Tourist hotspot Bali (pictured) where tourists have been injured and died in motorbike crashes
Tourist hotspot Bali (pictured) where tourists have been injured and died in motorbike crashes

Medical repatriations of Australians spiked in 2016, Insurance Business reports.

Allianz Global Assistance revealed an 80 per cent increase in overseas repatriations, – when an Australian is flown back home for treatment – recording 150 in 2016.

Allianz said the most common cause for the repatriations was multi-trauma or multiple injuries, commonly the result of motor vehicle and bike accidents.

The insurer said the top destinations nurses travelled to for repatriation cases were Thailand, the US, New Zealand, China, France, the UK, Italy, Greece, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

Bangkok's Surawong Road, where Mr Beath stayed when he tragically fell to his death in August 2016 
Bangkok’s Surawong Road, where Mr Beath stayed when he tragically fell to his death in August 2016


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