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Why safety concerns mean you won't be taking daring cliff selfies in Thailand

We all know that selfies at daring locations on holidays make the best social media posts, but Thai officials have grown sufficiently concerned about the practice to announce that they have banned selfie-taking at dangerous spots.

Thai officials have banned taking selfies at dangerous locations on cliffs. Image: Matthew P. George/Eye Em
Thai officials have banned taking selfies at dangerous locations on cliffs. Image: Matthew P. George/Eye Em

Thai minister of natural resources and environment, General Surasak Kanchanarat, has instructed staff at all national parks in Thailand to stop people taking selfies at dangerous points in the sea and on the mountains. This especially includes the dramatic viewpoints at Pa Diew Dai on top of the Khao Khiao Mountain, Kew Mae Pan at Doi Inthanon National Park and Phu Chi Fah in the province of Chiang Rai.

Thai officials have banned taking selfies at dangerous locations on cliffs. Image: Marco Bottigelli
Thai officials have banned taking selfies at dangerous locations on cliffs. Image: Marco Bottigelli

The move coincides with Thai people taking to the mountains in the north of the country to experience the rare winter breeze. The fear is that in trying to get the perfect Instagram shot or Snapchat video, they could place themselves at risk of harm.

Young couple taking selfie below trees in woods.
Thai officials have banned taking selfies at dangerous locations on cliffs. Image: Hero Images/Getty Images

The Thai Government is right to exercise caution, as the phenomenon of tourists falling over dangerous ledges worldwide or losing their footing on crumbling edges has been well-documented. The problem is that while people are focused on getting the perfect camera angle, often using a selfie stick, they may not be as cognisant of their immediate surroundings.

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Thai officials have banned taking selfies at dangerous locations on cliffs. Image: Tessa Bunney/In Pictures via Getty Images

Signs are now being erected in the affected areas to warn tourists and locals of the new ban. It is hoped that this move will help to keep visitors safe while visiting Thailand’s most beautiful and dramatic locations.