My friend and I are planning trip to Thailand for early 2014. When I mentioned this to my father he seemed overly concerned about safety risks there and even mentioned something about capturing tourists as slaves. I have read information on the travel.state.gov and other websites about safety concerns. It seems the most obvious concern is to stay out of the southern regions bordering Malaysia and a few towns on the border of Cambodia and Burma due to terrorist activities and border conflicts.
Overall I am looking to feel secure about making my travel arrangements. I must admit, I am a little shaken up and now hesitant to proceed with making trip plans. From your experiences, is Thailand safe to go to? What should I be most cautious of?