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Britons Most Likely To Need Medical Help In Bangkok

New research shows that Bangkok was the top destination for the number of British travellers requiring help or medical attention last year, MailOnline Travel reports.

According to 2014 figures released by the Foreign Office, the Thai capital witnessed the most cases of the British Consulate stepping in to help UK travellers - around 8,000, in fact. The main reason for their involvement was assisting with hospital treatment for illness or injury, which has largely been put down to poor hygiene conditions in the city.

Next on the list came Paris and Spanish party hotspot Malaga, but these had only a quarter of the cases seen in Bangkok. Other areas known for their nightclub scene - such as Palma and Tenerife - ranked highly also.

The study looked at each month of last year and counted up the number of cases that called for British government involvement. It found that in total, 84,000 Britons sought help from the Consulate during this time; not only for medical help, but also for issues concerning drug arrests and lost property.

Malaga came top of the list for offences relating to drugs, with a total number of 50 cases; this was followed by Bangkok, Paris and Mexico, each with around 33 reported cases.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the summer months saw a steep increase in drug-related offences, with 150 Britons being arrested across the world in July alone.

Commenting on the findings, a Foreign Office spokesperson told MailOnline Travel that travellers should be cautious and take extra care when out at night:

"Alcohol and drugs can lead to you being less in control and less aware of your environment resulting in accidents, injuries, robbery, assaults and lost travel documents," he advised.

"If you drink, know your limit. Drinks served in bars overseas are often stronger than those in the UK. Some British nationals in Thailand have suffered severe psychiatric problems because of drug use, resulting in some suicides."

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