a young asian woman smoking vaping an e-cigarette Thailand

So it's 2017, and apparently that means that even cigarettes have turned into technology. E-cigarettes, or 'vapes' as the kids call it, are absolutely everywhere and in the hands of everyone. That said, there's one destination that's crazy popular with Millennial travelers, and they've placed a strict ban on all e-cig devices.

Thailand has outlawed the import, export, and sale of e-cigarettes and equipment in the country since 2014, though most foreigners are still fully unaware. Not only that, but mere possession is illegal and anyone found to have an e-cigarette can face a fine or up to ten years in prison (yes, really). As a UK Foreign Office website puts it, "You can’t bring vaporisers (like e-cigarettes and e-baraku) or refills into Thailand. These items are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted." 

Love the camera?
Know your city?

We're looking for you.

Become a VIVA Vlogger

With such harsh laws on e-cigarettes already in place, you'd better believe the consequences for real drugs are severe. The same website goes on to say "Don’t become involved with drugs of any kind. Possession of even very small quantities can lead to imprisonment. If you are found guilty of being in possession of marijuana you could receive a long prison sentence and/or a heavy fine. If you’re found guilty of being in possession of 20 grams of a Class A drug at a point of exit from Thailand you risk receiving the death penalty."

And last but not least, don't discount real cigarettes, either. While they aren't technically illegal, importing more than 200 cigarettes per person into Thailand is, so watch your numbers. Prison in Thailand is scary stuff, especially with it described this way: "Conditions in prisons and other detention facilities in Thailand are harsh, with limited access to healthcare. There have been recent cases of detainees dying in custody." 

Direct words from the government, friends. You have been warned.