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11. Posted by pauln (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

Yeh next friday for me...

Well home office are suggesting to stay away from govenment buildings and crowds. Doesnt say anything about not going. I will be changing me hostel as the original was a bit close to government house i think? at the moment im still planning to go ahead tho will do this on advisement from the home office website...

How close is khoa san to government buildings anyway?

12. Posted by allthai (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

I was here during the military take over of the government in 1990, the riots following in 1992. Then the King stepped in, the riots stopped, a new constitution, elections and democratic government was formed within 6 months.

The latest demonstrations started against PM Taksin just last year. He sold his huge telecom business and didn't pay any tax (he is the richest man in southeast asia). This got people angry and they demonstrated for him to resign. Tens of thousands showed up at Sanam Luang park and stayed there for weeks. This caused the Taksin Govenment to hold new elections 8 months ago and 50% of the people did not vote in protest as there was no one to run against Taksin's Thai Rak Thai Party. Takin's party won but it was declared unconstitutional as not enough people voted. PM Taksin then went to the King and told him he would resign and the King agreed it would be best for the country so he left office, went to Europe for 3 months then came back and took over again. New elections were to be held the 15th of Oct. But the Taksin Government just this week changed it to November.

The coup makers called themselves the Democratic Reform Council, led by Gen Sonthi. The council cited unprecedented division in the country, widespread suspicion of abuse of power, and activities bordering on lese majeste for taking power for a period they promised would be temporary.

All of this is going to play out at Sanam Luang Park in Bangkok where all the demonstrations are held. You will be far from this area no worries.

I knew this was going to happen sooner or later.

The Thai people are pretty used to this. Chuan Leekpai, who was the last PM before Taksin, was the only one to ever hold a full term in office except for Taksin who is in his second (or was) term. This is all normal for Thailand.

The people are now waiting for a speach from the King who after all is the real leader in this country.

Everything will continue to run fine just as it has during all the other take overs. It just makes life more interesting here, this is Thailand.

What fun,
Randy

13. Posted by samileigh (Inactive 8 posts) 10y

So Randy, to be absoloutely sure, you're saying it's okay for all of us backpackers to still plan on coming to Thailand in the next couple weeks?

I'm due to fly out next week, September 29th from Canada. My family is already worried and wanting me to cancel my trip, or postpone it. But I don't really have it in my budget for flight changes.

Will it be affecting the new airport at all?

14. Posted by allthai (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

Quoting samileigh

So Randy, to be absoloutely sure, you're saying it's okay for all of us backpackers to still plan on coming to Thailand in the next couple weeks?

I'm due to fly out next week, September 29th from Canada. My family is already worried and wanting me to cancel my trip, or postpone it. But I don't really have it in my budget for flight changes.

Will it be affecting the new airport at all?

I wouldn't be worried. The problem may come in 6 months or longer if there is no election for a new PM or constitution. Thais don't like to have the same government for very long. They have learned in the past that corruption in the government grows the longer a party stays in office. The Thai people love the democratic system and will make sure it continues. I am sure the King is now meeting with the military General and others to make sure new elections are held very soon.

My wifes friends in Bangkok went out last night and had pictures taken with the troops in armored personal carriers. This is not a bloody coup with riots etc. and I don't expect it will be.

You have a bigger change of getting injured or killed slipping in your bathroom or being hit by a car crossing the street than visiting Thailand.

Have fun
Randy and Ning

15. Posted by scotty85 (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

im going in two weeks, could somone outline the risks if any? also ill be heading south after a few days anyway, but for my time in bangkok ill be around koh san rd. safe there???
scott

sorry iv not had time to read in to all whats going on

16. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

Hi Guys,

I am travelling by bus from KL to BKK via Hatyai with a stopover in Suratthani tonight (Wed 20/ 11pm). I suppose it's okay in BKK where I have to catch a flight to Yangoon on Sept 23. Any advise will be appreciated...

dana

17. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

From my vantage point on Sukhumvit Road everything is pretty tranquil. A few soldiers standing around looking bored and that's about it. All the 7-Eleven stores are open so you know it can't be too scary! More details on my blog:
www.bangkokdazed.com

18. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 10y

My work has an office in the centre of Bangkok. We had an email this morning saying everything is fine and quiet. Some (not all) of the business are shut but other than that everything is operating normally.

I'm going to Thailand in a couple of months, sure it will be over then.

19. Posted by ahernster (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y

Think yourself lucky that your going in july, im due to land next week! I think if the Thaksin steps down, there should be no problem. But he still has some loyal followers which could pose a problem in the next few weeks. I think it should be alright and sorted out in a cople of weeks. Its just the time in between thats freaking me out abit. hopefully Thaksin takes his riches, realsise he's been overthrown and think himslef luky that he's a multi-millionaire and lives in some other country spendin his cash !

20. Posted by pauln (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

Well im still going I will be taking a number of precations on the advice of a friend in the UK military. It's more of a case of "if the worst happens"

1) Take a detailed map of bankok and know where you are... you can evade crowds/riots, and the city if necessary.
2) have two ways that you know you can exit the country (he suggested chang-mai international and crossing to vietnam)
3) take US dollars just incase. it could buy transport.
4) do not photo military personal without specific consent. do not ever ever ever approach or photo military "vans" with lots of antanae/dishes.
5) do not travel alone ever. martial law dictates you can be detained without trial indefinately. u could be arrested and on-one would know it....
6) keep the consulate telephone number on you, but be aware that the consulate building may be too central to get to if rioting kicks off.

I mean alot of that is common sense and "worst case" but some of it i wouldnt have known!

again im deffo still going unless the UK foreign office advise against it...

cheers