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1. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 9y

I suppose everybody has heard about the bombs that went off throughout bangkok a few days ago. How does this affect your travel plans if you are going there soon. i will be there this time next month, and for some reason i am not the slightest bit worried. should i be?

2. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

I wouldn't be. More people die in car accidents each day there than were affected by the bombs. Yes it's a bit sinister but I think the likelihood of being affected by any similar activity is absolutely negligible.

I'm going to Sri Lanka in a few months and can't wait. I've also been to areas of Borneo that the FCO says not to go to unless absolutely essential, and I felt completely safe there and it was one of the friendliest places I've visited.

So I guess you can take that as a "no" from me!

Cheers,

Chris

3. Posted by Oakey (Budding Member 64 posts) 9y

Bombs!!! No, I hadnt heard..! I'm arriving 7th Feb... didnt know about that...

Doubt it will bother me really... I'll just not search google on it after this post and pretend I never read it in the first place..!

4. Posted by draggons (Full Member 113 posts) 9y

I'm suprised that this topic took so long to appear. I found out about them from my sister in the Scotland when I called at new year (Singapore time).
No word yet who was responsible but lots of speculation. Lets just hope it dosent escelate and effect any of the tourist resorts. Last thing anyone wants is another Bali senario.

5. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

I am here now and was here when it happened. Aside from posts on forums and newspapers, all is same same here.

6. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 9y

Quoting cde3879

I wouldn't be. More people die in car accidents each day there than were affected by the bombs. Yes it's a bit sinister but I think the likelihood of being affected by any similar activity is absolutely negligible.

I hope to be in Bali late next month. I have been in Washington, New York, London, Madrid, Bali, Cairo, Luxor and Buenos Aires in the past 3 years, and each place had been afflicted by an act of mass murderous terrorism prior to my arrival.
I have no problem going back to Bangkok (was there in April 2006), but equating car accidents with bombings is fatuous to say the least.
We all live with the possibility of an 'Act Of God', whether earthquake, landslide, cyclone, typhoon, tornado, tsunami, etc.
Human error is also a possibility in our deaths (driving, food poisoning, pilot error, surgical ineptitude, etc) along with mechanical failure.
Our frail bodies can fail us (leukemia, heart disease, cancer, kidney failure, etc, etc).
Certain animals can attack and kill us (stingrays, sharks, spiders, snakes, etc, etc).
With all those potential, random and primarily acidental life-threatening scenarios, the last thing I need is the realisation that there are people (and I use the term very loosely) out there whose sole purpose is to slaughter and maim as many of us as they possibly can in the name of their political or religious totalitarianism.
I differentiate between accident and intent.

7. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

Quoting wotthefiqh

equating car accidents with bombings is fatuous to say the least.

I differentiate between accident and intent.

Yes I quite agree. It wasn't the best comparison but I was just trying to highlight how low the odds are that anyone would be caught up in such a horrible event. There's no way I was even close to suggesting that people that cause car accidents are terrorists!

I feel sorry for the families who have been affected by it but like you I don't feel it should stop people from going and enjoying themselves like they would if these events had never happened.

8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Anthony,
Thanks for posting a well thought out discourse on acceptable risk and intent/accident. It was refreshing to read your post. I plan on being in Thailand in March. These bombing will not change my plans. I will pass on going down to Hat Yai and the extreme south of Thailand. Not an acceptable risk for me. Been there before, don't need to go again. I do hope that the perpetrators of the BKK bombings are swiftly caught and severely punished.

9. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 9y

My final point about 'accidental' and 'intentional'.
As human beings we all have to accept the fact that fate, karma or just being shit outa luck can inflict pain, suffering and perhaps death on our family, our friends and/or ourselves.
Comparing the statistical probability of being struck by lightning as against being sconed by a falling meteorite would have relevance, as apples are being compared to apples.
Comparing the statistical probability of being maimed or killed by terrorism against being killed or maimed in a car accident is bringing the intentional act of mass murder into the realm of accidental actions and results, and the increasing expression of these comparisons may convince people that the slaughter of innocents should be accepted as a normal part of 21st century human experience( as natural disasters and car accidents are), and not viewed as acts of well planned inhuman barbarism which they truly are.
Time for a pill and a good lie-down!!!

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Jennygro

I think bomb reports, in the media always look scary.
But I lived in Dublin, when there used to be bomb threats. I visited Northern Ireland, when there was a lot of political unrest and bombings there. And I lived, in London, when the IRA were still planting bombs there. For some reason I did not think about it much.

But, the bombing in Istanbul put me off going there. And it seems scary, that there were bombs, in Bangkok. But I dont know why it scares me more, than the ones in Ireland and England.

Mel