I'm heading to thailand (bangkok) Saturday morning, arriving sunday morning. I'm a bit worried about the situation there at the moment - is anybody there now that can tell me what it's like actually being there. Is it just centralised around government buildings or has it spread through Bangkok? I also heard that major roads into Bangkok were closed due to blockages by protesters - can anybody advise what they think I should do?
Would the best thing to be to try to get a flight straight to the islands from bangkok when I land?
The demonstration is mostly around the government buildings...which are in the 'old city' area. I don't think it affects the touristic area and so you should not be worried about it.
The scene from the demonstration through the international media may look bad, i guess that's how they like to exaggerate the situation. But really, as I'm Thai, I really feel sorry that this makes the foreigners think that our country is very struggling through problems. Well, may be we are, but it doesn't look that bad. Really! anyway, i hope and wish for all the conflicts we are facing now to get solved peacefully.
So, in conclusion, sorry for babbling, if you want to see some of city, then please do.
[ Edit: Edited on Aug 27, 2008, at 8:14 AM by tukadoll ]
Continue from the reply of Tukadoll, that "old city area" is near Khao-San Road. I'm pretty sure that protesters will not do anything that harm to tourists. But if you stay there, it will not be convience to travel because the traffic around there is horrible as I heard from the news. It's quite bad because there are many attractive places in that area. If the situation is better, please don't miss them.
From the news in this morning, the protesters are still only in the parliament, Pitsanulok Road. I am not sure that they are still in Ratchadumnearn Road, or not. If they are not there, that means you can travel convinencely. And of course that almost every road in Bangkok is opened, except Pitsanulok Road.
I am sure that there are airplanes go to Phuket from Suwannabhum airport where you land. But I am not sure about other island.
Wish you have a nice trip
the media has a way to make it seem like its the entire nation joining the street party.
Whatever is happening now in Bangkok, they should be paying royalties to Manila, who has the copy right for such street party concept.
Point is, if you are in KHAOSAN ROAD, you won't even know that there is a political turmoil in some corner of Bangkok.
No Problem at all mate....Just enjoy Bangkok.... you can join the demonstrators for experience as well