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1. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 8y

Thailand has once again been the victim of sensationalist foreign journalism and this is evidenced by the foreign news coverage last week. Top of the sensationalist list was CNN, with leading headlines along the lines of Bangkok Comes to a Complete Halt.... Nothing could have been much further from the truth, as the majority of local Bangkokians went about their business, pretty much indifferent to the fiasco in and around Government House.
Things in the capital have more or less returned to normal and foreign travellers won't even realize there is anything going on in regards to protestors, that is unless, they venture to government house. And talking about that place, there are even a couple of stalls there now, knocking out souvenir t-shirts to tourists.

All the airports are now operating as normal and, besides a few routes in the deep south, all trains are up and running as usual. Thailand's bus services have been completely unaffected by any disturbance.

As before, you'll feel safer walking the streets of the Bangkok than most other capital cities west of Moscow.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 7, 2008, at 11:48 PM by frank_bkk ]

2. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 8y

Hi. I just found a couple of really helpful sites about present safety situation in Thailand. Have a look:

3. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 8y

The vote for new Prime Minister has been postponed until next week after a big cry by MPs over re-electing Samak to be PM again. Reports again claim that the govt are going to vote in only a non-controversial guy for the PM job so that's excellent for easing the situation.
The protestors will be more than happy about it.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1734 posts) 8y

I flew out of Bangkok around 5 days ago - no problem whatsoever! If you avoid the area in Bangkok that has the demonstrations you would never know there was any political problems. It is a shame that the country and businesses will lose so much money because of sensationalism.

5. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 8y

Yes, that's the word for it - sensationalist!

A current update is that the State of Emergency in Bangkok has now been lifted.