I personally have been wanting to travel to Thailand for, oh, only 4 years. I leave on January 1st and it is safe to say that i am a little worried about their current situation. I know no one can tell me when everything will be back to normal, and I know that Thailand (despite a lot of peoples opinions) is safe place for tourist, but I would like to one thing. I have my ticket booked with Delta, I called them and the lady proposed I swap my ticket for another destination just to be safe. I am reluctant like I said Thailand is my dream vacation.
what would you guys do?
Thailand cannot let this situation continue into January. High season is now startng and they really need the annual throngs of toursits to arrive via international flights. You really have 2 options. Assume things will be back to normal by Jan. or book another arrival city. You could fly into KUL and go into Thailand via bus or rail. I would ask Delta when is the last date to change airports. If they give you a few weeks, the situation may resolve itself and you can go right into Suvarnabhumi. If they need a decision now, I would vote for KUL, see a bit of Malaysia and take a bus into Thailand. Your best bet in a tough situation IMO.
“If Thailand’s your dream vacation then definitely try and make it here. Going on from what Mike wrote, it is only Bangkok’s airports which are presently closed (should certainly be opened before January!). All the other international airports such as Chiang Mai and Phuket are operating as normal, so it would be easy to redirect your flight to one of these airports instead. Otherwise, as Mike said, fly into KL (or Singapore) then make your way up through Malaysia. As long as you stay away from the small areas of unrest, you’ll be perfectly safe”
I would say that with the change of PM, and the continuing occupation of the airport, anyone planning a Christmas in THailand should seriously think about what they would do if it is cancelled. Even with the airport cleared it will take 5 to 10 days to re-open and be back to normal...that means everyone must be out by the 15th Dec.
Just avoid the rally sites. As what Mike mentioned, you can fly into other cities in Thailand or the neighbouring countries. I suggest you to fly into Vientiane. Cheap and beautiful city. Make way into Northeast Thailand and start your Thai adventure