This is very much a case of a battle lost, but not the war !!.
This situation of political factions not getting along and resorting to violence has been going on for the last 80 years in Thailand, there have been 17 coups since 1933 !!.
Its a real shame that such a fantastic country is dogged by so much political instability, but unfortunately its the classic tale of the Rich Elite V's the Poor that you see in so many developing countries around the world.
Lets pray that we now get a few months of stability to try and help the Thai economy back on track & that the tourists are not too put off by the recent actions.
PS I sent a question about muliple entries visa to you on my previous post, do you understand this fully ?.
I have been living in Thailand for almost five years working as a freelance journalist, and yes, this has been the most volatile time I have experienced here, but calm has been restored and the people need your support. It isn't even close to the situation in Burma, but those not involved in the protests are frustrated beyond measure and depend on tourists for their livelihoods.
Thailand is generally a safe place. Confrontation goes against the grain of the Thai nature. My advice is continue your plans to travel here, enjoy the time, take out a travel insurance and should any trouble arise there are quick exit routes to Laos and Cambodia where you can be there in a matter of hours, visas are obtained on the border crossings and you can continue your holiday in an equally value-for-money destination. Either way, you are sure to have an enjoyable and memorable experience.
Excellent post !.
I have been following as events have unfolded the last few days "glued" to Twitter, which has proven a far more "realtime" reporter than ANY of the global media networks, and one of the things that has struck me are the amount of Thai based Westerners who have spent many long hours trying to pursuade the many concerned fellow "Twitters" that Thailand is a country that wants & needs them, and is indeed a safe destination for travellers !!.
I share 100% the views expressed in your post, and just hope that it is viewed & taken onboard by the 1,000's of people planning to visit the Kingdom within the next 6 months.
Thailand is STILL as safe, if not safer than MOST Western countries, the political issues it has are no different than many other countries, you just need to think sensibly about where you go, & what you do.
But PLEASE keep coming here, I have lived here for 4 years now, and its a truly wonderful country, filled with genuinely lovely people.
Sorry Kevin, I thought I had replied to your question.. but I didn't!
I have a little bit of an understanding but a better explanation would be really aprreciated thankyou
I have noticed that the state of emergency has been taken off the birtish embassy in thailand website!!
OK, brief overview of current Thai Visa rules:
As a UK passport holder upon INTERNATIONAL arrival by flight at Bangkok airport you will receive a 30day "Visa Exemption" permitting you to stay within the Kingdom for 30 days.
IF you leave Thailand OVERLAND by bus, train, car or on foot, and you arrive back in the same manner you will receive a 15 day "Tourist Visa".
IF you re-enter Thailand by INTERNATIONAL flight you will receive a further 30day "Visa Exemption".
So based upon the above, you just need to organise your prospective visits to fit around your destination countries.
Its not that complicated, but you HAVE to stick to the rules, failure to leave on time attracts a fine of 500thb/day.
hi mike....yeah wer flyin from heathrow on the 30 june via dubai with emirates airlines.....not long to go now im so excited!!!!
Thanks Kevin thats really helpful !
Were flying with jet airways at 9.30 am! We arrive in Bangkok for 7.30 am after about 14 hours worth of flights.. going to be a very big jet lag I think, which is the only thing im not looking forward to, especially after spending 3 nights at Glastonbury Fest just a night before lol! I am also extremely excited.. I just want the day to come now!
I've never heard of jet airways does anybody know anything about them?
Hope your journey goes well mcgiligan!
Ive been in Bangkok whilst all this has been going on and the first I saw of it was actually on the news, Ive been staying on Sukhumvit though, a little bit out of where everything has been happening but everybody here have seemed pretty oblivious to things or maybe just trying not to let it spoil Songkran. Its really shown me the spirit of the Thais, still finding ways to have fun in spite of this major event that has been unfolding.
Its still a bit unnerving to see armed soldiers walking around though.
Yes - shows the Thai spirit - completely oblivious to the crisis unfurling around them.
whether it's the media or education, many Thais I speak to show a huge lack of understanding of the issues involved in the troubles of the last few months..... and as for how all this will affect their standing with the rest of the world and in turn that will affect them - it's just a non-starter.
This is a country where you have a very good chance of fooling all the people all of the time.......and there's a lot of politicians trying to do that at present.
Unless your planning to join the protest then why worry!
Thai's are shitty with their new government/prime minister. NOT YOU!
Go about your business and they will do the same!
Stress less and enjoy..