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The recent protests and violence in Thailand!

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1. Posted by Leanne81 (Budding Member 39 posts) 7y

I'm due to go to Thailand soon and will mainly be around the bangkok area as i will be on a volunteer placement.

Is there anyone there at the moment, how are things? I have been checking the British Embassy website but they are still saying to consider plans carefully. I don't know if that means go or don't go.

Any advice much appreciated!

2. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member 230 posts) 7y

Unfortunately, my crystal ball is down for repairs.

The "reds" are possibly planning another rally this weekend, south of Bangkok. Maybe see how it plays out and make projections based on that.

3. Posted by KevinRB (Inactive 76 posts) 7y

Hi Leanne

There are literally 1,000's of tourists still arriving EVERYDAY into Bangkok, if you take seriously EVERYTHING you read or hear from the media, you would never get out of bed !!.

The most sensible information I have seen is on the Australian Government website:

http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/advice/thailand

  • Pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.
  • On 12 April 2009, a State of Emergency was declared in Bangkok and surrounding provinces following violent clashes between security authorities and protesters. The State of Emergency, which remains in place, bans the gathering of more than five people. The military continues to patrol key sites in Bangkok and surrounding areas and the situation remains unpredictable. However, major protest action has ceased.
  • Demonstrations can develop quickly and with little warning. Disruption in the city and other parts of Thailand, including to transport and other infrastructure, could occur. You should avoid demonstration sites, political rallies, military deployments and concentrations of security personnel. You should also closely monitor developments and follow any instructions issued by local authorities. If you are in an area where demonstrators are gathering, you should leave the area immediately.

This is all good common sense, and if followed I am sure you will not encounter any problems at all.

Regards

Kevin:)

4. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 7y

Absolutely, just use common sense. When there are riots in London or Bradford, do you show up and take some pics? Do you run away abroad when terrorists blow up public transport in London?
Doubt it.....

Im here at the moment... in Bangkok and everything is as normal. Emergency decree in order? You would never have noticed.

5. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting Leanne81

I'm due to go to Thailand soon and will mainly be around the bangkok area as i will be on a volunteer placement.

Is there anyone there at the moment, how are things? I have been checking the British Embassy website but they are still saying to consider plans carefully. I don't know if that means go or don't go.

Any advice much appreciated!

Any future protests are likely to relocate to Phuket when the governments makes a second attempt to host the ASEAN+3 summit there in June, so you shouldn't have any problems in Bangkok. See: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news

By the way, have you arranged for a Non-Immigrant Visa "O"? You will need one even though you're only doing voluntary work. Work of any kind without the proper Visa is forbidden in Thailand regardless of whether you receive any remuneration or not. Visa details on the Thai MFA site here in case you need it: http://www.mfa.go.th/web/12.php#non

6. Posted by Leanne81 (Budding Member 39 posts) 7y

Thanks everyone for your replies.

Taken on board!

7. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 7y

It's quite funny, you aren't allowed to do voluntary work but immigration allows you to 'help out for a good cause' (confirmed by immigration staff)

Yes, good news about the ASEAN summit. Your location of 'voluntary work' just need to give you a letter of guarantee for a non-imm visa. But some Thai embassies abroad give out non-imm visa with no documentation, such as Hull in the UK.

8. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

One other thing to be aware of is that extension applications to your visa have to be submitted to the administrative office where you reside. Same goes for the 90 day reports which you have to submit.

So for example, if your visa is handled by Bangkok, but the organisation you work for sends you off to Chiang Mai in the north of the country to work, you'll have to return to Bangkok every 90 days to submit your report. See: Application and Reporting Changes for Foreign Residents; Immigration Head Office Moves

As an example of the chaos you're now likely to have to endure, have a look at the images of the Bangkok immigration office here: When did Immigration become a madhouse?

9. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member 230 posts) 7y

Quoting Blinq

One other thing to be aware of is that extension applications to your visa have to be submitted to the administrative office where you reside. Same goes for the 90 day reports which you have to submit.

So for example, if your visa is handled by Bangkok, but the organisation you work for sends you off to Chiang Mai in the north of the country to work, you'll have to return to Bangkok every 90 days to submit your report. See: Application and Reporting Changes for Foreign Residents; Immigration Head Office Moves

As an example of the chaos you're now likely to have to endure, have a look at the images of the Bangkok immigration office here: When did Immigration become a madhouse?

Been there, done that, as recently as a month ago. The Suan Phlu office has its good days and bad. The linked photo appears to be a bad day.

10. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

I was there last year, total of 3 months... and shame on me, but I dont even know what is happening.

i SAW the soldiers... But if you've lived in Manila, this is nothing.