Outside Bkk, Thailand is fine.
Do not cancel anything.
The only advice I would offer on Bkk is that as a tourist destination it is a bit restricted at present - you'll spend a lot of time trying to find if it is "safe" to go to tourist attraction or if the shops are open.
Just use Bkk as your transit point. You will see little sign of anything other than business as usual.
Keep an eye on the news - ABC and the Beeb are reliable.
On the net, check Reuters.
To diffuse the situation both sides have to back down with LOOSING FACE - this will most likely be achieved by the inervention of a 3rd party and take the form of some legal ruling.
I am also landing in BKK, on the 13th of May. Does anyone have any suggestions on a neat first place to visit that we can catch a bus to after we land? (we land at 9pm) We have made sure to keep up on the news and travel warnings and where I don't think it'll be an issue, our plan is to land and bus to the south right away just to avoid Bangkok.
Any suggestions would help!
I'm volunteering in Thailand all summer and I must admit, I am a tad bit worried. I've been following the news for close to a month now and nothing seems to be getting better. *le sigh*
I will be entering Thailand at the beginning of June. We are flying into BKK airport. Rather than cancel the trip due to the current problems In Thailand we have decided to just alter our travel plans.
We have decided to head straight for Chaing Mai, using the train. Does anyone know if this is possible without heading into Bangkok first? As we arrive at 4pm I think we will probably look for some accommodation for a night before taking the train as we'll be fresh of a 16 hour flight!
Hopefully the situation is calmer by the time we arrive and we will be able to enjoy Bangkok.
Political issues in Thailand is not a problem... Just stay a night there after you arrived and head to other part of the country...
THe current situation IS a problem and it is volatile and changing from day-to-day.
whereas I wouldn't say the risk is high enough to warrant a cancellation at present, it WILL affect your holiday - Bkk is not fully open and those who want to shop will be disappointed. You will also spend a lot of time trying to work out what transport is available , how to get to places and what areas to avoid, which is hardly what you want to do on holiday.
I would advise that you spend only your first night in Bk and only if you have to - get on to the rest of the country.
If you really MUST stay in Bkk for a few days, then do it ay the end of your holiday when you are acclimatised and up to speed on local affairs.
it is worth bearing in mind that it is not only the Redshirts that threaten to disrupt Bkk - the "coloured shirts" and the Yellowshirts all intend to hold rallies and some already are.
[ Edit: Edited on 27-Apr-2010, at 19:50 by wildfk ]
We have decided to head straight for Chaing Mai, using the train. Does anyone know if this is possible without heading into Bangkok first?
A good website in Man in Seat Sixty-One - find it here
How to travel by train in Thailand
It is rational to be careful and I understand all of the above posts.
When things happen wherever in a country, it is image of the whole country and no one would want go there. I would feel the same if I hear something about other country.
In general, interesting place in Bangkok like, the Grand Palace, temples including the Temple of the Dawn, museums, weekend market (Chatuchak) and, for some tourists, nightlife spots are still in operation the same way they used to be.
It is clean and clear in the Grand Palace area, Temple of the Dawn (Wat Aroon) and National Museum.
Weekend market (Chatuchak) is still there and no one dare to touch it. I was there last weekend, enjoy my shopping. The thing is it’s totally hot in there these days! (can be 36-40’C in the afternoon). Nightlife spots in Silom and Patpong area become forbidden area during the night as it is too close to the mob and soldiers are all over. It is where the explosion happened last week.
However, nothing happen to Sukumvit night spots. They are still there.
Thailand is something more than Bangkok, right?
Apart from the above, lives still go on the way they use to be. I am heading to Northeast this weekend. To be more specific I will be in Ubon-rachatanee, cross the border to Lao and take road trip, doing food and fruit shopping all the way long back to Bangkok. Next plan is to be by the sea somewhere down south. Things are OK in Krabi, Trang and Phuket.
If any of you has detailed itinerary in mind and would like to ask me if it is OK or not, please feel free to send message. I am not working for any tourism authority. My work does not have anything to do with tourism business. I am here just to share information. Above all, I live here and the info. from me is info. from the person can see real things with her two eyes, not from those who sit at home and watch TV and give you the advice. If any spot is not safe, I will tell you it is not safe.
[ Edit: Edited on 28-Apr-2010, at 01:00 by Chada ]
CThom, the Central Railway Station is not very close but not far away from the troble spot. If you would like to avoid going into town, you may ask for direction to catch the train from other station like Don Muang or Sam Sen station. Or if you prefer saving time, low cost airline like Nok Air or Air Asia provide flights to the north with the cost just a little bit higher than train tickets.
Anyway, with regard to the mob, both sides know that foreigners are not their opposition. They will avoid doing anything to irritate you.
[ Edit: Edited on 28-Apr-2010, at 00:58 by Chada ]
Do not take any advice from an armchari travel critic who only gets their knowledge of another country's situation from the media.
No Thai or foreigner, who has intentionally avoided the areas of unrest in Bangkok, has been hurt in anyway.
I been living in Bangkok for many years and never had any problems.
Bangkok is very safe if you avoid dodgy areas.