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31. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 460 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Chada - I see you run a tourism business here in Bkk and you are probably worried about losing customers - however I don't think you fully understand my point of view judging by after that last little post of yours; may I suggest we meet up in Bkk....wherever you like.

I've never said that Bkk was actually unsafe and I'm happy to meet you there.

You are apparently making unjustified inferences about my posts, I suspect motivated more by the need to keep your business going than by the need to give plain simple good advice.

32. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

The British Foreign Office has issued warnings for British people not to travel to Thailand unless it's unavoidable - I think the Canadian and Australian governments have issued the same warning.

The problem is now that these warnings have been issued then the majority of travel insurance policies will not cover travellers if they need to claim while they are in Thailand.

For example, our travel insurance policy states in the exclusions section:

No Section of this policy shall apply in respect of:

18. You travelling to a country or specific area or event to which the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised persons not to travel.

So if you are considering still going to Thailand then please do carefully check your insurance policies to make sure you are covered!!

33. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 460 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

With doubtful insurance and shops etc. closed - transport is threatened and unreliable - BTS is "re-scheduled" etc etc and small pockets in other places...firstly Bkk is looking like a poor place to go for a holiday.

....and now thew rest of Thailand is going to get branded with the same stick..........

i live here - and I don't feel threatened in any way, but I can't see the point of coming on holiday here unless the country gets it pooh together and QUICKLY! - and I don't mean shoot the place up!

PS -have you noticed the baht hasn't flinched setang since this started?

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Apr-2010, at 08:14 by wildfk ]

34. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

PS -have you noticed the baht hasn't flinched setang since this started?

Yeah, weird that...not sure I understand how that can happen!?

35. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3573 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I see that the US has issued an updated travel alert for Thailand. This is not going to help the tourism industry.

Updated on April 28, 2010
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand of ongoing demonstrations in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Due to escalating violence in central Bangkok, demonstrations in Chiang Mai, and other incidents throughout Thailand, all U.S. citizens should avoid nonessential travel to Thailand. This replaces the Travel Alert dated April 22, 2010, to update information on security concerns and to recommend against nonessential travel to Thailand at this time. This Travel Alert will expire on July 28, 2010

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Apr-2010, at 10:00 by vegasmike6 ]

36. Posted by emilyemily (Budding Member 82 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I encourage locals and everybody else to continue posting updates! I'm in the same boat- leaving for BKK mid-June, and while I've never had a problem before in Thailand (I was there even when they shut the airports down in November 2008 and besides that, my vacation wasn't disrupted at all), this does seem a bit more violent than past political protests in Bangkok. So if anybody continues to have any information, please post here! I want to be sure that if I stay out of the main commercial areas, that I (and all other tourists visiting Thailand) will be safe.


37. Posted by CThom (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

We have decided to change our plans. As if we go to Thailand whilst the British Foreign office have a warning against travelling, our insurance is void! So we thought it is too much of a risk to travel without insurance. We are now going to Vietnam. Hopefully the troubles are resolved and we can visit Thailand on our way home from Oz!

38. Posted by gorgmo (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Im in the same position due to fly to Bangkok on 28th May. I have contacted the travel agency i booked the flights through and they said it depends on the flight policy. They said it was too early to say whether we will be able to fly there or not (I think we wont find out until about 20th May- 8 days before). I was looking forward to going thailand but am happy to go somewhere different where it is safe. My main problem is if we have to go somewhere else will i might need other vaccinations of which 8 days wouldnt give me alot of time to arrange?? And also i have onward flights to oz, nz etc so its going to be difficult to plan our trip and book hotles or car hire as the dates of our flights might change!!

39. Posted by chrisvasil (Full Member 102 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Quoting jessf

I leave for Thailand in exactly one month and fly into Bangkok. I have been following the news everyday hoping for a change in Bangkok's ongoing political unrest. While i am sure Bangkok its not a safe place for tourist at the moment, does anyone have any advice on the rest of Thailand? I am planning to stay for three weeks. Will i be able to travel around Thailand maybe even Laos with all this going on??? Please help i am worried about i might have to change some of my plans! Thanks for any advice!

Should be fine. They don't harm foreigners.

40. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member 230 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Except for those on the "front lines", no one has really been "targeted" Unfortunately, there have been plenty of "collateral" injuries. And yes, a few, including one death, have been foreigners.