Good news to all hoping to visit Thailand in the coming months- looks like the standoff is winding down and will soon be over! Check out today's Bangkok Post article:
Yay! Nobody has to get hurt or worry about their trip anymore!
At this point in time, no one, one the ground, has moved. It is still wait and see.
The biggest issue, dissolution of parliament, is still a big roadblock. The government's proposal on that issue hasn't changed to any degree.
I can tell you from personal observation that the Sukhumvit Road area was pretty much normal. Malls, bars, restaurants all open. Skytrain was working from Oh Nut to the Nana stop where I got off.
As long as you arrive during low season you can wait until the last minute to get a hotel room. This way you will have some more flexibility in choosing an area to stay in. You can get a room in most places with just a walk-in or a call from the airport. Just keep current with local news and stay in the areas that are not affected by the protests which is most of Bangkok!
In Pattaya, the only protest I happened to pass by was one on North Pattaya Road, maybe about 10 or 20 guys with signs. Traffic walking and riding by was mostly ignoring them. I didn't catch on that this was a "protest" at all until I saw some of the signs. I didn't notice any hostility at all.
[ Edit: Edited on 05-May-2010, at 22:20 by karazyal ]
The political turmoil is NOT AFFECTING THE WHOLE OF THAILAND. It is centered in a small part of Bkk.
Today's head line...Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday confirmed the dissolution of Parliament to take place between September 15 to 30.
The red shirt are endorsing the PM's road-map. As soon as the PM confirmed on the date of dissolution of Parliament, they will go home.
Peace is quite imminent to Bangkok and the Thai people.
You are safe to travel to Thailand.
I just came back from the tour to North-East of Thailand and Southern Lao with my colleagues, yesterday. The brief of the trip under the scope of this forum discussion is, … Once we got on the Express Way, which is about 1 Km. from the area where people gather up, we didn’t see anything which is different from normal life …..allllllll the way long from Bangkok passed Patumtanee to Korat, to Burirum to Ubonratchatanee and up higher we saw not even one spot of problem………. After a few days on the tour, we started to forget about things that happen on that small spot in Bangkok.
Last Thursday, my 75-year-old curious American (Caucasian) businessman boss just wanted to know how the protesters live their lives. He wore ordinary clothes (not even red!!) and walked into the crowd in Ratchaprasong area. He said hello and took pictures with some of them. Then he came back to tell a story like he has been in amusement park or on a tour. Those red people said hello to him, some asked to take pictures with him with their cameras and cell-phones. I am not suggesting anyone to do like this, but I hope this give you some pictures how things go here.
Again, I don’t know how you people get the information. But these sets of information, are what I got by myself…. Not by sitting at home and watching / listening to ................... news (you fill it in the blank for yourself, please!)
[ Edit: Edited on 06-May-2010, at 07:20 by Chada ]
What info - if any, do you think is wrong???????
this from Reuters - who have an office in Bkk.......
Anti-government protesters in Thailand on Thursday demanded more talks before agreeing to end two months of protests that have stifled the economy, scared off tourists and sparked the country's deadliest political clashes in 18 years.[u]
PS - I've just spent Song Khran in Redshirt heartland, with Redshirt supporters throwing water about.
I also drove back, stopping at various places on the way and both saw and spoke to a lot of Redshirts or their supporters - if this crisis is not defused - and I have to say it looks at present, as though it will be - the Redshirts command a large majority in the North and North-East and any ramifications would certainly be felt by visitors.
On the bright side - the UK govt has now reduced its warnings for travellers to Bkk only, which means that you may well now have insurance again.
[ Edit: Edited on 06-May-2010, at 07:23 by wildfk ]
... I've just spent Song Khran in Redshirt heartland, with Redshirt supporters throwing water about.
I think someone may have caught a photo ....
Sigh..... Sorry, Silom is still the place to avoid. A police officer just got shot there about an hour and a half ago. I am not sure this is personal issue or it's something to do with politics.
I think someone doesn't want this to be over. While the red and the government are mutually trying to find the best solution, seems someone is having fun bringing the situation into worse.
I hope to come back to share better news again. Anyway, that's still the only one spot I suggest tourist to avoid. The rest of Thailand is still OK, alright? I just got back from late dinner in Sukumvit area. It is still nice and fun in that area.
[ Edit: Edited on 07-May-2010, at 11:04 by Chada ]
The two policemen who were shot and killed were immediately guarding the red shirts; they were intentionally targetted by gunmen. This wasn't an episode of letting loose a few bullets into an anonymous crowd!
Here is a prime example again for tourists to stay well clear of the protests. Do that and you'll be perfectly safe.
Am Going Next Week to Bkk .. But i will take the first flight From the airport to PHUKET so it's Fine