Absolutely Stoneman: all foreign tourists have to do is avoid any protest crowds. Not a single foreigner who has paid attention to all the warnings has been hurt in the problems over the past month. The only ones who did get hurt during the troubles were those who thought they could enjoy the protest areas too - plenty of videos on youTube evidencing this.
If you were in East London (as a foreign tourist) one day and witnessed two groups of hundreds of warring football supporters shouting and threatening each from across the road, would you join in for the fun of it? Perhaps make a video for YouTube and interview a couple of the rivals?
One simple message and that is "Use your common sense and you'll be fine!"
How about the weather, It is going to be the end of rain season I heard that wont really matter is that true?
Depends what part of Thailand you'll be in, and what activities you plan to do. Typically it rains pretty hard for about an hour or 2 per day, which is a good time to sit at a food stall under an overhang and eat some noodles and have a nice cold Chang beer If you're planning on doing rock climbing, the rocks will be wet and it's not the best time to go. Besides that though, I've spent plenty of time both in the North and South during monsoon season, and it hasn't affected my plans much at all! Except you can expect better prices from hostels, tours, etc, because there are less tourists and they're all vying for your business. Once again though, it depends on your plans to determine just how much it will affect you!
cool thanks emily, I am going to koh phangan for the full moon party in october, but like I said we land in late sept. but it sounds like something I can handle. Drinking beer and watching the rain is I problem i would like to have.