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11. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 6y

The Australian embassy in BKK is closed to visitors, although they are still taking phone calls, so I heard.

12. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member 230 posts) 6y

The probably weren't getting a lot of "walk ins" lately anyways!
out front

13. Posted by Amdo Ak (Budding Member 11 posts) 6y

am going there next week !! :)

14. Posted by Sophia_uk (Full Member 48 posts) 6y

Look guys! It really is NOT as bad as the media are making it out to be and the protests in Bangkok are in the business district and DEFINATELY not in the tourist area which is MILES away. You wouldn't even notice anything is going on unless you knew about it from the press!

So everybody needs to stop panicking as there is no threat to tourists at the moment unless you deliberately go looking for trouble. :)

Happy travels!

15. Posted by Amdo Ak (Budding Member 11 posts) 6y

Quoting Sophia_uk

Look guys! It really is NOT as bad as the media are making it out to be and the protests in Bangkok are in the business district and DEFINATELY not in the tourist area which is MILES away. You wouldn't even notice anything is going on unless you knew about it from the press!

So everybody needs to stop panicking as there is no threat to tourists at the moment unless you deliberately go looking for trouble. :)

Happy travels!

i Agree 100%

16. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member 230 posts) 6y

I live here and don't feel threatened. But, I live here and know this city.

That said, that "business district" is the most popular shopping area in this city, and it truly does look and feel like a war zone.

At this time, the area is well defined and easy to avoid. But, the government is intent on scattering the protesters. That may obscure the boundaries.

17. Posted by lonederanger (Budding Member 50 posts) 6y

The protesters dont want to harm tourists. They know Thailand needs us so I wouldnt worry about any planes blowing up. I stayed just around the corner from where the first people were killed the day after it happened and got nothing but friendly smiles from red shirts when I walked through blocked off roads. At the time I didnt know there was any violence going on obviously.

Your daughter could just get a taxi to somewhere outside bangkok?

18. Posted by Sophia_uk (Full Member 48 posts) 6y

I would advise your daughter to go to Ayuttaya from Bangkok, its really nice there and its only about 1.5hr drive away and is another main hangout for tourists. I know that this is where a lot of the tourists are being advised to go to and all the main bus journeys leave from here too.

19. Posted by birdmccabe (Budding Member 22 posts) 6y

i am heading to asia next week, and cut thailand out. she could always fly to cambodia, laos or vietnam instead, which is what i will be doing. Apparently the airport has not been affected and security has been increased to prevent anything happening there.

20. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 6y

Well the decision now been taken out of her hands, the group she was going with (ISV) has now canceled all the May and June trips and it looks like her second destination preference will be New Zealand. Not sure what those red shirts want but it looks like they've put Thailands tourist industry down the drain.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-May-2010, at 12:28 by jambo101 ]