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1. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 6y

Daawgon has indicated that this thread is about Thailand

(the following is cross-posted from Tripadvisor/Air Travel Forum)

Hi,

Here in Bangkok the situation has severely deteriorated in the past four days.. Multiple fatalities-- both government, protester and "civilian" including first aid responders.. Many of the major foreign embassies closed on Friday and many will continue to remain closed thru at least Monday.. Several major shopping centers and a few hotels in the city center are closed or severely restricted by government order.

A formal State of Emergency is now in effect for the Bangkok province (metro area) as well as a number of the other surrounding provinces.

There is no sky train elevated train (BTS) system or subway (MRT) service anywhere in the city thru at least Monday.. Taxis are not plentiful as many drivers and companies have pared back their fleet.. There are numerous Police and Army roadblocks in place at selected locations and live ammunition is being used against anyone attempting to cross said blockades.

A number of foreign airlines now have "travel waivers" in place that will allow ticketed passengers to rebook at a later time.. Thai Airways as of now, has not yet issued such waiver..

The airport itself as well as the immediate surrounding area remains unimpaired and has not experienced any violence.. The Police and Army have moved extra personnel and equipment into the area as a precautionary move.

At the present time it is still safe to travel to/from/via the Bangkok airport-- there has been no airline cancellations directly related to the current violence-- but travel in town may be dangerous depending on your route and/or destination.

Be advised.

Travel Safe,

2. Posted by bakpakk (Budding Member 53 posts) 6y

Thanks for the update. I was just reading live feeds from BBC and CNN about the crisis. It's very sad to see how things have deteriorated over the last few days, especially considering how optimistic everyone was about the peace deal. I'm traveling to BKK next week and I'm a tad bit nervous. Will continue to follow the feeds and updates. Safe travels.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-May-2010, at 10:29 by bakpakk ]

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

A friend of mine living in Pattaya sent me a link to this article on the 'red shirt city'. It does not look like this situation in BKK is going to end very soon.

4. Posted by highnlow (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

will get worse before it gets better,no win for everyone concerned

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

thanks for the update, much appreciated as i was wondering if there was any threat to the airport as i will be travelling through it next week! Thanks again.

6. Posted by swalia1980 (Budding Member 45 posts) 6y

Thailand
Still current at: 19 May 2010
Updated: 19 May 2010

This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Summary and Safety and Security sections (advice against all travel to Bangkok and all but essential travel to Chiang Mai). The overall level of the advice has changed; we advise against all travel to specific parts of Thailand, including Bangkok. We advise against all but essential travel to other specific parts of Thailand, including Chiang Mai.

7. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 6y

Thanks in Bangkok have virtually returned to normal now.

8. Posted by bakpakk (Budding Member 53 posts) 6y

I just arrived in Bangkok yesterday...went to see the protest sites and they were packed with thais and tourists taking pictures.

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

Quoting bakpakk

I just arrived in Bangkok yesterday...went to see the protest sites and they were packed with thais and tourists taking pictures.

This has been one of the bigger events in Thai history. The interest is understandable.

10. Posted by bakpakk (Budding Member 53 posts) 6y

Quoting Curt1591

Quoting bakpakk

I just arrived in Bangkok yesterday...went to see the protest sites and they were packed with thais and tourists taking pictures.

This has been one of the bigger events in Thai history. The interest is understandable.

It definitely is. I was just using that as an example to show how things are back to normal.