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Update: Is it safe to travel to Thailand?

This information has been updated here.

Last week there were numerous travel advisories telling people to be cautious when traveling to Bangkok, Thailand. In my previous post, I told you the advisories were issued because the Thai supreme court was announcing its decision regarding the seizure of assets from former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Feb. 26. Diplomats were worried the decision would spark demonstrations.

I wanted to update you on what has happened since last week. It was ruled that Shinawatra did abuse his power as Prime Minister to enrich himself, and $1.4 billion of his frozen $2.3 billion fortune will be seized. There was plenty of reaction from Shinawatra’s supporters, but no demonstrations were held.

However, there are reports from his supporters about a mass rally taking place in Bangkok in mid March. With that said, if travel advisories are issued for Thailand around that time, Friendly Planet would take all of the measures I discussed in my earlier post.

There is no need to change any of your travel arrangements if you’re going to Thailand. I will keep you updated here and on our Facebook page if the situation does change. You can always e-mail me with any additional questions.

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  1. I have a 22 year old son scheduled to leave for Thailand tomorrow to stay and travel there for 3 months. Is it safe for him to go?

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  2. We just spoke to our reps in Bangkok and it seems as though the demonstrators are comfy and not looking to budge.

    We will probably see some sparring back and forth between the demonstrators and the authorities in the coming days, but honestly, outside the area of central Bangkok where these demonstrators are positioned, I don’t think you would know there’s anything going on in the country.

    We have travelers all over Thailand at the moment, including Bangkok. They are staying at hotels outside the area of the demonstrations, and they are continuing with their touring as usual.

    This doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem in the country, but it’s not as scary or dangerous as it might seem to us watching it on TV.

    If your son is going to spend three months in the country, he will soon learn how to get around, and which places he should avoid in moments of trouble. The Thai people are incredibly hospitable, welcoming and peaceful, and your son will have plenty of Thai friends who will help him learn the ropes. Despite the political problems of the moment, your son will no doubt fall in love with Thailand, just as all of those who have had the pleasure of visiting have done.

    He will not be in danger if he is careful and stays away from central Bangkok and the demonstrations. Outside of that one, small area, life is peaceful and enjoyable. Don’t worry about your son, and maybe even plan to hop over and visit him once he’s settled in. You’ll see for yourself!

    One small suggestion, though. Make sure your son registers with the US Embassy in Bangkok by logging onto this website. http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/registration/registration_4789.html

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  3. hi i’m planning to visit bangkok in the 3rd week of may…how safe is it right now??..i was in bangkok last month 12th of april,it was full of red shirts and mbk and platinum mall were closed on a few days of my trip…but otherwise,as tourists we dint incur much problems..but i want to know exactly how safe is it going to be,is it a good idea to visit again the coming month??and what is the current scenario for tourists…. im only going to stay in bangkok for 3 nights.…will be staying in the sukumvik area,soi 8.

    Thanks,
    Tanya

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  4. Anonymous

    It is far more likely that you will suffer from being injured as a pedestrian or as a passenger on the back of a motorbike taxi then from gunshot or grenades. However, with the State of Emergency still in existence and Travel Advisories, will you be able to get Travel Insurance to cover a possible injury or illness. Now that could be really dangerous as private hospitals will not give Emergency care until you deposit cash upfront in advance of treatment. Also any treatment would not be reimbursed. Please check your travel policy first before you arrive to see what is covered and what is not.

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  5. Anonymous

    Hello! I plan on going to Thailand in October. I will be staying in Bangkok for a few days, but the majority of my time will be spent in Phuket. My mom told me it is too dangerous to travel to Thailand at the moment. Can you please give me an update on the protest situation. This will be my first time traveling to Thailand and I am concerned. Thank you.

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  6. There is no need to be concerned. It is safe to travel to Thailand. Friendly Planet Travel resumed tours in mid-June. You can find more up-to-date information on Thailand under our “Thailand” tag. It is a beautiful country that I’m sure you will fall in love with. If you have any more concerns feel free to e-mail me at pmgoldman@friendlyplanet.com.

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