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Anti-Government Demonstrators in Bangkok Scale Down Their Protests

March 6, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

A sense of normality has returned to the major streets and shopping districts of Bangkok after anti-government demonstrators, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), decided to scale down their protests as of 3 March 2014.
The temporary rally camps at the intersections of Bangkok’s shopping and business districts –Ratchaprasong, Pathum Wan, Asok and Silom – have now been vacated leaving traffic to flow as usual.

All the rally stages, tents, and food centers were dismantled. Blocked roads, including those in front of Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, CentralWorld, Gaysorn Plaza, MBK Center, and Terminal 21 Shopping Complexes, as well as the Silom night market, were cleared. Roads at these intersections have been re-opened to normal traffic.

PDRC has set up a new rally site inside the Lumphini Park on Rama IV Road. There are three other rally sites located in very small areas of Bangkok at the Government Complex (Chaeng Watthana Road), Ratchadamnoen Avenue (near the Democracy Monument), and Phitsanulok Road (near Government House).

The Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, said, “At last, the heart of Bangkok can get back to normal. This scaling down of the protests means that international visitors as well as local residents can quickly and conveniently get around the city’s key shopping, business and entertainment districts as usual.

“However, it should be stressed that over the course of the protests, all the shops, hotels, and shopping malls located on and around the four intersections remained open as usual and were always easily accessible via the BTS Skytrain or MRT subway, if not by the normal road system.”

TAT has arranged a spate of activities to show the world that Bangkok is back on track and open for business. A number of special events and festivals are being planned. Promotional sales campaigns will be launched to attract visitors from short-haul markets. In addition, a series of media and travel agent Mega Fam Trips will be arranged in partnership with Thai Airways International (THAI).

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