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Situation Update – Thailand Political Protest

February 5, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

AmazingThailand_NewAs of this morning in Bangkok, all of the demonstrators from Latphrao five-way intersection and the Victory Monument roundabout vacated and dismantled their rally sites and moved to the Lumpini Park rally site.

All roads at Latphrao five-way intersection and the Victory Monument roundabout are now clear and open to traffics as normal.

The anti-government demonstrators are carrying out their daily marches to different parts of Bangkok during the day. The demonstrators are campaigning for a national reform.

Demonstration sites are still in place at Pathumwan intersection, Ratchaprasong intersection, Lumpini Park, Asoke intersection, the Government Complex (Chaeng Wattana Road), Phan Fa Bridge and Chamai Maruchet Bridge. Roads in the areas may be closed to traffic but emergency vehicles and those carrying tourists are allowed to pass. Marches and gatherings at the above mentioned protest sites continue as anti-government protesters call for a national reform. We continue to monitor the situation daily.

Bangkok and some parts of nearby provinces (Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan) remain under a state of emergency, which has been imposed to maintain peace and order, as well as to provide safety and security for the general public, foreign visitors and the demonstrators. The 60-day emergency decree has been in place since 22 January 2014.

The emergency decree currently covers Bangkok and some parts of nearby provinces as stated above only and not any other destinations in Thailand. There is currently no curfew in place in Bangkok or any other parts of Thailand. Local residents and international visitors can continue to travel within Bangkok and other destinations in the country as usual.

Yesterday’s elections took place, nationwide, as planned with little disruption to local life. In Bangkok, the elections were largely peaceful and it’s still business as usual in the capital. Our travel advice has not changed. Bangkok and the rest of Thailand is ready to welcome tourists as normal.            

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