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Situation Update – Thailand Political Protest

February 15, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

AmazingThailand_NewThe overall situation of the ongoing anti-government demonstration in Bangkok remains normal to peaceful and continues to take 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. The demonstrators are campaigning for a national reform. There are still scattered marches in some parts of Bangkok taking place during the day.

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.

It is business as usual in Thailand

Bangkok is a large city and so it is possible for local residents and international visitors to avoid the demonstration areas. Traffic in the most parts of Bangkok is also moving normally since all other roads and expressways remain unaffected by the protests. While the demonstrations are taking place in certain areas in Bangkok, life other parts of the Thai capital, and throughout Thailand, continues as normal. However, tourists are advised to be vigilant and avoid the demonstration areas for their own safety and security.

All major tourist attractions in the Thai capital, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn, are open normally. Tourists can visit all attractions using the usual means of transport, including buses, vans and car transfers by tour companies, taxis, the Skytrain, the subway or the boat and ferry service.

Businesses, including banks, petrol and gas stations, hotels, spas, restaurants, entertainment venues, cinemas, convention centres, shopping malls, superstores, convenient stores, pharmacies, hospitals, and the like, are open and operating as per normal. However, shopping venues in the rally areas may change their opening hours.


All airports in Bangkok and throughout Thailand are open and operating as per normal. Passengers with flights departing out of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports are advised to allocate at least four hours prior to their scheduled flight departure time and to check the flight status prior to travelling.

For tourists travelling within Bangkok, the available means of transport are as follows:

• The BTS Skytrain runs between Mo Chit and Bearing Stations (Sukhumvit Line), and between the National Stadium and Bang Wa Stations (Silom Line).
• The MRT subway runs between Bang Sue and Hua Lamphong Stations.
• The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) operates several bus and van services throughout Bangkok. Many bus routes may be adjusted to avoid the protest areas.
• Boat and ferry services on Saen Saep Canal and the Chao Phraya River.

For tourists with flights arriving in or leaving Bangkok, the available means of transport are as follows:

The Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link’s SA Express and SA City Line trains run between Suvarnabhumi Airport and Bangkok downtown (Makkasan City Air Terminal and Phayathai Stations). From the two downtown stations, tourists can connect to and from their destinations using the Skytrain or the subway.
• The State Railway of Thailand’s (SRT) northern train line runs through Don Mueang International Airport station to Hua Lamphong Station.
• About 6,000 taxis registered with the Airports of Thailand (AOT) have been given special stickers to show that the vehicles are carrying tourists, thus allowing them to be able to pass normally through intersections occupied by the demonstrators.

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