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Situation Update from Tourism Thailand UK – Political Protests in Bangkok

Posted by Joanna, Tourism Thailand as of 8th January 201

As the media continue to report on the so-called ‘Bangkok Shut-down’ the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to inform visiting tourists (and the UK & Irish travel and tourism industry) that all concerned public and private agencies will exercise utmost efforts to ensure tourist’s convenience. Should the mass demonstrations take place a special lane will be provided for tourist buses and vehicles alongside a number of measures to assist and facilitate tourists, be they group tourists or independent travellers.

Six Intersections they will try and close from 13 January:
1. Victory Monument
2. Siam Square
3. Ladprao 5-Way Intersection
4. Ratchaprasong Intersection
5. Lumpini Park
6. Asoke Intersection

At this time, both international airports in Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang) and all other international and domestic airports throughout Thailand are open and operating as per normal. The main anti-government demonstrator group has promised they will not disrupt public infrastructure, including the city buses and vans, water-transport, BTS skytrain, MRT subway, Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link and the two Bangkok’s airports (Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang) so that business can continue as usual.

All city buses and vans, water-transport, BTS skytrain, MRT subway, Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link and the two Bangkok’s airports (Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang) are open and operating as per normal but may be subject to delays from 13th January so please allow extra time for your journey, particularly if you are heading to the airport.

Airlines have made arrangements to open check-in desks upto 4 hours before departure to allow earlier check-in for travellers arriving earlier to the airport. Please check directly with the airline you are travelling with for further information.

Telephone – landline and mobile – and Internet services are available 24/7.

Tourists can travel to Bangkok and around the city. The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on Na Phra Lan Road, Siam Paragon and CentralWorld Shopping complexes on Rama I Road, parks, temples, historical sites and theme parks are open and operating as per normal. The protesters are targeting government buildings only and so there should be no disruption to tourist attractions and local businesses. However, tourists are advised to be vigilant and avoid areas where crowds may gather. Check locally with the TAT, local news or your hotel concierge before heading out to avoid demonstration routes.

Businesses including banks, petrol and gas stations, hotels, spas, restaurants, entertainment venues, cinemas, convention centres, shopping malls, superstores, convenient stores, pharmacies, hospitals and such are open and operating as per normal.

Bangkok is a big city and you can avoid the demonstration sites by taking our advice and seeking advice locally on arrival. For perspective on exactly which parts of the city will be affected please take a look at this interactive map.

If you have any further questions before you travel please contact the TAT London office as follows: 0207 925 2511 or info@tourismthailand.co.uk

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