The current Bangkok protests are deservedly receiving plenty of global press coverage. However, the reality is that these protests are limited to very small areas of the city and that most of the city is actually going about their daily business with little or no change.
To help tourists coming to Bangkok get a clearer picture of the situation the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has been sending out daily updates . The good news for travelers is that their visits should be pretty well uninterrupted by the current situation. All airports and transport links are operating as normal well the major tourist attractions like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun along with leading shopping malls like Asiatique, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, CentralWorld and MBK remain open and unaffected by the disturbances.
According to the TAT these are the areas to avoid today Tuesday 3 December:
“During today, the following locations are where the anti-government protests take places or where the protesters gather:
Two most sensitive areas that tourists should avoid today are the areas surrounding Government House and the Parliament and the Metropolitan Police Bureau.“
To add our own experiences here at the Where Thailand offices based in Silom we’ve been open throughout the protests and have never felt under threat from the trouble. However, you should steer clear of any of the venues listed above. Visitors should also check travel routes and traffic situations and allow additional time getting to airports.
Of course things can change quickly and you should always keep an eye on the latest developments. To help with this there are a list of useful numbers at the bottom of this story.
The situation elsewhere in the country is calm with no reported effects on any tourist destinations and activities in Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Chiang Mai and beyond. For the latest do check www.tatnews.org which has regular updates and maps showing the sites of the protests.
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