You may have seen reports on the news about the Thailand political situation and the protests taking place in Bangkok and other provinces around Thailand. In reaction to these events the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) released a statement today reassuring that all of the locations occupied by the anti-government protesters in Bangkok and other provinces are not tourist attractions. While tourists have not been targeted and there has been no report of violence, visitors to Thailand are advised to check travel route and avoid going to locations where political gatherings are taking place.
All tourist attractions in Bangkok, such as, the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on Na Phra Lan Road and Vimanmek Mansion on Rajvithi Road, Siam Paragon on Rama I Road, river tours along the Chao Phraya River, as well as elsewhere in Thailand, are open and operating as per normal. To avoid potentially heavy road traffic in Bangkok, tourists are advised to use the river ferries to visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Outside of Bangkok, the areas to avoid are provincial city halls while the TAT state that tourist activities in Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ko Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phang-nga and Krabi, for instance, are operating as per normal. These provinces’ administration halls are located in official designated areas, and are not near tourist attractions.
Airports and international and domestic airlines are operating as normal. However, tourists are advised to use public transport such as BTS Sky Train, Airport Rail Link and allocate more travelling time to the airports due to possible heavy road traffic. Transportations to all tourist destinations are also operating as normal including the State Railway of Thailand and the Transport Co., Ltd., (inter-provincial bus service). In Bangkok all the mass transit networks including BTS Skytrain, MRT Subway and city buses are operating as usual.
Useful contact numbers:
Tourism Authority of Thailand Call Centre 1672
Thai Traffic Police Call Centre 1197
Thai Tourist Police Call Centre 1155
Bangkok Tourism Division Call Centre +66 (0) 2225 7612-4
Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (city bus service) Call Centre 1348
State Railway of Thailand Call Centre 1690
Transport Co., Ltd., (inter-provincial bus service) Call Centre 1490
Airports of Thailand Call Centre 1722
Thai Airways International (THAI) Call Centre +66 (0) 2356 1111
Bangkok Airways Reservation Centre 1771
Nok Air Call Centre 1318
Thai AirAsia Call Centre +66 (0) 2515 9999