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Thailand Travel Advisory

 

 

Thailand Travel Advisory

Thailand is a very hot topic these days, especially about the safety of visiting this beautiful country.

Perhaps you have heard a lot of negative stories going around about the land of smiles and its travel safety.

 

Well to end all those guess works, here’s a sensible travel advisory about Thailand for the 2011.

 

Yes, it is true that Thailand has been in turmoil since September of year 2006.

And yes, the number of political protests over the years has increased and worsened.

Some of them have actually been violent in nature, causing injuries and casualties to both clashing parties.

 

And since March of 2010, there have been massive rioting in the country’s city capital, Bangkok. A lot of people—from the two opposing sides (pro and anti-government), soldiers, and even innocent civilians, journalists and reporters—have died. The reported approximate number of casualties has reached a hundred already. And this led to putting the country in a state of emergency from April to December 2010.

 

Thailand Travel Advisory

After which, an Internal Security Act was enforced to limit the freedom and rights to assembly. The Act also includes other restrictions such as curfews, checkpoints and physical search.

Because of this political unrest, embassies of various countries are advising their respective citizens to exercise the highest degree of caution if traveling to Thailand. Some authorities even go as far as telling their people to avoid traveling to the country if it’s not really important. And this may be a very good advice indeed because the current political situation does not seem to be ending anytime soon.

 

But if for some reason a travel to Thailand is unavoidable, one can still come and return home safe. One just has to know what to do and what to avoid. The following places in Thailand are considered unsafe for travel: Narathiwat, Preah Vihear, Pattani, Songkhla, and the Thai-Burma Border.

 

Cities that have experienced violent demonstrations include: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Udon Thani,Chiang Rai, Ubon Ratchathani and Khon Kaen. Specific places in cities that are frequented by demonstrators are: Pitsanulok Road, Makh awan Bridge, the Democracy Monument at Khao San Road, and Ratchaprasong district.

 

Of course, it cannot be assured that there would be absolutely no protests in other parts of Thailand that were declared safe. So, great caution must still be exercised. If you chance upon an on-going demonstration, you should walk away from the scene immediately.

Travel Advisory in Thailand

 

Stay calm but move quickly. Also, travelers should carry their travel documents at all times so they would be ready if they find themselves being questioned by authorities. It is best to be prepared all the time.

 
 

  

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