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Thailand Warnings

 

 

Thailand Warnings

Thailand, which has always been known as the land of smiles for many years, has been causing frowns and distress to travelers over these past few years.

 

Since year 2006, the once peaceful kingdom is being beleaguered by frequent political protests and demonstrations by two opposing parties—

 

the “Yellow Shirt” or the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), also known as the National Liberation Alliance and the “Red Shirt” or the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD).

 

These two political parties have a deep and long-standing dispute, which has been escalating in recent years.

 

In the first quarter of 2010, civil unrest, riots and sporadic attacks started becoming more frequent and more violent, making the once popular tourist destination infamous to tourists, traveling businessmen and investors.Embassies all over the world have issued warnings about the dangers of traveling to Thailand. They all seem to be in agreement that it is not safe to travel to Thailand these days because the situation is not going to improve in the foreseeable future.

 

Thailand Warnings

So unless absolutely necessary, it is better to avoid going to Thailand until the travel warnings have been lifted.

 

But if travel to Thailand is really unavoidable, it would do good to heed the following warnings:

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Avoid traveling to provinces that are frequented by political protesters such as Khao Phra Viharn, Sisaket, Tak, Mae Hong Son, and the Southern provinces of Songkhla, Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala. These areas are heavily secured by military and even ruled by martial law in some. So if you don’t want to be searched or detained, don’t go near these provinces.

 

2. Border areas are likewise unsafe places to be in, such as Thai-Burma, Thai-Cambodia and Thai-Malaysia borders. There are also armed conflicts in the other sides and rioters may possibly cross the border and harm people along the way.

 

3. Stay away from potential troubles such as large gathering of people, as this may likely be a political protest. Always be reminded that these political protests can quickly turn into violent riots without so much of a sign or warning. There have been reports of innocent and unsuspecting bystanders getting injured in these clashes. So it’s best to immediately walk away the moment you sense some trouble arising.

4. Aside from the riots and general unrest of the Thailand situation, travelers should also watch out for the usual petty crimes. Pickpockets, snatchers, thieves and scammers do not take a holiday, political unrest or not.

Warnings in Thailand

 

They are always on the lookout for unwary tourists. So keep your valuables secure and keep your eyes open. Be vigilant all the time.

 
 

  

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