Anti-government protests in Bangkok have been peaceful and tourists can travel safely
The ongoing anti-government protests in Bangkok since early October have been peaceful, and have mostly been taking places at non-tourist attractions.
During November, although the gatherings and mobilizations of large crowds in different parts of the city at certain times have caused heavy road traffic, there have been no cases of chaos or violence.
Tourists can still travel safely between their hotels, using road-transport, skytrain, subway and water-transport, to many attractions in Bangkok.
But away from the usual tourist spots in Bangkok, one person was shot to death last night in a gunfight that broke out near Rajamangala Stadium where clashes between anti-government protesters and red-shirt supporters intensified on the eve of major protest. Thai Police has not yet determined who fired the shot.
Tourist attractions and activities as well as businesses in Bangkok and other provinces are open and operating as usual. For live images of Thai tourist destinations, check out these THAI LIVE CAM streaming cameras that present a number of stunning preset views of Thailand’s most famous and popular cities.
International and domestic airlines are operating flights between Bangkok and Thai cities, as well as destinations around the world, as per normal.
Thailand’s main gateway, Suvarnabhumi Airport, in Bangkok and all other international and domestic airports throughout the country are operating as per normal. Transportation to and from Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports into central Bangkok as well as into tourist destinations southeast and southwest of Bangkok; such as, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ko Samet and Ko Chang are operating as per normal.
Suvarnabhumi Airport has advised air travellers of possible heavy road traffic and a lack of taxis resulting from the protests in Bangkok. Commuters are advised to use public transport such as BTS Skytrain, Airport Rail Link, public buses and vans, and limousine services. Air travellers are also advised to allocate more time before flight depart or at least three hours.
The State Railway of Thailand and the Transport, (inter-provincial bus service) are operating as per normal. The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority is operating its city bus routes as per normal, although some routes are temporarily rerouted.
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand: There is no reason at all to avoid Bangkok, which remains a popular tourist destination. However, tourist can also spend their holidays in other Thai cities, which are located within 1 or 2 hour traveling time from Bangkok.
Tourist attractions are open and operating as per normal in Bangkok: Historical attractions, theme parks, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, local markets, temples and river tours are open and operating as per normal.
To avoid heavy road traffic at certain times, tourists can use BTS Skytrain, MRT Subway, ferry, boats and hotel’s converted rice barges to many attractions, such as, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Temple of Dawn, ASIATIQUE The Riverfront, and Siam Paragon and Terminal 21 Shopping Complexes.