Published on Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tourists get advice on Bangkok protests

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is advising that political demonstrations in Bangkok are not targeting tourists and all visitor attractions in the capital, and the rest of the country, are operating normally.

However, foreigners and/or tourists are advised to be vigilant and avoid areas where crowds may gather, TAT said.

The latest wave of political protests have been taking place in Bangkok since Sunday, with demonstrators calling on the government to step down. They have been mostly peaceful.

The tourism authority has advised that as a result of the demonstrations there is likely to be heavy road traffic and a lack of taxis at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport,

It advises travellers to use public transport such as BTS Skytrain, Airport Rail Link, public buses and limousine services.

Air travellers are also advised to allocate more time before their flight departures - at least three hours.

All tourist attractions in Bangkok, such as, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Siam Paragon, together with river tours along the Chao Phraya River, are operating normally.

To avoid heavy road traffic in Bangkok, tourists can use water-based transport to visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, TAT said.

Tourist activities in Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ko Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phang-nga and Krabi are operating as per normal.

International and domestic airlines are operating flights between Bangkok and Thai cities, as well as destinations around the world.


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