Topic: Is Bangkok dangerous for tourists?

Bangkok is close to an hour X: February, 26 mass demonstrations may again begin in the city.

However, even if it happens, it is unlikely that the protest should be ambitious, the experts believe.

On the eve of the festive holiday the Foreign Ministry of Russia issued an official statement, which, inter alia, states that "in connection with the rapidly deteriorating political situation in the Thai capital in the last week of February, mass protests are likely to take place."

And the thing is: on February 26 the Supreme Court of Thailand has announced its verdict on the arrested assets of former Prime Minister of the country Shinawatra, it is expected that he can encourage his supporters to rallies.

According to the Foreign Ministry of Russia, the Thai authorities have addressed the foreign MOT with a request not to send tourist groups in Bangkok during this period.

Foreigners, who will still be in the Thai capital, "are not recommended to visit the places where there are the demonstrators, the location of government buildings, police headquarters, major shopping centers".

The situation in the major resorts, including Pattaya and Phuket, is expected to remain calm.

In Moscow office of Tourism Authority of Thailand the official comments has not yet been given, but note that the statement of MFA can be preventive in nature, currently in Bangkok all is calm, the city is living its normal live.

TO, in turn, recognized that the disturbing phone calls from agencies about Thailand are coming, but there were no cancellations of travel. And the special reasons for anxiety, too.

Thus, the TEZ TOUR reported that they are receptive to such claims and take measures to ensure the protection of the tourists.

In particular, the routes of visits of the historic center of Bangkok on February 26 will be excluded from the program.

The company drew attention to the fact that the tourists who fly in transit through Bangkok to other resorts, since the international airport is located 17 km from the city limits, in the neighboring province Samutprakan, should have no reason for concern.

Any speeches and meetings, on assurances of the authorities, can not affect its work, as it was in 2008.

"The statement of MFA means that in late February in some parts of Bangkok mass protests are possible, but it's not for sure that they would take place - believes Vitaly Chizhikov, CEO of PAKS.

- We hope for common sense and the fact that the possible meetings would not have a lengthy and ambitious character, as in 2008 because of the actions of the opposition the country has suffered huge financial and image loss, it should be a lesson."

According to Vitaly Chizhikov, PAKS has not yet corrected its own programs, as currently there is no such need.

Svetlana Loza, a representative of "Natalie Tours" in Thailand, in turn, also noted that the current warning is not expressed in categorical terms, and if there is no more stringent warnings the tour operator will not cancel the excursions.

"Tourists, in any case, do not refuse them" - she said.

I always watch for you !

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Thailand is so beautiful that you cant resist to visit, whatever the environment is, things can go wrong anywhere in any country, for such things you cant suggest not to visit such wonderland

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Bangkok isn’t dangerous in the sense that you’re going to be sought-out as a specific target for pro- or anti-government protestors (PAD) but, the possibility of being in the wrong place at a dangerous time does exist.

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It’s hard to say if Bangkok will get dangerous in the future. Tourists are never targeted (cross your fingers), but occasionally someone gets hurt. I really recommend to stay away from Bangkok – but Bangkok is a large part of the reason so many tourists come to Thailand. I can’t stand the city myself, but millions love it.

There is a lot to see in Thailand, if Bangkok seems dicey, go to Chiang Mai or Phuket. Hua Hin is even quite the thriving tourist city.

Thaksin hasn’t stopped fighting – and he and his red-shirts will probably take their turn protesting the newly formed government… then, who knows?

Thanks

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Hi there!

In a few weeks I will travel to Bangkok for a few days, but I can't get it clear how safe it is to
travel to this city. I read a lot about protest of the Red Shirt, roadblocks, etcetera. But I would
like to know if it is safe to travel to this city as tourists? Our hotel (Emperial Queens Parc Hotel)
is not very far from the Thai Government (approx. 7 km). Is this a dangerous zone? Can we travel
safely trought Bangkok by taxi and/or Skytrain?

Hopefully someone can tell me a little bit more.

Last edited by david11 (2010-09-13 10:10:15)

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They said that Bangkok is now safe for tourist but still you need to be very careful since those people who are against the government are still active.

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Thailand or Bangkok is not dangerous in the way you are referring. It is as dangerous like any other unknown place would be for you. If you are unknown to a place you are visiting,as a tourist you got be aware all the time and stay away from dangerous or violence prone places.

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Bangkok is go to safe now, Because The government is maybe coming together and will form a new government from a coalition.

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I think people like to exaggerate how dangerous Bangkok and other international cities are. The cities in the US and other developed countries are typically no safer. As long as you use common sense (don't wear flashy clothes and jewelry, don't walk around in seedy areas at night, etc.) you will be fine!!

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KathleenO wrote:

I think people like to exaggerate how dangerous Bangkok and other international cities are. The cities in the US and other developed countries are typically no safer. As long as you use common sense (don't wear flashy clothes and jewelry, don't walk around in seedy areas at night, etc.) you will be fine!!

This sounds sensible advice. I would rather be walking alone around Bangkok than Detroit!

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Really.

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you need to be sensible and to be aware that your in a foreign country with limited knowledge of the laws and customs. read up before you go, look around on this website or look at Lonely planet or Rough guide and it will give you a clue.
Tourists have never been caught up in the recent demonstrations.
Bangkok is no more dangerous than any other capital city and a good deal safer than some in England.

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for now (12/10/08). The government is maybe coming together and will form a new government from a coalition. For now – VISIT! No demonstrations and the airports are open.