a VirtualTourist member asked on Dec 25, 2013
We have booked tour on January 31, 2014 to February 2, 2014 but we are afraid to push the said tour because of the present condition in Thailand. We are planning to go on Elephant ride,and shopping in Pratunam area.
There is, absolutely, no why to predict what will be happening by then. The 'opposition' is hell bent on creating such a mess that the army will have to step in and take control. This is their method of getting control of the government.
Whether they have succeeded by then, and there's is peace in the valley, only time will tell.
If they haven't succeeded, then it could get very unstable around that period.
Read the above and it may help you decide, meanwhile keep an eye on the news.
You can also get reports from The Thai Newspapers
Friends of mine are in Bangkok right now and they said that they do not even notice anything. I believe if you are careful, it is relatively safe to go to Bangkok.
Last Sunday, much of 'downtown' was a parking lot. Many of the city's major intersections were taken over by protestors. Fearless Leader has said they will do it again. Although there may not be "riots in the streets', there has been, and will be, possible inconveniences.
And, once again, there is absolutely no way to predict when and where these might occur.
Here are a couple of news sources short on sensationalism and fairly non-partisan.
I would not go to Bangkok if I were you. I would even think twice about going to other thai cities. You will never know what is going to happen. Better be safe than sorry.
If I were in your situation, and I could cancel, change my dates, or change my destination, I would do so.
Unless conditions change, substantially, Bangkok will be, at best, in a 'state of confusion'.
I felt the same way about canceling but decided to push through with five of my family members. Glad I did though still wary about possible unrest. Must be blessed since so far we have not encountered any protester-filled area while are hopping along tourist spots.
I have been in Bangkok during some of the largest demonstrations over the last 15 years and have always felt safe. It is sad to watch this great country go through such difficult times, but as a tourist you can easily avoid demonstrations and violence. Just be smart about how close you want to get to any political activity. It's usually centered around one area of the historic district, but there are plans to disrupt the airport on specific days (I think January 13th is the latest I have heard), so pay attention to the media.
I live here. I have never had any problem avoiding any of the previous demonstrations. This one, however, has been a certified, Grade A, Class one, righteous pain in the butt! Unlike the previous half dozen demonstrations, this has been, and is, trying to "seize" and shut down the city. The others simply "demonstrated".
The sad thing is that all this has nothing to do with democracy. It has nothing to do with ending any corruption. It has nothing to do with any "reform". It is, for all intents and purposes, nothing more than an attempted exorcism of the "Demon Thaksin" and anyone they think may follow! It is truly a witch hunt!
I am going on the exact same date, starting in Bangkok for three days. Just going to play it by ear, we are staying in the Khao San area which is pretty touristy. Have been before and it is huge - I'm sure it'll be fine!
I plan to go overland travel - transit at Bangkok via Hat Yai - because I'm trying to get through Saigon via Aranyapranthet and Phnom Penh - this is all the way travel from Kuala Lumpur during Chinese New Year 2014.
I hope Bangkok is not as bad as what is shown on TV.
I am travelling to Bangkok on 22nd of Feb and will be in Phuket and pattaya for the next 5 days and just one day in Bangkok. My return flight is on 28th Feb. Will it be really unsafe to be in Phuket and pattaya as well. Please respond.
So far, the injured tourist numbers are pretty low. In fact, the number is "0".
Hi, is that safe to travel bangkok earlier of March'14?