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Hello, I have more or less confirmed a trip to Bangkok in the first week of May. However, newspapers report a bit of political unrest,...

...with riots/protests affecting some parts of the city. Friends have expressed some concern that shops could be closed, among other fears, like being caught in the conflict. Do I have cause for concern? Any advice on how to react if an emergency does occur? Do share. Thank you

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City: Bangkok

Province: Krung Thep

Country: Thailand

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Hi. Hopefully the political unrest will have calmed down or stopped by the time you get here. There has been problems but mainly in the Bangkok area near Government House. I would suggest you stay away from any political gatherings you might see. Shops will be open in the central district BKK and as far as I know, no tourist have been accosted or interfered with by the demonstrators.
Hello the unrest has died down and now back to bussiness as usual in Bangkok.
If you worry about tensions there, come south to Phuket etc, we will give you the holiday of a lifetime. See you here.
Things are quiet now, shops and restaurants will be business as usual when you get here, and any of the trouble makers have nothing against foreigners. enjoy your holiday.
A friend of mine is coming to Bangkok this Thursday. First she had decided to canceled the trip but since the government could take care of the unrest and everything seems fine now so she changed her mind. Now everything got back to normal. I just went to Kao San last night to join to water fight. Lots of tourists were there. I think nothing serious would happen after this (hopefully). To react to anything emergency, I suggest you should make yourself available to be connected anywhere you go (in case something happens so a hotel or a local friend you know can call you). If I have any other important thing, I'll add later.
It's all over now, don't worry!
Come on over and enjoy yourself, we foreigners are usually immune to this, so have a good holiday!
I live in Bangkok. If you didn't go looking to join the protests you would hardly know they were happening. shops aren't closed. It's life as usual except people are watching the news more than usual. Besides things have pretty much quieted down now. Come to Bangkok. It's a great city and safe. It's quite amazing to be here and see how much things are being blown out of proportion on international news. There have been very few injuries. It wasn't so so horrible.

Jamie
Absolutely no cause of concern... this is part of the Thai culture... they have been doing this for years... so dont worry... come and enjoy just stay a way from red and yellow...
Hello, I have more or less confirmed a trip to Bangkok in the first week of May. However, newspapers report a bit of political unrest,...

HELLO, i THINK IT WILL BE OK. HAVE A LOT OF NICE PLACE YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT. IF YOU WANT TO CHEAP PLACE I AM SUGGEST YOU TO GO TO KAOWSAW ROAD. IT IS CHEAP PLACE, BUT DEPEND WHERE IS THE HOTEL YOU WANT TO STAY. I HOPE THIS HELP FOR YOU. THANK YOU.
The political protests have stopped for the current time. They were centered around the Dindaeng and government building areas of BKK. Shops are open and you can safely enjoy Thailand.
Media always blows political unrest in Thailand way out of proportion,which in turn has a knock on effect in the tourism industry,hence you asking this question.
I however have never once seen any protester cause any problem to anyone from western or different parts of the world,so in m my opinion you wont even see anything to do with political unrest especially in the touristy parts in Bangkok i.e where most westerners(farang)stay in guesthouses or hotels,Sukumvit or kaew san road.........Definately come to thailand you will be fine,and have a great time
The situation in Bkk already get back to normal since Tuesday so there is nothing to worry about...:):)
Hi
No problems here just prepare your trip, all is calm and clear
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Hi, all now over and running normal, come and enjoy yourself ,have good shopping ,beaches and watersports ect all depends on your choice,
Hi, all now over and running normal, come and enjoy yourself ,have good shopping ,beaches and watersports ect all depends on your choice,
Now everythings ok , enjoy your trip
thank you for the assurance. i will be glad to come down and enjoy the thai city life.
I dont see any reason of worse situations in bkk during that time. I will also be there at the same time. I am very confident that everything will be ok by that time.
Its all quiet again. by the time you arrive it might have started up again and died down 3 more times. Who knows. even if things do get ugly, you will not be anywhere near it. just enjoy the beautiful city and wonderful people.
You don't have to worry, if you avoid the governement house and colorful shirt with molotov cocktail.
As everyone said, safe traveling here. just don't join the protester and avoid the red shirt wearing... Enjoy Thailand! :)
No worries at all.

First, the protests have stopped for now.

Second, unless you were actually visiting a place where a protest was occurring, then no one would be interested in causing you any problems.

To ease your mind, check out the latest on website or the Bangkok Post website.
Hi Ridzal from Singapore
Don't worry (too much) - and be happy here in Bangkok.
The show is already over, until the next mess show up.
Welcome to the "Land Of Smiles"
Bangkok is definitely resumed back to normal now. All the shops, markets, spas are opened, and you can shop til you drop as usual...

Don't worry, you're coming to the land of smile : )
In newspapers it sound always more scary than it is.
Bangkok is about 1600 KM2. If you don't go the area where protesters are, it's just Bangkok as every other day of the year.

Andre

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