What’s really happening in Thailand?

Travelers are panicking — we’re flying to Thailand in X days; should we still push through?

Though I can’t answer that question with certainty, reading these blogs will give you an idea on what’s happening in Thailand:
http://bangkok.metblogs.com/
http://gnarlykitty.blogspot.com/
http://bangkokpundit.blogspot.com/
http://2bangkok.com/highemer.shtml

This blog has been created to post updates about the Thailand coup. Talk about fast.
http://19sep.blogspot.com/
[Edit] As fast as this blog was created was its sudden demise. It was shut down less than 24 hours of its birth. I wonder why.

From what I’ve read in the blogs:

  • Foreign news channels are not being aired anymore
  • The mobile network and possibly the Internet connection might be shut down
  • Any form of transportation may be prohibited
  • September 20 has been declared as a government and bank holiday
  • The Thai Stock Exchange won’t be opening for trade on Wednesday
  • There’s a curfew, but doesn’t seem to be enforced
  • It’s pretty peaceful in Bangkok right now (though there were a couple of bombings the other day [or was it yesterday? I lost track] in Hat Yai [Southern Thailand]
  • The airport is still open. Scheduled flights on the 28th out of the Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok’s newest, are still on.

So should you still push through with your plans to go to Thailand? My advice is, stay tuned to the news. Read these blogs, as they’re mostly first-hand accounts of what’s happening in the country (you know, not overhyped newscast). If you think it’s safe enough (what an experience to boast about in the years to come!), then by all means go. Just be very careful though.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 7 Comments
  1. bchai says:

    Whoa…aren’t you supposed to be heading there soon?

    I guess I haven’t really been paying attention to the news around Asia, but Thailand would’ve been the last place I’d expect a military coup. (Philippines actually came first in my mind). Still, I hope they get everything in control & settled so that people can travel safely. Jeez…

  2. nina says:

    I went there last June, but I plan on going back, though probably not until next year.

    Thailand is the prime destination in SouthEast Asia. I’m pretty sure there’s quite a number of travellers in Bangkok and surrounding cities and islands.

    Coup in the Philippines? We’ve actually gotten quite used to coup attempt that a new coup isn’t really news anymore lol

  3. bchai says:

    …that’s bad if you’re used to coup attempts in the Philippines! Yikes!

  4. Xtina says:

    Oh!! Come back to CEBU! 🙂

  5. nina says:

    Hi Xtina!

    I’m actually going back to Cebu in October. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go around the city nor the countryside. ^_^;

  6. betty says:

    Thailand is just like the Philippines , theres no harm really in going there. If ever they stafe a coup they wont harm tourists

  7. betty says:

    Thailand is just like the Philippines , theres no harm really in going there. If ever they stage a coup they wont harm tourists

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