should i still come to Thailand right now?

Should I still come to Thailand right now? a lot of people seem to be asking this right now.


It’s not so much dangerous right now as potentially dangerous, but it’s very inconvenient to be a tourist in Thailand right now. Both Bangkok airports are closed. Many people are stranded there. The PAD doesn’t seem to be taking hostages or anything like that, but a situation like that could easily turn volatile. I wouldn’t risk my safety there unless I had to. The mob keeps protesting in new areas all the time, so even if the airports are cleared and opened again, until the situation is resolved, who knows what they will decide to block next?

The current government is in an unstable position. Although Thailand has a long history of coups without bloodshed, it’s still unclear what will happen. No one seems to be targetting foreigners or tourists for violence, but there is still a risk of being caught in the crossfire of a violent situation between Thais if things go bad.

Personally, I am trying to avoid public areas with a lot of people at the moment, especially government areas.

If you have the option of postponing your trip to Thailand right now, I would do it.

4 Responses to “should i still come to Thailand right now?”

  1. 1 tewson November 30, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Hi, Julie

    I heard from Muriel (met her last Saturday – 29 nov – in ReadCamp) that you are sick. Hope you feel better soon. No, hope you feel better NOW! 😀


  2. 2 julielavoie November 30, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Tewson, how are you? Good to hear from you! Thank you for your nice wishes. 🙂 I am still a little bit sick but feeling better today.

    How was readcamp? Muriel said it was so much fun! I hope I can go next time. What was your presentation about?

  3. 3 Suz at Large December 8, 2008 at 12:11 am

    We were spozed to fly to BKK for a two week tour – December 4. Oops, bad timing. Have now rescheduled for three months later. I am now thinking that it was a hasty decision to rebook the same Thailand trip as opposed to changing to a tour of a different country. I am going to take another look at my options and may give Thailand a pass altogether – a risk/benefit analysis of how much of a gamble I’d be taking on getting stranded in Thailand due to PAD or other actions.

    I hope somebody gets through to the PAD leadership that shutting down the airports again would just about trash the nation’s economy. But PAD seems to have the support of some of the most powerful and rich segments of the nation, so who knows if anyone can rein them in? Or wants to? Maybe it’s a national suicide mission?

    I agree with your observations about some of the over the top moaning from stranded tourists. But of course when anything goes wrong anywhere, from bad weather to civil insurrection, reporters can always find a few people who are ready to say stupid things on camera and/or for attribution.

    Duh, when you travel to a foreign country, things may happen there that might not happen in your own country. If you can’t cope with that risk, then for pete’s sake stay the (bleep) HOME!

  1. 1 Global Voices Online » Sleepless and stranded in Thailand Trackback on November 29, 2008 at 6:14 pm

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