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Paul
post Nov 25 2008, 09:03 PM
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Anyone got any news?

I will be there (Suwannabhumi airport) this afternoon. So maybe tell you more later.

In the short term, if you are planning a holiday to Thailand and you are a:

a) relaxed and normal human - then OK, never mind, keep coming and you'll be OK. Maybe there is a chance that the political situation may impact on a small way on your travel plans, but more than likely, you'll see none of it.

b)stressed, worried, particular person that needs everything as you want it - don't come. Perhaps you will be disturbed and your plans will be interfered with. Perhaps the food won't be too your liking, or the temperature will be too hot or too cold, or... So stay away for your own safety.


In the longer term????? If things keep escalating as they are with no end in sight, I suspect that within 5 years Thailand could easily fall into a civil war and tear itself apart. That would be a shame, but that's what you get when powerful rich greedy selfish people fight each other for control of a country.
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post Nov 25 2008, 11:14 PM
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Well said. I never caught the update on Sunday but heard today of the airport closure. Yep, big big shame..


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post Nov 26 2008, 02:37 AM
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Is a shocking news.
Economic is getting no good, now the tourism also will be affected.
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post Nov 26 2008, 03:55 AM
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Just received a link from a friend of mine:

'If you are an antitoxic agent, or are simply appalled at the Chinaman who would be King, Mr, Dr, Lt. Col. Toxin Chinawhat, this is an interesting website: www.ANTITHAKSIN.com..'


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post Nov 26 2008, 04:08 AM
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Looking at BBC this morning it seems the whole airport is shut down and the protesters have control. Obviously a problem if you're flying home but flights on route will just be diverted to Chiang Mai/Phuket.


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post Nov 26 2008, 09:57 AM
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Thanks Paul, for informing us. My friend cancelled her trip to Thailand this December, because she is of the type B personality you describe. It's too bad.


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post Nov 26 2008, 05:53 PM
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It is almost 0600 here. I have been trying to get through to the airport switch boards since about 0520. Busy.

Airport is still closed, at least to outgoing flights.

Just about to check out the websites you guys mentioned.

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post Nov 26 2008, 08:07 PM
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Thanks you all, I am very sad for my country and sorry for everythings
that be affected your planning .

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post Nov 26 2008, 08:57 PM
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Edited version of what I just sent to some other companies:

OK, still really not much news.

It does seem the PAD (protesters that have taken over the airport) are settling in. They have set up their stage, have mobile toilets and are bringing in food and water. So this airport blockade could go on for a while. It could also finish in a matter of hours – it is really impossible to tell right now. But I think it is best to be prepared that it could last another few days.

Incoming flights will be affected, but many, perhaps most will be diverted to other airports within Thailand. From there buses to ____ are possible.

Outgoing flights are more of a problem and they are simply being cancelled at the moment. If it drags on, perhaps alternatives will be produced, but currently there are not any (simple) options for those due to leave Thailand. (Perhaps go book yourself into a beach resort __).

Under the circumstances, for people due to come here in the next week - I would totally understand if people cancel their upcoming trips to Thailand as it seems likely that travel plans will be affected by political stupidity.

However – the cancelling should be based on having travelling plans being screwed around, not on safety. Regarding safety – there is still no problem for the volunteers.... In fact ___ will probably still see none of the protests or political events as they occur in quite limited areas.

For people due to come after another week or so – I wouldn’t cancel just yet. It really doesn’t seem likely this would go on for that amount of time. But we’ll have to sit tight and watch and wait.

In the mean time I am sure you guys have plenty to worry about in India too.

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post Nov 26 2008, 09:09 PM
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It is a shame what is happening. Many Thais will be affected. Normal working people will be hurt (financially). Other people will be hurt physically. Some will be killed. Thailand itself is moving dangerously in the direction of a civil war, and needs to be aware to pull itself back before that happens.
I was on my way to Vietnam with vitamins and money that I hoped would have helped keep a friend alive. I rang her just a while ago and it was pretty sad to hear the hope disappear from her faint voice. I have seen other families downstairs obviously tired and stressed, angry, yelling at their small children for no reason. People have lost faith in Thailand and the Thai people. Other Thais are frustrated that this is happening and there is nothing they can do to stop it.

What is the point of all this?

One group of rich people want to take power off another group of rich people. They use democracy as their excuse in the same way as the USA uses it to excuse murdering innocent civilians. Yes, Thaksin and his family and political allies are corrupt and bad news for Thailand. But is this the way to remove them? Does it fix anything? Or does it just prolong divisions and the use of political violence and dirty tactics?


I am sorry to say that the PAD are thugs and just as bad as the other side.
Many ordinary Thais are joining protests on both sides. They don't mean to harm Thailand, they just want to voice their opinions. But sadly their leaders are not honest and honourable people. And when people get into mobs, they act stupidly.

Please, everyone go home. You are destroying your country.

For the tourists??? You'll just have to suck it up and try to enjoy yourself somewhere other than Bangkok airport. If your holidays have been wrecked, or your business destroyed - there is nothing you can do. This is what greed does.

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post Nov 26 2008, 09:17 PM
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Hi, paul
I agree with u Paul , they are destroying the country but it is now overcontrol ... I still live normal life, do my own business.. just avoid not get involve with all of them..
However , If anyone who'd like to enjoy whether here in Thailand , I think use other international airport. we have many of them.. and all these province have many interesting places too.
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post Nov 26 2008, 09:19 PM
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Thank for Stalagurl . u wrote about the topic about what happen in thailand in a good way
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post Nov 27 2008, 09:25 AM
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QUOTE(lunthom @ Nov 26 2008, 08:07 PM) *

Thanks you all, I am very sad for my country and sorry for everythings
that be affected your planning .


What do you think about the protests? Do you agree or disagree with them?


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post Nov 27 2008, 09:29 AM
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QUOTE(monthathip @ Nov 26 2008, 09:19 PM) *

Thank for Stalagurl . u wrote about the topic about what happen in thailand in a good way


Which article are you talking about?


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post Nov 27 2008, 08:10 PM
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I am talking about the protest closure the airport
I am not in a yellow or red shirt group I am a Thai and want the peace and the way out .
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post Nov 27 2008, 11:27 PM
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I agree Lunthom. I think most Thais agree and are not involved in this.


I agree with Monthip in that still most people are living their normal life and going about their business.

Even most travellers won't be affected, except the ones that wanted to use the airport during this week. They have been severely affected. The ones planning on coming too - they have been affected. But the ones just sitting on a beach somewhere - it is OK - same as usual - no problem.

Soon the airports will be open again.


BUT - I don't want to play this down too much or ignore it. These two groups are moving Thailand dangerously close to bloodshed. They have already hurt Thailand a lot economically. Certainly the tourism industry will be very badly affected by this for years to come and that flows on to effect many things.
OK, I don't care so much about the economy or tourism if Thailand has a more important issue to solve - but it isn't the case. This is just two groups controlled by greedy men fighting for power.
So I hope it stops. I hope there is a solution.
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post Nov 28 2008, 09:45 AM
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It seems that there is another airport shut down now.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/artic...AbusvUyPmu81DHQ


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post Nov 30 2008, 01:13 AM
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If you have plans to fly in or out of Bangkok this week - cancel them. Go somewhere else.

Nothing is happening in regards to opening the airports at the moment.

Friday - MAYBE - you may have close to normal services resumed.
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post Dec 1 2008, 11:02 AM
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This is so fascinating, thanks for all the updates guys.


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post Dec 1 2008, 07:18 PM
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Hello everyone!

This should be my first trip to Thailand... This friday! Not very lucky, am I girl_cray2.gif
Anyway, Bangkok airport seems to be a mess. How do I get to Phuket or Krabi from London??? Have been searching online, but it seems all the flights are through Bangkok.
If anyone has any advice I'd be grateful!
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