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wind-chime
post Sep 19 2010, 02:54 AM
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Hi, just join this forum site today, new at such forum d

As I am leaving from Bangkokg in a couple of days, I would like to find out how is the situation in Bangkok today. Just I understand, today is the anniversary for Red Shirts. No Adverse situation i hope, just peaceful gathering..

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post Sep 19 2010, 07:54 AM
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QUOTE(wind-chime @ Sep 19 2010, 03:54 AM) *

Hi, just join this forum site today, new at such forum d

As I am leaving from Bangkokg in a couple of days, I would like to find out how is the situation in Bangkok today. Just I understand, today is the anniversary for Red Shirts. No Adverse situation i hope, just peaceful gathering..



I would not expect anything from any Red Shirt demonstration to be any different than the normal political demonstrations that go on all the time in Bangkok. Tourists are not the targets of these demonstrations. Unless you go out of your way to involve yourself in any political demonstration you may not even know a demonstration is going on!

Keep in mind that even during the last demonstration tourists were still showing up at the Suvarnabhumi Airport by the thousands. Some of these tourists just headed out to other areas in Bangkok that were free of demonstrators or they went on to other cities in Thailand. Bangkok is a big city with lots of hotels. Thailand is a pretty big country - there are lots of other places to visit if you are afraid to go to Bangkok.

Right now from the Suvarnabhumi Airport they have a new rail service running. The Airport Rail Link will take you from the airport to the Pratunam area of Bangkok for only 15 baht. I used this rail service a few times just last week.

Link for bus, meter taxi and new rail link from airport.
http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/node/55
http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/node/56
http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/node/52
http://www.bangkokairporttrain.com/
(Airport Rail Link connects to Skytrain at Phaya Thai.)


Don't worry about demonstrations, just get your transportation from the airport sorted out. Get your area of choice for Bangkok selected yet? If you are a kid, or right out of school maybe Khao San Road will do. Slightly more mature then perhaps a hotel in the Sukhumvit Road or Siam area will do so you can take advantage of the Skytrain.

http://bangkok.sawadee.com/skytrain.htm


If you hear something serious head out for a nearby city like Pattaya or fly to another location. Keep in mind that what you see on TV is for titillation or to generate more viewers - old press saying "if it bleeds it leads!" Same for TV news!

P.S. I just noticed you are from Singapore. I don't know what they put on Singapore TV but this is at least the third post from Singapore travelers I answered (other forums) on this same thing. Many thousands of tourists are in Bangkok right now, expats live in the city - none of them are worried about any demonstrations at this time! If a problem came up where the airport is closed down then just hop on a train or bus and go to Malaysia and from there to Singapore. I have taken the train from Bangkok to Singapore in the past, long ride but okay. It is not like you have to fly all the way across to the other side of the world to go home!

Good luck.
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