The Great Residence Hotel & BKK Suvarnabhumi International Airport are unaffected by the ongoing protests in Bangkok City (appx. 32 Km away). The Airport Vicinity is operating as per usual schedule.
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Media Releaase – TAT NEWS – Issued at Bangkok at 12.00 hrs. (GMT+7) on 1 December 2013
The ongoing anti-government protests in Bangkok since early October have been normal to peaceful, & have mostly been taking places at non-tourist attractions. During November, although the gatherings & mobilisations of large crowds in different parts of the city at certain times have caused heavy road traffic, there have been no cases of chaos or violence. Tourists can still travel safely between their hotels, using road-transport, skytrain, subway & water-transport, to many attractions in Bangkok.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) expresses our condolences to families, relatives & friends on the unexpected turn of event for anti-government protesters at Ramkhamhaeng University on Ramkhamhaeng Road, following the clashes between the anti-government protesters (mostly students) & pro-government “red-shirt” supporters that lasted from yesterday evening until this morning. According to Erawan Emergency Center, at least two were killed & 45 more are injured. Meanwhile, Ramkhamhaeng University has announced that more than 2,000 anti-government protesters, mostly students, remain inside the university. No tourists were affected by the incident. Ramkhamhaeng area is in Hua Mark district of Bangkok, & is not where tourists normally go to.
During today, the anti-government protesters remain largely at five main stages at the following locations.
- Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue
- Ministry of Finance on Rama VI Road
- Government Complex on Chaengwattana Road
- Nang Lerng Junction on Nakhonsawan-Phitsanulok Roads
- Makkawan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue
In addition, the anti-government protesters have announced plans to rally to various locations today. The following locations are where the anti-government protesters may march to.
- Government House on Luk Luang-Phitsanulok Roads
- Royal Thai Police on Rama I Road
- Metropolitan Police Bureau on Si Ayutthaya Road
- Ministry of Education on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue
- Ministry of Labour on Mit Maitri Road (off Din Daeng Road)
- Ministry of Interior on Atsadang Road
- Ministry of Commerce on Nonthaburi Road
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Si Ayutthaya Road
- Government Public Relations Department on Rama VI Road
- Dusit Zoo on Rajvithi Road
- TV Station Channel 3 on Rama IV Road
- TV Station Channel 5 on Phahon Yothin Road
- TV Station Channel 7 on Phahon Yothin Road
- TV Station Channel 9 on Rama IX Road
- TV Station Channel 11 on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road
- TV Station Channel Thai PBS on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road
During late this morning, there have been reports of tear gas canisters thrown by police in an attempt to prevent the protesters to rally into restricted areas. The incidents occurred within a limited area near Government House & the Parliament only.
Meanwhile, the pro-government supporters have announced an end to their gatherings at Rajamangala Stadium on Ramkhamhaeng Road.
Outside of Bangkok, the anti-government protesters are moreover rallying at several provincial administration halls. Officials have confirmed that none of the provincial halls have been seized by the protesters. No chaos or violence has been reported.
For tourists visiting the kingdom, it should be stressed that foreigners and/or tourists have not been targeted in the ongoing political protests.
However, tourists are advised to be vigilant & avoid areas where crowds may gather. Given the large number of people expecting to attend rallies at the five main locations as well as to join the marches to different locations, roads around or within the protest & rally routes areas maybe temporarily closed to traffic or there may be heavy road traffic at certain times. Tourists are advised to check travel route & road traffic situation to avoid getting caught in traffic.
The Royal Thai Army has advised the public not to panic if they see troops on the move during today & tomorrow (1-2 December 2013).
A total of 12 battalions of royal guards from Prachin Buri, Chon Buri, Nakhon Nayok & Lop Buri & one cavalry battalion of royal guards from Bangkok will be travelling to an oath-taking ceremony for His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej’s birthday on 5 December in Hua Hin, Prachuab Khiri Khan. They will return to their bases after the ceremony.
It’s business as usual in Thailand.
Life in Bangkok & all other areas of Thailand continues as per normal. Tourist attractions & activities as well as businesses in Bangkok & other provinces are open & operating as usual.
However, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery & CentralWorld Shopping Complexes on Rama I Road are temporarily closed today (1 December 2013).
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Tourist attractions are open & operating as per normal.
Historical attractions, theme parks, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, local markets, temples & river tours are open & operating as per normal. However, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery & CentralWorld Shopping Complexes on Rama I Road are temporarily closed today (1 December 2013).
To avoid heavy road traffic at certain times, tourists can use BTS Skytrain, MRT Subway, ferry, boats & hotel’s converted rice barges to many attractions, such as,the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Temple of Dawn, ASIATIQUE The Riverfront, & Terminal 21 Shopping Complex.
Outside of Bangkok:
Tourist activities in Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ko Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phang-nga & Krabi, for instance, are operating as per normal.
These provinces’ administration halls are located in official designated areas, & are not where tourists normally go to or where tour companies include in the tour programme.
International & domestic airlines are operating flights between Bangkok & Thai cities, as well as destinations around the world, as per normal.
Thailand’s main gateway, Suvarnabhumi Airport, in Bangkok & all other international & domestic airports throughout the country are operating as per normal. Transportation to & from Suvarnabhumi & Don Mueang International Airports into central Bangkok as well as into tourist destinations southeast & southwest of Bangkok; such as, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ko Samet & Ko Chang are operating as per normal.
Suvarnabhumi Airport has advised air travellers of possible heavy road traffic & a lack of taxis resulting from the protests in Bangkok. Commuters are advised to use public transport such as BTS Skytrain, Airport Rail Link, public buses & vans, & limousine services. Air travellers are moreover advised to allocate more time before flight depart or at least three hours.
The State Railway of Thailand & the Transport Co., Ltd., (inter-provincial bus service) are operating as per normal. The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority is operating its city bus routes as per normal, although some routes are temporarily rerouted.
There is no reason at all to avoid Bangkok, which remains a popular tourist destination. However, tourist can moreover spend their holidays in other Thai cities, which are located within 1 or 2 hour travelling time from Bangkok.
Getting around Thailand
- Bangkok, located 30 kilometres from BKK Bangkok International airport or 30 minutes by car or 15 minutes by Airport Rail Link. Mass transit networks including BTS Skytrain, MRT Subway & city buses are operating as usual.
- Chiang Mai, located 716 kilometres north of Bangkok’s BKK Bangkok International airport or 7 hours 44 minutes by car or 1 hour 10 minutes by air.
- Phuket, located 865 kilometres south of Bangkok’s BKK Bangkok International airport or 9 hours 50 minutes by car or 1 hour 25 minutes by air.
- Pattaya, located 120 kilometres southeast of Bangkok’s BKK Bangkok International airport or 1 hour 17 minutes by car.
- Hua Hin, located 227.5 kilometres southwest of Bangkok’s BKK Bangkok International airport or 2 hours 40 minutes by car.
- Ko Samui, located 804 kilometres southwest of Bangkok’s BKK Bangkok International airport or 10 hours 34 minutes by car & ferry or 1 hour 5 minutes by air.
- Khon Kaen, located 458 kilometres northeast of Bangkok’s BKK Bangkok International airport or 5 hours by car or 55 minutes by air.
- Nong Khai, located 630 kilometres northeast of Bangkok’s BKK Bangkok International airport or 7 hours 5 minutes by car.
The Thai Government has announced the enforcement of the Internal Security Act (ISA) in all districts of Bangkok & Nonthaburi, Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan & Lat Lum Kaeo district of Pathum Thani until 31 December to maintain law & order.
The law does not prohibit nor obstruct peaceful demonstration held within the bounds of the law, yet it enables security agencies – police, military & civilian – to effectively prevent & mitigate, as much as possible, undue disruption or impact on the safety of the general public.
Tourists need not be alarmed of the presence of security forces & checkpoints in Bangkok. Police are deployed to provide security in the city. Security has been stepped up to prevent ill-intentioned people from inciting violence. Traffic police are moreover stepping up efforts to ensure traffic flow in the city.
Useful contact numbers:
Tourism Authority of Thailand Call Centre 1672
Thai Traffic Police Call Centre 1197
Thai Tourist Police Call Centre 1155
Bangkok Tourism Division Call Centre +66 (0) 2225 7612-4
Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (city bus service) Call Centre 1348
State Railway of Thailand Call Centre 1690
Transport Co., Ltd., (inter-provincial bus service) Call Centre 1490
Airports of Thailand Call Centre 1722
Thai Airways International (THAI) Call Centre +66 (0) 2356 1111
Bangkok Airways Reservation Centre 1771
Nok Air Call Centre 1318
Thai AirAsia Call Centre +66 (0) 2515 9999