Coup and Safety in Thailand

Apr 14th, 2007, 07:11 PM
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Coup and Safety in Thailand

Hi folks -- I'm planning part of my honeymoon in Thailand for Sept. 23-30 and I am a little concerned about safety given the recent coup, which revoked the Constitution and suspended the parliament. I think elections are supposed to be around September and I'm a little nervous about general safety given the internal political turmoil. I'm planning to be in Bangkok, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai.

Would very much appreciate anyone's thoughts -- thanks all...
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Apr 14th, 2007, 08:10 PM
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Many of us have been to Thailand since the coup. It really hasn't impacted travelers.

Note that the coup was 6+ months ago.
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Apr 14th, 2007, 08:13 PM
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i would not give it a concern...go and have a ton of fun....the coup was centered in a very small area of bkk and there was no disturbances at all..

this is the thai way
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Apr 16th, 2007, 09:05 AM
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Hi -- I would not be concerned if I were going right now. My concern is that I'll be there right before elections in October. So in anticipation of a coup occuring again, I am just trying to suss out the situation...
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Apr 16th, 2007, 09:53 AM
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Unfortunately, there is no way to tell how any of that will play out. We were in Bangkok shortly after the last coup and shared similar concerns, but trust me: you couldn't tell for a moment that there was anything out of the ordinary. If it happens again, I suspect it'll be the same thing.

As Thais depend so much on their tourism infrastructure, I think preserving that is a huge priority for them--irrespective of whatever political situation is going on at the time. I wouldn't really worry about it. If that's not comfort enough, I'm afraid you not find the answer you're looking for--there's just no way to say how any of this will play out.

I would assume if you are traveling to Thailand that you are not a typically jittery traveler in general. Also consider that you have just as much of a chance of something "going wrong" in the States as you would any given day in Thailand. It's probably more of a concern since Thailand is a bit "unfamiliar."

I think we could all sit here and muse about the potential outcome of the upcoming elections...I say go for it--you'd really be missing out to change your mind!

I know it's just my two cents...but hopefully that helps a bit!
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