Bangkok protests shouldn’t deter travellers

D espite anti-government protests, Bangkok and Thailand as a whole is still a very safe place to travel. I arrived in Bangkok 6 days ago amidst the largest protests since 2010. When I told my parents I was coming here, their only request was to stay away from the protests. Well it was pretty difficult since waking up this morning to find tens of thousands of Thais marching up the front street of my hotel. What was I to do?

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I heard reports of anywhere from tens of thousands to millions rallying in the city but this wasn’t only going on in Bangkok, but the entire country. I followed the protests to the heart of it and everyone was very friendly and to me it seemed like a massive celebration. I have to admit though, I was a bit nervous at first and didn’t know what I was getting myself in to.

Protest leaders have proposed an unelected council to replace Thailand’s democratically elected government until elections are held. The prime minister has rejected the demand as unconstitutional and many observers have said it would be a step backward for one of Southeast Asia’s most prosperous and politically open countries.

Protest rally in ThailandBut Democrat Party member Apirak said there is a need for wider social and economic reforms.

“People are really looking forward to the reform process for Thailand to be a much better place, including anti-corruption, decentralization, empowerment for the local government, reform for the education. Thai people will think beyond, beyond even though the government has already dissolved the parliament,” he stated.

Tensions have eased for now and there does not look to be any major problems at the moment here so don’t let the Bangkok protests scare you away because the media just hypes everything up and puts it all in a bad light.

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Chad Klyne

 

 

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  1. Laluna December 9, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    Hi Chad,

    Thank you for posting this. I’m flying to Bangkok on Saturday and I’ve been a little worried. This looks quite peaceful so that puts me at ease quite a bit. I have heard that there will be a truce for the King’s birthday. Thank you for sharing again! Love your videos!

    • Without Borders December 10, 2013 at 3:38 am #

      No problem Laluna!!! Any questions you have feel free to ask! Bangkok is a really cool city and I love it here!!!

      • Laluna January 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

        I see from your blog that you were somewhere on an island in Southern Thailand? Where abouts are you? I was in Koh Chang. I didn’t encounter any problems re: the protests. I heard the numbers of tourists are down as a result but it seemed very busy on Koh Chang so perhaps that is just a rumour. :) I just got back home and I’m already missing Thailand. I just love it there! Keep up the good work, love your show and now blog! :) From a fellow avid S.E. Asia Traveller

        • Without Borders January 22, 2014 at 4:20 am #

          Thanks Laluna!! Just got to Langkawi, Malaysia! Have been in koh lanta and koh lipe. Heading back to Bangkok in a few days after Penang. Haven’t been to koh Chang yet but hopefully soon! How was it?

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