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?
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.
“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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