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What does curfew in Thailand mean for tourists?

Dear Clients,

The announcement by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on the change in curfew time to 00.01-04.00 hrs. as of 28 May, 2014 means that tourists visiting Thailand will have more time to enjoy the kingdom’s wide variety of tourist attractions, ranging from unique culture, abundant natural beauty and remarkable variety of activities, including soft adventure, spa, shopping and medical tourism, as well as year-round unique celebrations and festivals.

It should be stressed that even during the previous curfew time (22.00-05.00 hours with took effect for only six days from 22 – 27 May, 2014), tourists visiting Thailand could still enjoy their holiday in the kingdom’s major tourist destinations including Ko Samui and Phuket as usual as reported widely by local and international media as well as the tourists themselves and travel bloggers via various social media outlets.

Situation Update: Thailand Political Development

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has announced the change in curfew from 22.00-05.000 to 00.01-04.00 hours with effective from 28 May, 2014.

Thailand remains a popular and welcoming tourist destination with all tourist attractions and infrastructure operating as normal. This is under the fact that the country is now experiencing rapid changes in political developments, being under administration of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) as of 22 May, 2014.

Situation Update: Thailand Political Development

Dear Clients,

Tourism-related businesses and services in Thailand continue to open and operating as per normal, but operating hours have been adjusted to comply with a nationwide curfew (from 22.0005.00 hours). However, all airports in Bangkok and throughout the kingdom continue to carry on with their normal operating hours and air passengers are allowed to travel to and from the airports at any time as usual.

The curfew will be in place until further notice, according to the coup makers (National Council for Peace and Order – NCPO), which explained that the council’s key objectives were to ensure a reform of political, economic and social institutions in order to bring out peace and order to the kingdom.

Situation Update: Thailand Political Development

Dear Clients,

Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, leader of the coup makers (National Peace and Order Maintaining Council – NPOMC), said the council would remain in place until reform of political, economic and social institutions had been completed and a fresh general election had been held. He also explained that the council had taken over the authority of the House and the Senate for the time being in case any actions required parliamentary approval. The council’s key objectives are to ensure a reform of political, economic and social institutions in order to bring out peace and order to the kingdom.

With a nationwide curfew (from 22.00 – 05.00 hours) currently being the only implication on people’s everyday lives, life goes on as per normal in Bangkok and throughout Thailand.

Security has been stepped up in certain areas in the country, including at the provincial hall, train station, power station and bus station, to prevent ill-intentioned people from inciting violence.

Situation Update: Thailand Political Development

Dear Clients,

According to the coup’s leader, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, the coup would help restore normalcy and national unity, ensure reform of political, economic and social institutions, and ensure legitimacy to all sides.

A nationwide curfew has been imposed from 22.00 – 05.00 hours with effective from yesterday, and martial law to remain in effect until further notice as announced by the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC).

Businesses, public services and transport services throughout Thailand are operating, but have adjusted operating hours to comply with the curfew.

Situation Update: Thailand Political Protest

Dear Clients,

At 17.00 hours today, Thai military has taken control of the country to prevent further loss of life and prevent the conflict from further escalating. The move came after talks between representatives of opposing sides and top officials failed to reach a common ground, according to local media reports.

A nationwide curfew has been announced from 22.00 – 05.00 hours with effective from today, and martial law to remain in effect until further notice, army announced.

Businesses and public services are adjusting their operating hours to comply with the curfew.

All airports in Thailand remain open, and air passengers with arrival and departure flights scheduled during the curfew can travel to and from the airports at any time as usual. However, Tourists with arrival and departure flights during the curfew are advised to prepare all travel documents when travelling to and from the airports.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is closely monitoring the situation, and will be providing more updates as soon as there are further developments.

Situation Update: Thailand Political Protest

Dear Clients,

The imposition of martial law that covers the entire Thailand from 03.00 hours 20 May 2014 has had no effect on the daily life of the Thai people. Both local residents and international visitors can continue to carry out their daily life as well as travel within Bangkok and other destinations in the kingdom as usual.

The Royal Thai Army explained that the invocation of martial law was not a coup, but a mean to maintain peace and order for the nation.

There is currently no curfew in place in Bangkok or any other tourist destinations in Thailand. Local residents and international visitors can continue to travel within Bangkok and other destinations in the country as usual.  However, air passengers with flights depart out of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports are advised to allocate at least 3-4 hours prior to their scheduled flight departure time to avoid heavy traffic on certain roads.

Situation Update: Thailand Political Protest

Dear Clients,

Following the declaration of martial law by the Royal Thai Army, which covers the entire Thailand with effective from 03.00 hour yesterday, life in the kingdom continues as normal. According to the army statement, this is not a coup, but a mean to restore peace and order for people from all sides, and that the public should not to panic and to live their lives as normal.

There is currently no curfew in place in Bangkok or any other tourist destinations in Thailand. Local residents and international visitors can continue to travel within Bangkok and other destinations in the country as usual.  However, air passengers with flights depart out of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports are advised to allocate at least 3-4 hours prior to their scheduled flight departure time to avoid heavy traffic on certain roads.

Situation Update: Thailand Political Protest

Dear Clients,

Further to our latest update, there has been a new development on the current political situation in Bangkok. The Royal Thai Army declared martial law that covers the entire Thailand, effective from 03.00 hrs. today.

This is not a coup, according to the army statement. The martial law has been invoked to restore peace and order for people from all sides. In the announcement, the army told the public not to panic and to live their lives as normal.

There is currently no curfew in place in Bangkok or any other tourist destinations in Thailand. Local residents and international visitors can continue to travel within Bangkok and other destinations in the country as usual.

Situation Update: Thailand Political Protest

Dear Clients,

The ongoing anti-government demonstrations have been normal and are mainly taking place at Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue. The pre-dawn incidents occurred early Thursday at Khok Wua intersection and the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue, are under investigation.

For tourists visiting the kingdom, it should be stressed that the incidents occurred within a small quarter of Bangkok. No tourists were hurt or affected by the situations. However, tourists are advised to be vigilant and avoid rally sites and demonstration marches, as well as areas where crowds may gather.

During today, the following locations are where the anti-government protests take places or where the protesters gather:

  • Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue
  • Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue
  • Government Complex on Chaengwattana Road
  • Government House on Phitsanulok Road
  • Chamai Maruchet Bridge on Phitsanulok Road

Also during today, the anti-government demonstrators are mobilising demonstration marches to some locations in Bangkok during the day.

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