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Situation Update: Thailand Political Protest

Dear Clients,

Thailand held the general election yesterday, but several polling stations in Bangkok and other provinces have been disrupted by the anti-government demonstrators as part of their campaign for a national reform before election. In general, there have been no problems with voting in the most parts of Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand although there have been reports of clashes at several polling stations. Polls took place from 08.00 – 15.00 hrs while tourist attractions and shopping malls open as normal.

The ongoing anti-government demonstration in Bangkok remains peaceful and continues to take place at Pathumwan intersection, Ratchaprasong intersection, Lumpini Park, Asoke intersection, the Government Complex (Chaeng Wattana Road), Phan Fa Bridge and Chamai Maruchet Bridge. Roads in the areas may be closed to traffic.

As of this morning, all of the demonstrators from Latphrao five-way intersection and the Victory Monument roundabout vacated and dismantled their rally sites and moved to the Lumpini Park rally site. All roads at Latphrao five-way intersection and the Victory Monument roundabout have been opened to traffic as of early this afternoon.

Situation Update: Thailand Political Protest

Dear Clients,

The ongoing anti-government demonstrations remain peaceful and continue to take place at six downtown intersections – Pathumwan, Ratchaprasong, Silom (Lumpini Park), Latphrao, Asoke and the Victory Monument roundabout – and at the Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road, Phan Fa Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Avenue and Chamai Maruchet Bridge on Phitsanulok Road. The protesters are campaigning for a national reform before election. The general election is scheduled to go ahead in Thailand this Sunday (2 February 2014).

Bangkok and some parts of nearby provinces (Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan) remain under a state of emergency, which has been imposed to maintain peace and order, as well as to provide safety and security for the general public, foreign visitors and the demonstrators. The 60-day emergency decree has been in place since 22 January 2014.

The emergency decree currently covers Bangkok and some parts of nearby provinces as stated above only and not any other destinations in Thailand. There is currently no curfew in place in Bangkok or any other parts of Thailand. Local residents and international visitors can continue to travel within Bangkok and other destinations in the country as usual.

Public holidays in February 2014

Dear Clients,

Please find below the dates of the public holidays in Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos during the month of February. During this time, staff will be on standby in all the offices to respond to any urgent cases.

Public Holiday in Myanmar
12 February 2014 - Union Day

Public Holiday in Cambodia
14 February 2014 - Meak Bochea Day

Public Holiday in Thailand
14 February 2014 - Makha Bucha Day

Public Holiday in Laos
14 February 2014 - Boun Makhabusa Day (for Vientiane and Luang Prabang)

Situation Update: Thailand Political Protest

Dear Clients,

Further to latest update there has been a new development on the current political situation in Bangkok. Following an increasing number of incidents at rally sites and demonstration marches since last week, including two grenade attacks on last Friday and Sunday, the caretaker Yingluck Shinawatra government has imposed a state of emergency for Bangkok and some parts of nearby provinces (Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan).

The emergency decree, which will be in place for 60 days, effective today, has been imposed in order to maintain peace and order as well as to provide safety and security for the general public, foreign visitors and the demonstrators. It should be stressed that the emergency decree only covers Bangkok and some parts of nearby provinces as stated above and not any other destinations in Thailand. In addition, There is currently no curfew in place in Bangkok or any other parts of 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 in Bangkok continue to be normal to peaceful. However, the situation has become unstable at some protest areas and rally routes with incidents occurred over the last couple of days and during early this afternoon (a double blast at the Victory Monument, one of the demonstrators’ main stages). These incidents are under investigations.
Although, no tourist was hurt by any of the incidents, tourists are advised to be vigilant and avoid the rally locations as well as areas where large crowds of demonstrators may gather, including routings of the anti-government demonstrators’ daily marches.
The major rally locations remain at six downtown intersections and nearby streets – Pathumwan, Rajaprasong, Silom (Lumpini Park), Lat Phrao, Asoke and the Victory Monument roundabout. Other major rally sites are at the Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road, Phan Fa Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Avenue and Chamai Maruchet Bridge on Phitsanulok Road. Roads or some lanes at these areas may be closed to traffic.

Protests in Thailand: Update

Dear Clients,

As planned, Thailand' anti-government protest movement has set up rally stages and road blocks at various intersections throughout the city. So far the protests have been peaceful.

All pre-booked excursions and airport transfers have been operating as normal. At present there are no plans to close tourism sites, and disruption to the public transport and airports is not intended.

Our Bangkok office remains open as normal and contingency plans are in place to ensure that our service remains unchanged regardless of the situation.

Protests in Thailand

Dear Clients,
 
Thailand's anti-government protest movement is planning a mass rally in Bangkok on Monday 13th January. The protesters plan to set up rally stages and subsequently block the traffic flow at several major intersections; therefore some disruption to traffic can be anticipated. In the event that we are required to make adjustments to excursion and transfer schedules, our Bangkok office will inform clients accordingly and will update tour operators with any new arrangements.

At present there are no plans to close tourism sites. Shops and restaurants will remain open as normal, and disruption to the public transport and airports is not intended.

Protests in Thailand and Cambodia

Protests in Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand's anti-government protest movement is planning a mass rally in Bangkok on Monday 13rd January. Rally stages will be set up at major intersections, therefore some disruption to traffic can be anticipated. In the event that we are required to make adjustments to excursion and transfer schedules, our Bangkok office will inform clients accordingly and will update tour operators with any new arrangements.

At present disruption to the public transport and airports is not intended. The protesters are also planning several marches throughout the city during this week.

As of today, all tourism sites in Bangkok are accessible, and our excursions, tours and transfers are operating as scheduled.

Protests in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

On Friday 3rd January, clashes occurred between police and protesting garment workers at factories on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, resulting in several deaths. As the area is away from all tourism sites and hotels, there has been no impact on our operations and our programmes in Phnom Penh are operating as normal.

Public holidays in January 2014

Dear Clients,    

Please find below the dates of the public holidays in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Thailand during the month of January. During this time, staff will be on standby in all the offices to respond to any urgent cases.

Public Holiday in Laos
1 January 2014 - New Year's Day (for Vientiane and Luang Prabang)

Public Holiday in Vietnam
1 January 2014 - New Year's Day
29 January 2014 - 6 February 2014 - Chinese New Year

Public Holidays in Cambodia
1 January 2014 - International New Year's Day
7 January 2014 - Victory Day Over Genocide

Public Holidays in Indonesia
1 January 2014 - New Year's Day
14 January 2014 - Birthday of Phophet Mohammad SAW
31 January 2014 - Chinese New Year

Public Holiday in Thailand
1 January 2014 - New Year's Day

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