Hi Dragonc. Does this mean that the situation is deteriorating again. We are due to fly in 3 weeks to BKK before travelling to Hua Hin.
The situation in Bangkok is already deteriorated. HuaHin is in Prachuabkirikhan province and not affected. I visit there weekly and theres been no problems. Same for neighbouring Cha am in Petchaburi province.
So this means that all the previous talk about reconciliation and early elections are no longer the case, and now all hell will break loose?!
Are things likely to paralyze the country? I'm scheduled to arrive the 16th June... starting to look scary...
Hi all, my wife and I are actually leaving THIS Saturday. At this point, we flying into BKK, but are planning on heading straight up to Chang Mai, then down to Ko Samui/Ko To.
The state of emergency is spreading...will the airport shut down and prevent travel to these places?
The expanded state of emergency is intended to provide power to local authorities to stop additional protesters from coming to Bangkok from those areas. The problems in Bangkok have not spread to places like Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, etc. Life is still basically peaceful here and everyone goes about their everyday business as normal.
Thank you MrCycling.
I am just worried that the police might stop ALL travel between locations...in which case we're stuck.
For the first time for a number of weeks the situation is being reported as headline news by the BBC
The police won't stop all travel, the most they might do is add extra check points along the highways and slow things down. Air travel shouldn't be impacted by the expanded SOE. An SOE has been in effect for Bangkok and surrounding provinces for quite a while now and has had little impact on intra-Thailand travel services (airport, bus and trains to outlying provinces).
Yes, no reason at all to restrict normal travel, and airports should be well protected. Chiangmai has seen a tiny amount of activity but is mainly business as normal right now. No foretelling what is to come.
We fly into Bangkok on Sun 23rd of May and intend to take a bus/taxi straigt to the Cambodian border. At the end of our trip, we plan to stay on Ko Mak for a week, before taking a bus to Bangkok again and spending the night around the airport on the 11th of June.
Do you think both plans are safe?
I hope all goes well for those living/travelling in the area.