The situation in Bangkok has worsened – Report from Euro-Center Thailand 14th January

News   •   Jan 14, 2014 14:50 UTC

There are continued political demonstrations spread throughout Bangkok and also in other areas in Thailand. Although continuously mostly peaceful incidents of violence in isolated areas, gun-shots and casualties has been reported. The situation can change with little notice, and more protests are to be expected. The announced snap election is still currently set to go ahead at 2nd February 2014.

Major travel disruptions

On Monday 13th January at least 7 major intersections was blocked by protestors by day as well as during the night and marches in Bangkok was announced to take place throughout the week as a so called “Bangkok Shutdown” action, causing major travel disruptions in and around Bangkok, including big shopping-center areas. Please allow plenty of extra travelling time at all times in around Bangkok, such as when travelling to the airport.

Although BTS, MRT, Khlong (Bangkok canal) Express Boat system is running as normal or even with extra capacity, there can be very long queues and large crowds at times in the station and surrounding station areas.

How to receive tourist information when in Bangkok

Eight Tourist Friend Centre’s has been setup by the Thai Authorities in Bangkok, where tourists can receive information on the spot information, and they can also be reached by phone +66 (0)2 314 1212 in English 24 hours.

Tips on how to keep safe

You should avoid people gatherings, protests and demonstrations, and also take extra care especially in the evenings when a very large amount of people including commuters and individuals or groups of protestors are likely to be on the move throughout Bangkok and the public transport systems. Please also follow official news and information channels frequently to keep yourself updated on the current situation in your area.

Useful links

Bangkok Post – English daily newspaper in Thailand

The Nation News – Twitter feed with continuous reporting from the protest situation