Jul 22 2014

Phuket’s post-coup beach cleanup, part two

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Since the May 2014 coup in Bangkok, Phuket’s beaches have been undergoing an army-led cleanup effort, which started with Surin and Kamala beaches. The clearouts have continued, and over the past few weeks vendors along Phuket’s entire coastline have been served eviction notices, including the island’s three most popular beaches: Kata, Karon and Patong. Here’s … read the full post

Jun 29 2014

Phuket’s post-coup beach cleanup

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... and in June 2014.

You’ve heard about the Thai coup right? While news of the country’s political wranglings has largely focused on events in Bangkok, changes are also underway in Phuket with its beaches becoming ground zero in a military-led cleanup effort. Encroachment and private profiteering on the beach have been targetted. So what can those travelling to Phuket expect … read the full post

Jun 02 2014

Thailand coup update for travellers: June 2, 2014

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Criticism of the military: banned. Beer: have as much as you like.

A small but creative group of protesters continues to peacefully resist the coup in Bangkok despite immense efforts by Thailand’s military to stop them. Several key intersections, metro stations and shopping malls were closed on Sunday as flash protests popped up unpredictably. While no serious violence was reported, travellers are advised to monitor the situation … read the full post

May 28 2014

Thailand: Is it time for a tourism boycott?

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Boats are easier to build than governments.

Cast your mind back a few years. There was a country controlled by a junta where the democratically elected leader was effectively under house arrest; where politicians were detained with little (if any) access to friends and family; where journalists were detained and/or told “to cheer on” the junta; where there was a nationwide curfew; … read the full post

May 26 2014

Thailand coup update for travellers: May 26, 2014

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Soldiers mostly stood silent as protests jeered them on Sunday.

Update: The curfew has been fully lifted. Update, May 28, 2014: The nationwide curfew is now in effect from Midnight to 05:00, pushing back the start time by two hours. In Bangkok, the BTS skytrain and MRT subway are now closing at 23:00. All other information in this post remains accurate. Defiant protests in Bangkok have … read the full post

May 23 2014

Military coup in Thailand: What does it mean for travellers?

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No stirring.

This post was published the day after the coup; see our most recent update here. The Thai military staged Thailand’s latest coup without resistance on Thursday — just two days after General Prayuth Chan-ocha invoked martial law while declaring “this is not a coup“. Protesters have been dispersed, broadcasters shut down and a nationwide curfew … read the full post

May 23 2014

Thailand: What are the alternatives?

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Just an hour from Bali.

So here we are with Thailand yet again in the throes of military rule. The junta (they call themselves the National Peace & Order Maintaining Council) took control on Thursday afternoon, demolished most of the constitution and declared a nationwide curfew from 22:00 to 05:00 daily. Aside from the fact that some people don’t particularly … read the full post

May 20 2014

Army invokes martial law in Thailand: Should travellers be concerned?

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Peace! (Please.)

Update: The military seized power in a coup as of 16:30 on Thursday, May 22. Protests have been peacefully dispersed and a curfew is enacted from 22:00 to 05:00 until further notice. Refer to this thread in the Travelfish forum for the latest. General Prayuth Chan-ocha announced early Tuesday that the army has invoked martial … read the full post

May 12 2014

Bangkok protest update: May 12, 2014

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What does Thailand's deepening political crisis mean for travellers?

After weeks of relative quiet on the Bangkok protest front, tensions are high again in Thailand after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was removed from power by a court ruling last week. What does this mean for travellers to the kingdom? First, some more background. Decrying the judgment against Yingluck as a “judicial coup”, pro-government red shirts have … read the full post

Feb 27 2014

Bangkok protest update, 27 February 2014

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Marching on.

Update, 21:30, 28 February: Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has just announced that anti-government protesters will end their occupation of all intersections starting Monday, March 3. The demonstrations will instead be confined to “inside” Lumpini Park. This is a major development — stay tuned for more info. This past week was a tragic one for Thailand, … read the full post

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