Archive for January, 2014

Jan 18 2014

Bangkok protests take their toll

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Demonstrators sit on Sukhumvit Road and listen to a speech from leader Suthep.

As the so-called “Bangkok Shutdown” enters a sixth day on Saturday, anti-government protests are beginning to take their toll. While the city has not been shut down and the vast majority of it remains safe, the situation is tense, fluid and unpredictable. Friday saw a marked escalation of violence, most notably when an explosive was … read the full post

Jan 16 2014

What exactly is shut down in Bangkok?

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Even the largest gatherings at Pathumwan haven't stopped the sky train.

The catchphrase “Bangkok Shutdown” worked well to drum up hype for the latest wave of anti-government protests, and it continues to convince many foreign travellers to cancel trips to the Thai capital. Yet all public transport (save a few public buses), all vital utilities and most businesses are operating as normal. So what exactly has … read the full post

Jan 15 2014

What’s Bangkok really like during the “shutdown”?

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Tent city at Lumpini.

Over the past 76 days of anti-government protests, Bangkok has endured some tense and sometimes violent moments, and the road closures caused by the so-called Bangkok Shutdown are certainly a nuisance. But what is it really like for travellers who simply want to go sightseeing? We did a little experiment on Tuesday to find out. … read the full post

Jan 14 2014

Where to stay in Bangkok away from the protests?

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Who needs a protest to shutdown the city? Not Bangkok!

Update, 3 March 2014: The “Bangkok Shutdown” is over. All PDRC protesters have moved inside Lumpini Park, leaving virtually all of Bangkok open for business as usual. This article is no longer relevant, but concerned travellers can still ask questions in the comments and receive answers.  With the so-called Bangkok Shutdown now in full swing, many … read the full post

Jan 13 2014

“Bangkok shutdown” or “Bangkok annoyance”?

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Protesters have wreaked further havoc by selling MBK out of pink shirts.

Well, folks, it’s on. The anti-government protesters have begun their latest bid to oust Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra through what they’ve dubbed a “Bangkok Shutdown“. The hype has led many travellers to cancel trips to the Thai capital this week, but in reality, right now at least, the campaign is currently more of an … read the full post