Jan 14 2014

Where to stay in Bangkok away from the protests?

Published by at 7:41 am under Accommodation


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 travellers are wondering how to approach a city that, daunting at any time, is dealing with the occupation of several key intersections. Fear not – we’ve suggested some strategic places to stay that allow you to make the most of Bangkok in spite of the protests.

Protesters are yet to reach Wong's Bar.

Protesters are yet to reach Wong’s Bar.

Staying close to a BTS sky train or MRT subway station is convenient at any time, but it’s now a better idea than ever. With that said, there are six stations that sit smack in the middle of protest zones and should probably be avoided when choosing a place to stay (the stations remain safe for normal use). These are: Siam, Chit Lom, Asok and Sala Daeng on the BTS lines, along with Sukhumvit and Si Lom on the MRT line.

While the sky train, subway and San Saeb canal boats are all running through central Bangkok with no problems, it’s probably a good idea to stay just outside the centre (Lumpini Park north to Siam Square and east to Asok). This will allow you to enjoy ‘business-as-usual’ Bangkok without giving up traveller-friendly conveniences. Unless, that is, the occasional protest march streams through.

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

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

Sukhumvit
As long as you’re not angling towards the old city around Khao San Road (see below), our first suggestion would be to head to mid to upper Sukhumvit Road — by that we mean anywhere southeast of Asok sky train/Sukhumvit subway station (that is, heading out of town). This area is also strategic because, if the protests take a turn for the worse, you can hop on a bus to Ko Samet, Ko Chang, Chanthaburi or Aranyaprathet (Cambodia border) at Ekkamai (Eastern) bus terminal, or shoot straight to Suvarnabhumi Airport unhampered.

Plenty of quality places to stay are found in the vicinity of Phrom Phong, Thong Lo, Ekkamai and On Nut BTS stations. Budgeteers might check out Pridi Hostel * or Refill Now! *. Hotel California, Imm Fusion and Sawasdee Sukhumvit Inn should fit the bill for flashpackers, and those with a bit more buying power could try The Eugenia.

Sathorn & Silom Roads
The business district stretching west on Sathorn and Silom roads to Charoen Krung and the Chao Phraya River is another solid choice (just be careful to avoid the far eastern end of Silom). It’s a bit away from the protest centre at Sala Daeng / Lumpini and enjoys easy access to the sky train at Chong Nonsi, Surasak and Saphan Taksin stations. The central Chao Phraya express boat pier also puts many of Bangkok’s major attractions within reach.

Here we’d suggest Mile Map *, Saphai Pae * and Baan Sathorn for backpackers, while King Royal Garden Inn and the Swan are safe bets in the midrange. Swish riverfront hotels like Mandarin Oriental and Shangrila also enjoy strategic locations in light of the protests. Across the river in Thonburi, Focal Local, Bang Luang House and The Overstay are suitable for backpackers or flashpackers seeking something more offbeat.

Bangkok Shutdown Chinese New Year version: No to whistles, yes to cymbals and flutey things.

Bangkok Shutdown Chinese New Year version: No to whistles, yes to cymbals and flutey things.

Chinatown
Another good choice is Chinatown, which is wedged between Ratchawong express boat pier and Hualamphong MRT station (as well as the same-named long distance train station), far away from any protest site. While it can be a pain getting around here at any time, no “shutdown” can stop Yaowarat from buzzing away. The budget set can settle in at Cozy Bangkok Place * or @Hua Lamphong * while more well-off, style-conscious travellers should not miss Loy La Long.

Pratunam
With its many budget-friendly shopping malls and markets, Pratunam also warrants a mention as a protest-free alternative to the Siam shopping district. Though it’s not too far from the protest site at Pathumwan, the immediate area is strategic thanks to Ratchathewi BTS station, Ratchaparok Airport Link station and several canal boat piers. Link Corner gets it done for budget travellers, Lemonseed Rooms is a great flashpacker spot, and for those with some cash to flash, Baiyoke Sky affords views over all of the protest sites.

Not far from Pratunam, the protesters abandoned their encampment at Victory Monument in early February, making this area another fine choice. The former protest site at Lat Phrao is also now clear along with everywhere else in north Bangkok save Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road, which most travellers would never go near anyway, unless needing to extend a visa.

Khao San Road: Where every night is a shutdown.

Khao San Road: Where every night is a shutdown.

Khao San Road
The area around Democracy Monument in Bangkok’s historic district (a 15-minute walk east of Khao San Road, the Grand Palace and other key sites) had been mostly clear since early January, but violent clashes between police and protesters erupted in this area on February 18. Though no further violence has occurred in the area since, we recommend avoiding anywhere east of Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue completely. Khao San itself and the immediate area remains safe, including Soi Rambutri, Phra Arthit and Samsen roads.

Located just east of the Grand Palace between Atsadang and Feung Nakhon roads, the Ministry of Interior is also a potential flashpoint for clashes, though no serious violence has occurred there as yet. The Chao Phraya express boat is a reasonable way to travel outside of the general Rattanakosin / Khao San Road area and link up to the sky train at Saphan Taksin, but it can get crowded, is not luggage friendly and only runs until 19:00. Protesters have held unpredictable and relatively frequent marches in this area, which sometimes makes catching a taxi difficult.

Further afield
If Bangkok proper just seems too intimidating while the protests are on, there’s no need to flee the city altogether. Accessible via a short ferry hop from upper Sukhumvit, the low key Phra Phradaeng (Bang Kachao) area feels a world away from the usual urban chaos, let alone the protests. While the budget to midrange gang have a decent range of homestays and guesthouses to choose from, eco-conscious high-end travellers can climb into Bangkok Treehouse.

Words of wisdom. Use your common sense.

Words of wisdom. Use your common sense.

In summary
Despite all the media coverage, the vast majority of Bangkok remains largely unaffected — for now. While none of the above-mentioned properties are overly affected by the protests, it’s prudent to keep abreast of developments day by day. It remains a very fluid situation and what is unaffected today could be chaos tomorrow.

The hostels above marked with an asterisk (*) are included in our 2014 Best Hostels in Bangkok eBook — you can read more about them, or download the free Best hostels iBook/PDF here.

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  1. vinoton 16 Jan 2014 at 5:26 am

    Dear Sir – is Best Western Mayfair Suites at Ratchthewi safe to stay? It seems close to Baiyoke Sky.

  2. David Luekenson 16 Jan 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Yes I would say Best Western Mayfair would be okay. If coming from Suvarnabhumi airport, I’d suggest taking the airport link as it terminates close to there. Ratchathewi is not too far from the protest sites at Victory Monument and Pathumwan, but the immediate area should be clear. If you have trouble catching a taxi, you can always take the San Saeb canal boat from that area to the old city (for Grand Palace, Khao San Road etc.).

  3. cathyon 17 Jan 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Hi there David,
    I’m flying into Don Muang airport on Tuesday night, arriving around 9pm and am staying in Khao San Rd. I realise it will probably be difficult to get there, but what would be the best way? Are they having these so called ‘flagged’ taxis? Or is there some sort of public transport I could take. I am a young female solo traveller. So generally is Khao San Rd. safe to stay?
    Thankyou!

  4. Jaion 17 Jan 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Hi David- what is your opinion on getting to and from the Lub D backpackers hostel on Siam Square? I land on Sunday. Thank you!

  5. Christianon 17 Jan 2014 at 7:20 pm

    We took a cab today from Don Muang AirPort to Khao SAN Road, it was all easy nothing special the cab driver takes just another route. We paid 300 baht.

  6. David Luekenson 17 Jan 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Hi Cathy,
    You should have no problem catching a taxi straight from Don Mueang to KSR as you won’t need to pass near any protest sites for that journey. KSR is safe as long as you use common sense.
    Have fun.

  7. David Luekenson 18 Jan 2014 at 1:50 am

    Jai,
    Lub d Siam is at National Stadium BTS station, which is right next to the biggest protest site at Pathumwan (in front of MBK and Bangkok Art & Culture Center). Lub d is not in the middle of the protest, but it’s about as close as you can get. Rama I Road right up to Lub d is open if coming from the west, which means you should be able to catch tuk tuks / taxis to/from Khao San Road and the old city. But it may be difficult to get a taxi there from anywhere in central Bangkok. From Suvarnabhumi, your best bet is definitely to take the Airport Rail Link straight to Phaya Thai BTS sky train station, then take the Bearing train and get off at Siam (will be 2nd stop), then switch to the National Stadium train and get off at the first/last stop, which is National Stadium station. From there, take exit 1 (heading away from the protest site) and Lub d will be more or less at the bottom of the stairs. Honestly, it’s a bad location given the protests — I’d be inclined to switch to a different part of town if possible.

  8. charleson 18 Jan 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Very good article with very good sensible advice. Best article I have read so far about the situation and how best to avoid any problems. I just got back from Siam. Know Bangkok very well. The anti government protesters are not the problem. They are all happy, smiling and friendly people trying to make their country a better fairer place. Singing songs and eating. Music was playing…it was kind of peaceful and relaxed..at this current time, they are peaceful and not threatening at all. They are not like the terrible red shirt government supporters who took over the city a few years ago and shops were burnt and terrible violence occurred. So far that group of government supporters have stayed away. Long may it continue.

    But not now with these protesters around Siam I felt safe, but as I say it is those against the protesters one has to worry about. So one needs to be aware of this and take care. Bangkok is a big city and life is normal at the moment other than fewer tourists and less traffic. There has been some attacks on the protesters and you would not want to be caught up in that. So play it safe and stay outside of the protest areas. Happy holidays.

  9. Raeon 18 Jan 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks for the article. A group of 16 of us are arriving on 20 Jan for 2 nights and were to stay at the Ibis Siam Bangkok on Rama 1. What would your suggestion be for this area as I can see it is close to the MBK protest site.

    Thanks

  10. David Luekenson 19 Jan 2014 at 3:38 am

    Hi Rae,
    The Ibis is right next to Lub d Siam Hostel — the exact same advice I gave in response to Jai applies to you.

  11. Trixon 20 Jan 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Hi, ill be there tomorrow. I’m staying at Glow Pratunam. Is the place safe and far from the protest? Thanks!

  12. Sarahon 20 Jan 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Thanks for this article. We are soon to be first time visitors to the region. Starting January 27, we are staying at the Majestic Grande at 12 Sukhumvit Soi 2. It seems to be a bad area according to a CNN protest map. Would you agree?

    Thanks for the information.

  13. David Luekenson 21 Jan 2014 at 3:53 am

    Hi, Pratunam is one area mentioned in the article that should be okay. It’s not far from the protest sites at Victory Monument and Pathumwan, but the area itself is fine. If I were you, I’d go by Airport Rail Link / BTS skytrain

  14. David Luekenson 21 Jan 2014 at 3:59 am

    Hi Sarah,
    That location isn’t the best, but it could be a lot worse. You’re in between Phloen Chit and Nana BTS stations. The Ratchaprasong protest site is one BTS station west of Phloen Chit (Chit Lom station), while the Asok protest site is one station east of Nana (Asok station). Both protest sites are about 1.5 km from your hotel, and the area immediately around your hotel is fine. The BTS skytrain is operating normally – I’d suggest using that to get around. Even the BTS stations right on top of protest sites are safe for transiting. There’s a express motorway very close to your hotel so it shouldn’t be a problem to get a taxi there from the airport. You could also use the Airport Rail Link / BTS to reach either Phloen Chit or Nana stations, then catch a taxi or tuk tuk (or walk) from there.

  15. Zainon 21 Jan 2014 at 6:14 am

    Hi. I have reservation in baiyoke sky hotel from 31 Jan till 6 feb. W travelling with my family. Is the place blocked with protest. Is it safe to move in and out during the period of time..

  16. Michelleon 21 Jan 2014 at 7:55 am

    Hi David,

    I’m heading out to Bangkok albeit the Phra Phradaeng area, in mid March, how long do you envisage the protests lasting for?

    Many Thanks

  17. Chayon 21 Jan 2014 at 7:59 am

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the very helpful article. I’ll be staying at the Metz Hotel at the Pratunam area for the Chinese New Year holidays (from Jan 31 to Feb 3). I hope all will be safe cos from what I know, 2nd Feb is the date for Thailand’s elections, am I right? I will lookout for more details here in your blog. Also, would you know how to get to the Assumption Cathedral if I’m taking the Ratchathewi BTS? Thank you so much.

  18. David Luekenson 21 Jan 2014 at 8:34 am

    Yes, you’re right that a controversial election is planned for Feb. 2. What happens from then to now is anyone’s guess. You’ll travel find info and a map for Assumption Cathedral here: http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/thailand/2012/12/09/bangkoks-assumption-cathedral/

  19. David Luekenson 21 Jan 2014 at 8:34 am

    Your guess is as good as mine.

  20. David Luekenson 21 Jan 2014 at 8:36 am

    Baiyoke Sky is not blocked with protests. There are protest sites not too far away at Victory Monument and Pathumwan, but the Pratunam area itself is clear. My guess is that you’ll be fine, but the situation is fluid and it’s impossible to predict whether or not it will be safe ten days from now.

  21. Marthaon 21 Jan 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Hi David,
    My family and I are flying out of BKK on 1/25. We have reservations at the Sathorn Vista on the 24th. We are considering The Landmark. Should we look for something closer to the airport?
    Thank you for all this information.

  22. David Luekenson 21 Jan 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Martha,
    Both Sathorn Vista and the Landmark are not far from protest sites, but neither are right at protest sites. You’ll probably be fine with either… I personally would use public transport to reach either hotel. Sathorn Vista is a reasonable walk or cheap taxi ride from either Lumpini MRT station or Chong Nonsi BTS station. The Landmark is close to Nana BTS station. Between the two, Sathorn Vista would probably be better because you can access the BTS at Chong Nonsi and take that three stops to Sathorn express boat pier / Saphan Taksin BTS station… The express boat will be the best way for you to reach the big sites in the historic district. But from Sathorn you also should also be able to go by taxi as Sathorn Road is not closed and there are no protest sites west or south of Sathorn Vista.

  23. #herleeon 22 Jan 2014 at 4:44 am

    Hi hello! We are trvelling bangkok from feb3-feb8. And we are coming from Suvarnabhumi airport. Do u know a safe place of a packpackers inn/hostel near the airport? And how to get there? Thank you very much!

  24. David Luekenson 22 Jan 2014 at 6:44 am

    Hi herlee,
    Suvarnabhumi is far out in east Bangkok, so if you want to still have decent access to the city itself, I’d recommend staying somewhere on upper (eastern) Sukhumvit. Refill Now and Pridi Hostel are both good choices… They’re close to one another on a non-touristy road but an easy taxi ride to Phra Khanong BTS skytrain station and an express boat pier. If you want something closer to the airport, Lilac Relax Residence is supposed to be a quality spot with rooms for around 600 baht, though I haven’t checked it out yet in person.

  25. Fransiscaon 22 Jan 2014 at 9:15 am

    Hi David,

    Thank’s for the article, it helps a lot! From your explanation to Martha seems like my kind of area, but i am not sure. My flight landed on feb 2nd and have booked a room at Aetas Bangkok at Phloenchit Road 49 Soi Ruamrudee. It is quite close to Phloenchit BTS station. I think the road in front of the hotel would be safe but it seems like it close enough to the protest area. Do u think it’ll be ok for my fiance&I to take a taxi from suvarnabhumi Airport to the hotel as we each have a checked luggage&cabin size luggage so it seems not a good idea to take any other public transportation…and also, we would like to go to the Thailand Ministry of Forreign Affairs to do some legalization of our papers to get married in Krabi. And we only have the feb 3rd to do that(Yes, the day after Election), i am well aware that nobody can predict what happens next, but do u have any suggestion for this? And at last, When we went to Bangkok on Oct 2013, we ordered our wedding rings in one of the jewelry store in Siam Paragon and must pick it up at the latest on feb 3rd as we must fly to Krabi very early in the morning on feb 4th. What is ur suggestion to reach Siam Paragon? Do u think the mall will be open that day? I am so worried :(. Thank you very much for your help.

  26. David Luekenson 22 Jan 2014 at 9:48 am

    Hi Francesca,
    I wouldn’t worry too much, at least not unless things get much worse as your trip approaches. Soi Ruam Rudi is close to a raised motorway, so I’m pretty sure you won’t have any trouble getting there by taxi from the airport. But if I were you, I would contact the hotel directly and ask them if it will be an issue (and if so, ask if they can provide a pick up service).
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is one of the ministries that has been targeted by protesters, so while my guess is that it will be open, it has been forced to closed at times and there’s unfortunately no way to know if it will be open on the 3rd. Their website — http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/home — has a bulletin about the protests with a phone number that you should call. Reaching the ministry shouldn’t be a problem – just take the BTS to Ratchathewi Station and catch a taxi from there.
    Assuming there are no major clashes or crackdown that forces the malls to close, it also shouldn’t be a problem to get to Siam Paragon. Take the BTS to Siam Station and enter the mall through the raised skywalk. Paragon has been closing at 6:00 pm due to the protests.

  27. Fransiscaon 22 Jan 2014 at 10:19 am

    Thank’s David, ur info again, helps me a lot :)

  28. hashaon 22 Jan 2014 at 11:22 am

    Dear,
    I am flying to Bangkok tomorrow decided to stay n partunam palace hotel. Is it safe there? Nd what about the area surrounding?

  29. David Luekenson 22 Jan 2014 at 3:37 pm

    >>> My response to a previous comment regarding Pratunam area: “Hi, Pratunam is one area mentioned in the article that should be okay. It’s not far from the protest sites at Victory Monument and Pathumwan, but the area itself is fine. If I were you, I’d go by Airport Rail Link / BTS skytrain”

  30. Reidon 22 Jan 2014 at 7:44 pm

    David! Thank you so much for your info! You instantly made me feel better about my trip! My girlfriend and I are starting out SE Asia trip in Bangkok on Feb 4-6. We are flying in to Suvarnabhumi and we gave a hotel booked on Khaosan Rd. Is this still a safe place to stay? I understand it is very close to the protest sites but I’m not sure how affected it is. We are leaving (early morning) on the 6th from Don Mueang Airport…What is the easiest way from KhaoSan to Don mueang? Or maybe we should book a hotel close Don mueang if Khaosan is unsafe? I’m sorry for the questions! Thank you so much in advance

  31. Arunon 23 Jan 2014 at 4:15 am

    Hello David,

    Is the Tune hotel located in Asok (close to Terminal 21 mall, Asok and Sukhumvit station) safe to stay? I chose it for the easy walk to the Asok and Sukhumvit stations but from a protest map I saw, this area seems to be having some protests. Thanks!

  32. David Luekenson 23 Jan 2014 at 5:53 am

    Hi Reid,
    There are currently no protest sites near Khao San Road. There used to be one at Democracy Monument, about 10 minutes walk away, but that one is no longer there. KSR is actually one of the better places in Bangkok to stay right now. (Of course who knows what will be going on two weeks from now). I would just take a taxi from KSR to Don Mueang – should cost around 300 baht (make sure the driver uses the meter).

  33. David Luekenson 23 Jan 2014 at 5:59 am

    Hi Arun,
    You’re right that the Tune is very close to the protest site at Asok. It’s not right in the middle of the main protest area, but it’s close enough to hear the whistles and speeches. It’s actually south of Asok BTS station, on the opposite side of Sukhumvit Road from where the main protest stage is, which means you should be able to catch taxis at Petchaburi Road. But this part of Sukhumvit Road has been mostly closed to traffic. Both the skytrain and subway (you’ve got both right there) are running as normal, though, so it shouldn’t be a problem for you to get around (at least until the trains stop running at midnight). To reach the hotel, I would definitely recommend using the Airport Rail Link and then skytrain.

  34. Jeffon 23 Jan 2014 at 7:49 am

    Hi David,

    Thank you so much for the great advice. My family and I are going to land around 0100 on Feb 2nd at Suvarnabhumi, and immediately transfer to a flight at Don Mueang Airport which leaves at 0500. The current protest and “state of emergency” has my wife wondering if we should cancel our trip to Thailand all together (she is a very nervous traveler). My question is, will taxi transportation be an issue from one airport to the other on the day of the election?

    Also on our way back 10 days later, we were planning on staying in the area of Nana BTS station, is that area effected as of yet?

  35. Karlaon 23 Jan 2014 at 9:38 am

    Hi

    Thanks for putting my mind at rest with your post.

    I am arriving into Bangkok tomorrow afternoon at Don Mueang airport and staying at Imm fusion is it best to get public transport rather than a taxi?

    Thank you

  36. marieon 23 Jan 2014 at 9:52 am

    hi sir! my friend and i will be in bangkok this 27th january and will be staying in on8 sukhumvit hotel located at sukhumvit soi8. Just want to ask if our place is safe and far from the protest? Your article is truly very informative and such a big help to us first time travelers to bangkok. Thanks! more power!

  37. marieon 23 Jan 2014 at 12:07 pm

    hello david!

    the state of emergency in bkk now is making us really worried about our trip. But since we have planned this months ago, it feels frustating to cancel the vacation, so as much as possible we don’t want to postpone it. Your article has help us alot in deciding whether to pursue the plan or not. Just wanna make sure if our hotel which is located at sukhumvit soi 8 (on8 hotel) is safe and far from the protest? and is platinum shopping mall out of the red line? any shopping malls you can recommend? Thanks a lot!

  38. Allisonon 23 Jan 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Hi David,

    Thank you for your very useful article. I’m planning to stay at Hotel Vista Express in Pratunam during my visit there in 2 weeks time. I’m planning to take the airport rail to Ratchapropop rail link station and get off there. From there, do you know how far is it to get to the hotel? My mum has some health problem with her legs so walking a distance can be inconvenient. Will taking a cab from the station to the hotel be a good idea? Will it be easy to flag down cabs at the station at this time and how much does the cab normally charges for that distance? Is there any bts station that is near to that hotel? Thank you in advance :)

  39. michael campbellon 24 Jan 2014 at 1:29 am

    hi i was just wondering if you can get a taxi from Suvarnabhumi airport to sukhumvit soi 22 or do you have to take alternative transport with all the protests…thanks

  40. Herleeon 24 Jan 2014 at 4:32 am

    Thanks david for answering me. But im still worried going to Bangkok since it my first time. I dont know where to go and where to stay that is near to the attraction of bangkok? Thank you so much!

  41. Fayeon 24 Jan 2014 at 6:13 am

    Hi David thank you for this info,but i want to ask if staying in Pathumwan Princess Hotel near in MBK is safe? we booked there on Feb 1st and wondering if is not affected by protest?thank you so much David you are such a big help :)

  42. Aceon 24 Jan 2014 at 8:55 am

    Hi! I am staying at the Sivatel in Lumpini near the Phloen Chit subway station in Mid Feb. Is that a safe area or are the protests close to it. I keep hearing that there are protests at Lumpini. Thanks

  43. David Luekenson 24 Jan 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Jeff,
    It shouldn’t be a problem to get a taxi from one airport to the other in the middle of night.
    Nana BTS Station itself is away from the protest sites, but it’s not far from the ones at Asoke (Asok BTS) and Ratchaprasong (Chit Lom BTS). As mentioned in the article, I’d suggest Sathorn (Surasak or Saphan Taksin BTS stations), Thonburi (Krung Thonburi or Wongwian Yai BTS stations), or the historic district (Rattanakosin, Banglamphu, Phra Khanong, near Grand Palace, etc.). Then again, who knows what will be happening in Bangkok on Feb. 10.

  44. David Luekenson 24 Jan 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Karla,
    It’s a long way from Don Mueang to Imm Fusion, which is at On Nut BTS station. I’d suggest taking the express bus that departs from right out front of Don Mueang Airport to Mo Chit BTS station, then taking the skytrain all the way to On Nut (you don’t need to change trains).

  45. David Luekenson 24 Jan 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Marie,
    That’s near Nana BTS station – the surrounding area is fine but protest sites at Asok and Ratchaprasong not too far away. As long as you don’t walk down into the protests themselves you should be fine.

  46. David Luekenson 24 Jan 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Hi Marie,
    Platinum Shopping Mall is open and there’s no protest there. Access via Ratchathewi BTS station then can walk 15 minutes down Petchaburi Road or take a taxi. A popular high end mall that’s away from any protest site is Emporium at Phrom Phong BTS station. But honestly, the big malls at Siam and Asok stations are safely accessible directly from BTS stations.

  47. David Luekenson 24 Jan 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Allison,
    I’m not sure exactly how far it is from Ratchapropop station to Hotel Vista Express, but you could find out easily via googlemaps, or by contacting the hotel. Also there are always taxis available pretty much anywhere in Bangkok, but definitely in Pratunam. Ratchathewi BTS station is about 1.5 km from the big Pratunam shopping centers (Pantip, Platinum), easily accessible by taxi at any time.

  48. David Luekenson 24 Jan 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Michael,
    Sukhumvit 22 is a short way east of the Asok protest site, so a taxi should have minimal problems accessing it from the west. Otherwise you could take the airport rail link to Phaya Thai, switch to the BTS Bearing train and take that straight to Phrom Phong station, which is near Soi 22 (look on googlemaps for exact positions).

  49. David Luekenson 24 Jan 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Herlee,
    There are many different types of attractions all over the city, so I can’t help much unless you specify which attractions you want to visit. The big historical sites (Grand Palace, Wat Pho, etc.) are located near the river in Rattanakosin, not too far from Khao San Road area. I suggest you take a good look through Travelfish’s free Bangkok travel guide.

  50. David Luekenson 24 Jan 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Faye,
    The Pathumwan Princess is very close to the largest protest site, which is at Pathumwan intersection, right next to MBK and National Stadium BTS station. Assuming the protests are still going on Feb. 1, you will definitely encounter them if you stay at that hotel.

  51. David Luekenson 24 Jan 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Ace,
    Lumpini is the name for a large section of the city, and also for Bangkok’s most central park. There are protests at/near Lumpini Park, but that’s actually a few km from your hotel. Your hotel is much closer to the protest site at Ratchaprasong (Chit Lom BTS station), but it’s far enough that you won’t have to go really close to it if you don’t want to (though you’ll probably pass over it on the skytrain). The Sivatel is close to Phloen Chit skytrain station (not subway).

  52. marieon 24 Jan 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you so much David for your detailed response. Such a big help. Hoping for good experience during our trip despite the protest. Have a great day and More power!

  53. Allisonon 24 Jan 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Hi David,

    Thank you for your reply. I have another question. Since the Victory Monument bts is one of the protest area, will it be actually advisable to go there to get a minivan to get to the Amphawa floating market?

  54. Julieon 25 Jan 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Hi David. This article and the comments have been really helpful. I am staying close to Sathorn Road (saw that in the article) and Taksin Bridge I believe. I think it’s also near a BTS skytrain station. The hotel is on Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Road. Any thoughts about whether it’s a good location to stay given recent events? We are flying into BKK late at night and likely won’t exit the airport until after midnight. Are the streets generally accessible for taxis at that hours or are the protests 24/7? Thanks!

  55. David Luekenson 26 Jan 2014 at 3:15 am

    Hi Julie, If it’s Naradhiwas then you’re probably close to Chong Nonsi BTS station. That’s not too far from the protest site at Sala Daeng (Silom), but you should be fine as it’s a bit to the west. Shouldn’t be a problem to get a taxi there after midnight.

  56. Nigelon 26 Jan 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Hello David, We are staying for 4 nights at the Legacy Suites hotel, 12 Sukhumvit and have noticed via a protest notification web site that this hotel is very close to the Asoke blockade and close to where an IED was thrown at an ex-government house.

    The hotel looks ideal however my question is – is this area safe and will we be able to get access to the city from the local stations (as easily as can be expected)?

    Very informative article and great help to slightly concerned travellers

    Many thanks.

  57. David Luekenson 27 Jan 2014 at 2:19 am

    Hi Nigel,
    The Legacy Suites is just east of the Asok protest site. Taxis should be able to approach from the east, but it could be difficult to get here from the center of the city by taxi (though probably not impossible). The hotel is in between Asok and Phrom Phong BTS stations — I’d suggest using the latter to access your hotel. But all public transport is still operating normally so it should be no problem for you to access the city. I’d suggest reading the transport and orientation sections in the Travelfish Bangkok guide, and also taking some time to familiarize with the city by looking at googlemaps.

  58. Nanaon 27 Jan 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Hello David, I’m coming over on March 8 2014. Is sukhumvit soi 8 get affected? How about chaktuchak weekend market, soi 3 where the Arabian sheesha? And bts station. Is it safe to travel by bts train and taxi upon arrival from airport? Thank you.

  59. Jeevon 27 Jan 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Hi David,

    I’ll be arriving at suvarnabhumi airport on the 29th of Jan and staying at Majestic Grande. Is that area safe? Will there be any issues with getting to the hotel from the airport via taxi?

    Thank you

  60. Jim Hon 27 Jan 2014 at 5:16 pm

    David,

    Great article and map and thank you for your continued responses to this thread. First time visitor here coming in on February 24th. I’m looking to stay at a Hilton (such as Conrad, Hilton or Doubletree), Starwood (lots of properties Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Westin, Royal Orchad, Le Meredien, etc), or Marriott (Renaissance, JW Marriott, Marriott, etc.) hotel in Bangkok, avoiding as much potential protests areas as possible but still being close at least to public transportation.

    I’ll be in Bangkok for 6 days and then travelling to Angkor Wat and Koh Samui for the next 7 days. For my return flight back to the states out of BKK, is there a hotel that is very close to airport?

  61. Bevon 27 Jan 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Hi David, thanks so much for the information. Would you be able to tell me if the Sathorn area is still safe please? We are staying in the Eastin Hotel from 2nd Feb and intend on using the skytrain to get to and from the airport. Thanks a million!

  62. Eliseon 28 Jan 2014 at 9:46 am

    Wow David. Your a advice is so helpful. Myself and my partner will be in Bangkok from the 20th Feb onwards (west Western premier behind Bumrungrad hospital). from the 9/03/14 to the 13/03/14 we are supposed to be staying at The Column. Unfortunately this is super close to Terminal 21 and Asoke. Ive been to Thailand a few times and know my way around, but if things stay the same, would you advise against staying at the column?

  63. David Luekenson 28 Jan 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Nana,
    Sukhumvit Soi 8 is near Nana station, so not immediately effected (Asok and Ratchaprasong protest sites one or two stops away in either direction of skytrain line). Yes, BTS is safe. But March 8 is a long way off – who knows what will be happening then.

  64. David Luekenson 28 Jan 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Majestic Grande is near Phloen Chit BTS station. Taxi should be able to access the area via the raised motorway nearby.

  65. David Luekenson 28 Jan 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Jim,
    I’m not exactly sure where all of the properties you mention are located off-hand, but of those I know, the Royal Orchid Sheraton is probably the best choice in light of the protests. It’s on the river, far away from any protest site, and has free boat shuttle to Saphan Taksin BTS station / Sathorn express boat pier. At the moment it shouldn’t be a problem to get there by taxi from the airport (you could also go by Airport Rail Link / BTS Skytrain), but you might contact whatever hotel you choose a few days in advance and ask if taxis are having any issues getting there. February 25 is almost a month off still, so really no idea what will things will be like then.

  66. David Luekenson 28 Jan 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Oh and re airport hotels, there’s the Novotel, which is right at the airport and sounds like it would be in your budget.

  67. David Luekenson 28 Jan 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Bev,
    The Eastin is at a very good location in light of the protests. Sathorn Road is not closed and the Eastin is accessible directly from Surasak BTS station. The central Chao Phraya Express Boat pier is also just one stop to the west – that will be the best way for you to hit the big sites like Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

  68. David Luekenson 28 Jan 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Hi Elise,
    The Column isn’t at the best location as it’s just south of Asok, but that stretch of Ratchadaphisek Road has been open. The Column is also not too far from Queen Sirikit MRT station, if you want to avoid using Asok BTS station / Sukhumvit MRT station, which are right at Terminal 21 and next to the protest site. Hopefully there won’t be a protest there by Feb. 20 though. :)

  69. Jim Hon 28 Jan 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the response. My budget is using hotel points, but great suggestion on the Novetel. One hotel that I’ve run across is intriguing – I’m curious about where it fits into the current protest sites. Plaza Athenee, 61 Wireless Road (Witthayu) · Lumpini · Pathumwan · 10330 · Thailand.

    Again, thank you so much for your help to all of us here.

  70. Willemijn Kon 29 Jan 2014 at 2:14 am

    Hi David!! Thank you for the good information! I am wondering how the situation now is to get near to Khao San Road (Soi Ram Buttri). Is it safe for us to come?
    What should be the best and safest way to travel to your hotel? Thank you!!

  71. David Luekenson 29 Jan 2014 at 3:39 am

    Hi Jim,
    Plaza Athenee is close to Phloen Chit BTS station, so currently clear in the immediate area but not too far from protest sites at Asok and Ratchaprasong.

  72. David Luekenson 29 Jan 2014 at 3:42 am

    Hi Willemijn,
    Khao San area is fine. I don’t think you should have problems getting a taxi there from the airport, but you could always take the Airport Rail Link / BTS Skytrain / Chao Phraya Express Boat (change to the skytrain at Phaya Thai station, then change skytrain lines at Siam, then change to the express boat at Saphan Taksin station / Sathorn pier, then take the boat straight to Phra Athit pier, which is a 10-minute walk from Soi Rambutri).

  73. valerieon 29 Jan 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Hi David!

    Is it safe to stay at Berkeley Pratunam Hotel? I think it’s located at Ratchatewi road. Thanks alot!!! will be going there next month

  74. Joannaon 30 Jan 2014 at 12:21 am

    Hi David, thanks for providing updates on the bangkok shutdown. I will be in bangkok from 31 Jan to 2 feb and wld like to find out whether the chatrium suites or st regis will be near to any protest sites or polling stations?

  75. David Luekenson 30 Jan 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Hi Joanna,
    Chatrium is in a very good location, far away from any protest site, on the river and with easy access to the sky train and express boats. St Regis, on the other hand, sits right between two big protest sites (Ratchaprasong and Sala Daeng). So I’d go with Chatrium.

  76. David Luekenson 30 Jan 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Valerie,

    Pratunam is one of the areas that should be fine, not too far from Victory Monument and Pathumwan protest sites, but not in the middle of it either, and good access to public transport.

  77. Bevon 01 Feb 2014 at 9:09 am

    David thanks so much for your response!

  78. GiselleandCodyon 01 Feb 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Great article. Super excited to get back into Bangkok.
    We lived in thailand for 15 months and most of it in BKK.
    We fly in tomorrow and head to Nana area. Hopefully the BTS won’t be shut down tomorrow with the election polls opening. *fingers crossed*

  79. Tracy don 02 Feb 2014 at 3:16 am

    Aloha, coming to Bangkok for business 11 feb. need to get to prautanaum and china town. Is the coast clear :). Mahalo.

  80. David Luekenson 02 Feb 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Tracy,

    Both Pratunam and Chinatown should be fine… I’d suggest BTS (Ratchathewi) to access Pratunam, and express boat (Ratchawong) or MRT (Hualamphong) for Chinatown.

  81. Pearlon 02 Feb 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Hi,
    We will be in bkk (from huahin) this Friday, we r staying at AScott sathorn, would it be a problem going by taxi to the hotel?(Iam asking becuz of the recent incident on the rama road today). i am travelling with two small kids, would it be ok and safe to do the shopping and going around the main hot spots like Siam, MBK, terminal 21?? (we will try to avoid the protest sites as much as possible but honestly still feeling concerned…)
    Greatlt appreciate for advice and futher updated info in bkk.
    Many thanks ans best

  82. David Luekenson 03 Feb 2014 at 3:11 am

    Hi Pearl,
    I’m not sure what incident you’re talking about on the “rama road” (there are several “Rama roads”, i.e. Rama I, Rama 4, Rama 9, etc.), but I don’t think you’ll have problems catching taxis to Sathorn. Of course, it will depend on where you’re coming from and if protesters are marching in certain areas, etc. If I were you, I’d try to use public transport wherever possible (your hotel is close to Chong Nonsi BTS station). Siam Square, MBK and Terminal 21 are all right at protest sites (Pathumwan and Asok), but you can still access the latter two safely via skywalks from the nearest BTS stations (National Stadium and Asok).

  83. Pearlon 03 Feb 2014 at 4:42 am

    Great David. Many thanks for ur swift reply. We r coming from huahin thatswhy I am asking about taxi to the hotel. Travelling within bkk definately by public transport.
    Best

  84. Gliton 03 Feb 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Hi,
    Will it be safe to stay at Glow pratunam hotel on the 5th feb onwards? I will be reaching at the don muang airport. Will it be safe to take a cab from the airport to the hotel and about how long will it take? Will the traffic be really bad? Thanks alot!

  85. David Luekenson 04 Feb 2014 at 11:10 am

    Hi Glit,
    You should be fine. How long it takes will depend on the time of day – could be 30 minutes to an hour. Traffic is generally bad in Bangkok, but it probably won’t be any worse than normal. Cheers.

  86. Rhyson 05 Feb 2014 at 12:59 am

    Hello David.

    I have tried to see if you have already been asked this but couldn’t find anything.

    My wife and I are arriving BKK on the 25th feb. Our 1st trip to Bangkok.

    Already booked and paid to stay at the Pathumwan Princess.

    We were hoping to see some sights. Markets, ruins etc. But fear we may be restricted to our hotel.

    And need to travel to Impact Arena in Nonthaburi area on the 26th for business.

    What would be the best way to travel to and from that area?

    Thanking you in advance.

    Rhys.

  87. David Luekenson 05 Feb 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Hi Rhys,
    Pathumwan Princess is very close to one of the largest protest sites (Pathumwan), but you should still be able to access the skytrain at National Stadium station. To reach Impact Arena I would suggest taking the skytrain to Mo Chit (the northernmost station) and catching a taxi from there. Shouldn’t be a problem. If things stay the same as now, you’ll also be able to use the skytrain, other public transport and taxis to get around the city and sightsee, though some taxi drivers might not want to take you straight to your hotel as it’s so close to the protest site. If you want to be safe, choose a different hotel in one of the areas mentioned in the article. But it’s not like Bangkok is some kind of war zone right now. It’s a huge city and life goes on.

  88. Paulineon 06 Feb 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Hi David,

    This is a great service you’re doing for us! I am going to Bangkok next week for a wedding. Which of these hotels would you recommend in terms of safety? 1. Pullman at Silom, 2. Sivatel, or 3. Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn. I like the rooms at Pullman or Sivatel, but I don’t want to take the risk of running into protestors.

    Also, we’re going to have to take taxis to go to a wedding, so I’d like an area that is safe but also easy to pick up/get taxis that’s not blocked by protests.

    Thank you in advance for your very useful knowledge,
    Pauline

  89. David Luekenson 07 Feb 2014 at 4:53 am

    Hi Pauline,
    Of those three, the best choice is definitely the Eastin Grand, which is easily accessible right now via Sathorn Road and Surasak BTS Station. But it would be helpful to know where the wedding is, as that would determine how difficult it will or will not be to get a taxi there. Regardless, you’ll probably be fine. Honestly, the protest sites are small pockets in a gargantuan city that is functioning almost as normal. I was at the Silom protest site yesterday; went for a jog in Lumpini Park, which is supposedly the “center” of the protests now, but I felt totally safe the whole time. Eastern Silom Road, which has been closed by protesters, has become Bangkok’s biggest street market. It has a very festive, unthreatening atmosphere, with more regular citizens doing some shopping and enjoying the street food than actual protesters. At this point, I wouldn’t worry too much.

  90. Paulineon 07 Feb 2014 at 5:16 am

    Thank you so much for the reply. You provide a great service as Bangkok’s eyes and ears.

  91. Lienon 08 Feb 2014 at 5:40 am

    Dear David,

    Appreciate very much for your infos! My husband and I are planning to visit Bangkok from 14th to 16th Feb, we are planning to stay near Chatuchak Market (Centana Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok), is it safe there and is Chatuchak Market open as usual during weekends? Much thanks!

  92. David Luekenson 09 Feb 2014 at 4:19 am

    Hi Lien,
    Lat Phrao is all clear so that’s a fine place to stay. Chatuchak Market is open as usual.

  93. Lienon 09 Feb 2014 at 5:37 am

    Dear David,

    Thank you so much for the info :)

  94. Lilian Fooon 10 Feb 2014 at 6:24 am

    Dear David

    We will be going to Bangkok on 20/02/2014 to 26/02/2014 staying at white lodge guesthouse near MBK. By the way, currently what is the situation in MBK area, please help tks!

  95. David Luekenson 10 Feb 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Hi Lilian,
    The area in front of MBK is still a main protest site. That part of Rama I Road is closed — it’s basically a big street market now. There aren’t all that many protester left these days, but some are still camped out around there and the area does fill in during early evenings when the leaders give speeches. I was there yesterday afternoon and it felt totally safe to me.

  96. Mohdon 11 Feb 2014 at 2:51 am

    Hi David,

    My friends and i will be arriving on the 13th. We booked our stay at Berkeley Hotel. However we are unable to find much info on the current status of protest sites. From what i know, our hotel used to be in the vicinity of the protest site (Ratchprasong intersection). In your opinion, do you think it is alright to continue with our booking at that hotel?

    Any suggestions as to where we can stay, some of us are here for the first time and we would like to go to the malls and stuff.

    Thanks

  97. Lilian Fooon 11 Feb 2014 at 3:06 am

    Hi David

    thank you so much for your kind update, we will stay put at MBK area.

    cheers!

  98. Arielon 11 Feb 2014 at 3:12 am

    Hi David,
    A travel notice said ” Protest sites include major intersections at Asok, Pathumwan, Lumpini, Silom, Ratchaprasong, and Chaeng Wattana. Some protest sites are located in the vicinity of shopping malls like MBK, Siam Paragon, Central World and Terminal 21″.

    Heard about the recent explosion and was pretty worried. My friends and i planned to stay at hotel berkeley which is near the ratchaprarop region. Heard that it is pretty near the protest area though u mentioned previously that it was safe in jan. Do u think it is still safe? otherwise do u recommend hotels in the siam area or chatuchak areas?

  99. David Luekenson 11 Feb 2014 at 3:28 am

    Hi Ariel,
    The Berkeley Hotel is near Ratchaprarop Rd in Pratunam, which is completely different from Ratchaprasong. As indicated in the article, that area is away from the protest sites. All of the malls you mention are basically on top of protest sites, but they can be accessed directly from skytrain stations via the skywalks. I’ve been at all of the protest sites over the past few days and personally don’t feel they’re unsafe. I would recommend avoiding them after dark, but they’re practically empty during the day. Here’s my latest update on the situation: http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/thailand/2014/02/10/bangkok-protest-update/

  100. Merylon 15 Feb 2014 at 5:26 am

    Hi David,

    Been regularly reading this section the past couple of weeks as my friend and I are planning our trip for next month. I know things keep changing and there is no guarantee as to what will happen in the course of these protests but I’m having a hard time figuring out what to do in terms of accommodations and which areas are more practical to stay at.

    What will be a good area to stay in, Khao San Road or a place near the BTS? We only have two days and we plan to explore the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, plus Chatuchak and maybe a trip to the floating market if we can squeeze it in. Also planning to check out the food stalls in soi 8 and Soul Food.

    Thanks for doing all of us such great service and for being our eyes and ears in Bangkok!

  101. David Luekenson 15 Feb 2014 at 5:59 am

    Hi Meryl,
    All of the areas mentioned in the original article are still practical, including Khao San Road. Victory Monument also has been abandoned by protesters so that area is all clear now as well. Not sure what “Soi 8″ you’re talking about (‘soi’ just means ‘side street’ or ‘alley’ in Thai so there are hundreds of “Soi 8′s” in Bangkok, i.e. Sukhumvit Soi 8, Yaowarat Soi 8, Silom Soi 8, etc.). Soul Food Mahanakorn can be accessed easily via the BTS. Chatuchak and the other sites you mention are also clear. Right now the protest sites are little more than a minor nuisance, though like you said, things can change.

  102. Kinahon 15 Feb 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Hi,

    is Hotel Windsor Suites at Sukhumvit Soi 20 okay for us?

  103. David Luekenson 16 Feb 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Kinah,
    Windsor Suites is very close to (just east of) the Asok protest site. You can access it via Asok Station then the skywalk, or Phrom Phong station if you want to avoid the protest area completely.

  104. Jocelynon 16 Feb 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Hi David.
    I’m not familiar with Bangkok. Will be coming next week and staying at the Key Bangkok hotel at suhkumvit 19. That’s very near the protest site right? Is it still safe?
    Thanks.
    Jocelyn

  105. David Luekenson 17 Feb 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Jocelyn,
    Yes, the Key Bangkok is on the other side of Terminal 21 shopping mall from the Asok protest site. My opinion is that the protest site itself is not unsafe, but I wouldn’t go wandering into the crowd of protesters (there have actually been very few protesters there during the day but it does fill in after dark). I’d recommend using the BTS skytrain to reach the hotel (Asok station). Protesters have sometimes been marching on that part of Sukhumvit Road and it could potentially be difficult to get a taxi back to the hotel.

  106. Justynon 18 Feb 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Hi David,
    Is Banyan tree bangkok hotel area at south sathon road is affected by the protestor?
    Thanks

  107. David Roweon 18 Feb 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Hi David.

    My wife and I have time in Bangkok booked from 28/3/2014 to 1/4. We have never been there before. We had booked at Novotel on Siam Square. I see there have been demonstrations in that area. We are hoping to go to the Bridge over the River Kwai and generally look around.

    We have booked transport from the airport to our hotel but are unsure how it will go getting there.

    We have time to change things and would if there is an advantage to it.

    Thanks in anticipation.

    David

  108. David Roweon 18 Feb 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Hi again David

    I just had a look at the map of demonstration sites from a link above. It appears we have front row seats if things stay as depicted.

  109. David Luekenson 19 Feb 2014 at 2:17 am

    Hi Justyn,
    Sathorn is open and a fair distance from the Lumpini protest site, so Banyan Tree should be fine.

  110. David Luekenson 19 Feb 2014 at 2:24 am

    Hi David,
    If things stay as they are I would recommend switching to one of the areas mentioned in the article. Novotel Siam Square is directly between the Pathumwan and Ratchaprasong protest sites, which are very close to one another. That stretch of Rama I Rd has been closed for a while. I imagine the hotel has some sort of back way in, but it would nearly impossible to get a regular taxi straight to the hotel. You could get there easily by BTS skytrain (Siam Station). In this case you’d still have to walk along part of Rama I Rd, which has become a long street market that connects the protest sites. Of course, March 28 is quite a long way off – I would be somewhat surprised if things don’t change considerably before then, one way or another.

  111. Phoebeon 19 Feb 2014 at 7:40 am

    Hi David.
    I am about to arrive in Bkk, on the 2 of March.
    It is my third time here. I love the city and was previously going to stay
    In Sathon or sala daeng. However I am now considering
    KSR north by the river. What would you recommend?
    I am intending to train to chaing mai a few days after I arrive in Bkk
    But would like to still enjoy a few days in the wonderful capital.
    My mother is concerned for my safety so I would like to let her know of the safest options to stay, so both she and I can rest easy.

    Thank you, your comments so far have been so helpful.

  112. David Luekenson 19 Feb 2014 at 8:24 am

    Hi Phoebe,
    North of KSR by the river would be fine, though more of a pain to get around than Sathorn. The clashes that happened yesterday were just east of Democracy Monument (very close to Wat Saket and 10-minute walk east from KSR), and there were also tense moments at the Interior Ministry, just east of Grand Palace in the old city. I also saw some pictures of protesters commandeering buses and using them to block off entire streets in the area close to the Interior Ministry, which is also not far from the Giant Swing and generally a very touristy area. Given that the most tense/violent situations have now filtered back towards the old city, I’d say Sathorn is a better bet than KSR. Though the protest is still going on at the far eastern end of Silom next to Lumpini Park, Sathorn Rd has remained clear and open throughout the protests and it enjoys easy access to BTS, MRT and the river. If you want to be as far as possible from the protests, stay in Thonburi or Chinatown. When my Mom gets concerned, I tell her that Bangkok is a massive city and the instances of violence have been isolated. Yesterday was the first we saw a major clash, but things have calmed down considerably. Foreigners are not being targeted in any way, and the only injured foreigners (travelers or expats) I’m aware of are a few journalists who put themselves in the middle of the danger. The protest sites at Asok, Siam Square and Silom remain peaceful.

  113. Maggieon 19 Feb 2014 at 11:57 am

    Hi David,

    Thanks so much for your advice regarding the protests.

    I’m arriving in Bangkok on Tuesday 25th and we are staying at Mercure Siam
    927 Rama 1 Road Wangmai Pathumwan.

    I’m aware that this is close to the protests, but is it safe?

    We’re planning to catch the train to the hotel, and we’re only there 2 nights but don’t want to be stuck in the hotel the whole time. Is it still easy to walk to the train station and visit other areas of Bangkok? Is MBK centre still open for shopping or would you not recommend it?

    Thanks David, I appreciate your time.

  114. David Luekenson 20 Feb 2014 at 3:32 am

    The Pathumwan protest site (along with most of the others) has remained almost entirely peaceful. Shouldn’t be a problem to reach the hotel by BTS skytrain (National Stadium station). There are also taxis and tuk tuks available near the hotel, which is actually just west of the protest site. Rama I Road is open just west of your hotel, but closed for almost a full km to the east. That area has turned into a big street market connecting Pathumwan and Ratchaprasong protest sites. Good street food. MBK is open and can be reached easily/safely from the BTS station.

  115. Analynon 21 Feb 2014 at 4:52 am

    Hi! David,

    Thank you so much for this…

    Me and my husband will be in bangkok on 24th we’ll be staying in berkelley hotel is the hotel near from the protesters? Is it safe there? This will be our first time in bangkok im so worried to go.

    Thank you David

  116. David Luekenson 21 Feb 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Hi Aralyn,

    Berkeley Hotel is on Petchaburi Road in Pratunam, which I listed in the article as a good place to stay. It’s away from the protests and has easy access to the BTS at Ratchathewi station. Also easy to access the Airport Rail Link at either Phaya Thai or Ratchaprarop stations. Also shouldn’t be a problem getting a taxi to/from the airport. Overall it’s a fine place to be staying. I wouldn’t worry too much… Read our latest update to see why.

  117. Jermaineon 22 Feb 2014 at 12:10 am

    Hello,

    Im planning on visiting bangkok in mid april, do you see these protests lasting that long? I will be staying at the Ambassador hotel or the Dream Hotel close to suhkumvit. Are these areas clear of any potential dangers or protestors? Do you think i will have any issues getting to my hotel from BKK airport and back?

    Thanks

  118. David Luekenson 22 Feb 2014 at 3:03 am

    Jermaine, shouldn’t have any problems getting to/from the airport. You could always use the Airport Rail Link in the relatively unlikely event that the protesters are marching near your hotel. Ambassador Hotel is a slightly better choice as it’s on Soi 11 (discard my answer in the other post it’s inaccurate), which is a bit farther away from the Asok protest site than Dream Hotel. But I’d stay in one of the areas mentioned in the article.

  119. Baileyon 22 Feb 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Hi David,
    I will be arriving next week, wondering if the Holiday Inn in Pathumwan would be a good choice. I know it was not mentioned specifically but just wondering about the location and ease of access from the airport.

    Thank you, all of your posts have been extremely helpful.

  120. Luciaon 23 Feb 2014 at 10:49 am

    HI David,
    I’ve read through everything so as to not double up on anything but have not yet seen anything relating to the areas I will be in. I will be staying practically at the Thong Lo BTS (1 min walk) and travelling via BTS to Chatachuck Market Place and Paragon. Is Chatachuk going to be an issue to reach and do you think this area is safe.
    Thanks for all the great information in the article and in the replies.

    Cheers

  121. David Luekenson 23 Feb 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Bailey,
    There are a few different Holiday Inns in Bangkok and they do a terrible job of differentiating them on their website, but if it’s the one I think it is, then it’s very close to the Ratchaprasong protest site. Not the best place to be, to be honest. I would say to try and switch to the Holiday Inn on Sukhumvit Soi 22, but that one is very close to the Asok protest site.

  122. David Luekenson 23 Feb 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Hi Lucia,
    Thong Lo is in/around southwestern Sukhumvit Road, which is mentioned in the article as a good place to stay. Shouldn’t be a problem to go to Chatuchak at all.

  123. David Luekenson 23 Feb 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Oops I meant southeastern Sukhumvit

  124. mtpon 23 Feb 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Hi David,

    Thanks so much for this article. Would staying at the Oriental Residences near the US Embassy be a problem? Also, I was hoping to visit the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, MBK, Terminal 21, etc shopping malls. Should these areas be avoided?

  125. Lindy Lingon 24 Feb 2014 at 12:26 am

    Hi Mr David,

    I am travelling to Bangkok on 4th March to 9th March. Can I know if it is advisable to go to Bangkok now?

    Thanks.

  126. Luciaon 24 Feb 2014 at 12:50 am

    Hi David,

    Many Thanks, much appreciated,

    Cheers

  127. David Luekenson 24 Feb 2014 at 2:53 am

    Hi Lindy,
    That depends on who you ask. For those of us who live here, we go about our normal lives and the protests are rarely anything more than a minor inconvenience unless one relies on tourism for their livelihood. But there have been isolated instances of violence taking place at the protest sites, so it’s advisable to stay away from the actual protest sites. Cruising over them in the skytrain however is fine.

  128. David Luekenson 24 Feb 2014 at 2:56 am

    Hi mtp,
    The Oriental Residence itself is not right at any protest sites, but the protests at Sala Daeng (Lumpini) and Ratchaprasong aren’t too far away. There are road closures (parts of Silom, Rama IV, Ratchadamri and Rama I roads) that could make it a bit more of a pain than normal to catch a taxi there. But you could also do a lot worse.

  129. Lindy Lingon 24 Feb 2014 at 3:53 am

    Dear David,

    Thank you for your replies. I am heading there, I guess. Wanting to went to Bangkok badly. =D

    If I am staying at Bangkok City Hotel, visiting platinum mall, top in list, SHOPPINGGGGG, was it really near to some protest area?

    Besides, I read a lot of post not encouraging us to take bus, but I was hopping to take bus to Pattaya. Will railway be a better choice?

    Would appreciate your with early Thanks.

  130. David Luekenson 24 Feb 2014 at 5:48 am

    Hi Lindy,
    Pratunam should be fine; I’d use the BTS (via Ratchathewi station) and Airport Rail Link (via Phaya Thai or Ratchaprarop station) to get around the city. Whoever is saying that you shouldn’t take buses outside of Bangkok has no idea what they’re talking about. All transport is running normally and it’s as safe as ever to catch a bus from Ekkamai (eastern) terminal to Pattaya or anywhere else.

  131. Lindy Lingon 24 Feb 2014 at 6:04 am

    Thank you very much David. Your information was very useful to us. We can go without worries now. =D Thank you once more.

  132. Phoebeon 24 Feb 2014 at 10:28 am

    Many thanks for the considerate reply David,
    I feel assured of a safe location! This q&a feed is very dedicated and so helpful.

    Thank you again
    Phoebe

  133. Baileyon 24 Feb 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Thank you for your reply, David. Is the Baiyoke Sky Hotel still a safe area? You had listed it originally, but I know other incidents have taken place recently..
    Thank you again for your helpful answers.
    Bailey

  134. Luciaon 24 Feb 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Hi David,

    I have since had my booking cancelled with the apartment i usually stay at so will be booked into the Novotel in Ploenchit or the Continental hotel in Asoke which I am erring against due to the protests.
    Is the Novotel however, a safe area to access? I am being told the BTS is accessible from the hotel which is perfect if in fact true.
    What are your thoughts on this area?

    Kind regards

  135. Samanthaon 24 Feb 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Hey there commenters.

    I am travelling from Canada to Bangkok’s International Airport at Suvarnabhumi Airport on March 31 (landing on April 1st). I plan on staying at a hotel close to the airport for the first night. The next day I wanted to go see Wat Arun (along the Chao Phraya river) and Khan San Road but noticed it’s awfully close to a protest site (the one by the Grand Palace). Has anyone been by there during the protest rally’s? Is it relatively safe? (the grenade and open fire really makes me nervous) Likewise is there anywhere sort of in that area that’s safe to spend the night near the Northern bus terminal? (Taking the bus (or train – which would you prefer?) to Chiang Mai either the evning of the first night or evening of the second night)

    The Bangkok protests are the only things making me really nervous about this trip, as the rest of the country where I’ll be travelling is unaffected)

    Any advice will be helpful, and thanks so much in advance!!!!
    Cheers,
    Sam

  136. Samanthaon 24 Feb 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Also, are the local bus/train systems safe to use? or would hiring a taxi be more suitable for getting around?

    Sam

  137. Damien Chuaon 25 Feb 2014 at 2:40 am

    Hi David, Just want to seek advice…. Is Hotel Vista safe to bunk in,? its near to the platinum mall area…

    Thanks!
    Damien

  138. David Luekenson 25 Feb 2014 at 2:43 am

    Hi Bailey,
    Yes the Baiyoke Sky is in Pratunam and still safe. If an area that’s listed becomes unsafe it will be updated in the article.

  139. David Luekenson 25 Feb 2014 at 2:46 am

    Hi Lucia,
    Yes the Novotel Ploenchit is right next to Phloen Chit BTS Station (all public transport operating normally), which is far enough away from the protest site at Ratchaprasong to be safe. It also should be accessible from other parts of Bangkok via the raised motorway that’s also right there.

  140. David Luekenson 25 Feb 2014 at 2:54 am

    Hi Samantha,
    There is no main protest site near the Grand Palace. There was a police crackdown near Democracy Monument on Feb. 18, but that’s several kms away and it’s been peaceful there ever since. The Ministry of Interior, which is over a couple kms to the west of the Grand Palace, has seen sporadic protests but you don’t need to go near it when visiting the Grand Palace. Wat Arun and Khao San Road are also perfectly safe. As always, the best way to access all of them is by Chao Phraya Express Boat on the Chao Phraya River. There’s an interchange between the BTS SkyTrain and Express Boats at Saphan Taksin BTS Station / Sathorn Pier. Tha Tien is the pier for Wat Arun, Tha Chang for Grand Palace and Phra Arthit for Khao San Road.

    You’re question, “Is there anywhere sort of near that area near the Northern bus terminal” doesn’t make sense to me. You mean near Khao San Road or near Morchit (Northern) bus terminal? Either way, both areas are safe.

    Bus to Chiang Mai is faster. I like trains better. Either way is fine.

  141. David Luekenson 25 Feb 2014 at 2:55 am

    Samantha,
    All public transport is running normally and is safe to use. You can also use taxis.

  142. David Luekenson 25 Feb 2014 at 2:58 am

    Hi Damien,
    Yes that’s in Pratunam, which is a good area right now. Use the BTS SkyTrain (via Ratchathewi station) and Airport Rail Link (via Phaya Thai and/or Ratchaprarop stations) to get around.

  143. Marcon 25 Feb 2014 at 9:07 am

    Hi David,

    could you pls suggest which is the better area/hotel to stay if we need to stay near to Central World?

    I have just cancelled my reservations with Arnoma hotel.

  144. Justynaon 25 Feb 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Hi David in your article you say that Khao San Road should be avoided but then in a comment from 25th of Feb you say it’s perfectly safe, has the situation changed then? Im planning to arrive in Bangkok on the 13th of March for a couple of nights and haven’t booked the accommodation yet. Where should I be looking? Is Khao San Road ok now and can you recommend somewhere decent to stay?

    Thanks
    Justyna

  145. David Luekenson 25 Feb 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Justyna,
    The article says to avoid “anywhere east of of Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen”, which is a 10 minutes walk from Khao San. Nowhere does the article say that Khao San itself should be avoided. In fact, it says “those set on staying right on Khao San or in the immediate vicinity need not change their plans.” No violence has occurred in the vicinity of Democracy Monument since the 18th. Khao San is safe. Here’s our Khao San Road accommodation section: http://www.travelfish.org/accommodation/thailand/bangkok_and_surrounds/bangkok/khao_san_road/all

  146. David Luekenson 25 Feb 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Marc,
    Good call on cancelling at Arnoma. I’d suggest staying somewhere around Phloen Chit BTS (skytrain) station, which is one stop away from Central World but a fair distance from the Ratchaprasong protest site (the protesters are camped right in front of Central World). Places to stay near Ploen Chit BTS include Ariyasom Villa (highly recommended) and Novotel Ploenchit. There are many other hotels around there if you search. Anything around Nana BTS station (two stops from Central World) would also be fine. In fact, anywhere on Sukhumvit except Asok will be fine as long as you don’t mind using the skytrain.

  147. Damien Chuaon 25 Feb 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks David for the reply! That was reassuring. I was wondering, if you know the fastest way to get to Pattaya, was thinking of bunking in a day there, instead of just city bangkok.

  148. Luciaon 26 Feb 2014 at 12:37 am

    Much appreciated,

    Many thanks again

  149. Annaon 26 Feb 2014 at 2:23 am

    Hi David.
    I need to go to siam paragon… And i was thinking to take the sky train… Do you think is safe to go there? I am not going to walk in the streets… Just need to go to the mall…and i know that is entrance just in the fromt of the station…

    And what about going to khao san by bus? Is that ok? I am very close to ramkhamhaeng station.

    Here in my hotel they say both questions is ok
    Just come back before sunset… But i am not sure…

    Thank you

  150. David Luekenson 26 Feb 2014 at 3:03 am

    Hi Anna,
    I would agree with your hotel. You can access Paragon straight from the BTS station (I was there two days ago and it was fine). Khao San is perfectly safe. But that’s a long bus trip from Ramkamhaeng. I’d take the San Saeb canal boat or just take the Airport Link to Phaya Thai and taxi from there.

  151. David Luekenson 26 Feb 2014 at 3:06 am

    Hi Damien,
    The fastest way to Pattaya would be taxi, which should cost around 2,000 baht (I think – it’s been a long time since I’ve taken a taxi there from Bangkok). Otherwise buses leave regularly throughout the day from Ekkamai (Eastern) terminal, which is right next to Ekkamai BTS station on Sukhumvit Rd. That’s how I’d go. You could also catch a minibus from Victory Monument… They leave from just below Victory Monument BTS station and are easy to find thanks to the signs in English.

  152. Annaon 26 Feb 2014 at 4:59 am

    Thank you David.
    I am going there now.
    :)

  153. Belindaon 26 Feb 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Hi David

    I am going on BKK on next sat and stay at glow glow pratunam hotel is it safe ? and will travel around platinum mall and pratunam, Chinatown and chatuchak is it safe is this few area.

    Thank you :)

  154. Julieon 27 Feb 2014 at 1:53 am

    Hi David

    Is staying in Pratunam area a bad choice? Im staying in Citin Pratunam and I read forums mentioning on protesters near Platinum Mall. Secondly, are you aware if the Airport train is still available?

    Many thanks.

  155. David Luekenson 27 Feb 2014 at 6:54 am

    Hi Julie,
    The article clearly says that Pratunam is a good place to stay and this has been reiterated several times in the comments. There are no protesters near Platinum Mall – the closest protest site is several km away at Pathumwan. All public transport, including the Airport Rail Link, is operating normally.

  156. Julieon 27 Feb 2014 at 7:29 am

    Hi David

    Many thanks for the quick reply, read news that the situation in Bangkok is getting worst, with grenades and high no of injuries, so I was wondering if the protesters have change their locations.

  157. Kuaon 27 Feb 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Hi dear David,

    Heard there’s grenades around in Bangkok,so I am wondering if it’s safe to travel around Bangkok on 22/3-25/3? Furthermore, within Bangkok City Hotel and Metz Pratunam Hotel which is more convenience yet safer to stay?

  158. Kuaon 27 Feb 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Or do you have any recommendations for me? And any further updated news about the latest protesters’ condition in Bangkok?

  159. Nealon 28 Feb 2014 at 4:39 am

    Dave: Is the Centera Grande Ladprao and Central PLAZA area affected?

    Thanks
    Neal

  160. David Luekenson 28 Feb 2014 at 9:14 am

    Hi Kua,
    Perhaps MetzPratunam is a little better but either should be fine. I can’t look into the future so have no idea what things will be like in late March. Here’s our latest update on what things are like now: http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/thailand/2014/02/27/bangkok-protest-update-27-february-2014/

  161. David Luekenson 28 Feb 2014 at 9:14 am

    Kua, See answer to your other comment.

  162. David Luekenson 28 Feb 2014 at 9:16 am

    Hi Neal,
    Yes that area is clear. Protesters left Lat Phrao a while ago. Here’s our latest update in case you missed it: http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/thailand/2014/02/27/bangkok-protest-update-27-february-2014/

  163. Richardon 02 Mar 2014 at 2:44 am

    David;
    You’re to be commended for all the work you do helping us travelers navigate the current conditions in Bangkok. I know it takes a lot of your time and you’ve shown great patience with us all.
    So, now it’s my turn; with the recent announcement that the protesters will be moving almost entirely to Lumpini Park area how will that effect the Chit Lom BTS station? I’m thinking of staying at the Renaissance Bangkok or the Courtyard by Marriott nearby.
    Once again, I’m sure I speak for the majority of readers of your blog, thank you very much.

    Richard

  164. David Luekenson 02 Mar 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Richard,
    Chit Lom should be fine now. I didn’t make it there today but I’m pretty sure all of the previously occupied areas other than Ratchadamnoen are now completely clear, with traffic moving normally.

  165. Siewon 05 Mar 2014 at 7:09 am

    Hi, Good day to you.

    We are going to Bangkok on 20.03.2014 till 27.03.2014. We are staying at Lud d Bangkok – Siam Square, we just wonder is the Lud d Bangkok – Siam square safe for us to stay ? Thank you.

  166. David Luekenson 06 Mar 2014 at 2:37 am

    Hi Siew,
    The protesters are almost all now centered in Lumpini Park now. Pathumwan/Siam Square is clear, so Lub d will be fine.

  167. abbeyon 08 Mar 2014 at 8:55 am

    Hi David!

    Reading from the previous comments I was wondering if it is now safe to stay in khao san palace in khao san road?

    What other hotels (budget hotel) do you recommend for a solo female first timer in bangkok this coming songkran festival?

    My main intinerary will be temple visit, night markets and shopping?

    Thanks in advance

  168. David Luekenson 08 Mar 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Hi abbey,
    Yes, Khao San is safe. Please ask questions not related to the protests in the main Travelfish forum.

  169. Lindy Lingon 09 Mar 2014 at 4:23 am

    Hi David,
    Coming back to say thank you to Sir for your previous advise..I have completed my trip to Bangkok yesterday. Been to Plantanium Mall, Pat Pong night market, Floating Market, Pattaya City, Asiatique for Claypso show..Stayed in Bangkok City Hotel, Pratunam.. traveled using BTS..All save and no potrest seen. We avoided Lumpini area as per advised by our taxi driver. The people here are great and helpful towards tourist. Definitely will go back again..Glad that I didn’t give up my trip which I nearly do so until I read from your blog…Thankyou once again.. ^_^

  170. Karenon 10 Mar 2014 at 7:04 am

    We are travelling to Bangkok in April, and was planning on staying at the Grand Centre Point Hotel. How close is this to the protests? If so, where would a better place be? Thanks.

  171. qqon 14 Mar 2014 at 2:31 am

    Hi David,

    Thanks a lot for the article, I read now the protesters are gathered in Lumpini park. I’m interested to stay in Urban HOuse in Urban house: 35/13 Soi Yommarat, Saladaeng Rd., Silom. But i saw in google maps it’s near Lumpini.

    Can u help me, is it safe or not to stay there?
    And how about TUne Hotel Asoke.

    Thanks before. Cant wait to hear from u soon

    :)

  172. David Luekenson 14 Mar 2014 at 2:40 am

    Hi qq,
    That should be fine. The protesters are almost totally contained in Lumpini Park and it’s easy to avoid it. Life is even back to normal right across the street at the east end of Silom Road. Sala Daeng is totally fine.

  173. Ollieon 15 Mar 2014 at 4:48 am

    Hi David,

    My wife & I arrive in Bangkok at 3.30pm on the 28th March 2014 & plan on heading straight up to Pak Chong for 2 nights. We head back to Bangkok on the 30th March & we are thinking of booking in to Lamphu Tree House Boutique Hotel, 155 Wan Chat Bridge, Prachatipatai Road, (closest crossing: Phra Sumen road) Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200. We are wanting to go to the best market place and visit a great temple. Is it safe around this hotel & surrounding streets ?

  174. David Luekenson 15 Mar 2014 at 9:15 am

    Hi Ollie,
    Yes it’s as safe there as ever.

  175. David Luekenson 15 Mar 2014 at 9:18 am

    Hi karen,
    Sorry if I missed your question earlier. Bangkok is safe. Just stay out of Lumpini Park and you’re fine.

  176. Frankieon 05 Apr 2014 at 10:21 am

    Hi David

    I am arriving into Bangkok at DMK airport, spending a day in Bangkok and then flying home from BKK airport the next day, I am travelling alone, but hoping to meet people to explore with at my hotel or hostel, is there anywhere you would recommend staying to meet fellow travellers, which is convenient for getting to, from and around my locations? I am arriving into Bangkok on 17th April this year if anyone is in Bangkok and would like to meet up? Many Thanks

  177. David Luekenson 05 Apr 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Hi Frankie,
    Comments here will only be answered if they pertain to the protests. Please ask your questions on the Travelfish forum. Thank you.

  178. Chrishon 06 Apr 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Hi David,

    Thank you for the detailed information you have provided regarding the protests.

    My husband and I will be coming to Thailand on the 18th April but will only be arriving in Bangkok on the 23rd. for the first few days we will be in Phuket. we will be staying in Pratunam but is hoping to visit chatuchak market, MBK and be around the Pratunam area.

    I read that the protests were limited to the Lumpini park area in March but just read in the papers that it’s spreading to the out skirts of BKK.

    Please shed some light on this topic as we’re having doubts whether we should cancel Bangkok and just stay in Phuket for the entire time.

    Thank you for your helpo and much appreciate the advice you give.

    Regads

    Chrish

  179. David Luekenson 07 Apr 2014 at 5:21 am

    Hi Chrish,
    I see no reason to cancel a trip to Bangkok right now. The red shirt (pro-government) group demonstrated on the outskirts of Bangkok over the weekend, but this was way outside of the city center on the outskirts of Bangkok province. As things stand, everything is normal in the vast majority of Bangkok. Only Lumpini Park and the area immediately around Government House should be avoided. Pratunam, MBK, Chatuchak and everywhere else are completely unaffected.

  180. Chrishon 07 Apr 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Hi David,

    Thank you for the feedback and much appreciate your prompt response. Glad to hear things are under control for now and it’s a relief that we don’t need to change our travel plans.

    Best wishes

    Chrish

  181. Meganon 11 Apr 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Hi David,

    I was reading your above posts about Lub D in terms of protests near the area. As the Bangkok shutdown is now over, do you think that hostel is safe to go to? I am worried about the protests.

  182. David Luekenson 12 Apr 2014 at 2:54 am

    There are no longer protests in the Pathumwan area, so it’s business as usual around Lub d. Apart from Lumpini Park and Government House, Bangkok is completely normal now.

  183. Meganon 17 Apr 2014 at 3:46 am

    Thanks!

  184. Steveon 17 Apr 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Hi David,

    Is it safe to stay in Soi15 /Sukhumvit Road or better to move more south-east on Sukhumvit road? Planning to see the Palace, Chatuchuck market and few temples. Would help to know where is the best spot to stay without getting affected by the protests.

    Thanks,
    Steve

  185. David Luekenson 17 Apr 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Steve, the only places in Bangkok that currently have protesters are Lumpini Park and Government House, which are far away from all of the places you mention. As it stands today (and has stood for quite some time now), the protests are not even an inconvenience, let alone a danger.

  186. Steveon 18 Apr 2014 at 2:45 am

    Thanks David!
    You had been really great answering all these similar questions and helping out the travelers. I will be heading there today for two days.

    Regards,
    Steve

  187. Ceejayon 22 Apr 2014 at 1:45 am

    Hello David!! Any hostel suggestions away from the protest areas? It will be our first time to visit thailand and will be arriving at suvarnabhumi international airport on the 29th of april. Thank you so much in advance:)

  188. Alyon 22 Apr 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Hi David,

    A friend and I will be travelling to Bangkok in a couple weeks. We have already book out accommodation at a hotel in Banpanthom – a couple of km from the government house. Would you recommend we change out accommodation to somewhere a bit further away or are we ok being a couple of km away?

    Thanks!

  189. David Luekenson 23 Apr 2014 at 4:46 am

    Hi Ceejay,
    Protests are currently only taking place inside Lumpini Park and close to Government House, so literally anywhere is fine. Even the Silom area very close to Lumpini is fine as long as you don’t go inside the park itself. Here are some hostel suggestions (for more please ask on the Travelfish forum): http://www.travelfish.org/feature/321

  190. David Luekenson 23 Apr 2014 at 4:51 am

    Hi Aly,
    It would help if you told me the exact name of the hotel, but you should be fine as long as you avoid the northeastern stretch of Ratchadamnoen Avenue (northeast of Democracy Monument) that passes by Government House. There hasn’t been any violence there for well over a month now so I personally wouldn’t worry too much about it.

  191. Ceejayon 23 Apr 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you so much, David!!! :) your site is indeed a great help!! Looking forward to our visit in Thailand next week:)
    Best regards!!

  192. Alyon 23 Apr 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks for the reassurance, David. The hotel is Roof View Place. It is off of Samsen and I know you wrote that Samsen is safe, but on a map it looks quite close – so just wanted to be sure! I guess we wouldn’t really be walking in that direction anyway, as most of the attractions are the opposite way. I assume traffic will be the larger issue.

  193. Vijayon 06 May 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Dear David,
    Thanks for your article. I am planning to stay at the Smile Society Hostel this coming weekend and have just seen that it is located down the road from Lumpini Park. Would you say it is safe to stay here at this moment in time?

    Many thanks

  194. Meganon 10 May 2014 at 3:12 am

    Hi David,

    As the political situation has currently changed, is it still safe to visit Bangkok

  195. David Luekenson 10 May 2014 at 3:46 am

    Hi Megan,

    I feel it’s safe. Please see my latest answer in the following forum thread for a more elaborate answer. http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/thailand/24963_prime-minister-yingluck-removed-from-power-in-thailand

  196. Soniaon 13 May 2014 at 5:48 am

    Hi David,

    I will be staying in Khaosan Palace Bangkok Hotel on the 16th and then on move to lub d bangkok siam square hostel for the remaining 4 days. Do you think it is safe for me to stay there or should i change my hotel/hostel? Also, what is the safest route to travel from the hotel at khaosan to the hostel at siam square? Because i realize i will pass the protest site/danger zone via bus.

  197. David Luekenson 13 May 2014 at 6:03 am

    Hi Sonia,
    Both of those places should be fine. I would take a taxi – should be no more than 70 baht or so with the meter – but a bus would be fine too. You could also take the Chao Phraya express boat from Phra Arthit pier down to Sathorn pier and switch to the sky train, then go 6 stops up to National Stadium station (Lub d is right next to the station). That would be a roundabout way but would completely avoid any roads at all.

  198. Yvonneon 17 May 2014 at 1:20 am

    Hi, David…stumbled on your website while looking for updates on the Bangkok situation. I`m very impressed with your knowledge. So can I ask you about our hotel is it in a good area or should we change it? Me and my family have booked 4 nights at Maxim ‘s Inn. What do you think?

  199. Yvonneon 17 May 2014 at 1:22 am

    Hi…sorry I forgot to put the dates which is from 31 may to 4 june and we will be flying in from DMK airport

  200. David Luekenson 17 May 2014 at 2:00 am

    Hi Yvonne,
    The only protest site currently in Bangkok is near Government House in the old city. Your hotel is near Nana BTS Station on Sukhumvit, which is nowhere near Government House.

  201. Yvonneon 17 May 2014 at 6:29 am

    Ok thanks ;p

  202. Edwardon 19 May 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks David for the useful information and for patiently addressing our queries. I will be traveling to Bangkok on June 1-5. Will stay at NapPark and attend events at the Shangrila. I saw you’d mentioned in February and March that Khao San (where NapPark is) was safe — is this still true today? Is the typical route to the Shangrila from NapPark still safe too? Thank you very much in advance!

  203. David Luekenson 20 May 2014 at 2:06 am

    Hi Edward,
    The only place where there are currently protests in Bangkok is around Government House on Ratchadamnoen Nok Road (you can find it on Google Maps), which is around 20 minutes walking from NapPark. Khao San area is fine. Just avoid that one stretch of road and you’re fine. That’s the situation as of today, at least.

  204. Chwee Linon 21 May 2014 at 1:38 am

    Hi David,

    Thanks for sharing the useful information. My friends and I will travel to Bangkok on 24-26 May, Since now Thailand already issued out on Martial Law. It is safe to travel and we will stay at Berkeley Hotel. Thanks for your feedback.

  205. Lyaon 21 May 2014 at 7:17 am

    Hey David,

    Thanks for sharing this information. My family and I will travel to Bangkok on 29-31 May via DMK Airport. It is safe to travel as i have a 3 year old with me and we will stay at PJ Watergate Hotel. Kindly help advise if it is wise for us to cancel on the whole trip?

    Thank you in advance.

  206. David Luekenson 21 May 2014 at 9:08 am

    Hi Lya,
    Personally I feel that Bangkok is safe. That is my opinion (I live in Bangkok). Here’s our latest update on the situation: http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/thailand/2014/05/20/army-invokes-martial-law-in-thailand-should-travellers-be-concerned/

  207. Tanvi Desaion 27 May 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Hi David,

    Me and my husband are travelling on 30th until 7th June, could you please could you please give me the latest update on the situation. Is it safe to travel or do I have to cancel my flights?

    Thank you.

  208. David Luekenson 28 May 2014 at 4:10 am

    Hi Tanvi,
    Here’s our update from 2 days ago with new curfew hours updated today: http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/thailand/2014/05/26/thailand-coup-update-for-travellers-may-26-2014/
    You might want to follow @travelfish on Twitter, click like on the http://www.facebook.com/travelfish/ and/or sign up for the weekly newsletter on the homepage of http://www.travelfish.org to make sure you receive word of our latest updates. There’s also a thread in the Travelfish forum with updated info on the situation, and you can see all of our latest posts at the bottom left of the homepage, under “From the Wires”.

  209. Teresa Fowleron 30 May 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Hi David,

    My sons and I intend to get the 6.29 train from Hua Hin to Bangkok tomorrow and we’ll be flying out of Don Mueang airport on Sunday evening. Where should I head for when leaving the station. Is it safer to go straight to DM or to stay around Hua Lamphong station?

    Thank you

  210. David Luekenson 30 May 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Teresa,
    The only place I’d avoid is Victory Monument, which leaves 99.9% of a very big city just fine. Don Mueang is way to the north of town so certainly not a good choice if you intend to explore the city at all. You might want to check out our Bangkok travel guide for ideas on specific areas and hotels: http://www.travelfish.org/location/thailand/bangkok_and_surrounds/bangkok/bangkok

  211. Shikinon 12 Jun 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Hi David!
    I plan go to Bangkok, Thailand on this July 2014, can you tell me the best place to go and hotel to stay with the strategic location and not near with the Thailand protest.

  212. David Luekenson 13 Jun 2014 at 3:07 am

    Hi Shikin,
    This article is outdated. There are currently no protests in Bangkok so you can stay anywhere you want.

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