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  • kanda

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    how much mind should I pay to this image? I was planning on staying in the Sukumvhit area but this map makes it look like I should stay in Silom or KSR instead? I arrive on the 23rd.

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    #1 Posted: 11/1/2014 - 04:38

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  • xochitl

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    This Google map by Richard Barrow is updated and gives a better picture of what areas are best avoided:
    http://goo.gl/maps/3AdJZ
    (red = stay away, blue pins are touristic sites)

    If you want to stay well clear of the protests, why not go for a place across the river in Thonburi, near a BTS station?

    #2 Posted: 13/1/2014 - 06:59

  • Jniddy03

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    I have a trip planned for jan 28th. I'm starting to get very concerned about this, does anyone have any advise? Should I fly into somewhere else?? Thanks

    Joe

    #3 Posted: 13/1/2014 - 12:22

  • LeonardCohe-
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    In Bkk always good to stay near skytrain.

    What r u worried about?

    Bangkok is a big city.

    #4 Posted: 13/1/2014 - 16:03

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    One day down in the so called Bangkok Shutdown and there have not been too many major dramas (at this stage). The skytrain and subway remain operating and while there are two major protest areas in touristy areas (Ratchaprasong for Siam Square and Asok for Sukhumvit) the rest of the area is relatively unaffected.

    At this stage I'd saw switching to stay in Thonburi would be an over reaction. If you were to switch, why not go south of the river to Phra Phradaeng which is a great area in its own right.

    The above-mentioned Richard Barrow map is excellent, we also have a Twitter feed on the Travelfish homepage that is pulling in reports from people on the ground there. We also have an update (from yesterday) on the situation here.

    In summary, at this stage I wouldn't be making major changes, BUT if you are booked into a hotel/guesthouse in the immediate Siam Square or Asok area, you may want to consider shifting to a more distant property.

    We'll be updating stuff through the day.

    Cheers

    #5 Posted: 13/1/2014 - 17:00

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    Bangkok regular Stickman has a good write-up on day one - he suggests travellers not already familiar with Bangkok may want to postpone

    Some good pics too!

    #6 Posted: 13/1/2014 - 17:49

  • LeonardCohe-
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    These idiot protestors are hurting their own country and a change of pm makes about 0.1% difference to the avg person's life.

    Id send in the army and shoot em

    #7 Posted: 14/1/2014 - 02:59

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    ^ Haha. LeonardCohen. Sorry to hear that. Really glad you are not a leader of anything! I hope you feel better soon.

    #8 Posted: 14/1/2014 - 11:07

  • craigcraig

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    I am here at the moment 14 Jan, been down to see the protest, all is good natured & traffic ie, taxis, tuks & metro etc are fine, very easy to get around, really good atmosphere & adds to the entertainment ! :)

    #9 Posted: 14/1/2014 - 11:26

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    A couple more updates for those concerned.

    Yesterday we published an overview of some hotels and guesthouses in areas not really affected by the protests in Bangkok

    This morning, we've just now published a new piece where our Bangkok writer David Luekens took a typical afternoon tourist trip to a few of the popular sights in Bangkok and reported how easy/difficult it really was.

    May be of interest.

    #10 Posted: 14/1/2014 - 19:28

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    I am here at the moment 14 Jan, been down to see the protest, all is good natured & traffic ie, taxis, tuks & metro etc are fine, very easy to get around, really good atmosphere & adds to the entertainment !

    But there's no guarantee that things will continue to stay good natured and fun. There was some anti protester action during the night .. a bomb blast at Abhisit's house, a protester bus torched and a shoot out resulting in two protester guards getting injured. Richard Barrow said earlier this morning that although Bangkok is a very big city, it's getting increasingly difficult to avoid the protest areas. Keep an eye on the useful twitter feed on the left of the main page for real time updates.

    #11 Posted: 14/1/2014 - 20:27

  • LeonardCohe-
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    A lot of Thai people are sick of it and want the army sent in.

    These pathetic protestors r a minority group. The north and north east support the current govt.

    Sore losers who cant win elections.

    #12 Posted: 14/1/2014 - 20:54

  • DLuek

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    Good point by SBE. It was easy getting around yesterday -- actually way less traffic than normal and generally quiet except around Siam Square (of the places I went) -- but it can change quick. I would definitely not suggest wandering around at night as that's when violence usually happens.

    #13 Posted: 14/1/2014 - 22:06

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    #14 Posted: 15/1/2014 - 12:07

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