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Protests in Bangkok

Posted by buttonbridge on 24/2/2014 at 03:45

Is there anyone on the ground in Bangkok who can give a 'live' update?

We have no 'don't go' advice from UK FCO, just to avoid protest sites.

Personally I am due in BKK this Thursday and plan to stay 2 nights in a hotel on Sukhumvit Rd near Nana station, before moving out of the city.

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Posted by Grubert on 24/2/2014 at 04:02

I work in the CBD and my office is literally a block away from the protest site at Ratchaprasong. The fact that I've been coming to work regularly since this thing kicked off in November should speak volumes about safety in Bangkok, the recent fatalities notwithstanding.

In terms of convenience you're better off using the skytrain. As the Asoke intersection is closed the safest way to reach Suvarnabhumi would be for you to catch the underground at Sukhumvit station and connect to the airport link at Phetchaburi station.

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Posted by buttonbridge on 25/2/2014 at 01:55

Thanks for that Grubert.

My first time in this part of the city.

So coming in from the airport on the rail link I should get off at Phetchaburi and find the BTS heading south to Sukhumvit station. Looking at the map I guess I can walk from there to my hotel just past Nana station.

Reverse for getting back to the airport ( I am spending a further night in Nana but a different hotel before I fly home).

I see the intersection at Asoke is blocked. Can I still get the BTS from Nana to Ekkamai to catch the bus to Pattaya?

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Posted by Grubert on 25/2/2014 at 03:12

The BTS and MRT lines have seen no disruption in their services since the protests began.

An alternative would be for you to take the train from Nana to Phra Khanong or Uudomsuk and hail a cab to the airport.

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Posted by DLuek on 25/2/2014 at 07:21 TF writer

Here's our latest update from "the ground" (another one coming tomorrow or the next day - you can find them on the bottom left of the TF homepage or by following the TF Facebook page):

http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/thailand/2014/02/20/bangkok-protest-update-20-february-2014/


This one on where to stay also has loads of comments with regularly updated answers:

http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/thailand/2014/01/14/where-to-stay-in-bangkok-away-from-the-protests/

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Posted by DLuek on 25/2/2014 at 07:25 TF writer

So coming in from the airport on the rail link I should get off at Phetchaburi and find the BTS heading south to Sukhumvit station. Looking at the map I guess I can walk from there to my hotel just past Nana station.

This is incorrect. You should take the Airport Link all the way to Phaya Thai and switch to the BTS (the Bearing train), which will take you straight to Nana. No need for MRT.

I see the intersection at Asoke is blocked. Can I still get the BTS from Nana to Ekkamai to catch the bus to Pattaya?


Should be no problem at all. The BTS/MRT go over/under roads so blocked intersections have no bearing on the trains.

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Posted by Grubert on 25/2/2014 at 07:30

Ha! I'm afraid I was thinking as a commuter (choosing the shortest route possible) rather than as a traveller with luggage to carry.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 25/2/2014 at 10:40

Best to fly onto somewhere else. I like Bangkok but 2 nights isnt enough to do much and with the protests and traffic it's best to not bother leaving the airport and fly north or south.

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Posted by captainbkk on 26/2/2014 at 02:04

HMM: elsewhere he asks about trains north: now he says here to stay at notorious Nana and then head for Pattaya. Thats not the average bekpekkers this site aims for.

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Posted by buttonbridge on 26/2/2014 at 02:27

Captain BKK - 'Not the average backpacker (spelling !) this site aims for !!!!!

Not that it is any of your business, but my itinary is:

BKK for 2 nights
bus to Pattaya and stay there for 4 nights
back to BKK for 1 night
Overnight sleeper to Chaiang Mai
1 night in chiang Mai
Fly to Krabi for 4 nights in Ao Nang
Fly back to BKK and stay for 1 night
Fly home

I only have 2 weeks.

My stay in Nana is to meet an old friend
My trip to Pattaya is to visit a friend (a retired gent)

so I am sorry of my travel plans dont fit with 'the average backpacer this site aims for'

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Posted by MADMAC on 26/2/2014 at 03:46

Captain
You can be a backpacker and chase girls at the same time. The two are not at odds with each other. Each kind of tourist isn't neatly divided into categories.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 26/2/2014 at 03:49

Stay cool. No need to be so defensive.

CM 1 night isnt worth the trouble.

Krabi is good but ko chang might be easier from pattaya.

Good luck

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Posted by buttonbridge on 26/2/2014 at 05:24

I am cool Leonard, just think people should not make assumptions without the facts. Madmac was dead on with his comment.

With regard to CM ect, I just like the actual travelling around experience. I take your points though and I long for the day when I can travel without time restrictions, but still have a full time job.

Thanks for your usual helpful input.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 26/2/2014 at 05:26

He was joking. A stranger on the net joking about pattaya isnt something to stress over.

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Posted by buttonbridge on 26/2/2014 at 05:31

Yes i understand that about Pattaya; my mate lives there. Hopefully he will keep me out of trouble.

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Posted by MADMAC on 26/2/2014 at 06:41

Millions of people go there all the time without any trouble. I wouldn't worry about. I'm sure you're not. CPT BKK is being himself, kind of contrarian. Who cares where in Thailand you want to go? As the Thais say "up to you".

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Posted by exacto on 26/2/2014 at 10:00

hey button,

from the threads you've started, you've no doubt noticed that poor spelling is the least obnoxious trait of a particular poster. just ignore him. the language is so bad it is usually difficult to understand anyway, and there is very little value added in any of his posts.

after your trip i'd like to hear how the travel through bangkok went, and if protests or crowds disrupted anything from your point of view. cheers.

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Posted by buttonbridge on 26/2/2014 at 12:59

exacto - Thanks for that. Of course I will post when i get back or while I am there if I can.

Don't know whether you have looked through the 2 threads posted byDLuek; very interesting and informative.

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Posted by DLuek on 27/2/2014 at 03:18 TF writer

Here's our latest update on the protests:

http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/thailand/2014/02/27/bangkok-protest-update-27-february-2014/

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Posted by MADMAC on 27/2/2014 at 06:50

IS it just me or was this thread somehow changed? Somehow it looks different, although I can't put my finger on it.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 27/2/2014 at 06:56 admin

Nothing has been deleted post-wise. Or do you mean layout?

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Posted by Sparts on 27/2/2014 at 10:19

I agree, with Leonard. You are perhaps doing too much.
Choose between Pattaya and Chaing Mai and do one only. I’ve never been to Pattaya but Chaing Mai is awesome if you like getting out in the wild.
Or perhaps as suggested earlier - consider not leaving the airport and going straight to Chaing Mai for 3 days, then Pattaya for your 4 then......onwards to Krabi?

I hope you are not expecting to relax too much ;)

The guy casting judgement is out of line. Never feel as though you have to explain yourself to anyone on here.

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Posted by MADMAC on 27/2/2014 at 11:15

It must be me Stuart. I've been drinking.

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Posted by buttonbridge on 27/2/2014 at 13:11

Mad mac. Have one for me as it it silly price at Heathrow.

Stuart. Thanks for suggestions but I have already booked flights and hotels. I kind of like the frantic whistles top tour around, have done it in a number of countries.

I have been to Thailand before but travelled with Intrepid and loved the pace of travel..

Not really planning to relax just see as much as I can..... It's the way I like to do it.

Thanks for your reassuring words on our judgmental friend.

At Heathrow now waiting for my flight to BKK via Muscat..

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Posted by buttonbridge on 27/2/2014 at 13:14

Stuart? Where did that come from? Must have just copied Mad mac.

I meant Sparts, but guess that Mac knows your name to be Stuart.

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Posted by Sparts on 27/2/2014 at 18:14

Madmac was talking to Sontam2000 (=Stuart). Get's confusing sometimes :)

Enjoy yoru trip!

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Posted by MADMAC on 27/2/2014 at 22:09

"Not really planning to relax just see as much as I can..... It's the way I like to do it."

Well you know yourself better than we know you... have a great trip. Let us know how it goes.

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Posted by chopin on 1/3/2014 at 03:05

Just to chip in as I have just spent a few days in Bangkok. On Monday, we went to the old city area (Sanam Luang, palace, Wat Arun, Khao San Rd., Giant Swing, Wat Saket), saw no sign of any protest. Buses of tourists. On Tuesday, we went to Siam Paragon area, and there were protesters camping there still, roads were blocked, but the big malls were all open, MBK were especially packed with shoppers.

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Posted by DLuek on 1/3/2014 at 08:41 TF writer

Thanks for sharing your experience, chopin.

According to an announcement by Suthep last night, almost all of the protest sites (at least Asok, Pathumwan, Ratchaprasong and Sala Daeng) will be clear by this Tuesday. They're apparently moving the whole of the demonstrations "inside" Lumpini Park. It's the best news I've heard in a while. But the broader situation is not yet resolved, and protest sites at Government Complex off Chaeng Watthana and Ratchadamnoen Nok near Government House will probably stay put, as these are controlled by groups other than PDRC.

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Posted by buttonbridge on 1/3/2014 at 11:47

Am staying in hotel on Sukhumvit rd near Nana BTS.

Today I walked to Siam Square. Some encampments along the way and more in town by MBK.

All very well organised and tents in very neat rows.

Lots of tourists around.

No problems.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 1/3/2014 at 23:55

So the protestors have achieved zilch. Time wasting tools who cant win an election.

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Posted by captainbkk on 2/3/2014 at 02:36

Watched the move this morning from the Patumwan site to Lumpini.
Note that there STILL is-and now a lot larger as it used to be, occupied zone around the other end of Ratchdamnern-just a few 100 mtrs away from Khao Sarn. Now has several toppled policevans lying across -as either a sign of victory or traps for anyone trying to clear it-again. This site was tried to clear by those overpaid and overnumbered brown boys and retaken with the help of those magic popcorn boys just after. It mainly hinders traffic a lot around here. Police on special duty-drawn in from as far as the Mekong, get paid 700 bt/day EXTRA and yet one never ever sees them nor can they find any shooters from their side. Here and there are now some extra spots ''for safety'' manned by Thai soldiers. Mostly also doing nothing and keeping out of the sun.
Anything that puts those Taksin SuperRich and that drooly parrot of his younger sister away is worth the try.

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