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Should I go or should I stay?

Posted by juliaregis on 28/11/2008 at 11:36

I was one hour away from Bangkok Tuesday night and got diverted to HK. Then sent back to Tokyo (I'm not pleased with NWA).

Some reports say airport will open Sat. at 6pm.

Do those of you "in the know" think this will actually happen?

I'm in the Tokyo airport with a flight home to Portland and I am seriously conflicted.

help!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 28/11/2008 at 13:03 admin

I'd say it is extremely unlikely, nigh on impossible that the airports will be operating again by Sat 6pm. Your best bet would be to arrange flight into an alternative port - eg Kuala Lumpur or Singapore and then head into southern Thailand with a budget carrier.

Probably not what you want to hear, I'm sure, but it's very likely matters will get worse before they get better. I've talked to friends who have been at the airport for the last couple of days, and they're saying the protesters are adamant they won't be leaving without a fight...

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Posted by ChangFai on 29/11/2008 at 09:08

Rumour mill has the protesters being cleared out this afternoon but .....?

Surely it would take them two days further to tidy up and do security checks ?

Sitting here listening to plenty of flights taking off from U-Tapao thi morning .

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Posted by khunwilko on 1/12/2008 at 09:39

Please bear in mind that once the airport has been cleared, it will be sometime before it is declared "safe" (i.e. bombs, sabotage etc)for international flights. This has to be approved by the international flight authorities etc....this won't happen in hours ...days maybe?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 1/12/2008 at 13:49 admin

Latest reports I've head are AOT saying a week to get the airport back up to speed once the PAD bugger off.

Not good news.

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Posted by daflj on 1/12/2008 at 15:22

This may seem extreme somtam, but I'm due to fly into Bangkok in March. Do you and your contacts think this will be over by then or are PAD going to be there for the long haul.

Given the importance of tourist money I find it difficult to believe that they'll still be there in 4 months' time but is it worth me changing my flight arrangements?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 1/12/2008 at 15:32 admin

Let me put it this way -- if the PAD are still blockading the airports this coming March, it's very unlikely Travelfish will still be in business!

They've been at it for well over a year so it's certainly plausible they'll still be carrying on next March, but I'd say the airport blockades will be long gone by then -- don't change your flights -- not yet anyway ;-)

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Posted by daflj on 1/12/2008 at 15:46

I'll buy a couple more guides now then, because I'd hate to miss out ;)

Once again many thanks somtam, you and your website have made this first-time trip so much less scary!

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Posted by nikita600f on 1/12/2008 at 18:41

Hi everybody! I'm leaving next Tuesday to Bangkok (if my flight isn't cancelled). Does anybody have a link for me to the latest news in Bangkok? I'm situated in Holland, and the news is very summarily here...

thanks!

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Posted by khunwilko on 2/12/2008 at 09:32

Just google in "bangkok post" - sorry don't have the link to hand.

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Posted by jungleland on 2/12/2008 at 15:00

The airport is still in the hands of PAD, if they moved today the place wont open for, at the very least, 5 days. www.bangkokpost.com

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Posted by lodesafun on 2/12/2008 at 15:59

There are other ways besides Flying to get in to bangkok. Singapore has a direct Train, theres buses
over land from Cambodia. Thailand it self is still safe for tourist.
With a bit of out of the box thinking anyone should still be able to get here.

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