I just heard about this too. I second the request for a local assesment. Has anyone ever been through a coup in thailand before (since they have had 19 in the past 60 years)?
Im scheduled to fly into bangkok in 2 weeks for a 3 month se asia stay. Should i delay my departure? Is there any danger of violence? Any perspective on this situation would be much appreciated.
#2 itchyfeet has been a member since 24/7/2006. Posts: 19
Regarding your impending trip, all I can suggest is keep yourself up to date with what's going on.
Thai military coups are usually an orderly affair. The usual/general advice from Embassys are to avoid crowds. But like I say keep yourself up to date!!
I've just read about this in another forum as well (haha, my news source now are blogs and forums). A forum user from Bangkok posted about it.
You might want to check out http://bangkok.metblogs.com/
It's a group blog of bloggers living in Bangkok. From waht I've read, they've already blocked out CNN/BBC/other foreign news channels.
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had been overthrown early this morning. It had been 15 years since Thailand had coup. I guess it is that time a again. This is what happen when you have militaryman in charge of Department of Defense, instead of civilian in charge like that of Great Britain or the United States of America.
I was there in 1992 when the students were protesting the coup headed by General Suchinda after he'd given his word to the King that he wouldn't go through with it. He tossed out a military-installed civilian PM. The students flipped and the scene got really messy. Thousands upon thousands of people gathered around Sanam Luang and hundreds of people were killed. And, if that wasn't bad enough, the Navy was so pissed off that it mutinied and the country was on the verge of a civil war. The King had to intervene to stop the country from melting down. Definitely frightening.
My advice ... stay away from large crowds of protesters if they form.
So much for a quite day at home...
I've talked to a few people in Bangkok, they've reported all is calm. TV is not working -- all cable news stations are offline.
It's too early to say what you should be doing regarding planning your trips -- at this stage, if your airline is still flying I'd go.
However -- keepo a very close eye on developments. 2Bangkok is one of the best online sources for following developments.
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