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Published on : Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The demonstrations in Bangkok have been peaceful and are taking places at two main protest sites, at the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue and Uruphong Intersection on Rama VI Road. There may be mobilisations and gatherings of demonstrators in other parts of the city today and, if occurs, may disrupt traffic at certain times.
Life in Bangkok and all other areas of Thailand continues as per normal. Tourist attractions and activities as well as businesses in Bangkok and other Thai cities are not at all affected, and continue as usual. Popular attractions in Bangkok including the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha are open as per normal.
While travelling within Bangkok, tourists are advised to check travel routes and the traffic situation as well as avoid areas where crowds may gather. This is because there may be traffic disruptions or delays, thus causing inconvenience.
Thailand’s main gateway, Suvarnabhumi Airport, in Bangkok and all other international and domestic airports throughout the country are operating as per normal. Transportation to and from Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airports into central Bangkok as well as into tourist destinations southeast and southwest of Bangkok; such as, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ko Samet and Ko Chang are operating as per normal.
As a precautionary step to ensure order in Bangkok, the Thai Cabinet has approved the use of the Internal Security Act in three districts – Dusit, Phra Nakhon and Pom Prap Sattru Phai or areas surrounding Government House and the Parliament – until 30 November, 2013.
In addition, the Ministry of Interior has authorised provincial governors to invoke the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act, where and when necessary, also as a precautionary measure to ensure law and order.
Both laws do not prohibit nor obstruct peaceful demonstration held within the bounds of the law, but they enable security agencies – police, military and civilian – to effectively prevent and mitigate, as much as possible, undue disruption or impact on the safety of the general public.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is providing information and assistance to tourists from 08.00 – 20.00 hrs. through the TAT Contact Centre 1672. Tourists may also contact TAT offices in Thailand and overseas for assistance.