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Published on : Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The ongoing anti-government protests in Bangkok, Thailand, which had been normal to peaceful for 32 days since 30 October 2013, has turned volatile but are contained within one location near Government House and the Parliament where riot police fired tear gas canisters and used water cannon to hold off protesters from entering important state offices.
Volatile situations remain in the areas surrounding Government House and the Parliament and the Metropolitan Police Bureau. All 14 roads leading to the two locations are closed to traffic, and tourists are advised to avoid these areas.
The situation at Ramkhamhaeng University, following clashes between university students and pro-government “red-shirt” supporters that lasted from Saturday (30 November 2013) evening until yesterday afternoon, has returned to normal as of this morning. Traffic on Ramkhamhaeng Road is now open to motorists as usual.
No tourists are hurt or affected by the volatile situations both at Ramkhamhaeng University and near Government House and the Parliament.
During today, the following locations are where the anti-government protests take places or where the protesters gather:
Two most sensitive areas that tourists should avoid today are the areas surrounding Government House and the Parliament and the Metropolitan Police Bureau.
Outside of Bangkok, the anti-government protesters are also rallying at several provincial administration halls.
For tourists visiting the kingdom, it should be stressed that foreigners and/or tourists have not been targeted in the ongoing political protests.
However, tourists are advised to be vigilant and avoid areas where crowds may gather. Given the large number of people attending rallies at the five main locations as well as the above mentioned two most sensitive locations, roads around or within the areas maybe temporarily closed to traffic. Heavy road traffic at certain times can also be expected in roads leading to the protest areas.
Tourists are advised to check travel route and road traffic situation to avoid getting caught in traffic or they can use other means of transportation to getting around in Bangkok, including BTS Skytrain, MRT Subway, Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link’s Express and City Lines, and water-transport.
It’s business as usual in Thailand.
Albeit the volatile political situations in Bangkok, life in the Thai capital and all other areas of Thailand continues as per normal. Tourist attractions and activities as well as businesses in Bangkok and other provinces are open and operating as usual.
Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon and CentralWorld Shopping Complexes on Rama I Road as well as Major Cineplex on Ramkhamhaeng Road are open as per normal.
Tourist attractions are open and operating as per normal.