Thailand, which has always been
known as the land of smiles for many years, has been
causing frowns and distress to travelers over these
past few years.
Since year 2006, the once peaceful
kingdom is being beleaguered by frequent political
protests and demonstrations by two opposing
the “Yellow Shirt” or the People’s Alliance
for Democracy (PAD), also known as the National
Liberation Alliance and the “Red Shirt” or the
United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD).
These two political parties have a deep and
long-standing dispute, which has been escalating in
In the first
quarter of 2010, civil unrest, riots and sporadic attacks
started becoming more frequent and more violent, making the
once popular tourist destination infamous to tourists,
traveling businessmen and investors.Embassies
all over the world have issued warnings about the dangers of
traveling to Thailand. They all seem to be in agreement that
it is not safe to travel to Thailand these days because the
situation is not going to improve in the foreseeable future.
unless absolutely necessary, it is better to avoid
going to Thailand until the travel warnings have
But if travel to Thailand is really
unavoidable, it would do good to heed the following
traveling to provinces that are frequented by
political protesters such as Khao Phra Viharn,
Sisaket, Tak, Mae Hong Son, and
the Southern provinces of Songkhla, Pattani,
Narathiwat and Yala. These areas are heavily secured
by military and even ruled by martial law in some.
So if you don’t want to be searched or detained,
don’t go near these provinces.
2. Border areas
are likewise unsafe places to be in, such as Thai-Burma,
Thai-Cambodia and Thai-Malaysia borders. There are also
armed conflicts in the other sides and rioters may possibly
cross the border and harm people along the way.
3. Stay away from potential troubles such as large
gathering of people, as this may likely be a
political protest. Always be reminded that these
political protests can quickly turn into violent
riots without so much of a sign or warning. There
have been reports of innocent and unsuspecting
bystanders getting injured in these clashes. So it’s
best to immediately walk away the moment you sense
some trouble arising.
from the riots and general unrest of the Thailand
situation, travelers should also watch out for the
usual petty crimes. Pickpockets, snatchers, thieves
and scammers do not take a holiday, political unrest
They are always on the lookout for unwary
tourists. So keep your valuables secure and keep your eyes
open. Be vigilant all the time.