Visitors warned of curfew after Thailand coup

2014-05-22 16:11
Anti-government protesters wave Thai flags as they arrive for a rally outside the national police headquarters in Bangkok. (Manjunath Kiran, AFP)

Anti-government protesters wave Thai flags as they arrive for a rally outside the national police headquarters in Bangkok. (Manjunath Kiran, AFP)

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Cape Town - Thailand’s army chief has announced a coup d’etat in the early hours of Thursday morning, with the Thai military seizing control of the government in an attempt to restore order, after months of deadly political turmoil.

The country's official tourism body, Amazing Thailand announced in a press release that the military's move is an attempt to resolve the political instability that has plague Thailand since the ousting of billionaire Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra back in 2006.

It also warned of the nationwide curfew now in place from 22:00 to 05:00 until further notice  - and that it applied to both locals and foreigners.

"It means that tourists visiting all parts of Thailand must return to their accommodation before 22:00 and not leave again until after 05:00 in the morning," a spokesperson for Amazing Thailand said.

"Tourists who need to travel to/from the airport between the hours of 22:00 and 05:00 will be allowed to do so according to army announcement.

Air passengers with flights departing out of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports are being advised to allocate at least 4 hours prior to their scheduled flight departure time.

"The army are sending soldiers and vehicles to escort protesters away from rally sites to end the protests. During this time we advise tourists currently visiting Bangkok to avoid areas where rally sites are situated as there will be large crowds."

Away from the areas listed below the rest of the city is accessible and transport is running as normal.

•    Government House at Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue
•    Chamai Maruchet Bridge on Phitsanulok Road
•    Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road
•    Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue (a camping site)
•    The pro-government group’s rally site is on Aksa Road in Bangkok’s western outskirts

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