Bangkok shutdown: No travel restrictions as yet

2014-01-17 13:41
Tourists are being advised to avoid protest areas in Bangkok, after a small explosion injuring 28 people was reported.

While no travel restrictions for Thailand have been issued as yet a map detailing the affected areas in the capital city of Bangkok has been compiled for tourists in or heading to Thailand.

Airports are said to be operating as normal and early arrivals are being advised to avoid any related delays.

A Thailand tour operator posted the following excerpt from a local tour guide on its blog:

“The blockade of the core downtown protest areas from MBK to Siam Paragon to Central World to the Rajaprasong intersection to Central Chidlom still remains in place, with some tourist vehicles and all emergency vehicles still being allowed to pass without interference.

"While these protests are ongoing the city still functions at a near normal level with most businesses and offices continuing to operate, and people are able to move around the city freely. Bangkok is a large city and it remains possible for residents and tourists to essentially avoid the protest sites while still experiencing the delights of the city.

"The public transport systems including the BTS Skytrain, the MRT Subway and the Airport Rail Link continue to operate as scheduled. The Shopping Malls in the affected areas of the city also remain open for business, however most advised that they have implemented earlier closing times this week.” 

(Screenshot of Google Map for Thailand Protests)

Pics of the  anti-government demonstrations seeking to oust former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's sister, Yingluck Shinawatra have been posted on twitter as protestors dig in their heels with the aims of squatting it out until the elections on 2 February.

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