Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand is undergoing much political changes and the situation in the city is currently tense with a newly declared state of emergency today, Wednesday 22nd January for the next 60 days. This is mostly in the CBD ( Central Business District ) but leaving the outer city limits still peaceful and unaffected. If your hotel is not located in the CBD areas and you are flying in from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, tours in the sub-urban areas are still open and available. These places include Safari World, Dream World, Siam Park City, Ancient City and Erawan Museum.
Though there are still tourists within the CBD areas and temple tours as well as cruise dinners are still available, please check with us before booking these tours. We strongly recommend that if you would like to visit these areas to please use the services of accompanied tours with the guides and transport. Please do refrain from participating in the demonstrations as will be advised by your respective embassies. Other destinations in Thailand are unaffected and you can still visit places such as Phuket, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya, Krabi, Khaoyai, Pattaya, Hua Hin and other outer tour destinations. Business is as usual in these places. Climates are good at this time of year for the coastal and Island destinations. Activities of interest in Thailand at this time of year includes Eco-tourism such as national park activities, bird watching tours, diving and marine activities.
This is also a good time of the year to tour the northern regions of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Doi Inthanon. Activities includes tribal village visits, explorations into the mountain regions on specialized bird watching tours, temple visits, day and night safaris, underwater world and cultural handicraft village visits. Please check with us for customized tour options to these destinations or others in Thailand.
- Genevieve Pendrageon (Travel Review Writer/Bangkok)