Thailand Political Situation - TCEB Update 15 January 2014 at 18.00 (GMT+7)


Further to the morning update, the situation remains largely unchanged with the ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok continue to take place at six downtown intersections – Pathumwan, Rajaprasong, Saladaeng, Lat Phrao, Asoke and the Victory Monument roundabout – and the Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road. The atmosphere around the rally sites was peaceful.

Roads at the rally sites remain closed, but traffic in most parts of Bangkok is moving as per normal since all other roads and expressways are not affected. However, today’s marches by the anti-government demonstrators to different parts of Bangkok may have caused traffic disruptions at certain times.

Commuters and Business travellers can still commute to and from their desired destinations using all other roads and expressways that remain opened to traffic. For those staying near the rally sites, they can connect to their destinations using other available means of transport such as the skytrain, the subway and the airport rail link or the boat and ferry service.

Life in Bangkok and throughout Thailand continues as per normal. Businesses ,MICE venues, tourist attractions and activities are open and operating as usual. However, Department stores and shopping malls located in Rajaprasong and Pathumwan areas open from 10.00-20.00 hrs.

while some businesses may be closed. Telephone – landline and mobile – and Internet services continue to be available as per normal.

All airports in Bangkok and throughout the country are open and operating as per normal. However, air passengers with flights depart out of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports are advised to allocate at least four hours prior to their scheduled flight departure time. Air passengers are also advised to check flight status prior to travelling.

TCEB will keep you updated with the situation. Should you require any further information and assistance, please call TCEB office: +66 (0) 2694 6000, TCEB call center at 1105 (within Thailand only), visit www.tceb.or.th or contact info@tceb.or.th.

Useful contact numbers:

Tourism Authority of Thailand Call Centre 1672

Thai Traffic Police Call Centre 1197

Thai Tourist Police Call Centre 1155

Bangkok Tourism Division Call Centre +66 (0) 2225 7612-4

Ministry of Foreign Affairs +66 (0) 2203 4381-2

Department of Consular Affairs +66 (0) 23833402-4

Airports of Thailand Plc call center +66 (0) 2132 9996-7

Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (city bus service) Call Centre 1348

State Railway of Thailand Call Centre 1690

Transport Co., Ltd., (inter-provincial bus service) Call Centre 1490

Thai Airways International (THAI) Call Centre +66 (0) 2356 1111

Bangkok Airways Reservation Centre 1771

MRT Customer Relations Center +66 (0) 2624 5200

Emergency Call 1646, 1669