The ongoing anti-government demonstrations have been normal and are mainly taking place at Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue. The pre-dawn incidents occurred early Thursday at Khok Wua intersection and the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue, are under investigation.
For business travellers visiting the kingdom, it should be stressed that the incidents occurred within a small quarter of Bangkok. No business travellers were hurt or affected by the situations. However, business travellers are advised to be vigilant and avoid rally sites and demonstration marches, as well as areas where crowds may gather.
During today, the following locations are where the anti-government protests take places or where the protesters gather:
Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue
Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue
Government Complex on Chaengwattana Road
Government House on Phitsanulok Road
Chamai Maruchet Bridge on Phitsanulok Road
Also during today, the anti-government demonstrators are mobilising demonstration marches to some locations in Bangkok during the day.
Meanwhile, the pro-government group is rallying in support of the caretaker government on Aksa Road in Bangkok’s western outskirts.
Roads in the areas where the protests are taking place may experience heavy traffic or a temporary closure due to large crowds gathering and blockage of traffic lane by the protesters’ rally activities.
Despite traffic disruptions on certain roads in Bangkok due to the current political demonstrations, life in the most parts of the Thai capital and throughout Thailand continues as usual. However, business travellers are advised to be vigilant and avoid rally sites and demonstration marches, as well as areas where crowds may gather. This is because there may be traffic disruptions or delays and thus causing inconvenience.
Bangkok is a large city and so it is possible for local residents and business travellers to avoid the demonstration areas. Traffic in the most parts of Bangkok is also moving normally since all other roads and expressways are not affected by the demonstrations.
All major MICE venues and tourist attractions in the Thai capital are open normally. Business travellers can visit all venues and attractions using the usual means of transport, including buses, vans and car transfers by tour companies, taxis, the Skytrain, the subway or the boat and ferry service.
Businesses, including banks, petrol and gas stations, hotels, spas, restaurants, entertainment venues, cinemas, convention centres, shopping malls, superstores, convenient stores, pharmacies, hospitals and the like are open and operating as per normal. However, shopping venues in the rally areas may change their opening hours while some businesses, including bank branches and petrol stations – may be closed. Telephone – landline and mobile – and Internet services continue to be available 24/7 as per normal.
Apart from Bangkok, others MICE cities in Thailand (Chiangmai, Phuket,Pattaya,Kon Kaen) can offer unbeatable diversity of choice for business events of any type and scale. All business events venues and tourist attractions and activities in MICE cities are not affected, and continue as usual.
All airports in Bangkok and throughout Thailand are open and operating as per normal. 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 and to check flight status prior to travelling.
To provide the best service possible during the current political situation, Suvarnabhumi Airport has prepared Airport Operation Center (AOPC), opened 24 hours daily, situated behind check-in counter row R, Departure Hall, 4th floor of the Passenger Terminal. Also Passenger Assistance Center (PAC), opened 24-hours daily, situated between Entrances 7 and 8, Arrival Hall, 2nd floor of the Passenger Terminal. Furthermore, passengers can contact Airport Information Counters available throughout the Passenger Terminal. Suvarnabhumi Airport also has foreign language interpreter/translator available in Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Korean to help passengers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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