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BANGKOK, Thailand Protesters commandeering Thailand's main airport forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights and stranded thousands of travelers Wednesday.....
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I\'ve just read in the news that Anti Goverment protesters stormed the Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok causing outgoing flights to be suspended.
Has anyone seen or been affected by the protests in Bangkok at the moment?
I\'m travelling to Bangkok next week and will be flying into this airport!
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For those who cant yet leave Thailand because of the protests, do you have enough funds to stay in Thailand longer? Reply to this
From local newspaper and television reports it seems likely that a state of emergency will be declared later today. One of the first things that is likely to happen is that the army will secure all airports within the country so as to prevent further damage to the traveling public in general and the tourist industry in particular.
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KLM just canceled inbound and outbound flights Bangkok (BKK) - Amsterdam (AMS) per 26 Nov. KLM says that they can not longer garantee the security of the passengers at BKK.
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Are the airlines that are cancelling flights offering ticket holders and alternative destination?
When I was scheduled to fly to Quito with KLM the flight was cancelled because of a volcano errupting. I asked them if they would fly me to another destination in S. America instead. They did and offered me a free plane ticket from Lima to Quito which I didnt use because I travelled overland instead to Quito.
Just heard (1800 hrs Thai time Wednesday) protest has now spread to Chiangmai airport.
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It might be an idea to contact your airline to find out. If they say you cant fly to Bangkok then maybe they will fly you to Malaysia or another country instead.
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Let us know how it goes with the phone call to the airline.
If it doesn't, then try the Philippines.
Do you know if the airlines are allowing ticket holders to transfer their tickets to another destination?
Im glad we chose India and not Thailand as our Christmas destination. We were going to go to Thailand.
When I was in Thailand last year there was already a lot brewing. Some students were handing out surveys on the Khao San Road to find out if the political situation will stop us wanting to visit Thailand again. I didnt think at the time it would, but am now changing my mind. It would be too disappointing if my flight got cancelled and I had to wait for a few days more before going when I am all excited about getting there. Reply to this
From local news sources, it doesn't look as though Bangkok airports will re-open soon. The civic court has ruled that the invasion by PAD supporters is illegal - and given them 15 days to leave!
The prime minister flew back from Peru last night and could not land in Bangkok. He is now at his home in Mae Rim, Chiangmai and he has summoned all members of his cabinet to join him for a crisis meeting. The problem is there are no flights from Bangkok so it will take some time before they all get there. Even if they do meet and declare a state of emergency it is now uncertain whether the military will carry out orders from the government to clear the airports and get things back to normal. It looks increasingly likely that the occupation of the passenger terminals and traffic control centre will continue into the weekend.
If you can actually get to Thailand, please be aware that life for the vast majority of locals and tourists carries on as normal. Looking at the Travel Advice from the UK govt., what's interesting is the wording:
"We advise against all travel to the Preah Vihear (Khaoi Pra Viharn in Thai) temple area. Fighting broke out on 15 October between Thai and Cambodian troops along the disputed border area near the temple..."
"We advise against all but essential travel to, or through, the far southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla. There continue to be frequent attacks, including bombing and shooting, due to insurgency and civil unrest in these areas."
"The political situation in Thailand is very uncertain. If you are in Thailand you should keep yourself informed of developments, including by regularly checking this advice and the media. If you plan to visit Thailand you should consider the present situation when making your decision. You should exercise caution, avoiding any demonstrations or large gatherings of people."
My take on this is (a) don't go to the disputed area Preah Vihear (b) avoid traveling in the deep South and (c) the rest of the country is relatively safe to visit providing you apply commonsense as to where you go.
The immediate problem, however, is getting into the country!
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