With the current political situation in Thailand, some countries have been updating their travel advice. Amongst those to amend their travel advisories are Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. This follows the discovery of explosive devices last weekend in Bangkok and the continuing political tension ahead of the court verdict on the Thaksin Shinawatra asset case.
It’s quite possible/probable that there will be demonstrations by Thaksin Shinawatra supporters (often referred to as the red shirts) if the court verdict goes against Thaksin on February 26. For that reason, it would be sensible for any foreign visitor to Thailand to avoid political demonstrations or rallies and this appears to be the main reason for issuing the travel advisories.
If you are in Thailand at the moment or scheduled to visit soon there is no need to panic or cancel your trip, but you should exercise some caution and common sense, especially in Bangkok. If any major political demonstrations do occur, they are likely to focus around Government House and the Democracy Monument area of Bangkok. Smaller protests could also take place in some provincial areas.
To keep this in perspective, even during last years Songkran riots in Bangkok the overwhelming majority of tourists in Thailand were unaffected by the situation and enjoyed their holidays and vacations as normal. The political crisis in Thailand has been rumbling on for years and no matter what the verdict is in the Thaksin assets case, the kingdom’s political problems are almost certain to linger on.