No! Lausanne, Switzerland, September 2007
Thailand is the most visible example being the most frequently affected destination by the popular protests and demonstrations that we currently see on the news, and yet remains one of the most popular destinations in the world. A chronic political crisis going back a very long time erupts in the streets of Bangkok every couple years which, as would be expected, makes for news headlines that have nothing to do with its famous beaches and delightful people. But Thailand is also the best example of a destination where the effects of unrest are magnified and generalized by both traditional and social media causing tourists to cancel or change their destination to another country even if their intended holiday spot is nowhere near any disturbance.
Read past the headlines, carefully!
“you should not enter protest sites, or the adjacent pedestrian areas”.That's all, it does not say avoid Bangkok, or Thailand is too dangerous to travel to. What it says is quite sensible, and if you think about, could hold true for any other large political demonstrations anywhere else, including London or Paris. You would not cancel a trip to Europe on that basis, unless transportation was also disrupted, as you could be 100% sure it would be in Paris. But in Bangkok, metro, skytrain, airport trains all run as usual, as do taxi, although they will take longer to get around the demonstration sites.
But the advisory clearly warns about the violence?
Relax, enjoy and keep an eye on the news
If you are interested to read further about political crises in the context of tourism:
- Tourism Crisis Management Blog - Vorawan & Associates