Political situation in Thailand and Phuket… Should tourists be concerned?

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) had taken over the authority of the House and the Senate for the time being.  The council’s key objectives are to ensure a reform of political, economic and social institutions in order to bring out peace and order in the country.

Although some tourists and future visitors to Thailand and Phuket are very concerned, life goes on as normal in Bangkok and throughout Thailand. There is however a curfew in place (10pm to 5am) and it is confirmed that Thailand is under ‘Military Law’.

Security has been stepped up in certain areas, e.g. at the provincial hall, train station, power station and bus station.

A correspondent in Phuket, Mr Darren Shaw said, “I have not personally seen any military personnel in Phuket since this was introduced, but I understand the late night bars have closed in town. Our resort continues to operate as usual (we are 80% full and enjoying our best low season ever!”)

He also added, “…as an expat family man with two young children I have not seen any cause for concern for personal safety in Phuket.  Under Military rule, Thailand is probably safer than it has been for a long time!”

For more information, visit http://www.pata.org/news/latest-info-for-tourists-visiting-thailand

Last updated, 26 May 2014

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