Alerts & News About Thailand
Military Coup in Thailand
Posted June7, 2014
"The curfew will be lifted in Pattaya, Chonburi, Samui, Surat Thani and Phuket to counter any impact it may have on the tourism industry," the council said in a televised statement. It did not mention the capital, Bangkok. -- Reuters
Posted May 25, 2014
Thailand's military has staged a coup. The head of Thailand's Army announced a dissolution of the government. A 22:00 - 05:00 curfew is in effect -- with some allowances for travel. There appears to be no significant issues that would endanger travelers. Much information from international news outlets relate to the military takeover. More details at -- CNN -- Aljazeera -- BBC -- FOX
Bangkok Political Protests
Posted 14 January 2014
Political protests designed to “Shut Down Bangkok” will surely cause some travel inconveniences, especially in the Capitol. Read our page on the Bangkok Protests
Flood Warning for Northern Thailand
Posted 31 August 2013
It looks like we're in for more flooding as the wet season peaks in the North.
"The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department on Friday issued a severe weather warning for people in 12 provinces in the North from Saturday to Monday, Aug 31 to Sept 2.
Chatchai Promlert, the department’s director general, warned that people living near hillsides and waterways in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phrae, Nan, Lampang, Lamphun, Tak, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Uttaradit and Phetchabun should brace for heavy rain, flash flooding, forest run-off and possible landslides over the next few days.
People in risk areas should closely follow the weather forecast and disaster warnings, and strictly comply with the advice given by the department, he said. Source, Bangkok Post"
Koh Samet Oil-Spill Fouls Sea & Beaches
Posted 31 July 2013
Koh Samet has been one of Thailand popular tourist destinations for a number of reasons. Besides being a day-trip option from Bangkok and Pattaya, the island has a number of white sand beaches, bungalows and guest houses.
But recently disaster struck in the form of an oil spill that fouled the sea as well as a popular Ao Phrao (Bay). This accourding to CNN:
(CNN) -- Tourists staying at Ao Phrao (Phrao Bay) on Thailand's island of Koh Samet have been evacuated as the bay turned black from an oil spill over the weekend.
Authorities estimated that around 5,000 liters of crude oil have washed up on the island, having leaked into the ocean from an offshore pipeline belonging to PTT Global Chemical, Thailand's largest petrochemical producer. The total leakage is estimated at 50,000 liters.
Due to its beautiful beaches and proximity to Bangkok -- the travel time from the capital is a little less than four hours by bus and then boat -- the island has long been a popular Thai weekend destination. Tourist activities on the island are largely ocean-oriented and include jet-skiing, snorkeling and banana-boating.
Read more of the report at CNN.com
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