Although I have been blogging about my trip to Thailand last week – I suspect some of you may still be wondering: “is Thailand safe?”
Now I have to admit when the political protesters blocked the airport I found it hard to be sympathetic for travelers who were bleating about being ‘stuck’ in Thailand. That may have been unfair of me, as, as a passionate nomad, as a traveller who makes her own arrangements as to how, where and when I’ll travel, and where I’ll stay, my thoughts were ‘Thailand is the easiest of countries to leave’.
In my mind I was saying to those nameless people on TV, just get a train south, fly from Phuket, Malaysia or even fly out from Singapore’. I also knew they could go north to Changmai or west to Cambodia. But I also know, many of those people, even those on the so-called various ‘intrepid-type-travel’ programmes that screen around the the world, that even those intrepid travellers would not know what to do either. ( After all they have an entourage of minders looking after them, just out of camera range – it’s hardly intrepid. So to the tv I said, ‘just hole up in your hotel, lay by the pool and wait’. Guess I was jealous – as I wouldn’t have minded an enforced stay (paid for by the airlines or insurance) in Thailand.
So, back to the question, is Thailand safe?
OF COURSE IT IS!
When I was there –only a week ago– there was a demonstration outside Parliament when the ASEAN conference was on, but just as when Oxford St, London, is blocked due to road works or demonstration (or any road in LA, New York, Miami, Sydney, or even when the so-called ‘boy-racers’ disrupt part of my city on a Friday or Saturday night … the rest of us are not even aware of it happening .. all we see is the same as other TV viewers see and it doesn’t affect our life.
So too with any political unrest in Thailand ( insert any other countries name here too) YES it is safe … in fact I have often heard that straight after any major event is when it’s safest to go anywhere – after all the security is on high alert. and the demonstration had nothing to do with travellers:
It was political, not a secuity risk to any traveller. Go there NOW – I’m sure it will be cheaper.