Situation Update: It’s business as usual in Thailand
Issued at Bangkok at 13.00 hrs. (GMT+7) on 6 June 2014
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) wants to assure all tourists visiting the kingdom that tourism remains unaffected since the country was placed under the administration of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on 22 May 2014.
NCPO has announced to life curfew in Phuket, Ko Samui, and Pattaya. Furthermore, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports yesterday announced plans to propose the NCPO to lift the curfew at eight more tourist areas, including Krabi, Phang Nga, Trang, Hat Yai, Ko Chang, Cha-am, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai next week. The TAT will be providing updates as soon as this news has been confirmed.
The current nighttime restriction has hardly stopped any visitors to Thailand from enjoying their days in the sun and taking in the sights of the temples, mountains and beaches in any tourist destinations throughout the kingdom. The four-hour curfew (00.00-04.00 hrs.) is when most travellers are normally in the comfort of their accommodation.
Air passengers with departure and arrival flights scheduled during curfew can still travel to and from the airport at any time as usual. All airports throughout Thailand, including at key international gateways – Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang), Phuket, Ko Samui, Hat Yai and Chiang Mai – are operating as per normal. Airlines also continue to operate incoming and outgoing flights as per normal. Other modes of transport, by road, rail and waterway, are also operating as usual throughout Thailand.
All tourism-related businesses and services (hotels, resorts, spas, restaurants, entertainment venues, cinemas, convention centers, shopping malls, superstores, convenient stores, as well as banks, petrol and gas stations) throughout Thailand are open and operating as per normal. Telephone and internet services continue to be available 24 hours.
In Bangkok, a sense of normality has returned to all areas and while there is a limited military presence on certain streets it is hardly visible.
In Phuket, Ko Samui and Pattaya, where the curfew has been lifted, all tourist businesses and services especially nighttime entertainment venues have resumed their normal operating hours.
In other popular tourist destinations including Hua Hin, Khao Lak (Phang-nga) and Krabi, all tourism-related businesses and services are operating as per normal. There is hardly any military presence in these major tourist destinations.
Tourists can continue to apply for visa as usual. All international checkpoints – airports, border checkpoints and sea ports – are open and operating as per normal. However, there may be a strong security presence at certain border checkpoints.
The TAT also wants to thank and show its heartfelt appreciation for everyone who has taken to social media sites to tell the world that, despite the widely reported and often sensationalised political situation here in the kingdom, it has been “business as usual” at all major tourist destinations.