Tuesday, September 16, 2008

For those worried about Thailand

I've gotten a lot of emails from people concerned about me being in Thailand or about them coming or going etc. I just got an email from Best Western about it and they summed it up perfectly:

  • All other areas in Bangkok remain unaffected by the rally. There has been no significant disruption to life and business in the capital beyond added traffic congestion in a few areas. The vast majority of the city, including all the major tourist spots (including The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun-Temple of Dawn, and Sanam Luang – The Royal Ground), shopping centres and riverside attractions, as well as all roads and public/private transport systems are functioning normally. Bangkok's city taxi and rail services are unaffected. All hotels and resorts in Bangkok and throughout Thailand are open for business as usual.
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok’s international airport) and all regional airports around Thailand are operating normally. Rail services in provincial areas of the north and northeastern regions are operating normally. Service has also resumed on most of the rail services to destinations in the south. (Call Centre: 1690). Major surface routes between Bangkok and other parts of Thailand are unaffected. Travel to key destinations around Thailand, such as Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Northeastern Thailand (Isan) and other parts of the country remains unaffected.
Basically if I didn't follow the news I would have no idea anything was going on. Everything is normal here. It is as if there were a huge demonstration in Sacramento and people who lived in Los Angeles and San Francisco should somehow be worried about that. Doesn't bother me :)