Quite a few people have expressed their concern for me, and I wanted to set you minds at rest. I am safe where I am in Thailand, I don’t stay in Bangkok.
For those who don’t know – The government has been ousted in a coup by the military here in Thailand. There’s a night-time curfew between 10pm and 5am. Assemblies of more than five people are prohibited in public places. The Police have been taken over by the Navy in one town in Thailand.
Thailand has had many coups, this one as far as I’m aware has gone down peacefully so far. On average they seem to have one every seven years or so, so the country was due for one.
I don’t closely follow politics, but my understanding is that always it’s the opponents of their elected government that cause these problems. I find it unusual because in the UK, we just generally accept the elected government as part and parcel of the democratic system. However, not my place to judge.
Speaking to long term ex-pats here in Thailand, these coups normally go down peacefully and the foreigners here are generally safe. It would be devastating for the Thai tourist economy if foreigners were harmed and I’m fairly sure the people in control here understand this.
I am taking some extra precautions, in case things escalate. I’m not planning any unnecessary trips, and will generally stay at home most of the time. Apart from going to the beach to take photos of sunsets of course, and a little shopping for supplies.
I have five cartons of cigarettes, so can live for a month or more on ramen noodles and water if worst came to worst. Hopefully it’ll never come to that !
This isn’t a thread to discuss the situation here in Thailand, please do that elsewhere. It’s just an announcement to reassure those who were worried about my safety – once again, I am safe, and intend to stay that way.
For those who are planning to travel to Thailand, I would advise doing your own due diligence on the situation before travelling, a postponement if possible may be a wise choice. The “Thai Visa” website has a news email that keeps one abreast of current news, and is recommended.
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