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Thailand Update: What You Need to Know About the Military Curfew

June 4, 2014 at 10:33 AM | by | ()

Those currently or with plans to travel to Thailand this summer will want to stay up to date on the latest regarding the military coup and subsequent curfew. Here's the latest on what's happening across the Pacific:

· The curfew has been completely lifted in Phuket, Pattaya, and Koh Samui, and all businesses are running as usual.

· In Bangkok and all other parts of the country, the military-enforced curfew is from midnight to 4 a.m. The curfew was reduced from seven to four hours at the end of May.

· You are permitted to transfer to the airport during the curfew hours, but you must have all your travel documents on hand in the (likely) event you are stopped. Medical and emergency services are still running 24-hours a day.

· Public transportation in affected areas is running at a reduced schedule. For example, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Bangkok.

· According to our local sources, life in Bangkok has adapted to the curfew by way of adjusting schedules. For example, businesses who typically stay open late are simply opening earlier to maintain the same amount of business hours, i.e, bars and clubs.

· Decisions about the curfew in other cities will be made on a "case by case basis."

· The Tourism Authority of Thailand's Governor Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, “The recent political situation only affected a few small areas of Bangkok, while in the rest of the country daily life was not disrupted at all. There is no military presence in popular tourist areas and of course no danger to travelers going out of their hotels and guesthouses in the evening.”

[Photo: Getty]

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