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If you've been pining for some China travel or Thailand travel, but have been holding off because they're too unique or interesting or exciting, you might want to start looking at some of those exciting Asian LCCs that we've been writing so much about. News on the hotel and entertainment front has it that the countries are getting some of the West's most refined tourist traps, the better to enhance the region's cosmopolitan flavor. Charming.
China is getting a new Hard Rock Cafe, to be attached to Macau's existing Hard Rock Hotel and its casino. This will be the second Hard Rock in China, presumably part of our plan to bankrupt the Chinese by tricking them into buying overpriced plates of fries. That's assuming that the people who dine at the establishment will be local, and that they'll also be the ones purchasing merchandise from the shops and gambling in the casino. If it's American tourists doing that, it won't do much good for our currency imbalance at all. More the opposite.
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While we haven't been shy about urging you to seek out economic and political turmoil for travel deals, we've generally tried to steer you toward Eastern Europe and away from Thailand. While Athens has indeed been unstable, what with the occasional deadly riot sweeping through the city, blood has literally been running in the streets of Bangkok. Plus the Greeks were never really going to keep up any kind of sustained rioting. If they had that kind of commitment they wouldn't be in the middle of an economic implosionthey'd be at work. The Thais, on the other hand, seemed pretty serious.
But things have now calmed down a bit in Bangkok. Hong Kong and Japan have both lifted their travel advisories, and Australian newspapers are back to publishing condescending Thailand travel journals about how the whole "don't go there or you'll die" thing was just a big misunderstanding. Perhaps the biggest sign of returning stability is that Thai nationals are gambling on Bangkok stocks taking an upward turn, and presumably they'd have the best sense for the city's near-term future.
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As expected in such unstable situations, news of the coup in Bangkok is rolling in quickly, and constantly changing. Prime Minister Thaksin has been overthrown by his army commander, martial law has been declared, and both CNN and the BBC have been taken off the air in Thailand. Even fast-paced blogging faces a challenge in the unpredictability of it all.
If you need to follow the effects on flights to and from BKK, nothing beats Flyertalk, where several threads are rolling among the forums. Options for general coverage include CNN's Pipeline online (where a day pass for their customized news stream is $.99), the blog of Bangkok-based travel writer Newley Purnell, Knife Tricks and Metroblogging Bangkok.
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