Bangkok Situation Update
December 01, 2008
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang Airports still remained occupied by the PAD protesters.
Since 25 November, People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters forced Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and the old Don Muang Airports to suspend both inbound and outbound flights where they jammed the entry to the passenger terminals.
Some international flights are diverted to U-Tapao Airport, a naval base about 190 kilometers (118 miles) southeast of Bangkok. Since 28 November, Utapao has been the only way in or out of the country for tourists stranded by an anti-government blockade of the capital's main airports. Passengers flying out are advised to arrive at Utapao Airport at least 5 hours before flight departure time due to the long check-in queques.
There is still no sign the PAD protestors will leave the airports, resulting in the suspension of all Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways and Thai AirAsia's flights until the airports resume normal operations.
The anti-government demonstration is still taking place at the designated protest site and the immediate areas. Tourists in Bangkok should avoid travelling to areas near the demonstration site including the Government House, the Parliament Building and its vicinity. The protests are directed at the Prime Minister and other political figures. These incidents are limited to the administrative centre of Bangkok.
For sightseeing around Rattanakosin Island, visitors can easily take shuttle boats and river taxis along the Chao Phraya. All other major tourist attractions and shopping districts in Bangkok, and nationwide, are unaffected. Life in the capital and the rest of the Kingdom continues as normal. Foreign nationals are unaffected.
Except Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang Airports, hotels and other travel-related infrastructure and services including the rest of Thailand airports, all rail services and roadways operate as normal. Only certain roads around the Government House area remains closed. Traffic delays towards Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road and Suvarnabhumi Airport may occur - a road journey to related areas must be planned carefully.
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