State of Emergency Lifted in Bangkok

September 15, 2008

Thailand's acting prime minister, Mr. Somchai Wongdawat lifted the 12-day state of emergency in Bangkok on Sunday morning (14 September 2008). The situation in Bangkok is almost back to normal. The demonstration by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) is limited to only certain areas of Bangkok namely Government House and Ratchadamnoen Nok Road (Makkawan Bridge). All other areas in Bangkok remain uneffected. Downtown Bangkok such as business and entertainment areas of Silom, Sathorn, Sukhumvit, Siam Square, Pratunam and Petchburi are fully accessible including all retail shops, shopping centers, restaurants, banks, embassies, office buildings. Bangkok Sky Train (BTS), Underground train (MRT) networks, Taxi and Bus services are operating as usual.

There may be some traffic congestion in some areas near the demonstration sites. For those who plan to visit attractions around Rattanakosin Island are advised to take shuttle boats and river taxis that serve among various public piers along the Chao Phraya River as they are fast and convenient.

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Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport and all regional airports operate as normal. Rail services in provincial areas of the north and northeastern regions function regularly. Most of rail services to/from the southern parts of Thailand have resumed. Tourists can take public transportation to key destinations around Thailand such as Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Northeastern Thailand and other parts of the country as usual.

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