Situation Update: Thailand, 20th May, 2014
A statement issued by the TCEB on 20th May, 2014, at 12.00 hrs. (GMT+7) says that The Royal Thai Army has declared martial law in Thailand with effect from 03.00 hrs on 21 May 2014.
Given the current political crisis in Thailand, The Royal Thai Army has declared martial law throughout the country. However, they claim that this is not a coup, just a measure to restore peace and order.
In the past few months tourism has declined in Thailand and hoteliers and club owners fear empty cash registers. Despite the political turmoil and the declaration of martial law there is no curfew and all major tourist attractions, shopping venues, restaurants, pubs and transport system are functioning normally.
Traffic disruptions are to be expected and all the tourists are advised to keep away from rally sites and demonstration marches, as well as areas where crowds may gather.
News channel and radios causing unnecessary panic among locals and the tourists have been banned and a number of measures have been taken to ensure safety at the airports and tourist locations. Locals have been asked to resume their day-to-day activities and tourists and business travellers are requested to keep vigilant at all times.
Contact these numbers in case of any queries or emergencies:
Tourism Authority of Thailand Call Centre 1672
Thai Traffic Police Call Centre 1197
Thai Tourist Police Call Centre 1155
Bangkok Tourism Division Call Centre +66 (0) 2225 7612-4
Ministry of Foreign Affairs +66 (0) 2203 4381-2
Department of Consular Affairs +66 (0) 23833402-4
Airports of Thailand Plc Call Centre +66 (0) 2132 9996-7
Airport Operation Centre (AOPC) +66 (0) 2132 9950
Passenger Assistance Center (PAC) Tel: +66 (0) 2139 9996 -7
Airport Information Counters Call Centre 1722.
Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (city bus service) Call Centre 1348
State Railway of Thailand Call Centre 1690
Transport Co., Ltd., (inter-provincial bus service) Call Centre 1490
Thai Airways International (THAI) Call Centre +66 (0) 2356 1111
Bangkok Airways Reservation Centre 1771
MRT Customer Relations Centre +66 (0) 2624 5200
Emergency Call 1646, 1669