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Should I go to Bangkok?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Westerners (that’s right farang!) that keep hearing about the political divide in Thailand may need reassuring about upcoming holiday travel plans. If you’re planning to travel to Thailand at the end of the year, by all means continue. Keep up with current events, but don’t let this deter your adventure plans.

Thailand does have a turbulent political scene these days, and there is a cultural divide not unlike that which has existed in the United States for the past decade. In many ways the Thaksin era brought great progress and change to Thailand, but there are some negative effects that haunt Thai politics to this day.

I’ll leave you with this final thought. Though the political scene may be filled with excitement, like a popular lakorn, when you spend time in Thailand, you won’t be interacting with politicians. You’ll be amongst ordinary Thai people, who are still among the friendliest people on earth. Take the appropriate precautions in Bangkok as you would in any huge capital city. But try to interact with the local Thai population wherever you go, and you’ll be rewarded with the warmth and hospitality this country is famous for.