Tourism Continues as Thailand Falls Under Curfew
National tourism departments around the world were informed that the Thai Royal Army instituted a national curfew for citizens and visitors traveling in Thailand May 22.
Thailand is one of the world’s top 10 tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. The country is popular for is healing retreats to its all-night parties just as much for its beautiful beaches and resorts.
The nationwide curfew is in place starting at 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. (21:00 – 5:00) until further notice.
The Chief of the Royal Thai Army assured the safety of all foreigners in Thailand, reported the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office of Travel Advice.
The Royal Thai Army took over the Southeast country during the early hours May 20. The military’s goal is to restore order and peace to the country, but some diplomats are highly critical of army chief General Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s reasoning and actions, in spite of six months of political demonstrations that have sometimes turned violent.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry criticized the coup d’etat, stating that “there is no justification for this military coup,” today.
“I am disappointed by the decision of the Thai military to suspend the constitution and take control of the government after a long period of political turmoil, and there is no justification for this military coup,” says Kerry.
Airports, hotels, tour operators and other services remain open. Travelers to the country are advised to follow the curfew.
All travelers in Thailand are expected to return to their hotels by 10 p.m. (21:00) and remain there until 5 a.m. (5:00).
Travelers arriving in and departing from the country during the curfew will be allowed to get to where they need to go. Additional busses, shuttles and taxies are being made available to tourists. Authorities advise that all travelers carry passports and other travel documents with them while in transit to their destination during the curfew.
Travelers departing from Thailand during the curfew are advised to arrive to the airport earlier than usual. Travelers with flights departing out of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports are advised to arrive four hours prior to scheduled flight departure times.
All other Thai businesses and public services are adjusting its hours to comply with the curfew, according to reports.
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