Greetings from Thailand Post Military Coup

By Mridula Dwivedi June 6, 2014 24 Comments , , , ,

When I told my father that I was traveling to Thailand, to put it mildly, he was not too thrilled. After all we read that there was a military coup in Thailand and it must not be safe. But as the invitation was from Tourism Authority of Thailand to attend Thailand Travel Mart I was willing to go. I knew they would carefully look at the situation and only then invite people. So here are my experiences of traveling to Thailand post military coup.

Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

I have now traveled to a few places in Thailand and I have to say it is a different type of coup. I did not see any military personnel up to now. In fact when the governor of TAT was addressing media he showed an image of the people that felt amazing to me. Here it is.

The Governor of TAT Addressing Media at TTM
The Governor of TAT Addressing Media at TTM

The message from the governor was a plea to tell other tourists that Thailand was safe for travelers! As for the political situation in Thailand I am a complete novice but as a traveler I saw nothing that alarmed me. And if you are cursing me for using TAT and TTM, TAT is Tourism Authority of Thailand and TTM is Thailand Travel Mart,a trade event held annually in Bangkok.

Grand Pearl Dinner Cruise, Bangkok
Grand Pearl Dinner Cruise, Bangkok

Talking of Bangkok, we went on a dinner cruise and it was quite an experience. There are many cruise operators that operate dinner cruises and they are quite memorable. In fact each of the small snippets are going to be full posts once I come back on Sunday.

Wat Arun at Night, Bangkok, Thailand
Wat Arun at Night, Bangkok, Thailand

On the cruise I managed to click Wat Arun at night. It was a magnificent sight. The cruise had good entertainment which included traditional Thai dances as well as contemporary music. But there is a night curfew in Bangkok from 12 mid night to 4 am which did not affect me at all.  I hardly ever venture out during those hours anywhere.

Sala Khao Yai
Sala Khao Yai

I have now moved beyond Bangkok to a place called Khao Yai which has a national park. We stopped for lunch at Sala Khao Yai (I know it doesn’t sound complimentary in Hindi :D) which was a beautiful place. On the way too we faced no problems.

As I am wrapping this post, it is raining as it rains in tropical countries. I hope my visit to the Khao Yai National Park remains unaffected.


24 thoughts on “Greetings from Thailand Post Military Coup”

    1. Thank you Maniparna, as Maansi also says we could not figure out it was an interesting time. It was business as usual in most areas!

  1. Hi Maniparna,

    I travelled with Mridula on this trip and I must say that someone who hasnt read about the military coup wont believe there is one even if you hit them over the head with the newspapers. I even walked around bangkok at night and saw no signs of unrest or martial force. Bangkok is as amazing as ever.. just, sadly, a little empty of the tourist bustle.

  2. Good to know about Thailand and I am sure that after reading this travelogue, people will understand that all those media news are all just an hype.

    1. Sindhu as I was invited by Tourism Authority of Thailand I knew they would access the situation very carefully. There was a travel mart going on with buyers and sellers from all over Asia and beyond.

    1. Thank you Kokila. There was a curfew in Bangkok from 12.00 midnight to 4.00 am but then I am anyway asleep during those hours!

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I am Mridula Dwivedi, I love to travel! I started my travel blog in 2005. I have been going places since! For more details do check out my media kit! In another life I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur. I was a professor when I quit my job in 2015.

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