US State Department warns Americans to avoid protest sites in Bangkok
January 20, 2014 00:00
The US Department of State Monday warned US citizens to avoid protest sites and large gatherings in Bangkok and other provinces.
In its latest travel alert issued on Monday, the State Department said there are potential risks of travel to Thailand, particularly Bangkok, due to ongoing political and social unrest ahead of the February 2 election.
It said the situation is unpredictable and ongoing demonstration activity, primarily in the greater Bangkok area and occasionally elsewhere in Thailand, is expected to continue.
“U.S. citizens are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large gatherings. Some protest sites are located near tourist attractions and popular shopping malls, which at times have closed or shortened hours unexpectedly,” the travel alert said.