Protests and Parties in Bangkok

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  04.12.10 | 1:56 PM ET

The State Department has issued a warning for travelers to Thailand following this weekend’s violent clashes between protesters and police in Bangkok, which resulted in 21 deaths. From the latest alert:

U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid the areas that may be targeted for demonstrations and to exercise caution in their movements around Bangkok.

Despite the warning, though, World Hum contributor Newley Purnell reports that it’s business as usual for tourists on Bangkok’s Khao San Road, where water fights have replaced the earlier unrest.

The water fights are “badass,” says Sayed Jiwa, a 20 year old from Calgary, Canada, when asked about the festivities. He added that the protests were no joking matter, however… It was scary, says Jiwa, but “the vibe is all good” now.


Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.


2 Comments for Protests and Parties in Bangkok

Mark Jeremy 04.15.10 | 9:08 AM ET

I think that we’re all watching the Bangkok and Thailand situation very closely and fear for the tourist infrastructure. Here’s hoping to a speedy conclusion.

9g visa philippines 04.15.10 | 10:01 PM ET

All of us myst take part in reducing violence as much as possible. We should promote unity throughout every nation as to promote tourism and at the same time, promote world peace.

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