Chaos in Thailand

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Anti-government protestors shut down both Bangkok airports – NewKerala.com [22 mins ago]
Protesters shut down second Bangkok airport – Metro.co.uk [22 mins ago]
Emergency at airports – Straits Times [38 mins ago]
Thailand declares state of emergency at Bangkok airports – CBC [1 hour ago]
Coup rumours in Bangkok – Asiaone [1 hour ago]
State of emergency to be declared on airports – The Nation – Thailand [1 hour ago]
Reports: Coup rumors spread in Bangkok – Xinhua News Agency [1 hour ago]
Thai PM declares emergency at airports (Reuters) – Yahoo! News Australia [1 hour ago]
Thai PM declares emergency at airports amid coup talk (Reuters) – Yahoo! News Australia [1 hour ago]
Thai PM considers state of emergency; plans made to fly out tourists – CBC [2 hours ago]
Thai PM declares emergency at airports – Reuters UK [2 hours ago]
Thai PM declares emergency at airports amid coup talk – Reuters UK [2 hours ago]
Thai army urged to stay in barracks – ONE News [3 hours ago]
Coup looms in Thailand – Times Colonist [3 hours ago]
Coup rumours sweep Bangkok – The Nation – Thailand [3 hours ago]
Thailand teeters on the brink – BBC [3 hours ago]
Thai PM tells army to stay in barracks – Reuters UK [4 hours ago]
Thai PM rejects general’s call for new elections – Globe and Mail [4 hours ago]
Thailand May Proclaim Emergency – Nasdaq [4 hours ago]
Second Bangkok airport shut by protest – Guardian Unlimited [5 hours ago]
Second Bangkok airport shut by Thai anti-government protesters – Guardian Unlimited [5 hours ago]
1,500 British tourists stranded in Bangkok as Thailand’s second airport is shut down by protesters – Mail Online UK[5 hours ago]
Embattled Thai PM Weighs Emergency Orders – CBS News [5 hours ago]
Protesters take second Bangkok airport – ITN [5 hours ago]
Thai govt may impose state of emergency (AAP) – Yahoo! News Australia [5 hours ago]
Second Bangkok airport shuts – itv.com [6 hours ago]
Bangkok closed off as second airport shut – The Times [6 hours ago]
ANALYSIS: Violence feared as Thai leader defies military – The Times [6 hours ago]
Thai Protestors Shut Down Second Airport In Standoff – Time [7 hours ago]
UPDATE 1-Pressure mounts on Thai army to halt unrest 3 hrs ago – CNBC [7 hours ago]

6 thoughts on “Chaos in Thailand”

  1. This sux, I am supposed to fly in early next week

    I’d just like to take this time to mention that the full ceremonial name of Bangkok is:

    Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit

    (กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยามหาดิลก ภพนพรัตน์ ราชธานีบุรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์ มหาสถาน อมรพิมาน อวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยะ วิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์)

    Which means “The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city.

  2. Living as I do in downtown Bangkok close to the British Embassy all seems quiet here and all along Sukhumvit the main cross city road. All the action is taking place out of town near the two Airports and the access roads. The Government Offices are occupied by PAD too as they have been for many weeks now. However the very polite friendly Thai people are not targeting foreigners at all this is strictly a Thai/Thai confrontation. So no one who has friends and relatives stranded here need worry at all on that account.Foreigners are suffering yes but only by inconvenience there is no physical threat to them at all.

  3. How in the hell can you live there, what with the traffic and pollution. When I am Bangkok I live between Phutthamonthon 2 and Phutthamonthon 3 on the other side of the river. It is well worth the 25 minute drive on the elevated highway just to get away pollution.

    It very rare I go into the Sukhumvit area, as you can only have so much of what the area is famous for. But there is a great Irianian restaurant called Sherazade on Sukhumvit soi 3/1, the only problem is the whole area is infested with arabs towing along their garbage sacks. Anyway the food is great, but no booze, but thats no problem, as it is only 3 minutes to Nana.

    I can remember this area from 12 years ago, and it was mostly Israelis there, and it was Israelis that showed me this restaurant

    But if you want a great steak and some great German beer, the not far from Phutthamonthon 3 along a street named Uthayan there is a beer garden

    What really sux for me, as I must do my visa run, and I already have tickets to fly down to Phuket, while the Indonesia Embassy do my visa

    By the way, is there a strong muslim presence in PAD.

  4. How in the hell can you live there, what with the traffic and pollution. When I am Bangkok I live between Phutthamonthon 2 and Phutthamonthon 3 on the other side of the river. It is well worth the 25 minute drive on the elevated highway just to get away pollution.

    It very rare I go into the Sukhumvit area, as you can only have so much of what the area is famous for. But there is a great Irianian restaurant called Sherazade on Sukhumvit soi 3/1, the only problem is the whole area is infested with arabs towing along their garbage sacks. Anyway the food is great, but no booze, but thats no problem, as it is only 3 minutes to Nana.

    I can remember this area from 12 years ago, and it was mostly Israelis there, and it was Israelis that showed me this restaurant

    But if you want a great steak and some great German beer, thats not far from Phutthamonthon 3 along a street named Uthayan there is a beer garden

    What really sux for me, as I must do my visa run, and I already have tickets to fly down to Phuket, while the Indonesia Embassy do my visa

    By the way, is there a strong muslim presence in PAD.

  5. Well it aint through lack of trying

    On 17 March 1994, a joint Iranian-Hezbollah operation to bomb the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok went awry when the terrorists who were driving the truck bomb fled after hitting a local motorcycle. The terrorist fled the scene. The truck was towed to a police station; the bomb was only discovered days later when the police inspected the truck. Also the body of the murdered driver was later found in the vehicle.

    Other Hezbollah operations in Thailand include surveillance of the El Al office in Bangkok and counter at Don Muang airport, the only airport in South-East Asia into which the Israeli airline flies. It has also reconnoitered Khao San Road, popular with backpackers and young tourists from around the world, and also the home to one of Bangkok’s synagogues. Not surprisingly, in 2002-03, Jemaah Islamiah’s (JI) operations chief, Hambali ordered his operatives to conduct surveillance on almost exactly the same targets.

    On November 7, 2001 a truck bomb was parked outside
    the Marina Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. The timer had lit the ignition
    fuse to the bomb, made up of ammonium nitrate, gas cylinders and
    hand grenades, but the weapon had become soaked by monsoon rains
    and failed to explode

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