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An array of warnings specific to Thailand are noted on the U.S. State Department website. Recent political unrest remains one of the top concerns for travelers.
The Department of State advises all U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Thailand to monitor events closely, to avoid any large public gatherings, and to exercise discretion when traveling within the country. Political demonstrations are frequent in Thailand. Many are scheduled on the anniversary of political events, and others happen with little warning. Demonstrations can attract tens of thousands of participants and often cause severe traffic disruptions, especially if they include processions from one site to another. If a demonstration is expected to pass near the U.S. Embassy or Consulate facilities, Embassy and Consulate entrances and functions may be restricted. Demonstrations are unpredictable and can turn violent without warning. For this reason, we encourage you to monitor local media for information about possible demonstrations and to avoid the vicinity of demonstrations. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the Consulate General in Chiang Mai post information about particular demonstrations on their websites as well as through Facebook and Twitter. We usually will not send out emergency messages to U.S. citizens about particular demonstrations. Read more…
Border clashes between Thailand and Cambodia have also been a problem in recent years. Awareness of these realities and other threats will help you avoid confrontation and other serious safety threats.
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