Warning from the Brittish Embassy in Bangkok November 20120
- A large anti-government demonstration is expected to take place in the Royal Plaza at the intersection of Si Ayuthaya Road and Rajdumnoen Nok Avenue from 0900 on 24 November. You should avoid this demonstration and any other protests.
We advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border. On 21 September a bomb exploded in the Sai Buri district of Pattani causing a number of deaths and injuries. See Safety and Security – Political Situation.
- We advise against all travel to the Preah Vihear (Khaoi Pra Viharn in Thai) temple area and the Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple area located on the Thai-Cambodian border due to the presence of troops in the area and the risk of outbreaks of fighting. Remain alert to the local situation when travelling in other border regions and at land crossings between Thailand and Cambodia. See Safety and Security – Local Travel – Cambodian border.
- There is a high threat of terrorism. Bomb and grenade attacks have been indiscriminate, including in places visited by expatriates and foreign travellers. You should remain vigilant and keep abreast of local security advice and media reports. See: Safety and Security – Terrorism.
- The majority of road traffic accidents in Thailand involve motorcycles, although accidents involving other vehicles including cars, coaches and mini-buses also occur. See: Safety and Security – Local Travel – Road Travel.
- By law, you must carry your passport with you at all times in Thailand. Tourists have been arrested because they were unable to produce their passport. See: Local Laws and Customs.
- Penalties for possession, distribution or manufacture of drugs are severe and can include the death penalty. See: Local Laws and Customs.