When I told my father that I was traveling to Thailand, to put it mildly, he was not too thrilled. After all we read that there was a military coup in Thailand and it must not be safe. But as the invitation was from Tourism Authority of Thailand to attend Thailand Travel Mart I was willing to go. I knew they would carefully look at the situation and only then invite people. So here are my experiences of traveling to Thailand post military coup.
I have now traveled to a few places in Thailand and I have to say it is a different type of coup. I did not see any military personnel up to now. In fact when the governor of TAT was addressing media he showed an image of the people that felt amazing to me. Here it is.
The message from the governor was a plea to tell other tourists that Thailand was safe for travelers! As for the political situation in Thailand I am a complete novice but as a traveler I saw nothing that alarmed me. And if you are cursing me for using TAT and TTM, TAT is Tourism Authority of Thailand and TTM is Thailand Travel Mart,a trade event held annually in Bangkok.
Talking of Bangkok, we went on a dinner cruise and it was quite an experience. There are many cruise operators that operate dinner cruises and they are quite memorable. In fact each of the small snippets are going to be full posts once I come back on Sunday.
On the cruise I managed to click Wat Arun at night. It was a magnificent sight. The cruise had good entertainment which included traditional Thai dances as well as contemporary music. But there is a night curfew in Bangkok from 12 mid night to 4 am which did not affect me at all. I hardly ever venture out during those hours anywhere.
I have now moved beyond Bangkok to a place called Khao Yai which has a national park. We stopped for lunch at Sala Khao Yai (I know it doesn’t sound complimentary in Hindi :D) which was a beautiful place. On the way too we faced no problems.
As I am wrapping this post, it is raining as it rains in tropical countries. I hope my visit to the Khao Yai National Park remains unaffected.