Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order
issued a statement on Tuesday (3 June), effectively ending the curfew that
was in place on
the popular tourist islands of Phuket and Samui, as well as
Pattaya city to the south of Bangkok.
The curfew remains in
effect from 00:01 until 04:00 for the rest of the country,
including other popular tourist destinations such as Chiang Mai,
Chiang Rai, Krabi, Hua Hin and the capital city, Bangkok.
It is still not immediately obvious what the
curfew is supposed to achieve. It has caused a certain amount of
confusion not just among tourists, but with Thais as well, many of
unsure of whether they can travel to pick up friends and family
arriving at bus stops and airports in the middle of the night, and if they do,
what kind of obstacles - and how many - they may face.
Despite that, this latest development will give
those that rely on tourism in those three cities, a much needed
boost, and help build a degree of optimism in other areas of the
country - most likely elsewhere in the south for now - that the
curfew there may soon be lifted too.
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