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Thai Airports Reopen? Closed?; Caution Advised

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts updated Tuesday, 16 September 2008

NOTE - Anyone who is following the news knows that the political situation is constantly evolving, the below information is accurate as of press time - END NOTE

Over the last weekend of August, the uncertain Thai political situation extended its reach to the airports of Krabi, Hat Yai and Phuket, affecting thousands of innocent travellers.

While the airports re-opened on Monday, 1 September, Hat Yai Airport then closed again on Tuesday, but reopened again on Thursday 4 September, resuming normal operations. As the situation remains extremely unstable. Travellers are strongly advised to check with their airline frequently for the latest status on flights etc.

For travellers who have tickets but are still to travel, it is imperative to check with your airline, what cancelation policies and contingency plans they have in place if the airports were to close again, which has reportedly been threatened, and seems to becoming a reality.

Other modes of transport, such as the trains, were also been affected.

Thailand is still a safe destination, but as there is no obvious way out of this confusing and extremely unusual internal conflict, travellers should be aware of any potential issues which could affect their journey and plan accordingly.

Early Tuesday morning (2 September), a state of emergency was declared in Bangkok. This state of emergency was lifted Monday, 15 September 2008.

Hotels across Thailand, especially in Bangkok and Phuket, have reported significant cancelations, both from the FIT and MICE markets.

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