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Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 7:17:08 AM
PETALING JAYA: It is still safe to travel to Bangkok despite the recent massive political unrest taking place in the capital of Thailand, says the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in Malaysia.
TAT Malaysia’s Public Relations Manager Som Boon said there were many places for tourists to visit in Thailand.
“We have people calling us since the protests broke out. Actually there are still many places you can go. Tourism spots like the Grand Palace and shopping malls remain open.”
He cited an example of Siam Paragon, one of tourists’ favourite malls in Bangkok, which closed only on Sunday and reopened after that.
For safety precautions, tourists were urged to check the TAT website for updates.
“Check the website for places you should avoid. There’s also a list of numbers of airlines, police and the Thailand authorities that you can call for help,” he said.
Som Boon believes that “the worst is already over”.
“In the past, in mass protests, people have been in and out. This is very minor compared to the previous ones, not in terms of the number (of people who died or were injured), but in terms of what had happened,” he said.
Thailand has always been a favourite tourism destination for Malaysians – 2.4 million Malaysians travelled to the Land of Smiles from January to October this year, according Thailand’s Tourism Ministry.
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