Friday, November 28, 2008

In Between

In between the protests that have been going on for some time, I traveled with my parents to Bangkok for the second time in August. We were there just in time for Queen Sirikit's birthday.

It was interesting to see the Thai public's reverence for the royal family--though I already encountered some of that during my first trip to Thailand.

On a day I took to myself to sleep in while my parents toured the Grand Palace and some other sights I already enjoyed, I found myself in the midst of the celebration. On the way to Dusit Park there was a street fair with food, souvenir vendors, a band, and some minor political activity. Unfortunately, I got caught in the rain without an umbrella on the walk back to the hotel.

3 comments:

Josh said...

Ha! Speaking of Thailand...

This one of the places my wife was hoping to possibly travel for the Spring Festival. You mentioned the protests going on right now and I just read that all air traffic was shut down.

Is it still safe to be traveling in Thailand? Do you think these protests will last for a long while?

Matthew said...

I have no idea how long these protests will continue--think it depends on the government.

Traveling to Thailand is still safe though--protests aren't aimed at foreigners, but it might create some inconvenience...especially if they shut down the airport again.

Might have better luck going through Chiang Mai or Phuket rather than Bangkok.

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