Sometimes you just have to admit when you’re wrong.
Arthur Frommer, sir you were right and I was wrong.
Weeks back when the “usual” Thailand protests started, I, like many others, pooh poohed it as just what the Thai people do. They protest in the streets, sometimes the government gets overthrown, nobody gets hurt and Thailand goes on being the cheap, wonderful place for the traveler passing through.
But now I’ve got to say thing went from interesting to downright scary.
The New York Times had a story about an attempted assassination of a Thai general who supports the red shirt protesters.
I’m reading a lot of stories about the violence being isolated to just certain parts of Bangkok and that the rest of the city is fine, as well as the rest of the country.
Even if the rest of the country is quiet, can you really enjoy yourself when all the madness is going on around you? It’s like going to Haiti after the earthquake in a region not hit by the devastation. Can you REALLY enjoy yourself knowing there so much turmoil going on so close by?
Me, I’d jump right into Bangkok right now. But that is just me. Some would call me crazy, and I might agree with them.
Could I send other people there, especially inexperienced travelers who may not be savvy or street smart to avoid trouble. No. I’d be too worried about them. Not everyone is skilled enough to change their plans on the fly or might freak out if their hotel was suddenly closed.