Map of Bangkok Protest Sites in December 2013

November 2, 2013


UPDATED on 30th December 2013: It is now expected to be quiet over the new year holiday. Many tourists still reporting that they didn’t see any protesters during their holiday in Bangkok. It’s a big city and as long as you stay away from the rally sites and any large gathering you will be perfectly fine. Don’t worry. But, do follow me on Twitter for breaking news 24/7

After 2nd January 2014 we are expecting a big rally across Bangkok. Police are expecting it to be peaceful but it will cause gridlock. We don’t yet know which day or any of their intended targets. But we are expecting it to be more prolonged this time. Follow on twitter for more information as soon as I get it, 24/7.

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597 Responses to Map of Bangkok Protest Sites in December 2013

  1. Karina
    December 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Hi Richard,
    we will be arriving in BKK on this Sunday morning(12/22) and staying in pullman bangkok king power hotel for 5 days. Is it ok to take a taxi from our hotel to khao Sand raod on 12/22 afternoon? it seems that there’s no Protest Site near the Khao San Road area, pls advise, ur reply will be highly appreciated.

    Many thanks!

    • Richard Barrow
      December 22, 2013 at 12:49 am

      You will need to play it by ear. We are expecting traffic gridlock on Sunday.

  2. Alain
    December 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Richard,

    I will be leaving on 22 Dec 2013, will there be any issue from BTS trasfer to ARL at phaya Thai.

  3. Natasha
    December 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Hello Richard,

    Me and my partner are arriving in Bangkok tomorrow (Dec 23rd) in the afternoon. We arriving through Don Mueang airport, will it be ok to get a taxi or do you think there will be problems? We are staying at Sachas Hotel Uno on
    28/19 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoan Nue, Wattana from my understanding there is a major rally site located here for today’s march. Is this correct? Will it still be safe for us to travel there? Any guidance you can provide would be a huge help. Thank you.

  4. Jen
    December 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Richard,

    My family and I will be going to BKK from December 25 to 30,and we’ll be staying in Pratunam area. I saw your maps regarding the protest and it mostly covers where we will be staying and going. I would like to ask if by those days, are there still protest that would be happening or none? Is it safe? Any suggestions to prevent us from those protest? 🙂 Lots of thanks

    • Richard Barrow
      December 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      They left yesterday. No idea when they will come back

  5. Jen
    December 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Richard,
    My family and I will be going to BKK from December 25 to 30 and we’ll be staying in Pratunam area. I saw the map that you posted regarding the protest and it mostly covers where we will be staying and going. Is there still a protest that will be happening when we get there or none? Is it safe if there is? Any suggestions to prevent those protest? 🙂 Lots of thanks

  6. Angie
    December 22, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Hi Richard,
    Coming to BKK on 25th for christmas until 28th december. Will the protest expected to continue over the week ? Staying in four points sheraton – which is close to asok bts which is one of the rally site…

    • Richard Barrow
      December 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      That is only a temporary site. Don’t worry.

  7. Sarah
    December 23, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Any issues visiting Khao San area?

  8. Seth
    December 23, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Hi, we’ll be visiting bangkok and will stay at pratunam pavilion hotel from 9-12 January of next year. I’ve seen the pratunam as one of the rally area. Will it be safe or is it to commute by taxi during that period? Hopefully the protests will end soon. 🙂

  9. Haider
    December 23, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Hi Richard, We will be staying in four star shareton in bangkok (which is few kilometers away from the protest area) from 24th – 27th Dec. Should we expcect any problem? Thank you for your help. Regards

  10. Crystal
    December 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    we are visiting bkk from 27th until 1st Jan. do you thinkgoing to pattaya day trip on 29th is ok to avoid the gridlock ?? Thanks

  11. Mark
    December 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Richard, will be staying in South Sathorn near Lumpini Park from 27th Dec- 2nd Jan. Hard for you to say I know, but we have a 7 and a 4 year old. Wife now not sure whether to cancel. Thanks and great updates

    • Richard Barrow
      December 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Should be tine but do follow on twitter for updates

  12. Natasha
    December 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Hello Richard,
    my family and I are arriving in Bangkok at the end of this week.
    Will it be hard getting to Pratunam from the Suvarnabhumi airport?
    Are there still rallies in Pratunam?
    Thank you.

  13. Lea
    December 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Dear Richard,

    Thank you for providing live update. I am going to BKK on 25-27 and stay in Mardanrin Centre Piont near Sam Yan – should I carry on the trip or forget it?

    thanks Lea

    • Richard Barrow
      December 24, 2013 at 12:02 am

      I would continue but keep updated with news on Twitter.

  14. Melissa Mona
    December 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Hi Richard,

    Thank you for the useful information that you have been providing, really appreciate it alot.

    I will be staying at Banyan Tree Bangkok on 26-30 Dec, will there be much difficulties for me to travel by cab from the airport to the hotel?

    Thank you so much for your assistance


    • Richard Barrow
      December 24, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      I cannot see why there would be problem.

  15. Fiona Ng
    December 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Richard

    Looking at the situation now in Bangkok, should I continue the trip on 31/12/2013? It is just a 4 days 3 nights short getaway trip. Please advise.

    • Richard Barrow
      December 27, 2013 at 12:55 am

      I think it will be fine over new year as the protesters will organize their own events.

      • Fiona Ng
        December 27, 2013 at 7:17 am

        Hi Richard

        Thank you so much for the reply. Appreciate it. 😀

  16. Elton Smoor
    December 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Richard,
    Thanks for the updates, very helpful! Just wondering how things are now?
    I am traveling with wife and children (8years) to BKK from 1st – 6th January, staying in Silom area, just around corner from Lumphini Park – BTS Silom. We hope to visit:
    MBK Siam Paragon for shopping,
    Grand Palace, Giant Buddha,
    Chao Praya cruise,
    Floating Markets at Damnoan Saduak.
    After that heading to Pattaya and Koh Samui.

  17. Nga
    December 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I plan travel to Phuket on Jan 2014 with my kids (transit at Bangkok airport to connect flight to Phuket). Should I cancel this trip or not ? I scare of protest and polictical situation that may block the airport and affect tourist. Should I travel or not ? Is it dangerous to my kids ?

    • Richard Barrow
      December 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      No reason to worry at this moment in time

  18. Zoe
    December 28, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Dear Mr. Richard,

    Mid of next month, I am travelling from Don Muang Airport to Prautunum Hotel area by taxi. Is is safe to travel in the afternoon? Thanks for your reply advance.

  19. Chooiyee
    December 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Hi, Richard. I’ve planned a short getaway trip to Bangkok from 21st Jan to 24th Jan landed at Don Mueang Airport. Is that safe to travel there within this period? We stay at tune hotel asoke there any protest activity around thr?

    • Richard Barrow
      December 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      I cannot see why you would have a problem.

  20. Anggi Paramitha Siregar
    December 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Dear Richard, could you tell me the latest info about protest sites in Bangkok that should be avoided by tourist? I’m visiting Bangkok next week. Thanks in advance.

    • Richard Barrow
      December 29, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Protest sites are marked in red on the map. Just avoid them.

  21. Jessica
    December 29, 2013 at 11:11 am

    My mom and I are arriving in Bangkok Feb.5 and fly out Feb.11. Right after election. Ugh. Think we should make a plan B and not be in Bangkok during these dates?

    • Richard Barrow
      December 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Election is nationwide. Their stronghold is down south and in Bangkok.

  22. Jess
    December 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Richard, i’ll be landing in bkk on 1st jan will be there till 6jan. I’m staying centara watergate. Is it one of the rally sites? Centralworld and all? Taxi’s not safe? Thanks in advance! 🙂

    • Richard Barrow
      December 29, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      Should all be fine. Just stay away from areas marked in red on the map.

    • ZiHan
      December 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Hi, i’m really confuse now cause i will be landing 1-6th jan too but apparently someone told me that my hotel asia hotel is near the riot area? is that true Richard? Should i change hotel? Thanks for your advise!

      • Richard Barrow
        December 30, 2013 at 11:50 pm

        That is probably the best hotel as it has a skybridge to the Skytrain. Good choice.

  23. Helen
    December 30, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Hi, I will be landing in bangkok on 21-25 January 2014 and stay in hotel nearby Ratchatewi area, would that area be safe to travel that time?

    • Richard Barrow
      December 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      At this moment in time it is fine but I am afraid I cannot predict what will happen next month.

  24. Amy
    December 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm


    I will be arriving in Bangkok on 31/01/14 and stay until 4/02/14. Will be staying at Hyatt Erawan hotel. Would it be safe around that area?


  25. i_Tri
    December 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Hi, Richard

    Im will go to bangkok on 10/1/14 till 13/1/14 and stay on Bangkok City Hotel. is it okay now there ?
    actually im lilte worry..hehe
    but thanks a lot for this information.

    Thank You

    • Richard Barrow
      December 30, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      Sorry, we don’t know their next move, but should be alright.

  26. Helen
    December 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks for your reply. Please do keep on update the situation at Bangkok until next month okay? Your effort is much appreciated! 😀

  27. Kristin
    December 30, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Hello Richard! I noticed on the map it shows a protest site in the Bang Rak district. I know the Lebua hotel is in that district as well. How far is the Lebua State Tower hotel from this protest site? If it is right on top of it we might switch hotels. Thank you for keeping us all updated!!!

    • Richard Barrow
      December 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      The marker is only there as it had a protest before and possibly could have another. But it wasn’t anything major. I might delete it.

      • Kristin
        December 31, 2013 at 12:39 am

        Ok thanks!

      • Peter
        December 31, 2013 at 2:41 am

        Hi Richard. We will arrive in the Sukhumvit (Nana BTS) area new years day and need to catch a flight at Don Muang Airport the next day. Do you have any travel advice in particular or should we be alright?

  28. Tony
    December 31, 2013 at 4:26 am

    I will be with a tour group in Bankok Sunday 1/5 and Monday 1/6, staying at the Viengtai Hotel. From there we travel to Chiang Mai.
    Your thoughts on safety?

    • Richard Barrow
      December 31, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Shouldn’t be a problem. At the moment it looks like Bangkok Shutdown will start on 7th January.

  29. Natasha
    December 31, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Just back from a great and peaceful holiday in Bangkok.Thai people are very friendly,I hope the political situation won’t change this..

  30. Gururaj
    December 31, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Hi Richard,

    Thanks to you that we had a great time in Bangkok. As a matter of fact we were in Bangkok even on 22nd when there was a grid lock. We followed your advice and went out early on that day out to safari world and returned late in the evening. We followed your tweets to keep us posted. You are doing a great service to the tourists community visiting thailand in general and Bangkok in particular.

  31. Linda P
    December 31, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    We have reservations at hotel New Siam Riverside, 8 blocks from Grand Palace, on the river, for Jan 9-12, needing to get to the airport evening of the 12th. It’s sounding like that will not be a good place to be. I’m thinking of changing to a hotel near the airport. What do you think?

    • Richard Barrow
      January 1, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      I am sure on the river will be fine as you have an alternative mode of transport to get around.

      • Linda P
        January 2, 2014 at 1:12 am

        Thanks for the up-to-date information and reassurance. We’ll stick with Plan A and enjoy ourselves.

  32. Kate
    January 1, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for the great map, we are due to arrive in Bangkok on 23rd January so keeping an eye on the situation at the moment, I might have missed this but is there a key to what all the different colours/symbols on the map mean? Also, is the Grand Palace area still safe to go to even though it is close to government buildings?

    Thanks again for the great information you are providing 🙂

    • Richard Barrow
      January 1, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Thousands of people at the Grand Palace today. Don’t worry about it but keep up with news by following me on Twitter as the situation could change.

  33. Carina
    January 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Richard,

    I’m traveling to Bangkok from 8 Jan to 11 Jan 2014. Will it be safe?
    You mentioned earlier about bangkok shutdown on 7 Jan, what do you mean?

    • Richard Barrow
      January 1, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Shutdown is now 13 January. They will try and cause gridlock.

  34. Sasa
    January 2, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I’m traveling to Bangkok from 12 Jan to 15 Jan 2014. Will it be safe?

  35. Tania
    January 2, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Hi Richard,

    the information you are providing is very helpful.. I am planning to visit bangkok on the 10th – 16th of January. do you think this is a wise idea? will the protest close also the airports? As you said the shutdown is planned to be on the 13th.. so my stay is for sure going to be affected. how is the condition there?

    Thank you once again.

    • Richard Barrow
      January 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Everything is fine at the moment. However, from 13th it will be more difficult to get around. Maybe best to stay in a hotel near the Skytrain or river.

  36. venkat
    January 2, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Richard,
    Your updates are very useful. Very rare to find people like you who help others without expecting any benefits.Wish u a Happy 2014.
    I too have a question for you.
    I have planned my vacation with family in bangkok from 16th to 23rd, inclusive of 3 days in Krabi ( 19-22nd). is it worth still going ahead with the plan or to drop it. Iam getting bit nervous as the dates are nearer to Feb2nd elections.

    • Richard Barrow
      January 2, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      The problem in Bangkok from 13th January is only with getting around. But if you plan for it and use Skytrain/subway/boats you will be fine. The elections in February shouldn’t affect you. Krabi will be fine and worry free.

  37. Richard Barrow
    January 2, 2014 at 3:50 pm

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