Map and Information about Protests in Bangkok in March 2014

March 3, 2014
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Please read my latest tweets above before asking questions. Also check the map for latest updates on protest sites.

The Bangkok Shutdown is over and the protesters have moved away from the intersections. However, this doesn’t mean that the protests are over. They are still continuing. But it does mean that Bangkok is now safer for tourists to visit. In particular, the main shopping area in Bangkok is now protest clear. At the moment, protesters are camping in Lumpini Park which is the new “Danger zone”. Other protesters are on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue and Chaeng Wattana near the Government Complex. Tourists are advised to stay away from rally sites and any large gatherings. If possible, also stay clear of government buildings.  Keep up with the latest information on Twitter.

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Pink markers are where people have been hurt or killed in the present or past (please note, these areas may be safe now if away from rally sites). Purple markers are main tourist attractions. Baskets are shopping areas. Red markers are rally sites. Flags are possible protest sites. This map is updated as and when there is an incident.

Rally sites at Phathumwan (MBK, Siam Square, Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon), Ratchaprasong-Pratunam (Central World), Asoke (Terminal 21) and Sala Daeng (Silom) have been taken down. These shopping areas are now safe to visit. However, please be aware that Silom is close to the rally site at Lumpini Park. It’s advisable not to enter this park for safety reasons.

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This is the new main rally site. It used to be on the road at Sala Daeng intersection and on Silom road. it is now inside Lumpini Park. It should be considered too dangerous for you to visit this park. However, hotels in this area should now be fine as well as shopping on Silom including Patpong Night Market.

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This is the other rally site that is near an area used by tourists. Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue from Phan Fah Bridge (bottom right) all the way towards the Royal Plaza (the statue of King Rama V on a horse) should be considered off limits and dangerous.

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Ratchadamnoe Klang from the Democracy monument (center of this picture) to Phan Fah Bridge is blocked to traffic. This should be considered a No-Man’s Land and therefore potentially dangerous. Police are not allowed to enter both of these zones and so the rule of law does not apply. If you enter, you are on your own. Ratanakosin Exhibition Hall on this road is closed.  On the above picture I have circled Khao San road. This is far enough away to be safe but you should keep up with news on Twitter in case something happens. There was a serious clash at Phan Fah bridge in February and people were killed.

The other rally site is at the Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana.  Foreigners only go to this area to visit Immigration. This is presently closed (see here for updates) and people should go to their offices at Imperial Ladprao or Major Suksawat instead.

Feel free to ask questions below or on my Facebook Page. But please read my latest tweets first and check the map.

146 Responses to Map and Information about Protests in Bangkok in March 2014

  1. christina
    May 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Hi Richard
    Your info has been very helpful during my visit to BKK in Feb.. now I am going again this weekend. Any areas to avoid following the recent turn of events regarding the PM?

    • Richard Barrow
      May 9, 2014 at 10:06 am

      You will need to follow me on Twitter as that situation is unfolding as we speak. Full details not known yet.

  2. Fong
    May 10, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Hi, Richard. I am going to visit Bangkok in the coming Saturday, May 17 for celebrating my anniversary. I am quite worry about the protest in bangkok now and not sure which tourist areas are dangerous because of the protest. Could you give me some advice? I am going to stay at Terminal 21 during my stay in bangkok. Is this hotel a safe one? And, which shopping malls or night markets that I should avoid going to? I am quite worry about that but we still want to go there for celebrating our lovely moment. I hope that you could give me your valuable advice, please. Thanks a lot in advance.

    • Richard Barrow
      May 11, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      At this moment in time those areas are fine. However, the situation is changing at the moment. I am expecting to be able to do a blog on Tuesday with an updated map of rally sites. Until then we just don’t know for sure.

  3. Prena
    May 11, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Hi, I am visiting Bangkok from 12-15 may and I am living in pratunam, so is it safe? I am really worried … And what might happen if there is a civil war?

    • Richard Barrow
      May 11, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      At this moment it is safe. Civil War is only a speculation.

  4. Manjari
    May 11, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Is bkk currently safe for tourists?

    • Richard Barrow
      May 11, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      At this moment, yes it is. I should be able to do a follow up blog on Tuesday when I survey the new rally sites. Please wait for that or follow me live on twitter.

  5. Natalie
    May 12, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Hi Richard,

    I am going to bangkok this weekend, is Grand Palace safe to visit?

    Thanks!

  6. dotified
    May 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Hi,Is glow pratunam near the protest site?

  7. Play0511
    May 14, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Hi, Richard! I would like to know the latest update of the protest in Bangkok as I am going there on this Sat and will be staying at The Heritage Bangkok. Is everything okay now? Your advice is much appreciated and thanks.

    • Richard Barrow
      May 14, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      I will try and write a new blog tonight. But, so far so good for your hotel.

  8. Hayati
    May 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Hi Richard, i will be staying at KC Place tomorrow, is terminal 21 and siam paragon dangerous to travel to? Is pratunam affected? Appreciate your response. Thanks!

    • Richard Barrow
      May 16, 2014 at 6:29 am

      No problem in those areas. Take a look at the map and you will see the red danger areas.

  9. Haj
    May 16, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Hi, I was just wondering how safe it would be travel to Bangkok on the 1st of June until the 7th? I will be staying very close to silom and wasn’t sure if it would be safe as I know the elections are on the 20th.

    Thanks.

    • Richard Barrow
      May 16, 2014 at 6:30 am

      Situation in Thailand is changing all the time. There won’t be any elections any time soon. Silom area is fine. Check the map.

  10. Nin
    May 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Richard, I’m travelling to BKK today for the weekend to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We are staying at the Sofitel So Hotel located 2, North Sathorn Road, just across Lumpini Park. Please tell me it’s safe.. Would appreciate your advice. Thank you!

  11. flaikwan
    May 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Hi, Richard! May I know is it safe to visit Grand Palace as I guess is quite near to rally place according to the map. thanks.

  12. May 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Richard,
    I’ll be staying at Berkeley Hotel Pratunam on 22-25. I watched the news about big rally next week. Will Pratunam be safe? What means of transport around Bangkok would you suggest? Didn’t mind paying extra as long as I can reach my scheduled destination on time.

  13. Chris
    May 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Hey Richard – I’m in Bangkok this week – do you think Ratchadamnoen Stadium is too close to protest areas to risk visiting? Thank you so much for your twitter feed too – it’s proved invaluable in the past…

    Many thanks

    • Richard Barrow
      May 18, 2014 at 10:18 am

      You would have to walk through the protest site to get to the stadium. In the past it has closed at times. Your risk.

  14. Laya
    May 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Richard! I’m supposed to be doing my UN internship in Bangkok from June and staying at Beyond Suite Rama 8 on Wisutkasat Road. Do you think it’s safe to do so?

    • Richard Barrow
      May 19, 2014 at 6:58 am

      Who knows what June will bring. This weekend is the “final battle” so need to wait for that to pass first.

  15. jonathan
    May 18, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Dear Richard,
    My family with children arrive June 6th for 4 days in Bangkok. Barring any major civil unrest or changes, we are taking your suggestion to still keep our trip to Thailand and just avoid the protest areas at that time versus cancelling our trip all together, just like the US travel alert. We are a bit nervous but keep hearing that we can still visit and enjoy the city if avoiding the protest areas.

    But we would like to know what is the safest way to travel from our hotel (shangri la) and BKK and DMK and back? A privat hotel car service?

    We also have to travel later in June between DMK and BKK in the afternoon. We are open to paying more for private car or other means. Safety and timely travel to and between the airports is our primary goal.
    thank you!

  16. Kay
    May 19, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Thank you for your blog and google map, invaluable. My daughter will be in a study abroad trip to Thailand and Cambodia with seven other college students, leaving on May 20 with their professor. They will be staying primarily in Bangkok’s Lumphini area and hearing lectures at Mahodol University. The group is also traveling in a small van to Angkor Wat, then to Pattaya. If you have time to give your thoughts on this, I would greatly appreciate it.

    • Richard Barrow
      May 19, 2014 at 6:57 am

      The Lumpini area is fine now as the protesters have left. As long as they stay away from protest sites and keep up with the news they will be fine.

  17. Kay
    May 19, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Thank you so much!

  18. Noel
    May 19, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Is it safe to travel from Cambodia (SR) going to Thailand(BKK)via land (Natakkan Bus Company) point of entry is Poi Pet. I was concerned because i read a BKK travel advisory to stay away from Thailand – Cambodian Border. Here’s the article
    “There have been frequent clashes between Thailand and Cambodia over a border dispute in this region, including exchanges of gunfire and artillery, which resulted in numerous fatalities and the evacuation of civilians. Martial law is in effect in the area and the presence of landmines has been reported. Tensions are high and military hostilities could further escalate without warning. Exercise a high degree of caution if you are travelling to all other areas of the Thai-Cambodian border. How true is this?

    • Richard Barrow
      May 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Haven’t heard anything for a while now. Must be an old travel advisory.

  19. Bui Thuy
    May 19, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Richard – I’m in Bangkok this week (from 21st May to 24th May)– We’ll stay at Bangkok City Hotel (268 Soi Petchburi, 10-12 Petchburi Road, Ratchathewi). We’ll visit Wat Pho, Wat Yanawa, Wat Arun and go shopping at Big C & Platium. Is it safe to do these things? Thank you so much for your twitter feed too. Many thanks and Best regards.

  20. jonathan
    May 20, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Richard,

    Are first indications that with Martial Law and increased army presence, will tourism continue to largely unaffected? I know things are not settled, but would you characterize this as a more stabilizing situation moving forward?
    thanks!

  21. Denise Hughes
    May 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Richard Im going toBBK 31st May staying at Grand China Hotel is it away from the protesters

  22. stacey
    May 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Richard,

    I am visiting Bangkok, the Shanghai Hotel on Yawaraj Road, Samphanthawong. I am coming from South Africa. Please advise how safe it is. My boyfriend is very concerned about civil war etc.

    Thanks

  23. Richard Barrow
    May 20, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    The comments on this page are now closed. Please go to the front page of my website for the latest blog on the situation in Bangkok.

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