Trouble in Thailand

What's it really like under Martial Law
in the Land of Smiles

With all the fuss and hype about the Trouble in Thailand it's hard to believe that martial law is implemented around the country in this modern day and age. So much so that it might have caught many a tourist off-guard and with their knickers in a knot. But despite foreign government warnings, there's really no need to be overly concerned about safety issues here. And there's also no need to panic either.

My suggestion is to simply keep calm and if necessary call Batman and his friend Robin. They know what to do and will keep the city safe. In the meantime, you might want to grab yourself another cold beer.

While the military junta hurriedly tighten their grip on the kingdom and its soldiers scurry about trying to safeguard the capital, its historical heart flourishes with a flurry of foreign holiday-makers as they nonchalantly amble around Thailand's famed sunshine state.

In fact, while there's been many a month of escalating political unrest, scores of foreign tourists are largely unperturbed by Thailand's recent military overthrow of the civilian government despite it being a blow to its key tourism industry. 

Whatever the outcome, there's no need to feel threatened or be in any danger whatsoever. I've personally been in these situations in the past. It will all blow over quicker than you can say... What's up Doc.

Thailand has gone down this rocky road on several occasions since 1932. And as bad as it may sound, Thailand has always been able to sort out its troubles without much of a fuss. And besides tourists are not the target or on any hit list here. Just go out there and have fun.

Trouble in Thailand - Martial Law

Of course, if you really want to come to grips with the whole martial law thing that's unfolding in Thailand, you need look no further than the boys on the block. And if you thought that the armed military personnel parading around Suvarnabhumi Airport and city of Bangkok is enough to wet your pants, think of what happened in the Philippines during the Marcos era when martial law was imposed. It may well have been a worrying time for the locals, but it didn't seem to worry many tourists.

Other countries like Israel, Brazil, Mexico, parts of Africa and the Middle East have all had their share of troubling times. The United States of America had been on the brink of some sort of lawlessness in the past and wages of war still rages between countries surrounding Russia.

Thailand on the other hand has always maintained a sense of order during chaotic times, but it always recovers without too much mayhem.

If you feel the temperature rising from the kitchens of Bangkok get out and head in a new direction. But there's really no reason to pack up and go home. Think of all the thousands of expats, retirees and foreign workers living here. They're not about to give up their carefree lifestyles and go back to countries considered to care less about their livelihood.

A normal day out in the City of Bangkok

Trouble in Thailand - Keep Calm and Drink Beer

Okay! so while beer bars in Bangkok might be closing earlier than usual, you may want to consider going sooner rather than later. Either that or you'll have to drink a lot quicker. It's said that curfew is being endorsed from 10 pm until 5 am. When things normalize and calm prevails bars will once again be thriving. What the heck, there are no early nights on Koh Samui, in Phuket, at Pattaya or Chiang Mai. It's business as usual and the bars and nightclubs remain open until the sun comes out.

If you have concerns about your favourite watering hole you'll be happy to know that places such as Soi Cowboy, Patpong and the Nana entertainment Plaza in Bangkok have their own set of standards and seem to exist out of the realms of the law be it martial or otherwise.

I would imagine corruption still plays a major role here. But that shouldn't stop your wicked ways if your'e happy to run the military gauntlet. While immune to this type of toxic infection, patrons are relatively unfazed with all the furore. Until the wind blows south it's simply a mater of standing your ground or letting the force be with you. In the meantime grab your balls because now we're playing beer pong.  

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