What is it about all this Trouble in Thailand
With all the fuss and hype about what had recently occurred in the land of smiles, it's hard to imagine that martial law can be 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.
As the British would say, simply keep calm and if necessary call Batman and perhaps even ask his good friend Robin to come along for the ride. They will know exactly what to do and are sure to 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 too much of a fuss. And besides tourists are not the target or on any hit list here. Just go out there and have some fun. After all, Thailand will always be Thailand and what a fabulous place it is to let your hair down. That is, of course, if you still have some.
Of course, if you really want to come to grips with the whole martial law thing that's unfolding in Thailand, you need to look no further than the boys on the block. And if you thought that the armed military personnel parading around Suvarnabhumi Airport and in the city of Bangkok are 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 there, but it didn't seem to worry that 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 kitchen's 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 the countries they considered to care less about their livelihood.
Okay! So while beer bars in Bangkok might be closing earlier than usual, you may want to consider leaving 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 normalise and calm prevails, bars will once again be thriving. What the heck, there are no early nights on the island of Koh Samui or for that matter, in Phuket, Pattaya or Chiang Mai. It's business as usual and most of the bars and nightclubs will continue to remain open until the sun comes out.
If you have any 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 they 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 you're happy to run the military gauntlet. While immune to this type of toxic infection, patrons are relatively unphased with all the furore. Until the wind blows south, it's simply a matter of standing your ground or letting the force be with you. In the meantime, grab a hold of yourself, because now's the time when we're going to play Beer-Pong. The sign says it all.
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