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    Once the dust settles on the current riots, this would be an excellant time to visit Thailand. Lots of cancellations, air tickets are down, and the people are eager to welcome visitors.

    A quick getaway will be a fraction of the normal price!
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    You'll also run the risk of witnessing a possibility of a military coup d'etat.

    I'll pass and would rather visit a safer country for travel.

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    Where is your sense of adventure? Instead of the usual XMM shots that proliferate the portraits section, you get live shots of Thais, the emotions, plus plenty of good deals at MBK...

    Did you know Singaporeans are the most risk averse in in the world for investments... I guess it extends to holidays too...
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    then later got 2nd fatality to terrorism how? a more willing one though

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    This is a great time to go to Thailand. If you're afraid of BKK, go to Phuket, Koh Sam Mui or Chang Mai.
    Actually even BKK should be ok. But I won't go to MBK to get good deals

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    Wrong country bro?

    Anyways, I am planning a CNY getaway to Phuket. Sun sand and the sea... wait I get that free with the army!


    Quote Originally Posted by sprintist View Post
    then later got 2nd fatality to terrorism how? a more willing one though
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    today's ST had an article written by one of the forum editors..he too mentioned that it's not all that bad in thailand..he was stuck there when the protest started..

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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    Where is your sense of adventure? Instead of the usual XMM shots that proliferate the portraits section, you get live shots of Thais, the emotions, plus plenty of good deals at MBK...

    Did you know Singaporeans are the most risk averse in in the world for investments... I guess it extends to holidays too...
    please man! do get some real portrait shots... i mean it with all sincerity..so rare to find ones that don't have those XMMs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    Wrong country bro?

    Anyways, I am planning a CNY getaway to Phuket. Sun sand and the sea... wait I get that free with the army!
    they also have guns, even taxi drivers have haha even if its not terrorism. but of course other cities are more worthwhile visiting

    i'm not sure how accurate it might be but looking at the newspaper's photo that showed the 'protesters' cleaning up after their invasion, that was pretty thoughtful of them instead of simply walking out haha they are not that dangerous it seems but its just one photo, havent see big picture

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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    Where is your sense of adventure? Instead of the usual XMM shots that proliferate the portraits section, you get live shots of Thais, the emotions, plus plenty of good deals at MBK...

    Did you know Singaporeans are the most risk averse in in the world for investments... I guess it extends to holidays too...
    Most Singaporeans would prefer a comfy holidays with guided tours complete with resorts and shopping. They would snap a few pictures of them there and proudly show to their friends and relatives when they are back but with zero understanding of the natives' cultures and values.

    How many people do you know who do their own research before that went backpacking to that country? I guess less than a handful would do that not to mention going to a country that just went thru a turmoil.

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    Actually, I just came back from Phuket after 2 weeks, honestly, I wouldn't have known about the BKK shutdown had the TV not broadcasted it 24/7.

    I am not sure what the TV in Singapore is showing, but over there, the 24 hour broadcasts made me feel that the demonstration is not riotous at all.

    I would say the holidaying mood at Phuket for tourists is hardly affected.
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    From ST:

    http://www.asiaone.com/Travel/News/S...05-105829.html

    The best time to shop in Bangkok?
    Discounts up to 80 per cent in Bangkok, but Singapore-owned businesses, other shops say sudden drop in tourists is hitting them hard. -TNP

    Sun, Dec 07, 2008
    The New Paper
    By Zaihan Mohd Yusof
    THIS is the best time to shop in Bangkok.
    Discounts of up to 80 per cent scream at shoppers from display windows at Siam Centre, Siam Squareand Siam Paragon.
    Yet, cash registers are not ringing, said Singapore- owned businesses in Bangkok.
    Amid the global economic uncertainty, businesses are facing a "double whammy" from the events which unfolded last week in Bangkok.
    Said Mr Winston Doong, honorary chairman of the Singapore-Thailand Chamber of Commerce: "Businesses are counting their losses right now. Most have been dealt a double blow from the poor global economy and internal politics in Thailand.
    "It doesn't help that potential investors may have already lost confidence in Thailand, plus locals are not spending for fear of the uncertain political climate and economy."
    Mr Doong said there were about 500 Singapore- owned businesses in Thailand.
    Two Singapore businessmen told The New Paper that over the weekend, their profits dipped by 50 to 60 per cent.
    Said Mr James Suen, 37, owner of a shoe business at Siam Centre: "In areas patronised by locals, the political turmoil has not affected business too much. But in the tourist belt, we could feel the pinch over the weekend.
    Business is bad, but not as bad as during the Sars (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) period in end 2002. That was about a whole month of poor sales." On average, Mr Suen's nine shoes shops sees sales of about $200,000.
    Just across from Mr Suen's shoe shop, Singaporean Lionel Lim's women's shoe store at Siam Square was also hit.
    Only one pair sold
    Yesterday, a salesgirl manning Mr Lim's store Mixables, reported that at 5pm, she had sold only one pair of shoes.
    Said Ms Karittha Kaewwonglom, 30: "We sell more shoes to locals than foreigners. But tourists also make up our clientele.
    "Since the start of the PAD protest at the airport, not a single tourist has appeared at our shop. It also doesn't help that locals are tightening their belts."
    Shoppers like Nanda Owatnukpad, 28, are treated like queens with salesgirls being extra- nice to them.
    She said: "I do not shop often here, but the discounts are amazing.
    "But in the end I feel bad to bargain too much because I know the shops are not making much these days because there aren't any tourists around." The huge discounts have been noticed by locals and tourists alike.
    Ms Sunaree Rassameephen, a frequent shopper there said, at most "discounts of 30 per cent for year-end sale is normal".
    She said: "Too bad not many people are grabbing the 70 per cent discounts offered by most shops." The retail sector is not the only one to feel the pinch from political instability.
    The Thai media has reported that even some high-end hotels are offering discounts of 80 per cent to woo tourists during the year-end holidays.

    SHOPS IN TROUBLE:
    Empty streets signal the
    double whammy Thai shops are facing- fewer
    tourists, and locals spending less, despite the
    Christmas decorations.
    Tourism outlook grim
    Mr Jutaporn Reungronasa, deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, predicted that the number of tourists next year will drop to seven million, half of the projected 15 million.
    One Singapore businessman selling security equipment said last week's blockade at the airport "gave a lot of problems".
    The Singaporean, who gave his name only as Mr Li said 60 per cent of his business "went down the drain" during those eight days.
    Said Mr Li, 38, a sales director: "My equipment couldn't be brought into the country on time. My outgoing contracts and agreements were also stuck because the couriers couldn't send them out.
    "There will be a penalty incurred by my company for new projects that are late. The year-end period is a crucial period for businesses to clear their budgets and projects.
    "I also anticipate the airlines will pass the cost to customers like me. Everything is on hold and clients have adopted a wait-and-see attitude."
    Everybody in Thailand, locals and businessmen included were waiting for next week's announcement of who will be the next prime minister to lead Thailand.
    But that was cancelled yesterday.
    Government spokesman Mr Nattawut Saikuar said the house speaker would set a new date, without giving any indications.
    There were fears that People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) would stage another protest if the wrong man was chosen as premier.
    Hopefully not like at the one at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, where PAD's sit-in crippled flight operations for eight days.
    The result was ugly. Some 230,000 tourists were left stranded in Thailand as flights out of Bangkok were cancelled.
    Thai Airways, which had to cancelled 1,000 flights, reported that it was going to sue PAD for the 20 billion baht ($100 million) it lost in revenue.
    Yet, Mr Doong and trade analyst like Mr Cecil Leong, are confident that the Thai economy will prevail.
    Added Mr Doong: "While I personally know of a Singaporean who has sold his business here recently, I have not received any feedback from other Singaporean businessmen in Thailand.
    "Maybe the full effects will only be noticed next year. But I'm confident that the economy will rebound because of its resilience and the economic fundamentals in place."
    MrLeong said the "hiccup in the political scene" is nothing new to the Thais who have seen unrest and coups."
    He said: "Sure, next year everybody will suffer in terms of the economy, but the Thais are known to be able to weather uncertainty.
    "It just takes time for foreign investors to gain confidence in Thailand again."
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    Still good to go to Thailand with another wave of protest ?

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    No problem lei....a group of my friends just came back last night and another group is going tomorrow.....so what trouble.

    Anyway, if you are afraid.....then don't go lor.

    I am planning myself a trip soon seeing that the air tickets and hotels are slashing prices.

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    I am not too typical of Singaporeans, I don't fret too much about protests. I may follow other Singaporeans in calculating the risks involved, but I don't sit on my hands and go to only truly safe places.

    Besides, a meteor could hit my home and end my life too, so carpe diem!



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    Still good to go to Thailand with another wave of protest ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Godzilla Invades View Post
    No problem lei....a group of my friends just came back last night and another group is going tomorrow.....so what trouble.

    Anyway, if you are afraid.....then don't go lor.

    I am planning myself a trip soon seeing that the air tickets and hotels are slashing prices.
    Heheh... more important than the trouble... are the 80% discounts still there?!!
    Maybe you can check with your friend who just came back. I wonder if niche stuff like musical instruments are also heavily discounted. Wanna get a bongos and LP factory is in BKK.
    Wahhh... didn't know they were hit so bad and got so much discount... I'm very tempted to go now...

    How much are air tix and hotels these days? What's the cheapest airline? But airport tax still quite high right? Has airport tax come down following the drop in oil prices?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WuffRuff View Post
    Heheh... more important than the trouble... are the 80% discounts still there?!!
    Maybe you can check with your friend who just came back. I wonder if niche stuff like musical instruments are also heavily discounted. Wanna get a bongos and LP factory is in BKK.
    Wahhh... didn't know they were hit so bad and got so much discount... I'm very tempted to go now...

    How much are air tix and hotels these days? What's the cheapest airline? But airport tax still quite high right? Has airport tax come down following the drop in oil prices?
    Anyone got any information on this? Best plane to catch at least... hahaha.
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    I guess the odds of someone killed by fire in a club is higher than in a protest.

    But there is more glory in the latter and only gory in the former.

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