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Would there be taxi's available to take arrival passengers to hotels in Phuket after 10pm tonight?
Posted by Anonymous on May 23, 2014 10:10
It's fairly certain the needs of tourists will be met.
So this was and is the economic tsunami I predicted in January? Mai son jai, I love it, I don't care, I love it.... good song that. Cry baby cry. 3 months of peace and quiet. Glad I am retired and could not give a toot about about money. Suffer little children. Ed am I still a doomsayer?
Posted by DuncanB on May 23, 2014 10:25
Other readers will draw their own conclusions, DuncanB. There are many ways of describing people who are only concerned about themselves and who take perverse pleasure in the pain suffered by others.
Sorry ED. Rose coloured glass smashed long ago. I don't give two hoots about my self. But the little child like people here could not see the warning signs. Trouble is, nobody is taught there to plan for the future. Only today exists. Only the money exists for today. Now tomorrow has bitten them in the face. I say again, mai son jai.
Posted by DuncanB on May 23, 2014 12:26
The use of the word ''them'' indicates a lack of objectivity, DuncanB. You may not know enough of the right kind of people.
"Schools have closed throughout Thailand but the country was operating normally today despite the coup."
Posted by sky on May 23, 2014 13:26
I wanted to write this already a few weeks ago. It's not my business as someone who just lives since a few years here and is ready to move on. But I just had a big breakfast for small money in Cambodia and some time to write.
Posted by LemmeDooms on May 23, 2014 14:14
who is btw and what does his or her ego have to do with your comment?
"Lemme(Dooms)ayer", They don't call it 'Teflon' Thailand for nothing. Whilst must of us disapprove of the coup d'etat, the country will bounce back. Approximately 25 million tourists come to LOS and rising each year, so there must be a reason why the country remains popular. The baht is not falling as markets, (especially in Asia) are already seasoned to Thailand's antics, and certainly the golden years are still here.
Posted by reader on May 23, 2014 15:13
have just returned from Patong last weekend, am more concerned about how locals(especially my friends there) will survive economically during this time.They work 1pm till 1am 6 days a week and earn next to nothing,with a curfew in place they will have nothing.
Posted by Tatianja on May 23, 2014 15:36
Watching BBC news here in Philippines they just showed a report of a small anti-coup demonstration in BKK. Perhaps 200 people at best.
Posted by ThaiMike on May 23, 2014 17:42
The Anti-Coup demonstration is at the National Stadium BTS station and it appears to gather strength. The Army has not reacted to it yet. Watching live report on BBC world right now.
Posted by ThaiMike on May 23, 2014 18:07
There have been symbolic protests but nothing that isn't peaceful.
Yes, it looks peaceful so far but since it's in clear defiance of the orders given by the Junta it will be interesting to see how the army reacts to it. Protesters appear to shoot video and most likely post them in social media, which may trigger more people to join the protests.
Posted by ThaiMike on May 23, 2014 18:27
Can't see people turning out in masses for that one. Journalists are rightly upset.
The curfew is a world-class blessing in disguise, for those tourists/expats/Thais that would otherwise perish in the deadly midnight to 5 am drunken shift on the roads. Yet they'll never know they now have more time on this earth, as they ironically complain about early bar closures, a life saving measure for some of them. Amazing Thailand indeed. A permanent 10 pm curfew would save hundreds of lives, in and outside the country!
Posted by farang888 on May 23, 2014 21:46
A group of 3 soldiers was shown to enter the protest site and told the protesters they will not do anything but asked them to come down from the BTS platform.
Posted by ThaiMike on May 23, 2014 23:41
Nah, it's easily found online, ThaiMike. This is a noble, principled protest but the reasons for shutting down the media briefly are sound. Thailand was heading for bloodshed this weekend. The military intervention has probably averted a catastrophe, if not a civil war. Thailand has never had a greater opportunity to change for the better. The military is right, for once.
Posted by Sue on May 24, 2014 01:46
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