As a stream of Australian travellers to Phuket ignore the warnings, the official Australian approach contrasts with the Thai Government's view that Bangkok and even the troubled northern provinces are rapidly returning to normal.
Alarmingly, Australians are being told: ''There is a high threat of terrorist attack in Thailand. We continue to receive reports that terrorists may be planning attacks against a range of targets, including tourist areas and other places frequented by foreigners.''
The Summary at smartraveller.gov.au says: ''We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Thailand due to the high threat of terrorist attack and the possibility of further violent civil unrest.
''A state of emergency is in effect covering 24 provinces, including Bangkok and surrounding provinces, and central, north and north eastern Thailand.
''You should avoid any protests, political rallies and military deployments. You should also exercise a high degree of caution when approaching military checkpoints and avoid any protests, demonstrations or areas subject to operations by the security forces.
''Australians should avoid any prominent buildings associated with the Thai Government and military, such as Government House, the Parliament Building and the Supreme Court in Bangkok, all Provincial Government buildings and all military installations.
''There is a high threat of terrorist attack in Thailand. We continue to receive reports that terrorists may be planning attacks against a range of targets, including tourist areas and other places frequented by foreigners.''
If there is a ''high threat of terrorist attack in Thailand'' . . . ''including tourist areas and other places frequented by foreigners'' then it is the duty of the Australian Government to inform all travellers, not just the citizens of their own country.
At present, according to the Australian government, Australians are obliged to exercise a ''high degree of caution'' while holidaying on Phuket while the citizens of many other countries, including Germany and Taiwan, have been told by their national security experts that Phuket is safe.
Phuketwan advocates a single global body to overcome the deficiencies of the present nation-by-nation alerts so all tourists, no matter where they originate from, can have their faith in travel alerts and warnings restored.