Recent news about bombings in Thailand has made a potential visitor rather sceptical about travel plans. Many ask the question on whether it is safe to visit Thailand right now particularly with the number of travel advisories. People who understand Thailand’s political situation know that the bombings are not connected to terrorism. It is safe to start with a hotel booking on popular tourist destinations like Patong in Phuket and Chiang Mai.
News spread on Monday morning about an explosion in a Bangkok hospital that injured 24 individuals. The hospital is popular among soldiers and their families including retired military officers. Monday was the first anniversary of the coup d’état in Thailand where the military successfully ousted the democratically elected prime minister. People who are familiar with Thailand’s politics and society suggest that the bombing is an isolated case and not something that tourists should be concerned about.
The bombing targeted a military hospital and not popular tourist destinations. There were no fatalities and the incident has not been labelled as a terroristic activity. There were no foreigners who were hurt in the incident and Thailand’s law enforcers are continuing to investigate the incident. According to Andrea Ross, CEO of Journeys Within, there is no change to tour packages and advises visitors to push through with their travel plans of visiting Thailand.
Ross further explained that some people have postponed their travel plans to Thailand not because of safety concerns but the King’s funeral which will be held later in the year. Thailand is also planning to hold an election sometime in the middle of 2018 which could present a logistical headache. On the other hand, tourist destinations like Chiang Mai and Phuket will not be affected. While news about bombings will certainly hug the headlines, it is not as serious as it seems.
The tropical island of Phuket allows you to enjoy and relax at a 4 star hotel in Patong that is just a stone’s throw away from the famous coastline. Guests can enjoy swimming and sunbathing at the beach or they can explore the beautiful island with its spectacular features.