We would like to update you on the latest developments in Bangkok regarding the ongoing anti-government protests.
The “red-shirt” protesters continue their sit-in protest around the Ratchaprasong intersection, although the mood is a lot calmer now and the number of protesters has fallen considerably. Some traffic is still blocked, though, and access is limited to major department stores. These include Siam Discovery Center / Sima Center / Siam Paragon and Gaysorn Plaza.
Hotels located in Ratchaprasong are closed for business, including Holiday Inn, Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt Erawan and The Intercontinental, who announced that they are not accepting new bookings until 16th May 2010. The Four Seasons expects to open this week.
Some red-shirt protesters continue to demonstrate at Sala Daeng Intersection near the Lumpini Park and King Rama VI statue. Reinforcements of troops and police are now stationed at the Sala Daeng intersection.
As of yet there is no official statement from the red shirts as to when they will end their rally, while a CRES spokesman announced today that water and electricity will be cut off, and food supplies blocked to red-shirt protesters camping in the Ratchaprasong area from midnight to pressure them to end the anti-government rally and return home. Telephone signals will also be cut off, and there will be no access to public transport – buses, trains and boats – from the protest site.
After midnight, authorities will not allow anyone to enter – non-protesters living in the area as well as embassies would be affected by the measures.
Meanwhile the BTS (sky train) services are operating as usual for today from 06.00 – 24.00 hrs but, moving forward, we will be informed depending on the situation. MRT (subway) is back to its normal schedule and operating as usual from 06.00 – 24.00 hrs.
All tourist attractions around the capital and around Thailand are operating as normal.
Palace Tours will keep you updated on any further developments.