It’s been more than 10 days since the army took control of all the state institutions in Thailand. The commander of the Thai army general Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government stating that the army must return order in the country after declaring a state of emergency.
Thailand can’t come out from the political crisis since 2006 when there a coup d’état took place and Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted. In the past three year his sister Yingluck was the Prime Minister but the crisis remained. Now she is in custody and protest are banned.
The GDP of Thailand has decreased for 0,6% in the first three months of this year mostly because the political crisis has scared the tourists. The crisis has also affected one of the most popular tourist regions in Thailand – Phuket Island. According to Phuket Tourist Association tourist population in the past few months has decreased only by 10 percent which is not very serious especially if we know that this period is not the peak of the season. Latest news from Phuket confirms that there aren’t many bookings that were canceled and people from all over the world are visiting Phuket. It is worth mentioning that there weren’t any protests here because people here are mainly focused on tourism and they usually don’t want to be part of any kind of political disputes. The army imposed curfew (midnight to 4 am) and this has negatively affected the nightlife in Phuket especially Patong. Phuket governor and club owners will send a joint statement to the authorities asking for the curfew to be lifted at least for areas that known for the rich night life. Most of the tourists there come especially for the discos and night clubs and the interesting night life. Even regular bars work after midnight in Phuket.
The midnight curfew in Phuket and other tourist areas will be probably removed during this week. It is important to point out that there were no incidents in Phuket in the recent period and that this place remains perfectly safe for everyone interested in exploring Thailand and its beauties!