For tourists hoping to lap up Thailand's renowned cuisine and relax on its idyllic beaches during the upcoming months, travel experts say it's unlikely they'll be directly affected by the country's latest coup. However, the country's tourism industry on the whole might not be so lucky, Time reported.
As of this morning, airports remained open and life in Bangkok kicked off to its perennial chaotic start.
"It's business as usual," Suparerk Soorangura, of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, told Time. "Coups usually come in a peaceful way and don't have much of an effect on the normal way of life."
The largest hindrance to both Thais and foreigners remains a nationwide curfew, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., implemented by the country's new military rulers yesterday evening. However, authorities have granted special dispensation to those traveling to and from the nation's airports during that time.
"[The] curfew is nationwide, but in some of the more remote areas of Thailand, and on the beaches, it hasn't been very strict," Richard Barrow, a popular travel blogger in the country, told Time via email. "[It] may last less than a week if there isn't any unrest."
Following the announcement of the coup, the U.S. embassy in Bangkok issued a statement advising American citizens to "avoid areas where there are protest events, large gatherings, or security operations and follow the instructions of Thai authorities." But officials stopped short of recommending that Americans leave the country.
Time notes that as with the 11 other coups in Thailand's modern era, the recent dust-up has been bloodless.
Safe or not, a Greater Des Moines travel agent noted that Iowans are more inclined to head to Thailand during our brutal winter months. During the spring and summer, not so much.