Despite all the political turmoil in Thailand, visiting Thailand is still enjoyable and a good choice. The political firestorm that evolves around Thaksin Shinawatra is mostly invisible unless you are looking to find it. All parties involved in this battle have placed tourism on the do not damage at all costs list.
Other than a few square blocks in Bangkok near the seat of government, the rest of Thailand is still prime tourist destination. It does not matter if you are going for the shopping in downtown Bangkok, or visiting the temples and getting a glimpse at the Emerald Buddha. Visiting the floating market or getting in a round of golf all are far away from the political turmoil.
Even if you plan to visit Bangkok’s naughty nightlife in places like Nana Plaza or Soi Cowboy, they are miles from the political hotspot. Even the naught nightlife outside of Bangkok in Pattaya is an option being just 2 hours outside Bangkok.
Bangkok is a huge city comparable to New York in size and population. It is often the number 1 tourist destination city in the world.
If you don’t want to spend your time in Bangkok there are plenty of other places to visit. In the north there is Chiang Mai where you can enjoy the mountains and get to ride an elephant. If you prefer the beach, there are plenty to select from with some being regular destinations for royalty from other countries. If it is good enough for them, then it certainly is good enough for you.
It is difficult not to select Thailand when you think about it. How bad can a place be when their simple greeting is a smile thus giving Thailand the name “The land of smiles”. It certainly has a way of taking the edge off that thing you call ‘my life’.