Since 1 December, demonstrators had been attempting to forcibly enter Government House and the Metropolitan Police Bureau. Protesters on 2 December used homemade petrol-based explosives and threw rocks, to which the police responded with tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse protesters in the vicinity of the two buildings.
Travel Advice Summary
• Travel to Thailand and to Bangkok can continue. We reinforce the need for persons to maintain an enhanced awareness of the current situation and to avoid all protest activity.
• Personnel should monitor the situation closely to be able to avoid protest action.
• Normal traffic conditions in Bangkok can be extremely congested. Because of current events, personnel should be prepared for a higher level of traffic disruption in central Bangkok and particularly in the vicinity of areas that become affected by protest activity. We continue to advise that travellers pre-arrange and re-confirm all transport before arriving in the city.
• Business travellers conducting meetings in the city should be confident in their transport arrangements and what support is available to them. Basic journey management planning should include identifying alternate routes that circumvent protest areas as they occur, reconfirming meeting locations and times, factoring in additional time to travel between meetings, and ensuring suitable means of communication are carried at all times.
• Expect, but not be unduly alarmed by, a heavy security force presence in public areas on Bangkok.
• In the event of encountering protest activity or large groups of police personnel, vacate the area immediately; do not stop to watch or photograph protesters. Once safe, establish communications with your organisation following existing protocols and alert others.
• Organisations and businesses in Bangkok should review any existing business continuity plans as a precaution and ensure their staff are fully briefed on the current situation.
Ref: International SOS
There's no chance to program a local trip by car without two or three hours of tolerance.
The traffic is always jammed, and the pollution very high.
We took a taxi for a five kilometers ride to a restaurant, and were forced to use the highway (extra payment) to do it in less than three hours. If possible... walk (get yourself a mask, as most locals do)
Watch out for traffic jams - especially in the middle of the city (around Siam Square) and around peak hours (morning and evening rush hour traffic). You can be jammed up really tight and everything will come down to a crawl if not a complete stand still. Perfect chance to test that patience of yours...especially if you are in a open-aired tut tut in the midst of all that pollution, heat and humidity.
If you are rushing to the airport around peak hours, I would suggest that you give yourself a generous lee way (get to the airport early) less you intend to miss your flight and stay another day.
Traffic is a real chaos in Bangkok. There are so many vehicles of all kinds that crossing the streets may become a real adventure! The best way to avoid it is to use the BTS elevated railway, the fastest and more modern way to move around...
But if you have to go through, be patient and don't make very tight schedules, give some "extra" margin for the traffic jams.
Taking the river boats is another way to avoid the traffic in the city center.
The traffic in Bangkok still very jam even after the launch of BTS SkyTrain. Try not to take taxi during peak hour and on weekend night. You will easily be trapped for 1 hour inside a cab while you can reach the place in 15 mins by BTS.
Bangkok is generally a very safe place to visit. U will be considered very unlucky if something bad happens to you.
Something u have to be prepared of though and u can possibly avoid unless you know when to go out and when not to -
Traffic Jam! Dont go taking da taxi everywhere even though its cheap. The jams in Bangkok are one of the nastiest in the world! Try the BTS instead! Faster and cheaper...depending on how ur route is like)
It is also advisable to learn some Thai for conversations. Some taxi drivers cant speak a word of English for nuts!
A rapidly developing city, traffic is heavy and noisy.
The great distances and the heat, make it one of the world's least walkable cities. The sensible way to get to know Bangkok is by guided tour aboard an air-conditioned car or coach, after you've figured out the geography you can explore on your own, by taxi, bus or tuk-tuk, but walking is for the foolhardy.
Traffic the biggest problem in Bangkok
I took a taxi from Samut Prakan to go Bangkok centre and its takes 3 hours to be inside Bangkok.
Traffic in Bangkok is horrible. It can take half an hour for a cab ride of a couple of miles. Try and take the skytrain when possible and if the destination is close, you are better off walking.
Bangkok's traffic is a nightmare. Don't even think about taking a taxi at rush hour - you'll get there a lot faster if you walk. Or take one of the city buses, which can use their own lanes.
Bangkok is known for its awful traffic jam. So you should be careful when you have to go anywhere in a hurry. It is better to stay hotels located near the MRT station.
The traffic. There is traffic jam everywhere, 24 hours a day. As a result of this the air is very poluted.
Traffic is quite bad, but if you will be brave and have some courage is quite safe to move around. As every big city is safer walk during daytime and not to go some quiet soi.