Travel and Life
It’s been a tough year for tourism in Thailand. The political protests led by Suthep Thaugsuban last fall were the first in a long series of events that made the Land of Smiles a much less attractive place for tourists than it had been just a year or two before.
A visit to the Hermit Kingdom may seem like a contradiction in terms. And a business built on providing such tours would certainly seem jeopardised when the destination is plagued by reports of political power struggles and rampant human rights abuses.
Following the brutal murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on Koh Tao last month, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice to include a warning about the dangers of travelling to Thailand’s island destinations.
Thailand’s tourism minister has said that it is considering identifications wristbands for tourists “so that if they’re out partying late and, for example, get drunk or lost, they can be easily assisted,” Reuters reports.
Thailand’s leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has acknowledged that a recent tightening of visa rules put English teachers in a precarious situation and instructed Immigration officials to be flexible with visa runners, according to The Nation.
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