Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bangkok

I haven't been sure whether to post.

I've been watching the death count rising over the last few hours from the trouble that has finally erupted on Bangkok's streets between the Red Shirts and the Government. So far 500 are injured and 11 are dead, one of which is a Reuters journalist. The PM has just been on TV saying that he and his party will continue to try and solve the crisis.

Our plans have always been to leave Bangkok tomorrow for flights north to Chiang Rai for the Songkran holiday (Thai New Year). Assuming that the roads and airport will be operating as normal that's what we'll do.

I will let you know if anything changes.

19 comments:

Chris Stovell said...

Just been watching the scenes on the news. Glad to hear from you. Take care. Cx

HelenMHunt said...

So sorry to hear that things are grim and really hope you manage to get away as planned. Thinking of you lots.

KatW said...

I've been thinking of you as I listen to the news.

It must be horrible to be near such pain.

Take care of you. Hope you get to go on your break.

Hugs
Kat X

Denise said...

Glad you're OK, was also thinking of you as I saw the news. Hope you get away on time.

Stefcia said...

Sorry, I've been a bit preoccupied with Polish news today and have only just read about events on your side of the world. Hope you are all well. Will be thinking of you.

Angie said...

I was just reading about the clashes on the news and came over here to see if you had an update. Glad you're all okay, and I hope you manage to catch that flight! Be safe. x

Liane Spicer said...

I wasn't aware of this... too preoccupied with government shenanigans right here at home.

Be safe.

Leigh Russell said...

I heard about the troubles on the news and thought of you at once. So glad to know that you're OK. I hope you have a safe journey. Thinking of you.

JJ Beattie said...

Thanks for all your comments. We're about to set off for the airport - waaaay too early - but we'd rather sit around there than not leave sufficient time to get there.

I"m not taking my laptop but I can post from my Blackberry.

Queenie said...

Glad you did post. You've been very much on my mind. Going to airports way too early is my usual approach. A friend here, last week, took a taxi to the airport; it crashed on the way, in the countryside; nobody was hurt, but it took so long for a back-up taxi to arrive that my friend missed her flight and had to spend £500 on another one. Hope all goes well with your holiday, and that the city is calm when you return.

Carol said...

We've been watching the news too. It's been reported that Chaing Mai has got problems but I'm sure Chaing Rai is fine...it's that bit further away.

Have a lovely break

C x

JJ Beattie said...

Hi all, we've arrived in our hotel outside Chiang Rai. thanks for your concerns. Jjx

Debs said...

I've been thinking of you all over there. Glad you're okay and I hope you do manage to get away for your holidays.

Take care of yourselves. x

Suzanne Jones said...

Keep safe - am thinking of you.

XX

CC Devine said...

Glad to hear that you made it. Hope you're having a good time! Cx

Flowerpot said...

You take care JJ xx

DJ Kirkby said...

No update on your blog? I'm hoping that means all is well with you. xo

LilyS said...

Take care JJ - thanks for posting x

sheepish said...

Glad to hear you are all okay. Take care when you get back to Bangkok.