11.27.2008

Tourists stranded in Bangkok airport

I just got back from Bangkok yesterday, and today I saw in the news chaos at the Bangkok airports. Reports say there were explosions at two Bangkok airports as anti-government protesters stormed the airports to protest the return of Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat from the APEC Summit in Peru.

All incoming and outgoing flights to Bangkok were cancelled, and thousands of travellers were stranded in the Bangkok airports. The blasts started on Tuesday at 5am in Suvarnabhumi Airport, and another one followed in Don Muang Airport this Wednesday at 640am.

We left Suvarnabhumi Airport at 12midnight on Tuesday on board a Cebu Pacific flight. I'm pretty shocked to see the sudden turn of events. There's a video of Thai protesters disrupting the airport and punching people. It's a far cry from my perception of Thais, since I've always seen them as friendly and loving people. I thank God that I'm home now. I hope and pray that the tourists stranded in Bangkok right now will also get home safely.

For more information on this event, please refer to the CNN story below:





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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

We have a friend there on an island outside of Bangkok from work on vacation with her parents and we are all worried. We are hearing about protests and killings. She's due to leave Saturday from Bangkok to Japan and then eventually here to New Mexico on Sunday night. We are hoping she's doing okay. Several of us have left e-mails and we are hoping one of us here's from her soon. Our thoughts are with everyone left stranded and hopefully will be home soon.

Mitz said...

The news reports say that everything should be okay by Friday. I hope your friend will be able to get out of Bangkok safely.

the donG said...

it's good to know that you were able to fly back before this happened. i also saw it in the news. im really hoping that the conflict will be resolved soon and that the stranded passengers will be able to fly back to their countries safely.

Mitz said...

@the dong: thanks. grabe the scene at the airport shown in the news is totally different from the peaceful scene when i was there, and that change happened in a matter of hours after a left bangkok. Thank God we got home safely. I hope the travellers stranded there will be all right.

nina said...

nice to hear that your back home safe and sound..prayers to those who are stranded still and thai residents too. u take care!

Mitz said...

@nina: thank you :)

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