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Thailand military coup strikes Shangri-la, calls for executions

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A virtual bomb hit yesterday in San Francisco for travelers planning to visit Bangkok or Thailand's trendy resorts this summer. Civil war, a military coup, and travel bans have wiped out many vacation plans for the near future.

CNN news has been banned from Thailand, and martial law is in effect. The US government issued a travel warning some months ago, and just updated the alert. Bangkok tourists may want to avoid the capital city of Bangkok and hope the impact doesn't hit Phuket, Chang Mai, and other resort areas. In Bangkok, travel experts say you'll need to carry your passport at all times and follow the curfew that has been imposed.

Even local celebrities are being roundly criticized in the media. CNN reports:

Miss Universe Thailand, Weluree "Fai" Ditsayabut, has already become caught up in the political crisis engulfing her country, after comments were found on her Facebook page referring to pro-government demonstrators as "dirty," "evil activists" that should "all be executed."
According to news site Khaosod English, the 22-year-old has often published scathing comments about the "red shirt" movement on her Facebook page, which now appears to have been deleted.
"I am not neutral. I am on the side of His Majesty the King," Weluree said in a comment from November, Khaosod English reported. "I'm so angry at these evil activists. They should all be executed."

Here's the skinny, according to one travel expert - "In 2008, when (Thai protestors) shut down the airport, that was a nightmare for us, not in terms of traveler safety, but the travel hassles were huge." Travelers will want to keep a close watch on this astounding new development in one of the West Coast's favorite destinations.



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