Tourists told to stay out of rally sites

Tourists told to stay out of rally sites
Thai army soldiers stand guard inside the pro-government ''Red shirts'' rally site on the outskirts of Bangkok after they shut it down and cleared all protesters from the site, following an announcement by Thailand's army chief that armed forces were seizing power.

Tourists visiting Thailand have been advised to be vigilant and to avoid rally sites following a declaration of military takeover.

Richard Lim Chew Lee, marketing manager for Malaysia and Brunei of the Tourism Authority Thailand (TAT), told The Brunei Times that although tourists would be unaffected, he would expect that most countries would issue a travel warning to defer their trip to Thailand.

He advised tourists to avoid protest areas, adding that the authorities would help tourists who would wish to return to their countries.

He said the coup was declared after 5pm yesterday and at that point, it was still too early to tell the situation in Thailand and that they would have to wait for official announcements.

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