Singapore travellers taking extra safety precautions

Singapore travellers taking extra safety precautions
Mr Chen Wei Li standing in front of the Terminal 21 shopping mall on Sukhumvit Road on 2 December 2013. He will be in Bangkok until 5 December.

There are no reports of Singaporeans affected by the protests in Bangkok, but those who are holidaying there are taking extra precautions to ensure their safety.

Many told The Straits Times they are avoiding protest areas typically near government institutions, and keeping up with the latest developments on demonstrations.

Electrical engineer Andy Lim, 39, returned to Singapore on Sunday after a four-day holiday with his family members and friends. While there, he said he made it a point to check with locals on the streets for protest updates, as well as to keep track of the news on TV and radio.

The situation worsened only on Sunday - the day he was due to return home - and staff at his hotel, Vie Hotel Bangkok, told him roads to the airport may be blocked.

So his group decided to set off earlier, reaching the airport at 1pm for their 7pm flight back to Singapore. "We didn't want to take any chances," he said on Monday.

He added that the nearby popular shopping district of Siam Square and its vicinity were already blocked by the protesters and the police at the time.

Other Singaporeans in Bangkok said the situation is not as bad as portrayed in the media.

"The situation is rather calm. In the morning, there was a rumour that there would be another mob in the Siam Square area. "But I have been here the whole day, and nothing has happened," said civil servant Hock Wai Yong, 37, who reached Bangkok yesterday for a 16-day trip with his family. They are staying at Somerset Lake Point Bangkok on Sukhumvit Road.

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