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Singaporeans wary of travel to Bangkok

Some Singaporeans planning to travel to Bangkok are now thinking twice after the Thai military's announcement of martial law.

SINGAPORE: Some Singaporeans planning to travel to Bangkok are now thinking twice after the Thai military's announcement of martial law today (20 May).

Even though Singapore Airlines flights to Bangkok are operating as usual, the carrier is now letting travellers get refunds, change travel dates or switch destinations at no charge.

A check with travel agencies revealed that some travellers are treating the situation seriously. 

Dynasty Travel has about 300 customers heading to Bangkok over the next two months. 60 per cent of them have chosen not to go ahead with their plans.

However, those that are already in Bangkok are taking things in their stride.

"The demonstrations are not targeted at tourists, and thus, some of our customers who are currently there are not changing their travel plans at this time to fly back to Singapore earlier than scheduled," said Alicia Seah, Director of Marketing and Communications at Dynasty Travel.

Some Thais in Singapore have instead welcomed the move to declare martial law.

"It is better if the army takes over. For the Thai people, it has already been a very long period of unrest. The economy is better off if the army steps in. The red shirts and yellow shirts will stop. Then we can do business. Then, tourists can come to Thailand and enjoy themselves like how they did previously," one person told Channel NewsAsia.

Some travellers returning from Bangkok at Changi Airport say there was enhanced military presence at key locations. But they say it was mostly business as usual.

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