Asia Travel News

Political situation can't stop Bangkok tourism

From a political perspective, Bangkok has hardly been a traveler's paradise lately. A military coup in May caused outbreaks of violence in the country, and the military presence was unsettling for some, according to CNN. However, a MasterCard report showed that when it comes to international tourism, there's very little that can cause Bangkok to lose steam.

One of the most visited cities on Earth
Despite the changing political identity of the country and governmental turbulence, Bangkok was still hailed as the No. 2 most visited city on Earth in terms of international tourists. Expected to attract 16.42 million foreign travelers, the only city that has Bangkok beat is London, and that's after the country's 8 percent surge in visitors and Bangkok's 11 percent decline over the year. Nonetheless, tourists just can't help but come see the sights at this popular city and island destination - even if the country is in a state of flux. 

Back to business as usual
Rather, the country was in a state of flux. According to CNN, curfews have been lifted in many of the Thai hot spots and the military presence has been minimal, with many reporting rarely seeing soldiers. Better yet, business at tourist attractions, embassies, shops and the like has returned to normal. Moreover, the U.S. Department of State downgraded its warning about Thailand to a travel alert as of June 20. 

Luckily, the government conflict also occurred during the country's rainy season. Because travel is largely seasonal, the political unrest didn't take too much away from the tourism industry. Now, eager travelers are free to enjoy the latter parts of the rainy season or the dry season, which begins in November, according to BBC Travel. Seeing tourist attractions such as the "Emerald Buddha" - a giant sculpture over 18 feet tall sculpted from a single piece of jade - has become simple once again. 

If you consider the bustling Bangkok thoroughfare one of the most attractive parts of an international getaway, you may want to head to Cape Town in South Africa for more busy city adventures. Unlike Bangkok, the gargantuan mountains and the beautiful beaches are what stick out the most in this city. An alluring combination of natural sights and interesting energetic city life, a trip to Cape Town is sure to excite nature lovers and urban aficionados alike. 

Recommended Tours

Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River

9 days from $3,780 pp*
Custom Private Tour
Centuries fall away as you climb the Great Wall, look down upon the Terra Cotta Warriors, and cruise the serene waters of the Li River. Voyage through China's must-see highlights with private guides at every stop.
More Info

Vietnam Explorer

11 days from $3,575 pp*
Custom Private Tour
Take in awe-inspiring vistas in Halong Bay as you practice Tai Chi on the deck of a luxury cruise ship at sunrise.
More Info

Myanmar Explorer

7 days from $2,303 pp*
Custom Private Tour
Much of Myanmar is still blissfully undeveloped. Be among the first to experience the magic of Yangon, the 2,000 temples of Bagan and the incredible leg-rowers of Inle Lake with a private guide.
More Info
Kensington Advantage
Personalized itinerary with private guide & driver. Award winning value.
  • Personalized itinerary that fits like a glove
  • Full attention of your own private guide & driver
  • In-country offices for 24/7 peace of mind
  • Multi-award winning
  • 30,000 delighted clients

With the inside track on the new, the old, the off-the-beaten track and the out-of-this-world, you won't find a more knowledgeable team of destination specialists.

Meet Our Experts
Curators of extraordinary experiences, you won't find a more skillful team.
30,000 Delighted Customers
"Kensington, you've done it again...perfection!"

Don't take our word for it.
Here's what our clients say.

"Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent."

Newsletter Subscription
Have our hand picked trips, news & specials delivered to you.
Thank you for signing up!

Your details have been received and processed successfully.
Travel + Leisure : World's Best Award 2014 Family National Geographic Traveler : 50 Tours of a Lifetime Travel Leisure Award 2015