Safe and Sound in Bangkok

There were explosions in Bangkok two days ago, in front of Erawan Shrine, at Ratchaprasong area. There were at least 20 people killed and many were injured from the explosion at Erawan Shrine. The dead statistic includes five Malaysians.

One day after, it happened again, at Sathorn Pier. Luckily, no casualties this time round.

When the first incident happened, I was engrossed with my travel planning. I was oblivious to the disaster, until a friend back home checked in on me via Whatsapp.

 

First message at 7.40pm

 Yes, I first heard about the bombing from a Malaysian back home.

D came second after that.

And thereafter, messages started trickling in from Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong,

I always believe that life and death are predestined. When time is up, whether one is in Malaysia, Thailand, or any other countries, it will happen.

Through this incident, I came to realize that there are many who care for me. Some, was expected. But, some, was rather unexpected. That night, my phone buzzed till late night.

And it is still buzzing until today.

Thank you everyone. Thank you for checking in on me ūüôā

 

Is it safe to travel?

¬†Friends asking for Bangkok¬†travel advice¬†came earlier than I expected. My cousin’s girlfriend just contacted me, checking on the situation here, and asking for recommendation.

Honestly, I was holed up at home, ever since I got back to Bangkok. My travel planning is in turbo mode. This week, I only run out for grocery, and that is like less than 1 km walk from home. Life goes on as usual for most Thai people. There are deadlines to meet, mortgage to pay. D goes to work, and traffic is as bad ass as usual.

Malaysia has issued “Level 2” advisories, urging travellers to take extra care during trips. But, I think it is best to avoid unnecessary travel, since both bombing incidents happened at tourist spots, namely Erawan Shrine and Sathorn Pier. Perhaps it is a coincident, but … let’s not have our friends and family worry.

Few airlines waived off fee for change of Bangkok travel plan.

If you really still want to travel here,  perhaps, make a detour to other provinces or cities, such as Hua Hin and Cha-Am. Or how about homestay at amphawa floating market?

Safe travel, folks!

Writer

Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm
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    : ) Stay safe.

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