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Bangkok visitors should have travel insurance

28 April 2009 10:18

Bangkok visitors should have travel insurance

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has warned British travellers of the political unrest in Bangkok, which could encourage more visitors to take out travel insurance.

Advising tourists to avoid Thailand's capital, the support service for British nationals explained that shops, restaurants and bars have been closed in the city after clashes between supporters and opponents of the country's ruling government.

Bangkok has been affected by political demonstrations in recent weeks that have seen protestors take to the streets and its transport infrastructure brought to a halt.

The FCDO said on its website: "The political situation in Thailand remains uncertain. This is making travel in some parts of Bangkok difficult."

Presently, around 800,000 British tourists visit Thailand every year, with the capital famous for its vibrant nightlife and street-vendors.

The Tourism Council of Thailand announced this week that it expects its tourism revenues to decline by 35 per cent in 2009.