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M'sians opting for holiday destinations other than Bangkok
Publication Date : 23-01-2014
Many Malaysians have avoided Bangkok since protests escalated in the capital over the past few weeks.
Travel agent Felix Wong Kai Siong said that even before the capital was under a state of emergency, people didn’t want to go there due to the protests.
“If people want to go Bangkok, I will surely arrange it. It's a beautiful city.
“But recently, many things have happened in Bangkok, so people have cancelled their trips to the capital. They've decided to go elsewhere and opt for other Southeast Asia tourist destinations.
“Even before the capital was under a state of emergency, people didn’t want to go due to the protests even though Thailand travel agencies said it was safe to travel,” said the 24-year-old agent who also organises trips to Vietnam and Cambodia.
Malaysians had bought flight tickets to Bangkok before the state of emergency was declared.
Ticketing consultant of Aakasha Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd Wani Rahim said nobody booked tickets to the capital now.
"Last week, we sold 10 tickets to Bangkok. But this week, no one has bought flight tickets to Bangkok.
"Some people opted to go to South Thailand rather than central Thailand after the protest," said Wani.
The Thai government declared a 60-day state of emergency starting Wednesday, saying it wanted to prevent any escalation of more than two months of protests aimed at forcing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from power.