February 1-7, 2015
Driving home 2.
At approximately 8:10 pm on the evening of February 1, 2015, Thai authorities reported that two small improvised explosive devices detonated in close proximity to the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall BTS entrance. Security personnel responded immediately to the scene to secure the area and began investigating the incident. This investigation remains ongoing.
While the security situation has been generally peaceful over the last six months, this event emphasizes that security incidents can occur without warning. While traveling in Thailand, U.S. citizens are advised to remain vigilant and exercise caution, especially if in the vicinity of any large gatherings. Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Unattended packages or bags in public areas should be reported to law enforcement/security personnel immediately.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Thailand enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Thailand. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.
Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.
The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy (http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/service.html) is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok, and can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049, or by email@example.com. The Embassy’s after-hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.
The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai (http://chiangmai.usconsulate.gov/service.html) is located at 387 Wichayanond Road in Chiang Mai. The American Citizen Services Unit of the Consulate General can be reached by calling 66-53-107-777 and by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The after-hours emergency telephone number is 66-81-881-1878.
Still driving home.
Night views from home.
A great read on both paper and Pad.
Three dishes at Plaza Athenee.
Next: Part II