The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have released a follow up statement regarding the Bomb explosion in central Bangkok on August 17.

As of August 18 “A second explosion was reported today at Saphan Thaksin pier, thankfully there were no casualties. Following an investigation and search of the area the pier has reopened and river taxis and tour boats have resumed service.

Today the death of a British national, based in Hong Kong, was confirmed by the FCO. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.

The FCO’s only travel advice for the UK is to monitor news reports, follow the advice of local authorities and take extra care. You can follow their updates here:

The Ratchaprasong (road) intersection is open to traffic again and hotels and shopping centres in the Chidlom area are open for business as usual. All transport links in central Bangkok are running as normal and all other tourist attractions and services are open and operating as usual. There is increased police presence across the city and security measures have been stepped up in key locations across the city.

The Erawan Shrine is not promoted as a tourist attraction to UK and Irish tourists. The shrine is in fact a sacred Hindu place that many Buddhists spend time at praying. It is one of the most well-known and popular shrines in the city but not of cultural tourism interest to visiting European nationalities. It is generally frequented by Thai and Chinese locals and visitors. The motivation behind the explosion is still unknown. Investigations continue.

If travellers have any questions or concerns about forthcoming travel to Bangkok they can contact the TAT London office for further advice on 0207 925 2511 or via

Tourists already abroad in Thailand can call the local TAT Call Centre on 1672 (local hotline number)”


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