The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have issued a statement regarding the Bomb Explosion that occurred yesterday in central Bangkok

“At 19:00 local time on August 17 a suspected bomb exploded at the Ratchaprasong (road) intersection in central Bangkok. The explosion occurred close to the Erawan shrine in the business and shopping district known as Chidlom. The motivation behind the explosion is not yet known."

The affected area has been secured and security in central Bangkok has been increased. The Tourism Authority of Thailand advises tourists who are currently staying in the city to avoid the area this evening. TAT has not yet received confirmed reports of the number or nationality of casualties but there are no British or Irish nationals thought to be affected.

All transport links in central Bangkok are running as usual but while the intersection is investigated there may be disruption to traffic. Hotels and shopping malls in the surrounding area will be open as normal from August 18. All other tourist attractions and services are open and operating as usual.

TAT advises tourists to remain vigilant whilst travelling through busy parts of the city and if they see anything suspicious to report it to a nearby police or security officer. Tourists should follow local news and travel advice as they travel around the city.

The FCO’s latest travel advice says: Local police have confirmed a bomb explosion at 07:00 on August 17 2015 in central Bangkok. There are reports of casualties. The British Embassy is monitoring the situation. You should monitor news reports and take extra care."

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