Khao San Raod tourism back to normal after curfew lifted


BANGKOK, June 16 — Tourism on Khao San Road in the heart of Bangkok, known as the backpack haven for tourists, has returned to its normal liveliness as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) canceled the curfew it had imposed across the nation.

Khao San Road Business Association chairman Sa-nga Ruangwattanakul said since the NCPO lifted the countryside curfew last Friday, the area has seen the number of visitors climb back to its normal state.

Local Thai residents have been flocking to the tourist spot to enjoy watching the World Cup 2014, while foreign tourists are staying longer in Khao San, up from previously spending just one night in Bangkok before traveling to other provinces to avoid the curfew.

Trading in the area has also regained activeness, noting that he believes the number of visitors to the top tourist destination would soon return to the same level as before.

The association has spread the news of the lifting of the curfew through the world’s top social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, which has brought a better response among Asian tourists than European tourists in traveling to Thailand.

Mr Sa-nga said that the organisation would hold more activities to draw foreign tourists back to the location, since its strategy to return happiness to visitors has proven fruitful and helped to portray the image to the international community that Thailand is safe to visit.