Ratchaprasong safe, accessible despite Bangkok shutdown


BANGKOK, Jan 15 – The Thai capital’s Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) assures safety for travellers and the public visiting the areas during the Bangkok Shutdown operation by the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

RSTA President Chai Srivikorn said on Wednesday that integrated security measures have been implemented in the Ratchaprasong vicinity from Phraram 1 Road to Chaloem Phao intersection, Chitlom BTS station, Four

Seasons Hotel and Novotel Bangkok Platinum Hotel.

Some 1,700 security staff have been deployed in the vicinity to ensure safety around the clock and that 1,500 security cameras are working properly.

According to Mr Chai, there have been no reports of security problems occurred since the first day of the shutdown. The security system on high rise buildings has especially been upgraded and no one has been

allowed access to the buildings’ roof tops.

As of Wednesday, Mr Chai said most hotels and department stores in the vicinity are operating normally. However, some retail chains tend to close earlier but almost every office in the Ratchaprasong areas have

started to reopen.

As of now, Ratchaprosong areas are accessible by both private vehicles and public transport. This includes Skytrain, San Seab public boats, taxis, motorcycles taxis and public buses No 17, 60, 511 and 2.