And you thought the political situation was volatile in Thailand? The death total from the clashes between Red Shirt protesters and government security forces went up by 2 today as a soldier and a protester succumbed to their injuries. So now officially 23 died – 5 of them soldiers, one of them a journalist. Over 850 were injured. Pretty ugly and a shame for both sides of this conflict.
But consider this: just from the first couple days of Songkran — April 12 and 13 — injuries in all of Thailand totaled 1,536! That’s up 54% since last year. But the real sobering number is 114. That’s how many died in accidents so far. Again, that’s just in two days. Songkran isn’t over and the drive home still awaits for many at the end of this long holiday. There isn’t anything travelers can do about politics other than avoid them, and that’s not too hard to do. As for the more realistic dangers, just use your head. Don’t drink and drive, don’t drive when you’re exhausted, wear a helmet on a motorbike, seat belt in a car. Stay safe – you still have a lot left to see here!