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Thailand seemed all but destined for yet another period of military rule after the military deposed the government and declared martial law in the country. Today's declaration of a military coup ushers in the twelfth time the military has controlled the nation since the end of monarchy rule in 1932.
The military has imposed a nationwide curfew, but insisted that tourists should feel free to go about the country and ensured them the military will provide security for foreigners traveling throughout the country. It may seem unusual that a military stages a coup and encourages tourism to continue unabated, but Thailand is not your typical country.
While the military insists it is safe to travel to the country, it seems like the rest of the world is not listening. Tourism has taken a major hit since major protests broke out last year and the staging of a military coup will surely make people think twice before booking their next vacation in the Southeast Asian country. The military was surely aware of this, but most likely calculated that restoring order in the country would eventually convince tourists to return, even if the tourism industry takes a short term loss.
Is anyone following this crisis? What are your thoughts about reports of 'business as usual' in the country after the military staged its coup? Is the country so used to military coups that the country hardly notices when they do it again? There are multiple reports of tourists and citizens taking selfies
with soldiers and it being an almost party like atmosphere in the capital city. Could it be that the citizens are welcome to the military taking over? Or are the reports of calm a smoke screen to convince the world that it is safe to travel there?