Despite what you may have read about the government protests at Suvarnbhumi Airport, Thailand is still as safe as it ever was. While many people see it as politically unstable, they don’t know very much about it’s history.

The country has had several coups over the last century when the military doesn’t approve of the current system and it comes in to make changes. The last coup in 2007 was completely bloodless and it did not change the daily lives of the people to a noticeable extent. It did tighten the restrictions on foreign visa requirements, but that only affected those working or living there on extended tourist visas, or newly seeking employment.

Thailand is one of the safest countries I have ever lived in, even more so than any major US city I can think of. Aside from a few of the Islamic regions near the Malaysian border, it is unlikely that any level-headed individual will get into trouble. During the two years I lived there, there were constant protests either from those opposing or supporting Thai Rak Thai (the political party of the last prime minister).

Fortunately, everyone, regardless of their political bias, supports the king unquestionably. If he wanted to turn the country into a monarchy, the entire country would be behind him. Yet the king doesn’t want that anymore than his people. Bear in mind that this is a country where one could be imprisoned for criticizing the royal family in a public place.

Here’s an example of how the country runs. In the spring of 2007, the people protested and the king asked the original prime minister, Taksin Shinawatra, to step down out of fears that riots would erupt in Bangkok. He stepped out, things calmed down, and then, six months later, the military overthrew the government because Taksin had not stopped pulling the strings. The king has done this before and he will do this again if he feels the safety and unity of the country is ever threatened.

Now, the people were angry because Taksin’s brother-in-law, Somchai Wongsarawit, was the next prime minister to take power. In other words, Thai politics are always a bit funny, but day to day life seems to go on as usual. As long as the current king remains alive, there should be nothing to worry about. After that, who knows.

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