Bangkok’s office of Asian Trails is just in the midst of the action. Offices of one of Thailand’s top inbound tour operators are located next to Ratchadamri Boulevard, just a block away from the Four Seasons Hotel and consequently the camp of the Red Shirts rioters. Asked if he comes to the office by helicopter or on a motorcycle-taxi, Luzi Matzig says that he still comes by car for the back streets are not yet blocked.
On a more serious note, Asian Trails CEO wants to voice his anger at Western countries that have issued travel warnings and advisories against travels to Bangkok, if not to the whole Thailand.
“Germany, France, the UK and now Switzerland have all issued travel advisories to avoid Bangkok, unless it is vital to visit there. This is a totally misguided and hasty reaction. Only a tiny part of Bangkok is currently occupied by the Red Shirts. The rest of the capital is still open to the public and lives in a very normal way”, he says. “They were fewer countries that issued a travel warning even when Bangkok’s airports were blocked by the Yellow Shirts in December 2008,” recalls Matzig.