The military junta has now lifted the nightly curfew in tourist hot spots of Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya. The four hour long curfew from midnight to 4AM is still in place in all other cities including Bangkok.
When I arrived to Bangkok very late on Saturday night, the airport was the quietest I had ever seen it. The drive to the hotel in Sathorn was very fast and there were some locals enjoying food and beverages outside past the midnight curfew as well.
Watching the international news channels was bit difficult first because they were blocked by National Council for Peace and Order, although this should have been lifted by now. Block only affected hotels that were getting the channel feed from local cable provider instead of satellite.
The everyday life in Bangkok seems to be going on normally but with much less tourists than usually. I have only been able to spot soldiers on those foreign news channels.
The hospitality industry that accounts 10% of the Thailand’s GDP is hurting badly, however. The occupancy rate was 30% at the Anantara Sathorn hotel I first stayed at. Visited a friend at the Siam (fantastic boutique property in Dusit) and they only had 7 of the 39 room/suites/villas occupied. The occupancy is equally low here a the Crowne Plaza Bangkok (any other PointBreaks guests around?).
I visited my favorite watering hole on the Silom 4 and had a chat with one of the waiters. There are only couple of bars that are open regardless of the coup past the midnight and none in the immediate area.
This is probably the best time to visit Bangkok if you don’t care about the evening entertainment. The tourists are staying away and you can breeze through the sites.
I may have to “evacuate” to one of the island or Pattaya for the weekend as I would like to be up past the midnight slurping some adult beverages.