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    Posted February 1, 2014 by
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    Expats in Thailand

    There's a feeling of disquiet here (1st Feb) with the initial shootings in Lak Si seeming to be a prelude to something much bigger.

    There's little traffic on the roads and the business downtown is slowing to a halt. The Pubs and Bars are down 70% (on their reckoning) and my Tailor today said that there's almost no new business coming through the doors (regulars, it seems are still braving the streets).

    Looking around there are a few tourists, but it's not the teeming sidewalk show that usually unfolds as Bangkok awakens from it's slumber after a nightly rampage of tourists and revellers in the endless bars and entertainment areas. On any typical day it's a gauntlet of faces and accents as the tourists scour the sidewalks for bargains, beers or Thai massages.

    Some expats I have talked to are keeping off the roads and public transport to wait for the outcome of the "Elections" tomorrow. Others are "Mai pen rai" ("never mind" in Thai), keeping with the relaxed attitude the locals seem to have most of the time.

    There's a feeling that if it doesn't go off in a big way this evening or tomorrow, then it might fizzle. After all this is Thailand, and the unexpected is usually what will happen.

    I am glad I am at the airport.
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