(Closed) Trip to Thailand and MIL

posted 10 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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2889 posts
Sugar bee

good luck. The fact that you are traveling with locals (your Mother-In-Law has a house there so I assume she lives there at least part time) you should be better off. When with people who know the area and speak the language, I always feel safer. If you are really nervous, make your inlaws and Fiance listen to you. Maybe they will be able to comfort you but at least make sure your concerns are on the table before you make a final decision and if you still don’t feel safe, don’T go to please someone else, you won’t enjoy it and i something were to happen you will never forgive yourself for going against your instince. That being said, I feel there is a certain point where you just need to remember that there are so many things which could go wrong and are completely out of your control so sometimes risks are necessary.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Have you ever been to Thailand? 

My Maid/Matron of Honor and I went to Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, 1.5 years ago, right after the terrorist attacks in Bali.  Two very white women alone and not once did I ever feel threatened or in danger by the locals, particularly in Thailand.  The people are freindly, welcoming and helpful (even with the lack of English). It seems you are in a much better situation then we were as you will be traveling with some locals, always a huge plus! 

I consider myself a world traveler and have been to many places during political unrest and have yet to have a problem.  So I while I understand your unrest, I think there is no reason to worry. 

If you get over to HK and still have a fear of issues there is no harm done if you decide to cancel the tickets.  All you can do is travel when and where you feel comfortable as your trip will be that much more fun.

Good Luck and Enjoy!

Post # 6
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2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

The State Department does have a current Travel Alert for Thailand:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1998.html

Personally, I would never consider travel to any area with a current State Department Travel Alert or Warning; in fact my company requires us to have all international travel approved, and generally will not allow travel to any such country.  However, I don’t have any relatives in any of those countries, so it’s an easy decision for me.  There are plenty of places in the world that you can vacation without putting yourself in any potential danger.

I do have friends who have travelled in Thailand, and had a great time, and who say (as does SpaceC06) that the people are generally friendly and pleasant.  However, I think that your DH’s assessment that the worst that can happen is that you end up staying longer than you planned should be looked at a little more closely.  How much longer can you afford to stay?  Is your boss going to be understanding if you end up there an extra month (completely possible, look at the recent situation in Georgia) because the government closes down the borders? 

It’s entirely possible that the political situation will be better by the, but it’s also possible that it won’t.  However, you can keep track of how things are going by visiting the State Department website, and even calling the U.S. Embassy. There’s obviously nothing wrong with going to Hong Kong at this point in time, but I wouldn’t let your ILs talk you into a side trip to Thailand if it still looks iffy at the time.  To me anyway, a side trip to see a house wouldn’t be a good enough reason to risk it, when you could stay in Hong Kong without any worries and still have a nice time with your ILs.

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