Bangkok travel alert lowered as situation stabilizes
Taiwan lowered its travel alert for Bangkok from “orange” to “yellow” Thursday, after the hunt for the main suspect in a deadly bombing in the Thai capital in August ended and the situation was said to have stabilized.
Thailand police said Sept. 28 that Bilal Muhammad, known as Adem Karadag, had confessed after he was arrested as the main suspect in the Aug. 17 blast at Bangkok’s popular Erawan Shrine, foreign media reported.
The bombing killed 20 people and injured more than 100 in the Thai capital, prompting Taiwan to issue its second-highest travel alert for the city.
On Thursday, however, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was lowering the travel alert, as the situation in most parts of Bangkok had stabilized and the Thai government had stepped up security at popular tourist destinations.
Nonetheless, the ministry said, Taiwanese visitors to Thailand are urged to pay attention to their personal safety and keep a close eye on their belongings.
Under the Foreign Ministry’s four-color coded travel alert system, red is the highest level followed by orange, yellow and gray.