The FCO has advised travellers to steer clear of all demonstrations and protests due to take place in Bangkok this weekend. The People's Alliance for Democracy, whose supporters are known as the 'Yellow Shirts', have planned protests outside the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on Saturday, which tourists are strongly advised to avoid. After protests in the capital in 2010 resulted in 68 deaths and the firebombing of government buildings, there are fears that this weekend's demonstrations could also deteriorate into violence. Security in the capital will be increased during the demonstrations, yet tourists are still advised to remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.
Furthermore, 16 regions of Thailand are on high alert for heavy rains and potential flooding over the weekend. The regions affected are: Bangkok, Sukhothai, Chai Nat, Uttaradit, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Sawan, Lampang, Lamphun, Suphan Buri, Phichit, Sakaeo, Phetchabun, Ayutthaya, Uthai Thani, Phitsanulok and Saraburi. Travellers in the area should closely monitor the situation by checking the Thai Meteorological Department website.
The FCO advises registering with LOCATE - which allows the government to assess how many British nationals may need assistance in the case of natural disasters or political unrest.
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