Thailand Election 2019: Guide & Tips for Travelers

While Thais are looking forward to our general election on 24 March 2019 with mixed feelings, we’ve seen some travelers feeling pretty much the same about their planned trip. Will everything be open as usual on the election day? Is there anything you should know for a smooth trip during the period?

While we can’t guarantee there will be zero hassle, we can give you a heads up on what usually happens on election day, so you can plan your day accordingly.

Should I prepare myself for political chaos?

Thailand General Election 2019 will happen on Sunday the 24th of March. The ballot drop box locations are scattered throughout the country. The polls are open between 8 a.m. – 5. p.m. If you happen to be in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or other big cities in Thailand on the election day, you might want to brace yourself for some extra traffic on the road, especially during the first and last few hours of voting time. The good news is that all the malls, restaurants and other attractions are open as usual.

Is it safe to be in Bangkok on the election day?

There will very likely be no unrest and violence that can ruin your dreamy trip in this tropical paradise. In fact, getting a chance to see how election happens in a foreign country is our favorite travel surprise. The election posters, the campaign parades, and the general vibes of each city as the day is nearing are what the guidebooks will never be able to tell you.

If you are fond of scratching more than the surface when visiting a new land, Thailand election 2019 might be that extra ingredient for your enriching experience in the land of smile, spice and everything nice.