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Increased political tensions in Bangkok, including mass demonstrations, has prompted a change in travel advice by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Britons in the Thai capital are being advised to avoid large gatherings and demonstrations as anti-government protestors forced their way into two government buildings.


The warning came as Thai authorities implemented an internal security act in all districts of the city and other areas in an attempt to quell the protests.


This will lead to an increased security presence and possible disruption to traffic, the FCO said.


“Further large scale protests are taking place, with little warning, at various locations in Bangkok. The main ongoing protest area situated along Rachadamnoen Avenue including Democracy Monument in Bangkok has now expanded to include protests at a number of government buildings in central Bangkok,” it said in an updated travel advisory today.


Bangkok-based Diethelm Travel Group said there has been an increase in demonstrations in the last few days in various parts of the capital but away from normal tourist sites.


“All Diethelm Travel tours and excursions are operating on schedule, except for visits to Wat Benchamabophit or Marble Temple,” the company said.


“All hotels can be accessed and our transfers are operating as normal, although some detours are necessary to avoid traffic congestion.


“In line with the travel advisories issued by a number of countries, we strongly recommend your clients avoid large gatherings and demonstrations.


“We continue to closely monitor the situation and will provide you with further updates if the situation in Bangkok changes.”