Britain eases Thailand travel warning

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Britain on Saturday eased its travel advice on Thailand, warning nationals to "exercise caution" if travelling to Bangkok and the northern city of Chiang Mai.

At the height of deadly anti-government protests in Bangkok, Britain warned against all travel to the capital.

"The Foreign Office has amended its advice regarding travel to Thailand," it said in a statement.

"We are now advising travellers to exercise caution if travelling to Bangkok or Chiang Mai. This replaces the previous advice, which advised against all but essential travel to Bangkok and Chiang Mai."

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has lifted a curfew imposed across about one third of the country in the wake of the protests.

"Political stability continues to be a problem and the risk of violence and further demonstrations remains, but life in both cities has largely returned to normal," the Foreign Office said.

"British nationals throughout Thailand are advised to exercise caution and avoid demonstrations and large gatherings."

Around 812,000 British nationals visited Thailand in 2008, the Foreign Office said, citing Tourism Authority of Thailand figures.

© 2010 AFP

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