The Australian government's smartraveller.gov.au advisory for travellers doesn't say it. But it's time to speak bluntly: Do not enter or go near anti-government protest sites in Bangkok. And do not travel around the city late at night.
Every day for the past week I have seen tourists, including Australians, wandering through protest areas, seemingly oblivious to the dangers. Some of them had children with them. But since last Friday there have been dozens of reports of violent
incidents and at least six grenade attacks that left four children dead and more than 60 people injured.
The worst attack was on Sunday night in the middle of Bangkok's commercial and tourist centre. A five-year-old boy and his six-year-old sister were killed and almost 30 people were injured, some seriously, by a grenade. Anti-government protesters
on the streets in Bangkok.
The protest area is near several of Bangkok's largest five-star hotels and ritzy shopping malls popular with tourists. One of them, Central World shopping centre, was largely destroyed when it was firebombed during bloodshed in 2010.
Some countries have warned their citizens to stay away from Bangkok. Hong Kong even issued a black (severe) warning threat for Thailand (Bangkok), which prompted criticism from tourism operators that it had gone too far.
Since protests began last November, 21 people have died and more than 800 have been injured. Thailand's military has warned that the country could face collapse unless urgent action is taken to end escalating violence.