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article imagePhoto Essay: Everyday life in the restive south of Thailand Special

By Richard Milnes     Sep 16, 2013 in Travel
Terrorist bomb attacks, shootings and beheadings – no this isn’t London, this is the restive south of Thailand, but it isn’t all that bad. To a large degree life carries on as normal.
There are currently government travel warnings in place advising against visiting some of the southern Thai provinces where there have been many violent incidents resulting in thousands of deaths over the last several years.
In parts of the south of Thailand the majority of the population comprises the ethnically and religiously different ethnic Malay Muslims.
The UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises against “all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border.”
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says, “We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Thailand due to the threat of terrorist attack, particularly in the provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla, where we advise you not to travel.”
In Canada, the “Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada advises against all travel to and through the far southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla (including the city of Hat Yai). These provinces have been experiencing criminally and politically motivated violent incidents. Consult the Security tab for more information.”
But this did not deter Digital Journal from going on a secret undercover mission in order to see how things really were there.
A street in the Thai border town of Sungei Golok  which has experienced recent violent incidents.
A street in the Thai border town of Sungei Golok, which has experienced recent violent incidents.
People go about their travels in cars and on motorbikes along the main road that heads towards Malay...
People go about their travels in cars and on motorbikes along the main road that heads towards Malaysia from the Thai border town of Sungei Golok.
A small boy plays outside the entrance to Sungei Golok railway station next to a motorbike and next ...
A small boy plays outside the entrance to Sungei Golok railway station next to a motorbike and next to a sign warning about the risks of terrorist bomb attacks from motorbikes.
Thai police perform security checks on bags inside the entrance to Sungai Golok Railway Station.
Thai police perform security checks on bags inside the entrance to Sungai Golok Railway Station.
A friendly local Muslim man waves as a train passes.
A friendly local Muslim man waves as a train passes.
People appear to be going about their lives as normal in the town of Yala in Thailand’s restive so...
People appear to be going about their lives as normal in the town of Yala in Thailand’s restive south.
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