Off to happy holiday despite Thai coup

Break: Shannon and Steve Martin and their children Brodie, Ryder and Byron are refusing to let the coup spoil their holiday. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Break: Shannon and Steve Martin and their children Brodie, Ryder and Byron are refusing to let the coup spoil their holiday. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Thursday's military coup in Thailand is not enough to stop a Barrack Point family's plans to celebrate two 40th birthdays in the country.

Shannon Martin, her husband and three children were due to fly out to the south-east Asian holiday hot spot early on Saturday morning, and weren't going to be put off by some political upheaval.

For Mrs Martin, it is not the first time she has been affected by the way Thai politics has played out in the streets, with the armed forces taking a central role.

She was also there in 2010, when clashes between pro- and anti-government groups and authorities resulted in some 90 people being killed.

Each time Mrs Martin has been visiting her father Ray, who has retired to the beachside town of Pattaya, which the Martins have decided is far enough from Bangkok to be safe.

Pattaya, is about 100 kilometres south-east of Bangkok, on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand.

After consulting the Australian government's Smart Traveller website, she concluded the danger level was limited to other parts of the country.

"Initially we had some concerns but we checked out the travellers website, and after speaking to my dad who's there, he said they're not affected," Mrs Martin said on Thursday.

While the 10pm curfew had annoyed those who wanted to stay out late, travelling with three children meant the family was glad for the early nights.

Mrs Martin loves the country and its people, and with both her, and her husband's, 40th birthdays to celebrate, they are hoping for the best.

Remembering what it was like in 2010 has even given her kids, aged 6, 10 and 11, something else to look forward to.

"I remember travelling from the airport there was a really high presence of military," she said. "They'd stop us at checkpoints and check the cars. The kids are looking forward to seeing all the military so they can be in their own Black Ops game."

That's not to say that they are taking it flippantly, but with the curfew being relaxed for trips to and from airports, they know that once they make it outside Bangkok, the atmosphere will be a whole lot calmer.

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