Thailand declares 2 extra holidays for next month

The cabinet today approved two holidays in November to keep things quiet for a regional summit — but only in Bangkok and its northwest metro area.

The final two days of an ASEAN summit – Nov. 4 & 5 – were made government holidays Tuesday to alleviate traffic congestion, government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisoranakul announced.

The holidays will only be in effect in Bangkok and Nonthaburi province, where the summit will be held Oct. 31 to Nov. 5 at Impact Muang Thong Thani.

No government agencies will be operating on those dates. Though they are government holidays, Traisulee said state enterprises, private companies and banks could consider closing for those two days as well.

Security concerns are also running high after the last major regional summit in August was marred by a string of bombings that embarrassed the government.

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