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May 30, 2014

From beaches to Bangkok, tourists deal with a coup

Associated Press

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For Thailand's tourist industry, the situation is ominous. Bookings were already down after six months of anti-government protests in Bangkok, and the combination of coup plus curfew along with uncertainty is a blow their economy could do without.

BANGKOK — When Thailand's military staged a coup last week, Phil Koenighaus was on a beach enjoying the debauchery of the country's infamous “Half Moon” festival.

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