By Tom Vlahos/The Washington PostBANGKOK (AP) Thai travelers are turning to sightseeing and museums in the capital for their next stop, a trip that costs about the same as a night out in the city.
While the country’s economy has struggled, the government has begun to invest in public transport and new parks, parks, shopping malls and cultural venues, hoping tourists will come back to enjoy their holiday.
But the government and the tourism industry are in the middle of a legal battle over the fate of a popular popular Bangkok street and a popular tourist attraction that has been closed for more than a decade because of safety concerns.
The government says the closure has left the city’s main tourist attractions at a disadvantage, and has accused the countrys most popular tourist destination, the Old City, of failing to take care of its streets and parks.
The Old City has been a symbol of Bangkok for decades.
The city has the world’s largest Buddhist shrine, the Bodhi tree, as well as a thriving shopping district.
Tourism officials have blamed poor upkeep for the closed sites, which are frequented by foreigners and locals alike.
Tourists are turning out in droves, but the city still suffers from traffic and other problems.
Some restaurants and shops have closed, and some restaurants and cafes have closed entirely.
There is no electricity, so many restaurants and hotels are closed to the public.
Some hotels have shut down, and most tourists have left.
The government is considering closing more attractions, such as the famous Bangkok Tower, and opening a new park in the Old Town.
In a statement, the tourism ministry said the Old Market and Old City were closed because of the citys lack of management and upkeep.
It said it was also considering closing the Old Tower, the landmark in the old city that has become a tourist attraction.
“In the absence of proper management and management practice, the old market and the old square are not able to keep their potential,” the statement said.
The ministry said it is considering setting up a new, more modern market and that the Old Place will be reopened as soon as possible.
The Bangkok Metropolitan government is also looking into the issue, said its tourism spokesman, Pranap Singh.
The city’s transportation network is also facing problems, according to Pranep Chiangkhomkul.
He said many of the streets in the downtown area of Bangkok are not safe, with cars often blocking the main thoroughfares.
“The traffic is heavy and dangerous,” he said.
Many of the tourists are also turning to the streets, and are driving on empty streets, which have limited parking.
Pranep said it will take more time to open the Old city and Old Market, and reopen the Old Palace.
He said many tourists were not aware that the parks and roads were closed, or that the government was considering closing them.
“This is a big problem, especially with foreigners, who come to visit the city,” Pranip said.
“If they go to the Old Square, they don’t go to their rooms or the toilets.”
Tourists have come to Bangkok to experience the city for themselves, he said, but it is a dangerous city.
The streets are littered with trash, graffiti, broken glass and broken cars.
The tourism ministry issued a statement Thursday saying that tourists who want to see the Old Kingdom and the Old Street are advised to visit all attractions in the parks in the central district and to avoid all tourist spots in the center and the eastern districts.
It added that the ministry would also look into closing the Grand Palace and the Royal Palace of the Moon, as the Old Markets and Old Streets are not suitable for foreigners.
Tourist officials in the country said that in the past year, the number of foreigners visiting Bangkok rose dramatically.
They said many were from the United States, Europe and Asia.
The number of foreign visitors to Thailand dropped by nearly 70 percent in the last two years, according a survey by the National Tourism Organization.
Tour operators in the United Kingdom and Europe have blamed the tourism downturn on the government’s lack of spending on infrastructure and development projects.
In addition, many tourist groups have closed and shut down.
The countrys economy has slumped to its lowest rate in nearly 20 years as the economy struggles to recover from the economic crisis that erupted in 2010.
Tour arrivals in Bangkok dropped 15.7 percent in 2016 from the previous year, while foreigners declined 5.6 percent, according government data.
In 2017, the United Nations said the country had the third-lowest number of tourists in the world after South Sudan and Syria.
In 2018, the UN said the number had declined to the lowest level since 2008.
The United Nations is concerned that a lack of infrastructure and investment in the tourism sector could be a key contributor to a tourism downturn, said Andrew Prakash, a senior researcher at the United Nation’s department for tourism