For those of you who've seen the news about Bangkok - yes there's a serious political situation going on, it's all over the news here. Fortunately there haven't been any (or rather, I haven't seen any) protests up in Chiang Mai where I am (300 miles away). I've talked to people who lived here through the last (bloodless) coup and I've been assured that I'm about as safe as can be here. I am registered with the US consulate and have been checking their travel alerts daily. In the unlikely event that situation turns unsafe, I'll do as they advise.