Chris Polack and his mother are still unable to leave Bangkok.
Chris Polack and his mother are still unable to leave Bangkok. Northern Star

One night in Bangkok? Not for the Polak family

BYRON Bay schoolboy Chris Polak and his mother Sue are trapped in Bangkok following a takeover of the airport by members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy last week.

It was a case of bad timing for the pair who were only spending one night in Bangkok on their way home from travelling through Laos.

When their taxi approached the airport last Tuesday they were met by demonstrators wearing yellow shirts and told to go back.

“We saw heaps of riot police and the roads were closed off,” said Chris, a Year 9 student at Byron Bay High School, who told the Star from Bangkok.

Suvarnabhumi international airport and the older Don Muang domestic airport were taken over  by thousands of followers of a royalist anti-government protest.

The closure of the two hubs has crippled Thailand, stranding more than 100,000 passengers.

After first booking into a hotel near the airport, Chris and Sue were then moved by officials to a hotel in central Bangkok.

They are free to move around the city, but forbidden from going anywhere near the airport.

Chris said they felt fairly safe “because all the fighting was in one spot and they’re not targeting tourists”.

Mother and son check with Thai Airways each day but there is no information about when the airport will reopen.

“It’s a nasty feeling not to be able to go home when you want,” said mother Sue.

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