These are particularly common during the monthly Full Moon parties and generally occur late at night near bars.
Outside the main towns, police and military checkpoints are actively manned and travellers may be asked to produce ID.
On 13 October 2016, the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was announced. On 1 December 2016, the Crown Prince acceded to the throne and was pronounced His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, or His Majesty King Rama X. Restrictions remain on freedom of assembly and expression.
You should avoid any protests, political gatherings, demonstrations or marches.
Some foreign (including British) and Thai journalists, human rights defenders and members of the public face criminal charges, including for defamation and sedition, for raising concerns and making political comments.
Be on your guard against pickpockets and bag snatchers.