Tourism to Bangkok is big business. Scaring tourists is big business for those that want changes in Thai politics. On Sunday two pipe bombs exploded outside a luxury shopping mall popular with tourists and locals in Central Bangkok on Sunday in an attack which Thai police said was aimed at raising tension in a city living under martial law.
The bombs caused little damage but were the first to shake the Thai capital since the military seized power in May to end months of sometimes deadly street protests.
The motive behind the attack appeared to be to create panic rather than take lives.
Two improvised explosive devices were placed behind power transformers on an elevated walkway linking the overhead rail line to the upmarket Siam Paragon mall in central Bangkok.