Is it safe to visit Thailand right now?

News broke Monday morning about an explosion in a Bangkok hospital that injured 24 people. The bomb went off inside the Phramongkutklao Hospital, which is "popular with soldiers and their families and retired military officers," according to Reuters. This marks the second blast in Thailand in three weeks, after a car bomb exploded outside a shopping mall in the southern city of Pattani on May 9, injuring 61 people.

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Monday's bombing came on the third anniversary of a coup d'état in Thailand, in which the military ousted the democratically elected prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, though no one has claimed responsibility for the blast yet. The junta, called the National Council for Peace and Order, has ruled Thailand for the last three years, and has seen brief moments of unrest, including a wave of bombings in August 2016 that killed three people and injured 26. But by and large, unrest remains unstated because of fierce restrictions on media in which, according to Freedom House, "criminal defamation laws are also used to silence dissent."

Facing such a volatile political climate, outsiders might be questioning if traveling to Thailand is safe right now, but people who know the country's politics and society well suggest this is an isolated incident, and shouldn't lead to any changes of plans.

"Americans have much bigger fish to fry than being concerned about that," Sandy Ferguson, managing director of Asia Desk, a Southeast Asia travel consultancy, told Condé Nast Traveler.

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - AUGUST 19: People pray in front the Erawan Shrine on August 19, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. On Monday evening Bangkok was hit by what has been described as Thailand's worst ever attack. Security across the country has been stepped up following the explosion which went off near a popular tourist site killing at least 20 people and injuring hundreds more. (Photo by Nicolas Axelrod/Getty Images)
Monks make offerings at the reopened Erawan shrine in Bangkok on 19 August 2015. Thai monks led prayers for the reopening of Bangkok shrine where a blast killed 20 people, as police hunted a man shown on security footage calmly planting what is believed to be the bomb. AFP PHOTO / Jerome TAYLOR (Photo credit should read JEROME TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images)
ERAWAN SHRINE, BANGKOK, KRUNG THEP MAHA NAKHON, THAILAND - 2015/08/18: A memorials are set up outside Erawan Shrine a day after a bomb exploded close to the shrine in the center of Thailand's capital, Bangkok, killing at least 22 people and injuring more than 125. Reports say a second bomb has been found in the area and made safe. No-one has yet said they carried out the attack, which took place close to the Erawan shrine in Bangkok's central Chidlom district. The shrine is a major tourist attraction. The Thai government said the attack was aimed at foreigners. Local media report that tourists, including Chinese, are among the casualties. (Photo by Stephen J. Boitano/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ERAWAN SHRINE, BANGKOK, KRUNG THEP MAHA NAKHON, THAILAND - 2015/08/18: A memorials are set up outside Erawan Shrine a day after a bomb exploded close to the shrine in the center of Thailand's capital, Bangkok, killing at least 22 people and injuring more than 125. Reports say a second bomb has been found in the area and made safe. No-one has yet said they carried out the attack, which took place close to the Erawan shrine in Bangkok's central Chidlom district. The shrine is a major tourist attraction. The Thai government said the attack was aimed at foreigners. Local media report that tourists, including Chinese, are among the casualties. (Photo by Stephen J. Boitano/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Mourners pray for the victims of a bomb blast at the reopened Erawan shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Bangkok's deadly bomb attack this week is set to hit Thailand's last remaining growth pillar with travel warnings and canceled trips, adding pressure on authorities to restore confidence and stimulate the economy. Photographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images
ERAWAN SHRINE, BANGKOK, KRUNG THEP MAHA NAKHON, THAILAND - 2015/08/19: People visit Erawan Shrine after it reopened two days after a bomb exploded close to the shrine in the center of Thailand's capital, Bangkok, killing at least 22 people and injuring more than 125. CCTV shows a man leaving a backpack on a bench at the shrine minutes before the bomb exploded. No-one has yet said they carried out the attack, which took place close to the Erawan shrine in Bangkok's central Chidlom district. The shrine is a major tourist attraction. The Thai government said the attack was aimed at foreigners. Local media report that tourists, including Chinese, are among the casualties. (Photo by Stephen J. Boitano/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Thai office workers light candles for victims killed in a bomb blast outside a religious shrine in Bangkok on August 18, 2015. The death toll from a bomb blast in the Thai capital rose to 20 on August 18 with 123 wounded, police said, with eight tourists from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore among those killed in the attack. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)
Thai office workers lay flowers for victims killed in a bomb blast outside a religious shrine in Bangkok on August 18, 2015. The death toll from a bomb blast in the Thai capital rose to 20 on August 18 with 123 wounded, police said, with eight tourists from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore among those killed in the attack. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)
A Thai office worker lights candles for victims killed in a bomb blast outside a religious shrine in Bangkok on August 18, 2015. The death toll from a bomb blast in the Thai capital rose to 20 on August 18 with 123 wounded, police said, with eight tourists from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore among those killed in the attack. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)
Thai office workers lay flowers for victims killed in a bomb blast outside a religious shrine in Bangkok on August 18, 2015. The death toll from a bomb blast in the Thai capital rose to 20 on August 18 with 123 wounded, police said, with eight tourists from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore among those killed in the attack. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - AUGUST 18: People leave flowers near the site of a blast at the Erawan Hindu shrine at the Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok, Thailand, on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. The death toll rise to at least 21 and 123 injured from the deadly blast in Central Bangkok last night. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A Thai office worker holds flowers for victims killed in a bomb blast outside a religious shrine in Bangkok on August 18, 2015. The death toll from a bomb blast in the Thai capital rose to 20 on August 18 with 123 wounded, police said, with eight tourists from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore among those killed in the attack. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)
Thai office workers lay flowers for victims killed in a bomb blast outside a religious shrine in Bangkok on August 18, 2015. The death toll from a bomb blast in the Thai capital rose to 20 on August 18 with 123 wounded, police said, with eight tourists from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore among those killed in the attack. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ferguson suggested that while violent, the bombing didn't result in any deaths, and hasn't been labeled a terrorist incident. Furthermore, the bombing targeted a military hospital, and not a popular tourist area.

"This is somebody striking out against the government, and it could be called a terrorist action," he said. "But the State Department is very reluctant to issue an advisory."

When contacted about a potential travel alert, a U.S. Department of State official told Traveler, "The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is among our highest priorities. We urge U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and take steps to increase their security awareness ... The decision to issue a Travel Alert, Travel Warning, or a Security or Emergency Message is based on the overall assessment of the health/safety/security situation."

Speaking specifically to the threat faced by U.S. citizens in Thailand, the official added, "Our staff at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok stand ready to provide appropriate consular services as needed. We have confirmed that no U.S. citizens were injured in the incident. We remain in close touch with our Thai law enforcement partners as they investigate this incident."

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While details on the most recent bombing remain sparse, expert consensus suggests it shouldn't affect plans for anyone who's visiting Thailand in the near future. Andrea Ross, CEO of Journeys Within, a company that organizes tours in Southeast Asia, told Traveler that while tensions were high in the immediate aftermath of the coup, things settled down following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October 2016 when the country went into mourning.

"We're not changing any of our tours," Ross said. "People should keep their schedules, and keep Bangkok in itineraries."

Ross explained that Bangkok has previously been taken off planned trips to Thailand, and will likely be for the King's funeral later in 2017, but for purely logistical purposes, not for safety concerns. Along with the funeral, Thailand is planning to hold elections sometime in mid-2018, which could cause logistical headaches, but no date is currently set. Otherwise, travel to popular tourist locations, like Chiang Mai and Phuket, should remain unaffected.

"I'm not changing anything I'm doing," Ross said. "In fact, I'm taking both my kids and we're flying the first weekend in June. I think it's safe on a personal level, too."

While news about bombings will certainly always (and rightfully) grab your attention—especially if it's near an upcoming travel destination—for now, be extra aware of your surroundings, but don't live in fear.

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