BANGKOK - Thailand's military rulers on Friday lifted a curfew in four more tourist destinations, apparently in the hope of further easing the impact on tourism.
The four resorts -- all popular among Thai and foreign tourists for their beaches -- are Cha-am, Hua Hin, Krabi and Phang-Nga. A curfew has been removed since Tuesday in three other resorts -- Pattaya, Samui and Phuket.
The tourism industry has complained the curfew imposed immediately after the May 22 coup by the Army was adversely affecting their business.
The National Council for Peace and Order, formed by the junta leaders, imposed the curfew initially from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. across the country and later shortened it to midnight until 4 a.m.
The restrictive measure remains in place in other parts of the country even though the World Cup tournament is kicking off next week in Brazil. Most matches are scheduled to start after midnight in Thailand, where soccer is one of the most popular sports.
NCPO leader Gen. Prayut Chan-Ocha provided an update on the junta's efforts through a nationally broadcast TV program Friday night, saying priority is given to problems affecting low-income earners and farmers and ensuring transparency in conducting its rule.
The junta leader also insisted that he would restore democracy to Thailand as soon as the ongoing political conflict is resolved, as well as work out a transparent election system.
"Parliamentary dictatorship must be removed, all these have caused conflicts among Thais," said Prayut, who led the military and police leaders staging the coup, overthrowing the caretaker government.