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Bangkok's bustling night life and James Bond Island near Phuket, shunned by tourists amid political turmoil, must brace for empty cash registers as the imposition of martial law in Thailand deters holidaymakers. 

Soldiers keep watch from a military vehicle while stationed outside the Royal Thai Police headquarters as traffic drives past in central Bangkok on Tuesday. (Bloomberg photo)

Visitors to the country may fall 5% this year, the biggest drop since 2009, as the United States and Hong Kong governments tell their people to be cautious while travelling to the nation. Foreigners arriving in Thailand already dropped 4.9% in the first four months of 2014 from a year earlier to 8.62 million, according to the Department of Tourism.

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