Bangkok is not Phuket
Jackson went on to point out that Thailand is a big country, and protests aren't focused around the beaches and the rural north.
"If you're going to the north, or the beach, those areas are relatively unaffected", he said. "Beach destinations miles away won't feel any of the effects".
But he also said travelers flying into Bangkok have other options if they're not comfortable staying in a country dealing with political unrest.
"If you have an issue with going, there are plenty of other countries within reasonable distance, including Laos and Cambodia", he said.
Just be smart, and buy insurance
Nobody can predict what exactly will happen. The situation doesn't appear to be escalating at present, and Thai people are traditionally peaceful. But even if it's only a 1 percent chance a peaceful protest turns violent, that's a 1 percent chance to be aware of. But again, the places most people want to visit aren't protest zones.
"My opinion: People shouldn't be going there anyway as a tourist. It's not a zoo", Chris said. "But Thais understand completely they don't want foreigners caught in crossfire. It's bad for business".
Jackson echoed those sentiments, adding that travelers should simply follow the State Department's alerts and to buy travel insurance if they've already booked their trips, and if they're planning to visit any time soon.
"If you're going later this year, go ahead. But you should buy insurance", Jackson said. "It's the smart move".
Ryan Craggs is Thrillist's Travel Editor. He quite enjoys pad Thai. Follow him @ryanrcraggs.