Gunshots and explosions ring out. Soldiers, police and army trucks rumble through neighborhoods in the Thai capital; a plane flies overhead. Businesses are shuttered as barbed wire lines the streets.
Such is the reality that some Bangkok residents say they now find themselves in after the authorities began moves last week to evict thousands of anti-government protesters, known as the Red Shirts, from a downtown district.
At least 35 people have died since Thursday, including a key anti-government leader who was wounded by a sniper's bullet last week.
"We cannot really go anywhere outside. We cannot go to the place that we like to go or used to go. We are actually living in a kind of fear, everyday," said Prajya Aura-ek, 25, a manager in charge of sales and marketing at his family's boutique hotel, which is located about three kilometers from the protest camp.
"This morning I went out and walked around the Silom area with my camera, just taking photos ... but did not go far, just 200 meters, because last night there was a soldier who got shot right in front of our street," Aura-ek, who travels to work everyday despite the escalating violence, told CNN by telephone.
"The fact that I have to drive here, you never know what you are going to run into. Are you going to run into a Red Shirt mob? Are you going to run into a police checkpoint or a soldier checkpoint? All the time I am staying at the hotel, you have to be aware of the news the whole time," he said, noting that their hotel had less than 10 percent occupancy - down from a norm of 85 to 90 percent.
Another Bangkok resident, Nanta Tangudtaisak, a 26-year-old business development manager, said she stopped going to work on Thursday since her office was located in an area where the Red Shirts had set up camp the last few months.
"Basically, I haven't gone out for the past four days. I have just beenÂ staying inside. Usually during the day, it's pretty calm in this area, there are a lot of soldiers... but at night you can hear a lot of gunshots," said Tangudtaisak, whose family home is near an intersection where the protesters have set up barricades.