So when his friends invited him to accompany his father Prime Minister General Chatichai Choonhavan to Chiang Mai, Kraisak Choonhavan decided to stay at home in Bangkok.
On the morning of Feb 23, 1991, Kraisak told his friends Surakiart Sathirathai and Bovornsak Uwanno that they would not be safe.
“You will be near my father and they may arrest him today or tomorrow,” he recalled telling Surakiart, who is currently favourite in the race for the UN secretary-general’s post.
When he received news that the military had seized political power, he was “a bit relieved that it was all over”.
But he admitted that during his father’s reign, he enjoyed his role in installing peace in Cambodia.
Does the man, whose family history is pockmarked with coups, support the ouster of Thaksin Shinawatra?