Storm strikes Thailand tourists stranded

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Thousands of tourists have been left stranded on Thailand islands after a severe storm closed off roads, rail, ferry and airline services.The airport at Koh Samui was shut down this week, cancelling all flights to and from the island as heavy rain and severe thunder struck the region. However the bad weather has not cleared up, according to a Thailand Tourism statement which expects to see strong storms cloud over Thailand until Friday.   “Southern residents have been warned to prepare for heavier flooding as severe rain is expected to continue in the region until Friday,” the statement read.“Tourists visiting southern of Thailand should regularly monitor local media to keep updated with the latest information.”The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advised travellers booked to fly into Thailand to take a ‘high degree of caution’ while a ‘do not travel’ has been issued for the Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla islands.  “Parts of southern Thailand, including Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Surat Thani, Phattalung, Chumphon, Trang and Satun, are experiencing severe weather conditions and flooding in some areas,” the statement read. “Flights and ferry services to tourist areas such as Koh Samui have also been affected. “You should check with your airline or tour operator for latest information on disruptions.”In an online statement Thai Airways International (THAI) said it has resumed flights into Samui to assist stranded tourists.“The airline is able to resume three flights to Samui today and to transport 600 passengers who were stranded on the island as a result of heavy flooding of the airport, causing its temporary closure yesterday,” THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand said.  “With the weather clearing up and the airport coming back to normal operations, THAI is able to operate these flights.”Bangkok Airways has also resumed 19 of its flights into Samui and has issued a no refund fee policy for unused flight tickets departing and arriving into Samui between 28-31 March.last_img