Released at 18.30 Hrs. (GMT+7) on 21 January 2017
The holiday islands of Phuket, Samui and Phang-nga have also not been affected by these most recent floods while the situations in Krabi and Trang have returned to normal. So tourists are able to have a holiday in the South of Thailand but advised to check the areas they plan to visit and to monitor the local weather reports.
According to the Thai Meteorological Department, recent heavy rains that swept across several of Thailand’s southernmost provinces are the result of a high-pressure system sweeping in from China. This is contributing to monsoon conditions in the southern region, especially over the Gulf of Thailand. Thai authorities have put out warnings that heavy rains may continue from Sunday 22 January to Wednesday 25 January in some of the lower Southern provinces.
Road Travel: The main roads from Bangkok to the south are clear and traffic is running smoothly. There are problems on the conditions of some local roads so drivers should be cautioned.
Air Travel: Airports in the southern region remain operating as normal. Airlines are operating all flights to and from these airports as scheduled.
Rail Travel: Repairs to southern rail tracks means that train services have been able to resume between Bangkok and Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Thung Song Junction Railway Station. Passengers are advised to keep abreast of announcements. Before scheduled departure, please call the State Railway of Thailand hotline on 1690, which is open 24 hours a day.
Ferry services: The catamaran and ferries for Ko Samui, Ko Phanhan and Ko Tao, operated by private companies – Songserm Rungraung Boat, Lomprayah, and Seatran Discovery – are running as normal.
However, the heavy rain is also affecting off-shore conditions in the lower Gulf of Thailand causing high waves, and the Thai Meteorological Department has advised people from venturing out to sea especially in smaller vessels.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand is offering information and assistance to tourists through TAT Contact Center 1672 and all its offices in Thailand.