While the beginning of the New Year saw southern Thailand hit by heavy showers and floods, many areas, especially on the Andaman coast, were unaffected and tourist activities continued as usual.
Now, with waters receding and life getting back to normal both inland and on islands in the Gulf of Thailand, such as, Ko Samui and Ko Phangan, many tourists are starting to hit the beaches and enjoy some of Thailand’s unique attractions.
Most road and air transportation is currently operating as normal though some train routes are still affected.
Below are images of tourist destinations in Southern Thailand that have been relatively unaffected by the floods. These images have been taken from 10-13 January, 2017.
13 January 2017
Phang-nga: With the seas now calm and the sun shining, tourists in Phang-nga Province took the chance to enjoy the delights of Phang-nga Bay. Many people headed out on boats to explore the amazing limestone peaks and mangroves of this spectacular location.
Surat Thani province is welcoming tourists to enjoy its tropical scenery and adventure activities as the weather clears up and the sun comes out. With off-shore islands, winding rivers and lush jungle to explore, the south is a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.
Chumphon & Ranong: These two coastal provinces are enjoying fine days of sunshine and tourists are taking advantage of the weather and calm seas to enjoy the natural and cultural attractions of the south. Now with the floodwaters have gone and transportation back to normal, this region is waiting to be explored.
12 January 2017
Phuket: The Pearl of Andaman enjoyed another sunny day as tourists enjoyed themselves relaxing on the beaches or by heading off shore to enjoy activities from the Chalong and Royal Marina piers.
Chumphon & Ranong: Thailand’s coastal provinces of Chumpon and Ranong are reporting that skies above the province are sunny, the weather is fine and off shore, the waves are at a normal level for this time of year allowing for boat trips and excursions. Transportation to and from Rayong and Chumpon, as well as attractions in the region is now getting back to normal. All bus & van services on the Chumphon-BKK, Chumphon-Ranong and Chumphon-Lang Suan-Surat Thani routes are running as scheduled. The Thonburi (BKK) – Lang Suan train services are running twice daily. The Chumphon-Ko Tao ferry by Songserm Roongrerng and Lom Phraya are both operating the 07.00 service only. The Night Ferry from Tayang Pier is running a 23.00 service as normal. At Chumphon Airport, Nok Air operates twice daily flights from Don Mueang – BKK as normal.
11 January 2017
Phuket: This Pearl of the Andaman Sea is Thailand’s premier tourist destination and was relatively unaffected by recent weather. So tourists here are getting 2017 off to a tropical start by enjoying the soft sandy beaches, glorious sunshine and the unique blend of cultures in this little piece of paradise. (11 January 2017)
Ko Samui, Surat Thani: As well as sending these nice pictures taken at noon on 11 January, 2017, TAT’s Ko Samui Office has confirmed that Samui Airport is currently operating normally but flights maybe cancelled/delayed due to weather conditions. Ferry services are also running normally. On 16 January 2017, the island’s public and private sector will jointly hold a “Welcome to Koh Samui 2017” (Big Cleaning day) and anyone is welcome to join the fun and eco-friendly clean up.
Surat Thani (inland): The lush southern province of Surat Thani is the gateway to the Thai gulf and here too the sun is coming out to greet tourists. Visitors are heading to the natural and cultural wonders such as the amazing Hin Pad stone, Wat Phra Boromathat Chaiya Rat Worawihan temple, and enjoying the sea air at Nang Gam Bay and Ko Raet in Don Sak district. Pictures taken on 11 January, 2017.
Krabi: The Andaman coastal province with its lush landscapes and lovely off-shore islands is enjoying some balmy weather and sunshine, as these pictures (taken early in the afternoon of 11 January, 2017) from Noppharat Thara Beach in Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park show. But park officials have told tourists that they should hold off on boat excursions for one more day as a precaution in case of high waves. Meanwhile, tourists relax and socialise at the Poo Dam Square in Krabi Town with stunning Khao Kanab Nam in the background. The tall limestone peaks of Khao Kanab Nam are typical of the limestone formations that attract so may visitors to Krabi.
Phang-nga: Following the floods in southern Thailand, TAT officials have visited popular tourist destinations and attractions on 11 January, 2017, and found that tours to Phang-nga Bay and Wat Tham Suwannakhuna Temple as well as rafting trips on the Song Phraek River are all going ahead as usual and attracting keen tourists. There’re also clear skies at Kok Kloy near Phuket Airport and party cloudy skies at Ko Yao Noi, overlooking the magical Pa Koh.
10 January 2017
Karon Beach and Rawai Beach, Phuket (pictures taken on 10 January 2017)
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