Southern Thailand skies now clear up, locals and tourists join in beach clean-up effort

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Bangkok, 6 January, 2019, at 12.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to express our deepest thanks to all friends of Thailand who insisted via social media on visiting Thailand and, for those who are already in Thailand, to continue their holiday schedules in several beach resort destinations in the South despite having to endure the past few days of severe weather conditions.

We are delighted to share that the recent storm, which had affected some areas in the South, has passed. The situation in the affected areas has returned to normal with the Royal Thai Government as well as many private organisations and the general public putting in place relief efforts to assist those affected.

In terms of tourism, the popular beach resort destinations in the Gulf of Thailand and along the Andaman Sea, including Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Chumphon and Surat Thani as well as Ko Samui and Ko Phangan, to name by a few, remain largely unaffected by the recent severe weather conditions.

As the weather now clears up and all transportation has resumed normal operations, Southern Thailand’s popular beaches and islands continue to attract sun-seekers, and trips to nearby islands and snorkelling excursions are going ahead. Seen in below photos are tourists getting on board the ferry at Klong Jilad Pier on mainland Krabi to Ko Phi Phi, while earlier this morning many went to enjoy sunrise at Ao Nang.

Locals and tourists have joined in beach clean-up effort. Seen in below photos are the heart-warming gesture to clean up Lamai Beach on Ko Samui.

Once again, the TAT would like to thank all friends of Thailand for their understanding during the past few days of severe weather concerns.

We also would like to reiterate that Thailand recognises the immense importance of tourism, and tourist safety is an ongoing top priority for us.

The Royal Thai Government, and our team at the TAT – alongside authorities and the private sector – is working together to ensure the safety and security of both tourists and residents.

If tourists do experience any unfortunate incidents, they are encouraged to immediately contact the Tourist Police Hotline on 1155, and can be confident that the authorities will do their utmost to provide all necessary assistance.

For information on Thailand’s wide variety of attractions and tourist services, call the TAT Contact Centre on 1672 or log on to www.tourismthailand.org.

For regular news and updates on Thailand’s tourism and its fast growing industry, log on to www.tatnews.org.