Bangkok, 5 January, 2019, at 15.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to advise tourists to remain cautious and comply with the official instructions, especially those who are currently staying in beach resort destinations in the South of Thailand.
The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) said Tropical Storm Pabuk had moved into the Andaman Sea and turned into a depression this morning, but severe weather conditions would continue for another day. Heavy to torrential rains are predicted in nine southern provinces: Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarart, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket and Krabi.
Thai authorities continue to be on high alert to ensure the safety and well-being of all people as transportation services have resumed in the South.
Samui Airport has resumed normal operations today. Bangkok Airways has also resumed normal operations of flights to and from Samui Airport. The airline also adds extra flights between Bangkok and Samui to assist passengers affected from flight cancellations.
Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport and Surat Thani Airport have also resumed normal operations from 12.00 hrs. today. Travellers are advised to contact their airlines for flight status updates.
Ferry services between Ko Samui, Ko Phangan and Surat Thani have resumed normal operations, with services on some routes pending official instructions. Ferry services from Ko Tao remain suspended due to high waves.
Train and bus services to the South have resumed operations, with adjustment made on flood rails routes.
However, 17 national parks in five southern provinces (as listed in our second update) will remain closed for another day.
Elsewhere in Thailand, tourist attractions and public places should all be open as usual. January is in the period of time with nice fresh weather to explore various tourist attractions, as well as enjoy the diversity of events throughout the Kingdom.
TAT is constantly monitoring the situation and strictly follows the guidelines and measures set by the concerned Thai authorities. To get a realistic assessment of tourism conditions on the ground, please contact the TAT’s local offices in Thailand as listed here.
Emergency contact numbers:
TAT Contact Centre Hotline 1672
JS100 Radio Hotline 1137 or LINE @js100
Tourist Police Hotline 1155