Following yesterday’s tourism situation update urging ‘Tourists to exercise caution as Tropical Storm Pabuk approaches Thailand’, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to reiterate that while the possible severe weather conditions have prompted temporary suspension of attractions and public services in some provinces in the South, tourism activities continue as usual in most parts of Thailand.
According to the Thai Meteorological Department’s weather warning, areas in the South that are expected to be affected by Tropical Storm Pabuk are:
- 4 January: Widespread rainfall with isolated torrential downpours and strong wind in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarart, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.
- 5 January: Widespread rainfall with isolated torrential downpours and strong wind in Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarart, Phatthalung, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.
Thai authorities continue to be on high alert to ensure the safety and well-being of all people. In preparation for the possible severe weather conditions, authorities and businesses have temporary suspended operations in some provinces in the South, including:
- The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has closed 17 national parks in five southern provinces during 3-5 January, 2019:
- Surat Thani: Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, Than Sadet–Ko Pha-ngan National Park, Khao Sok National Par (Ratchaprapha Dam area), Tai Romyen National Park, Khlong Phanom National Park, and Kaeng Krung National Park
- Chumphon: Mu Ko Chumphon National Park
- Nakhon Si Thammarat: Khao Luang National Park, Namtok Si Khit National Park,
- Krabi: Than Bok Khorani National Park, Mu Ko Lanta National Park, Mu Ko Similan National Park, and Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park
- Ranong: Laem Son National Park, Namtok Ngao National Park, Mu Ko Ranong National Park, and Lamnam Kra Buri National Park
- Samui Airport is closed to all flights today, and Bangkok Airways has cancelled all flights to and from the airport on this date. Passengers are advised to contact the airline’s Call Center at 1771 or Assistance Center number at +66 (0) 2270 6698.
- Thai Airways International has advised passengers with travel schedules on the Bangkok-Krabi and Bangkok-Phuket…