Improved weather draws tourists back to Koh Samui beaches
Late last week, Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach was thronged with holidaymakers basking in the warm rays of the sun. The scene was a reminder that the inclement weather which had battered South Thailand since the New Year was passing over.
Western and Asian tourists alike were lazing on the beach and more than a few were paddling in the surf. The sea was still a little choppy and there were not too many people swimming farther out in the sea.
Restaurateurs, masseurs and snack vendors all said they were happy to see the back of the unseasonable rainfall as it was bad for business. January is not usually a wet month in Southern Thailand as the rainy season generally ends a couple of months beforehand.
The storms caused widespread disruption to public transport. The main through line for trains from Bangkok to the south was flooded near Hua Hin and services suspended for more than two days. Flash floods washed away bridges on the southern highway and caused huge traffic tailbacks.
The 12GO ASIA travel team says transport options between Bangkok, the south and the border with Malaysia are back to normal. 12GO ASIA is the easiest choice when sourcing tickets for travel to locations such as Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Phuket and Krabi.
The man in overall charge of a project to enlarge Vientiane International Airport says work is progressing slightly slower than scheduled. Sengsangouane Chanthavong told reporters that to date only 13 per cent of the project is done whereas the schedule had called for 16 per cent to be complete.
Prasat Hin Phanom Rung Temple in the east Thailand province of Buriram is preparing to hold its annual festival. The Khmers built the temple in the 10th and 11th centuries so that the sun rises through its 15 portals. The festival celebrates this.
The partial closure of one runway at Bangkok’s main international airport is taking its toll on flight schedules. Statistics released by Air Traffic Services Thailand show that for the first 10 days of the shutdown at Suvarnabhumi Airport, an average 100 flights a day were 10 minutes late in taking off.