Use Thai agencies, travellers advised

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 27 Nov 2003

HAADYAI (THAILAND): Malaysians planning to visit southern Thailand should opt for Thai tour agencies who know the difficult road terrain better.  

Southern Thai Tourist Guide Association committee member Wittaya Lim said certain roads in Thailand might be undergoing widening or upgrading works which foreign drivers would not know.  

He was commenting onthe Malaysian schoolbus mishap which occurred on a sloping route near Nattawi. 

Four Malaysians died and 26 were treated for injuries when a tour group from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur chartered a schoolbus to travel from the Klang Valley to explore the former communist underground tunnels near Khao Nam Kang peace village on Sunday. 

Wittaya also encouraged Malaysians to purchase basic Thai travel insurance which would be helpful in times of unforeseen circumstances. 

In a related development, Malaysian vice-consul based in Songkhla, Rosli Ismail said all information pertaining to the mishap, had been relayed to Wisma Putra, and relatives or friends of passengers should contact the Foreign Ministry. 

A Malaysian liaison police spokesman said initial investigations by the Thai police revealed the accident could have occurred due to bad weather and the tough terrain. 

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