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Tourists flee Thai islands as Tropical Storm Pabuk looms


Ko Phangan and nearby Koh Tao are hugely popular with tourists over the Christmas and New Year season.

Ko Phangan and nearby Koh Tao are hugely popular with tourists over the Christmas and New Year season.

Bangkok (AFP) - Tens of thousands of tourists have fled the Thai resort islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao in a mass exodus ahead of Tropical Storm Pabuk which is set to bring heavy rains, wind and seven-metre (22-foot) waves, officials said Thursday.

The islands, hugely popular with holiday-makers especially during the peak Christmas and New Year season, have emptied out since Wednesday as tourists packed onto ferries bound for the southern Thai mainland, with swimming banned and boats set to suspend services.

Ko Phangan , Koh Tao , Christmas , New Year

   

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