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‘Business as usual’ after tropical storm hits Koh Samui

But swimming at beaches remains ‘red-flagged’

Hotels, ferries, airports and other tourism operations are functioning as normal on Koh Samui, after the popular Thai tourist island was spared the worst of Tropical Storm Pabuk. 


Ferry services from Suratthani to Samui had been suspended for two days due to safety concerns from Pabuk, but recommenced on the weekend. 


Samui Airport also resumed normal operations on 5 January. Meanwhile, ‘red flag’ warnings banning swimming at beaches are still in place.

Banyan Tree (Image Supplied)


According to the general manger of Banyan Tree Samui resort, Remko Kroesen, the storm had been a “major inconvenience” for guests, but little more.  


“Storms [like Pabuk] are not anything unusual on Koh Samui, but we did experience some very large waves which brought in a lot of debris,” he said.


“The airport is open again and additional flights are being put on to cater for the high-season traffic. 


“There are patches of blue sky and the wind and rain have dropped. 


“After a bit of domestic cleaning along the beach, we will be back to business as usual.”


According to a statement from the resort, other hotels and businesses were similarly affected, with most reporting “minimal damage from the lashing winds and rain”.


Aside from some electricity supplies being affected, the nearby islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao also escaped relatively unscathed.    


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 7 January 2019

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