Weather warning for North Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 August 2016: Heavy rain storms are pounding North Thailand’s popular tourist destinations prompting floods in Nan, a province promoted as one of the 12 hidden gems of Thai tourism.

Heavy rain storms hit northern tourist destinations, 16 and 17 August with Nan province, bordering Laos,suffering extensive damage from flooding. Heavy rain storms will continue through 20 August.

The Thai Meteorological Department continues to warn of heavy rains that will create difficult travelling conditions in North Thailand, for the remainder of the week, particularly in Mae Hong Son and Tak provinces, which border Myanmar.

inside no 9The Thai Meteorological Department also warns of strong winds leading to waves of 2 to 4 metres high in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf of Thailand.

It advises that ships should proceed with caution and that small boats should stay on shore until after 20 August. Beaches are likely to be affected by heavy seas and wind,  making them unsafe for swimming.

Travellers are warned to avoid taking ferry or sightseeing boat trips in the areas identified by the Thai Meteorological Department  for the remainder of this week.