Typhoon maroons tourists

HO CHI MINH CITY, 7 November 2017: Popular tourists spots, Hoi An and Hue in central Vietnam, suffered heavy flooding over the weekend, due to tropical storm Damrey.

Tour operators confirmed that trips have been disrupted along the coast and specifically to the two World Heritage destinations.

The storm made landfall near Nha Trang and followed the coastline up to Hue and Hoi An, resulting in heavy flooding and torrential rain that combined with strong winds.

In its bulletin to trade partners, Asian Trails said there were reports of damage in the mountain ranges in Laos, mainly landslides in villages.

According to meteorological sources, this tropical storm (labelled as a category 2 hurricane) was the strongest one of this year.

Popular tourism destinations, Hoi An and Hue, were hit hardest by serious flooding, causing cancellation of excursions and activities. Certain areas visited by tourists have been isolated from main roads.

In addition, many flights to and from regional airports were cancelled over the weekend.

The water levels in both Hoi An and Hue remain high, according to reports mid-Monday, but with wind speeds and precipitation levels dropping, the Asian Trails report  suggests travel should return to normal soon.

Tour operators were rebooking services and assisting in tourists in the two destinations to rebook flights. In some instances they were able to arrange alternative tours that avoided Hue and Hoi An for travellers arriving at Ho Chi Minh City over the weekend.