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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Don’t visit Ayutthaya for now, Malaysians told


GEORGE TOWN: Malaysians have been advised to avoid the flooded Ayutthaya province in Thailand for the next few days.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) public relations manager C. Somboon said two of the province's attractions, Wat Chaiwattanaram temple and Hua Ro market, were badly hit by floods.
He advised Malaysians in Bangkok to dial 1672, TAT's information line, to enquire about the situation before making their trip north of the province.
Heritage under water: A Thai resident rowing a boat near a partially submerged statue of a giant reclining Buddha at a world heritage historical park in Ayutthaya province Monday. — EPA
“Those who intend to visit the flooded Ayutthaya province should be careful,” he said yesterday. “If possible, visit other places of interest.”
Somboon, however, said Thailand's tourism sector was not affected as the preferred destinations for Malaysians such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Haadyai and Phuket were not flooded.
“Tourists could also keep abreast of the latest situation via websitewww.tourismthailand.org.”
Thirty of the 77 provinces in Thailand are currently flooded, especially in the north and central regions, with the death toll rising to 261.
Beautiful Planet Holiday (M) Sdn Bhd managing director Loo Eng Wah said none of its Bangkok-Pattaya trips had been cancelled.
Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agencies deputy president John Tan said MATTA was closely monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, Wisma Putra said Malaysians in Thailand were safe.
“There has been no report of anyone missing or dead so far,” the official said.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar said the floods had not affected Malaysia's rice supply.
“We still have enough supply. Bernas (Padiberas Nasional Bhd) does not import from Thailand alone,” he added. - theStarOnline

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