The direct ferry from the Bali hai pier to Hua Hin’s resort town is currently in suspension due to bad weather.
Though this direct ferry ride has only been opened for two years, it has been quite a huge progress and has became part of one of Pattaya’s most sort out tourism income from the Chinese tourists. Tourism officials stated on Thursday that the connecting direct ferry from Pattaya to the resort town of Hua Hin is currently being suspended due to the poor weather lately with fear that similar situation as what had happened in southern Thailand two months ago. Chief of the disaster prevention and mitigation office of Prachuap Khiri Khan province,Kittiporn Thepyu-amnuay, announced that the Region 3 marine office has announced the suspension after consulting with other tourism agencies and ferry operators.
Orasa Awutkhom, provincial tourism official also added that this period of time will cause a significant financial losses in ticket sales but nevertheless safety of the people comes first stating, “it’s currently a period of decreased tourism, or low season, so there are very few customers,” Orasa said. “therefore, the company has halted its service from Sept. 20 to Oct. 31.” The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) has predicted that the waves that may occur in the Gulf of Thailand may be as high as 2 to 3 meters with addition report stating, “abundant rain is still occurring over the South, and there have been torrential downpours in some areas. People should be aware of possible flash flooding and strong winds. Affected areas are Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Krabi, Trang and Satun. Strong wind waves, 2-3 meters high, are likely in the Gulf and the Andaman Sea. All ships should proceed with caution, and small boats should stay ashore. People in the South [east coast] should beware an inshore surge.”