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The stormy weather and incessant rains have ruined many holidays in southern tourist areas, but at least some tourists will have an exciting story to tell. 

The Royal Thai Navy evacuates tourists from the Similan Islands off the coast of Phangnga province. The navy has sent its aircraft carrier and two frigates to pick up tourists left stranded on islands in the Andaman Sea. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ROYAL THAI NAVY

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Holiday chaos

The stormy weather and incessant rains have ruined many holidays in southern tourist areas, but at least some tourists will have an exciting story to tell.

Yesterday about 1,000 tourists who had been stuck on Koh Tao island in the Gulf of Thailand were rescued by crews from Thailand’s only aircraft carrier HTMS Chakri Naruebet.

On the Andaman side, naval ships were also in action rescuing tourists stranded on islands there.

There was also some good news from the popular Koh Samui island where weather cleared enough for Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways International to resume most of their regular services.

Bangkok Airways operated 19 flights yesterday to carry about 2,000 passengers off the flood-stricken island.

Thai Airways made three flights to Samui and transported 600 passengers who were stranded on the island after heavy flooding closed the island's airport.

Even so, the scenes at Samui International Airport were chaotic yesterday as people scrambled for tickets to get a flight off the island.

Hundreds of stranded passengers had spent nights at the airport, while others braved the floods to reach the airport every day in the hope they would be able to board a flight.

Several flights had already left the island but many passengers returned to their hotels after they failed to secure seats.

Four Hong Kong tourists who stayed at the airport all day but were unable to rebook their flights described the airport as "chaotic".

"It is hard to even find a place to stand, ” said one tourist, who declined to be named.

 “People were angry. Some were arguing with each other. People screamed at the airline staff."

Tourists were becoming frustrated at the lack of information from airline operators as passengers were required to come to the airport despite severe floods along Samui's roads. People whose flights were cancelled in the past three days were told by airline staff that priority would be given to those who had booked yesterday.
Adapted by a story in today's Bangkok Post by Boonsong Kositchotethana and Karnjana Karnjanatawe.

evacuate – to cause to leave a place because it is not safe เคลื่อนย้ายออกจาก
aircraft carrier – a large ship that carries aircraft which use it as a base to land on and take off from  เรือบรรทุกเครื่องบิน
frigate – a small fast ship in the navy that travels with other ships in order to protect them เรือรบเคลื่อนเร็วขนาดเล็ก
stranded – left somewhere with no way of going anywhere else ปล่อยเกาะ ถูกทิ้งไว้
chaos – a situation in which everything is confused and in a mess ความยุ่งเหยิง, ความสับสน
incessant – never stopping เรื่อยๆ, ไม่หยุดหย่อน, ต่อเนื่อง
ruin – to damage something so badly that it loses all its value, pleasure, etc; to spoil something ทำลาย
stuck – unable to move away, or fixed in a particular position or place ติด
rescue – to save someone form a dangerous or unpleasant situation ช่วยชีวิต
crew – the people who work on a ship, aircraft, etc. ลูกเรือ
popular – a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
resume – to begin again after stopping for a period of time  เริ่มอีกครั้ง, กลับมาอีกครั้ง
operate – to put into use
-stricken – affected by serious problems ได้รับผลกระทบจากปัญหาหนักหน่วง
transport – to move people or things from one place to another   ขนส่ง
passenger – someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it  ผู้โดยสาร
even so – despite that  ถึงกระนั้น, ถึงอย่างไร, แต่กระนั้น, อย่างไรก็ตาม
scene – a view that you can see in a picture or from the place where you are  วิว,,ภาพ, ทิวทัศน์,ทัศนียภาพ
chaotic – happening in a confused way and without any order or organisation ยุ่งเหยิง วุ่นวาย
scramble – to do something in a hurry รีบเร่ง
brave – to deal with an unpleasant or difficult situation in order to achieve something กล้าที่จะเผชิญกับ
board – to get onto a ship, aircraft, train, or bus ขึ้น(เรือ  รถเมล์ รถไฟ เครื่องบิน)
secure – to get something ได้รับ
book – to buy a ticket in advance; to arrange to have or use something on a particular date in the future จอง
rebook – to buy a ticket in advance a second time จองใหม่
decline – to say politely that you will not do something ปฏิเสธ
argue – to speak angrily to somebody because you disagree with them; to give reasons why you think that something is right/wrong, true/not true, etc, especially to persuade people that you are right โต้เถียง, โต้แย้ง, เถียง, อ้างเหตุผล
scream – to cry or say something loudly and usually on a high note, especially because of strong emotions such as fear, excitement or anger กรีดร้อง
frustrated – feeling annoyed and impatient because you are prevented from achieving something ผิดหวัง,ท้อแท้ใจมาก
lack of – when there is not enough of something  ขาด
operator – a person or company that runs a business ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ
severe – very serious and unpleasant รุนแรง
give priority – to give something the most important place among various things that have to be done or among a group of people ให้ความสำคัญ

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