Dream holiday disrupted by Thai protestors

WHEN Jodi Bennet got on the plane to Thailand, she was dreaming of a tropical holiday relaxing in the sun with her friends.

But all that changed last week, as protests closed the Bangkok airport and hundreds of Australians were left stranded - including Coffs Coast local Jodi.

Jodi, who grew up in Coffs and whose family still resides in the area, was in Thailand when chaos broke out at Bangkok airport.

She said the closure of the airport meant she and her friends were stranded in a hotel.

“We were better off than a lot of others,” she said via email yesterday. “We weren't actually stranded at the airport, just in a dodgy hotel. It was just frustrating because it cut our Vietnam trip in half. We went to go to the airport that day and found out what had happened and thought it might blow over in a day or two but obviously it didn't.”

She said after a few days stuck in Bangkok, they decided to make a move. “We organised a transfer to Pattaya, which is beach town about three hours south of Bangkok and stayed there a night, then we organised a taxi the following day and drove up to a little old town called Aranyaprathet, which is right on the border into Cambodia.

“We crossed there the next day and organised visas into Cambodia on the spot, then we got transferred from the border town called Poipet and got a taxi from there to Siem Reap airport which was about three hours away. We were lucky to make it on the first available flight to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.”

She said they were now finally enjoying their time in Mui Ne beach.

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