Exotic holiday goes haywire

SONIA Smith and Kim Lockley left Coffs Harbour airport last week, bound for a long-awaited exotic holiday in Phuket - but they got much more than they bargained for.

Political unrest in the holiday nation saw airports in Phuket blockaded, and protestors have since taken to the streets in Bangkok, which has now been declared a state of emergency as the clashes between pro and anti-government protesters continue to grow violent.

Mrs Smith and Mrs Lockley, who are from Mullaway and Woolgoolga respectively, are staying in Patong, Phuket, and say there have been a few disruptions, but the general feeling outside the capital is pretty calm.

“We haven't really noticed anything here in Patong,” Mrs Smith said.

“But you do get different feelings from some tourists.

“Most of the resort is filled with Aussies, and some have been pretty desperate to get out, catching buses to Bangkok - which is an 11-hour drive.

“I've noticed a few Thai people wearing peace T-shirts, and everyone just keeps reassuring us it will be okay. I don't think I would like to go to Bangkok at this point, though - it looks a bit scary.”

Mrs Lockley said the last they heard, the protestors were threatening to cut off electricity.

“The last thing they said was that they were going to black us out, turn off the power and air-conditioning. But that hasn't happened, we've still got electricity.”

“But we've just been told to keep checking our flights are still available - and at this stage, it's all fine.”

The pair are due to fly out of Bangkok on Saturday.

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