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NZ advised to be cautious in Thailand

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/08/2016

Officials investigate at the scene of bomb blasts in the tourist beach town of Patong on Phuket island. © Reuters Officials investigate at the scene of bomb blasts in the tourist beach town of Patong on Phuket island. New Zealanders in Thailand are being advised to be vigilant after bombs killed at least three people and injured dozens more, some of them foreign tourists.

New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says there's no information that New Zealanders have been affected. There are about 500 New Zealanders registered as being in Thailand.

Mfat is advising New Zealanders in Thailand to exercise heightened vigilance, monitor the media for updates and follow the instructions of local authorities at all times.

They are also encouraged to keep in regular contact with family in New Zealand.

Pubs and bars in the popular seaside tourist town Hua Hin, south of Bangkok, were packed on Thursday night as tourists and locals celebrated ahead of the Queen Sirikit birthday celebrations.

By midnight it was a scene of "chaos", Edwin Weik, Founder of Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, who went to the site of the first two blasts in Hua Hin told AAP.

"There was a lot of blood, shoes, clothing, towels and tissues full of blood."

A local female street vendor was killed in the attack and scores of others injured, including several foreigners.

Meanwhile in the southern province of Trang overnight, another person was killed in a bomb attack.

Hours after these blasts, Thailand awoke to series of further attacks across southern Thailand and again in Hua Hin.

Reports of the number of casualties are fluctuating, but so far authorities have confirmed at least three deaths.

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