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Mr. Serirat Prasutanond, General Manager of Suvarnabhumi International Airport, revealed on Monday (December 1) that the airport has informed all relevant parties in aviation industry that the Suvarnabhumi airport would be discontinued for an additional 48 hours until 6 pm on December 3.
Many travelers stranded in Myanmar due to the protest in Thailand and the blocking of airport in Bangkok are choosing the southern exit route through the border town Kawthaung also known as Victoria Point.

The procedure is as follows :

1. Apply to Ministry of Hotels and Tourism mentioning company name, number of clients, brief historical itinery in Myanmar, manager or guide accompanying the clients (if any) and the pledge of the company that clients are free from political, religious agenda.
2. Once the Letter of permission (or Letter No.) from Ministry is obtained, travellers can go to Kawthaung and check out from Myanmar Immigration in Kawthaung.
3. Rent a longtail boat at Myoma Jetty (+/- 10$), they can reach Ranong.
4. Get a taxi to the Bus Terminal or Ranong Airport. Minivan to Phuket is about 4 hrs. drive.

More than 10 tourists have crossed the boarder this way, according to the manager of TMC limited which has branch office in Kawthaung.

“I accompnied with the clients up to the Bus Terminal and the clients are quite relieved to be able to return this way” said Myat Zaw, the manager who accompanied with them to the bus terminal in Ranong. There were regular buses running to Bangkok as well as international airport in Phuket. So far, Phuket International Airport has many air links including Australia, Hongkong, Singapore and some European countries.

Many tourists are flying out of provincial airports including Phuket and Chiang Mai. France, Spain and Australia have sent special flights to evacuate desperate citizens stuck in Thailand.

Tourists are also scrambling to leave via the small, Vietnam-era U-Tapao airport southeast of Bangkok, where queues snake round the basic terminal and thousands of passengers jostle to get their luggage through one scanner.

Check-in facilities have also been opened at a hotel and a convention centre in Bangkok to try to work through the backlog of frustrated holidaymakers.

Phuket Airport manager announces that the airport is open 24 hours a day as more flights evacuate stranded passengers.

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