Big Waves Spoil Launch of Pattaya-Hua Hin Ferry

Pattaya - Hua Hin ferry Royal 1 on Saturday at Pattaya’s Bali Hai pier

PATTAYA — More than 100 tourists were left stranded Sunday morning at a Pattaya pier when the maiden voyage of a ferry service to Hua Hin was called off due to big waves.

The tourists had already registered for what was to be a free opportunity to take the 100-minute trip on the Royal 1 ferry, but it was canceled at the last minute on its first day of the operation.

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Local marine official Ekkaraj Kantaro cited the sudden appearance of 4-meter high waves.

The disappointed tourists were treated to a less impressive destination instead: Ko Lan.

Tourists at Pattaya’s Bali Hai Pier on Sunday.
Tourists at Pattaya’s Bali Hai Pier on Sunday.

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