Aussies Urged To Stay Clear Of Thailand Tourist Towns After Deadly Bomb Blasts

The explosions have rocked the southeast Asian nation.

13/08/2016 8:01 AM AEST | Updated 13/08/2016 8:23 AM AEST
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DFAT wants Australians to be careful about travelling to Thailand in the wake of fatal bomb blasts.

Australians are being advised to stay away from a number of popular tourist towns in Thailand after a series of bomb attacks killed at least 4 people and dozens injured in the southeast Asian nation.

Bombs targeted the beach resort town of Hua Hin on Thursday, claiming the life of one woman and wounding more than 20 others, including 9 foreign tourists, according to Reuters. There were 2 more explosions in the same town on Friday morning that killed 1 other person.

The popular tourist location of Phuket in the country's south was also hit with explosions, while 2 more bombs were reported to have detonated in the provinces of Trang and Surat Thani, killing 2 people.

Overnight, 2 people were detained by police over the attacks.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) urged those travelling to Thailand to exercise a high degree of caution and stay clear of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla.

"We advise against all travel here due to the very high risk," DFAT's Smart Traveller website advises.

"If you do travel, you should typically seek professional security advice. Be aware that regular travel insurance policies will be void and that the Australian Government is unlikely to be able to provide consular assistance."

It warned that further explosions in Thailand were possible, especially in areas popular with tourists.

"You should avoid the affected areas and other crowded places, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities," DFAT said.

It is not yet known who perpetrated the attacks and no group has claimed responsibility.

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