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Skyscanner Travel Advisory – Thailand Maya Bay Closure, Typhoon Kong-rey

With recent events, we want to make sure Skyscanner travellers know what to do should any of them affect you. We rounded them up here so you can plan ahead.

Events at a Glance

1. Typhoon Kong-rey hitting Japan and South Korea

In case you missed it, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) expects  Typhoon Kong-rey to hit Japan and South Korea this weekend. According to Channel NewsAsia, the centre of the storm was 298 nautical miles south of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa around 11pm of 3rd October, with sustained winds of up to 185kmh.

What it means for travellers

Should your flight get delayed or cancelled due to the typhoon, make sure your travel insurance covers such instances. Now’s the time to also keep an eye out for flight announcements and the airline your flying with, should delays and cancellations happen.

Even if you’re not travelling around this time, be sure you get travel insurance if you haven’t already.

2. Thailand’s Maya Bay Beach Closure

Following in the footsteps of the Boracay Island closure in the Philippines earlier this year, Thailand authorities announced that they are temporarily closing the Maya Bay from 1st June 2018 due to the destruction of corals by tourists.

It originally planned to close for four months but have extended it to at least a year. Maya Bay in Phi Phi is one of Thailand’s most-visited destinations after The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, put it on the map.

What it means for travellers

If you’re heading to Phi Phi Islands, you won’t be able to visit Maya Bay until the closure is lifted. There’s still Koh Kood to visit, one of the underrated destinations in Southeast Asia or check out some of the best things to do around Phuket.