Bombs rock popular Thai holiday resort of Hua Hin

UPDATE: The number of people injured in two bomb blasts at a popular seaside resort in Thailand has risen to 23.

One woman was killed in the explosions on Thursday night.

Local police in upmarket Hua Hin, which is popular with Australian hoiliday-makers say they don’t know the motive for the attacks, or who carried them out.


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The Department of Foreign Affairs says anyone concerned for the welfare of family and friends should first try to contact them directly.

Failing that, relatives are advised to contact the DFAT’s 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 within Australia or +61 6261 3305 from overseas.

EARLIER: Two bombs have exploded in the Thai seaside resort of Hua Hin, killing a woman and wounding 19 people, including foreigners.

The bombs were reportedly hidden in plant pots and detonated by mobile phones.

Police said the first bomb exploded about 10pm AEST on Thursday and the second went off about 20 minutes later at a bar about 50 metres away, killing a Thai food vendor.

Foreign Affairs is trying to determine if any Australians are among the wounded.

British tourist Mark Gainsford told the BBC he was at a nearby bar when the bombs exploded.

“I heard people shouting ‘Bomb! Bomb!’ but I didn’t hear any blast,” he said.

“I saw eight to 10 people injured, on the floor. The police arrived very quickly.”

Hua Hin, a popular plush resort south of Bangkok, has attracted many visitors for the holiday long weekend celebrating the birthday of Queen Sirikit.

Thailand’s 88 year-old King Bhumibol Adulayadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, and his wife Sirikit are in hospital in Bangkok but have resided in recent years in Hua Hin at the Klai Kangwon Palace royal palace, which translates as “Far from Worries Palace”.