Stranded in paradise: Tourists in Phuket, Thailand find their dream vacations turned into travel nightmares

Stranded in paradise: Tourists in Phuket, Thailand find their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares.

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Visitors swim on a beach in Phuket, Thailand, in the last week of March 2020, even as tourists across Asia find their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares. (AP Photo/Penny Wang)
Visitors swim on a beach in Phuket, Thailand, in the last week of March 2020, even as tourists across Asia find their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares. (AP Photo/Penny Wang)
Visitors swim on a beach in Phuket, Thailand, in the last week of March 2020, even as tourists across Asia find their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares. (AP Photo/Penny Wang)
Visitors swim on a beach in Phuket, Thailand, in the last week of March 2020, even as tourists across Asia find their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares. (AP Photo/Penny Wang)
Children play soccer in the afternoon light in Bangkok, as Thailand's government announced a month-long state of emergency to control the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Children play soccer in the afternoon light in Bangkok, as Thailand's government announced a month-long state of emergency to control the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Tourists wearing protective masks walk in a park in Bangkok, as a month-long state of emergency has been enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Tourists wearing protective masks walk in a park in Bangkok, as a month-long state of emergency has been enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
People practice social distancing as they sit on chairs spread apart in a waiting area for take-away food orders at a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
People practice social distancing as they sit on chairs spread apart in a waiting area for take-away food orders at a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A cat walks past a closed bar in the entertainment district of Bangkok. A month-long state of emergency has been enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A cat walks past a closed bar in the entertainment district of Bangkok. A month-long state of emergency has been enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
An empty line of closed bars stays lit in the entertainment district of Bangkok, as a month long state of emergency has been enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
An empty line of closed bars stays lit in the entertainment district of Bangkok, as a month long state of emergency has been enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A woman wearing a face mask walks past a closed bar in the entertainment district of Bangkok. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A woman wearing a face mask walks past a closed bar in the entertainment district of Bangkok. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A bar in the entertainment district sits closed in Bangkok, as a month-long state of emergency has been enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A bar in the entertainment district sits closed in Bangkok, as a month-long state of emergency has been enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A man jogs in a park, as the streets are empty in Bangkok, and a month-long state of emergency has been enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
A man jogs in a park, as the streets are empty in Bangkok, and a month-long state of emergency has been enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
A policeman tells a restaurant owner to stop people from socialising, as a month-long state of emergency has been enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
A policeman tells a restaurant owner to stop people from socialising, as a month-long state of emergency has been enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Sex workers stand in a largely shut-down red light area in Bangkok, as a month-long state of emergency has been enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Sex workers stand in a largely shut-down red light area in Bangkok, as a month-long state of emergency has been enforced in Thailand to control the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
A sex worker eats a meal as a stray dog watches, in a largely shut-down red light area in Bangkok. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
A sex worker eats a meal as a stray dog watches, in a largely shut-down red light area in Bangkok. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Migrant construction workers in a truck after a day's work are reflected in a mirror in Bangkok, as an emergency has been enforced in Thailand. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Migrant construction workers in a truck after a day's work are reflected in a mirror in Bangkok, as an emergency has been enforced in Thailand. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Migrant construction workers in a truck after a day's work are reflected in a mirror in Bangkok, as an emergency has been enforced in Thailand. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Migrant construction workers in a truck after a day's work are reflected in a mirror in Bangkok, as an emergency has been enforced in Thailand. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Migrant construction workers in a truck after a day's work are reflected in a mirror in Bangkok, as an emergency has been enforced in Thailand. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Migrant construction workers in a truck after a day's work are reflected in a mirror in Bangkok, as an emergency has been enforced in Thailand. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Migrant construction workers in a truck after a day's work are reflected in a mirror in Bangkok, as an emergency has been enforced in Thailand. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Migrant construction workers in a truck after a day's work are reflected in a mirror in Bangkok, as an emergency has been enforced in Thailand. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Tourists practice social distancing as they wait to extend their visa at Immigration Bureau in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Tourists practice social distancing as they wait to extend their visa at Immigration Bureau in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Tourists practice social distancing as they wait to extend their visa at Immigration Bureau in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Tourists practice social distancing as they wait to extend their visa at Immigration Bureau in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Tourists gather at the Immigration Bureau to extend their visa in Bangkok. Tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Tourists gather at the Immigration Bureau to extend their visa in Bangkok. Tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A health officer checks the temperature of a tourist who wants to extend their visa at the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A health officer checks the temperature of a tourist who wants to extend their visa at the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Buddhist monks wear face masks as they pray for good luck at the Debsirin Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Buddhist monks wear face masks as they pray for good luck at the Debsirin Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Buddhist monks wear face masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus as they pray for good luck at Debsirin Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Buddhist monks wear face masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus as they pray for good luck at Debsirin Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai people wearing protective masks ride through a market in Bangkok, hours before Thailand’s government declared an emergency to control the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Thai people wearing protective masks ride through a market in Bangkok, hours before Thailand’s government declared an emergency to control the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Thai office workers wearing protective masks walk to work in Bangkok, hours before Thailand’s government declared an emergency to control the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Thai office workers wearing protective masks walk to work in Bangkok, hours before Thailand’s government declared an emergency to control the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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