Over 800 tourists who were trapped in Thailand's southern islands due to torrential rains have been evacuated by the country's navy.
The latest overseas meteorological incident has highlighted the importance of taking out travel insurance before going on holiday.
The Royal Thai Navy said its helicopter carrier, the Chakri Naruebet, was used to transport over 700 tourists from the island of Koh Tao to the mainland.
Over 100 tourists stranded in nearby islands including Koh Phangan - famous for its raucous monthly Full Moon Party - were also rescued.
At least 17 Thais have been killed in flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains, that have been continuing for almost a week.
The bad weather prompted airlines and ferry operators to cancel services.
Thailand's weather bureau forecast the rain would stop this weekend.
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