On Thursday night, 11 August , two explosions took place 20 minutes apart in the resort city of Hua Hin, killing one Thai woman and injuring at least 20, including ten foreign nationals. A Samsung cell phone believe used to remotely detonate one of the bomb was recovered hidden inside potted plants. Hours later, two more blasts killed another person and injured four more according to Thai authorities on Friday morning, the Associated Press reports. Thai media reports that the woman killed was a street food vendor. According to the Guardian, a list of 10 names of foreign tourists injured in the Thursday night blasts in Hua Hin has been released. Among those injured are two Dutch men, a Dutch woman, and seven others ranging in age from 16 to 48.
On Friday morning, 12 August, another two bombs exploded in Surat Thani outside police stations, killing one and injuring several others, according to local media. Two bombs also exploded in Phuket around 8 a.m. local time in front of a hotel and a police booth in the bustling tourist area of Patong, injuring one person, reports local media.
About 200 kilometers north in Phang Nga province, two bombs went off in Khao Lak and another in Khuek Khak around 9 a.m. local time.
While Thailand is no stranger to bomb attacks, these have mostly been confined to restive southern areas where a Muslim and ethnic insurgency has been waged for many years. These explosions, however, have taken places in areas popular with foreigners. The bombs in Hua Hin, a popular resort town in southern Thailand, were hidden in plants on a busy bar street. At least nine of the injured were foreigners. Hua Hin, about 125 miles from the capital Bangkok, is also home to a royal summer palace favored by Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The 88-year-old monarch is in poor health and nearing the end of his reign — a concern for the future stability of the country. Phuket is also a hugely popular tourist destination, welcoming an estimated 5 million visitors a year. While Surat Thank is a busy transit point for tourists heading to the popular resort islands of Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan