A tropical storm warning has been issued for popular beach resorts in Thailand.

The southern coast of Thailand is expected to be hit by tropical storm Pabuk with winds of up to 65km per hour between today and Saturday.

“This could have an impact on boat sailings and flights in affected areas,” the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warned in an updated travel advisory.

Areas that may be affected include Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao), Chumporn, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phang Nga, Satun and Song Khla, as well as Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat.

“You should follow advice from local authorities,” the FCO added.

The Thailand Meteorological department said Pabuk will affect the south of the country with “widespread rainfalls, and some torrential downpours are possible. People should beware of the severe conditions”.

Ships are being advised keep ashore due to strong winds forecast to bring waves up to five metres high.