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Published on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Tourists ride out Covid-19 lockdown living in caves

Tourists are finding increasingly creative ways to get off the grid and self-quarantine.

A Russian couple have been found holed up inside a cave near the Thai tourist town of Krabi.

They set up a tent inside the cave after being kicked out of their hotel when it closed due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions imposed earlier this month.

They are unable to return to Russia and decided to fend for themselves.

According to authorities, they have been huddled around a campfire each evening to stay warm.

They were found in good physical condition and are now staying in one of only four hotels open in the Krabi area to assist stranded tourists.

Three other stranded Russians were recently found staying at a Phuket temple.

At the weekend six foreign tourists were discovered living in a cave in Uttarakhand, India after running out of money as they were unable to fly home due to the nationwide lockdown.

The travellers are from the US, Ukraine, Turkey, and Nepal and had been living in the cave near Rishikesh for nearly one month.

They have been moved to a local Ashram where they will be looked after and must self-isolate for 14 days.

"Before the lockdown began, they were in a hotel in the Muni Ki Reti region but they moved to the cave after they ran out of money. However, they had saved some money to buy food and other supplies," police inspector Rajendra Singh Kathait told AFP.

Police said none had shown any symptoms of Covid-19.


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