Earlier, 402 migrants detained in Ranong Immigration Office quarantine facility held a peaceful protest on Monday demanding that they be sent home.
Provincial officials told them that Myanmar was not ready to take them back due to the escalating Covid-19 situation there.
The migrants, who were screened before boarding the 13 long-tail boats, thanked Thai officials for helping them return home.
The rest of the detainees will be deported in similar batches, officials said.
Published : January 28, 2021
By : The Nation Photos by Charoon Thongnual