Bangkok blast: It could have been me, says Malaysian tourist

PETALING JAYA - "It could have been me." That was the sentiment that gripped several people after hearing news of the deadly bomb blast in central Bangkok on Monday night that killed at least 22 people.

Malaysian Sherry Cheah Shu Yi, who was visiting Bangkok with friends when she walked past the bomb site just five minutes before the explosion, said: "When I heard the explosion it was terrifying because I knew it was not something I've heard before, so immediately I thought that it might be a bomb."

Cheah, was on the nearby Sky­walk when the blast occurred.

"I just felt like getting away fast from the place... I felt pretty scared and my heart was beating fast," said the 26-year-old IT specialist.

Cheah said that she almost had dinner at Central World, one of the malls near the explosion.

"All of us were thinking how close we were to being in that explosion if we had left slightly later," she said.

She said that she was relieved when she arrived back at the hotel, and didn't feel like leaving for dinner after the harrowing experience.

Another Malaysian Cathrynn Wong, 26, was on holiday in Bang­kok when she heard the explosion as she was getting into a taxi a kilometre away.

"We heard a loud bang, sort of a thunder clap, but there was something different to the sound."

"We couldn't believe it happened while we were here," said Wong who found out about the explosion from a passerby.

All vendors and malls closed at about 9pm that night, but businesses continued as usual yesterday.

"I'm still a bit shaken by this incident, and still walk around Pratu­nam market feeling a bit paranoid about my surroundings," said Wong.

Several other visitors to Bangkok took to social media to share their close encounters with the blast and to assure family and friends that they are safe.

Founder of the BIG group Ben­jamin Yong who was in Bangkok at the time of the blast with his wife Elizabeth Lee, said that they were safe.

"An amazing day out in this beautiful city with the lovely @elizabethshenlyn. Thank you for everyone's concern. We're safe back at the hotel," he said on Instagram.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims and their family of this cowardly malicious act," said Yong.