‘They did their best’: Father of Hong Kong student killed in Bangkok bombing thanks Thais who cared for his daughter

‘They did their best’: Father of Hong Kong student killed in Bangkok bombing thanks Thais who cared for his daughter

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Vivian Chan's parents travelled to Bangkok when they learned of their daughter's death.
Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Less than a week after the Bangkok bomb attack which claimed his daughter’s life, Hong Kong businessman Allan Chan Sui-wah has thanked Thai authorities for doing their best to save her.

Law student Vivian Chan Wing-yan, 19, was killed in an explosion at Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine on Monday night, along with her friend Arcadia Pang Wan-chee, 24, and 18 others.

Chan’s father told the Bangkok Post he had been to Thailand several times and thought it would be safe for his daughter to holiday there.

“Before the bomb, she texted a message via WhatsApp to say she would be praying to Lord Brahma and would contact me later, but she did not,” he said.

Vivian Chan died in the blast.
Photo: SCMP Pictures

Chan said he had taken the first available flight to Thailand with his wife, after Hong Kong officials informed him of his daughter’s death at 3am on Tuesday.

“[Thai officials and medical staff] took care of my daughter well. I saw signs they had operated on her body. They did their best,” he said.

Vivian Chan, a British national who was studying law in the United Kingdom, was in Bangkok with Pang and two other friends on holiday.

More than 2,000 people had joined a Facebook tribute page in her honour this morning, writing their memories of the young Hongkonger.

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