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DFAT confirms death of Australian in Thailand

An Australian man has died in Thailand, authorities have confirmed.

Thai police say the tourist was killed while swimming off a beach on the southern resort island of Koh Samui.

An Australian tourist has died while swimming off Thailand's resort island of Koh Samui
An Australian tourist has died while swimming off Thailand's resort island of Koh Samui Photo: Supplied

"The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can confirm that it has received official notification from Thai authorities of the death of an Australian man in Koh Samui," a spokeswoman said on Sunday.

Authorities say they will not release any more information about the death out of respect to his family.

A Chinese tourist also died in a separate swimming accident off the same beach, Thai police said.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Apichart Jansamret said the two died on Saturday while swimming off Chaweng beach during high tide.

Two other people were injured.

He said there were "no swimming" signs and red flags in place to warn tourists about the dangers of swimming there.

Koh Samui is a popular destination for foreign tourists in Thailand, which last year hosted a record 29 million visitors.

AAP