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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bangkok Flood Update for Tourists – October 27, 2011 | Thai Travel News

Thai Travel News Bangkok Flood Update for Tourists – October 27, 2011

27/10/2011 – Thai Travel News advises travellers to postpone any non-essential travel to Bangkok at the present time. The current situation is highly unpredictable, and while we perceive no threat to our personal safety, the current situation could pose serious inconvenience to the holiday traveller. For the latest update on the current situation, click here. Travellers with non-refundable tickets should consider alternative destinations in Thailand, such as Pattaya or Hua Hin, while others should wait until after the situation is resolved.

Current Situation:

We suggest changing your travel plans at the current point in time, as flooding in Bangkok now appears imminent. Experts say that the entire capital will be inundated with floodwaters and many tourist areas could face between 50cm-100cm of water. The government has recently advised residents to evacuate now before it is too late. Many regions throughout the north have already been affected by flooding, as the flow of water inundated Bangkok’s secondary airport at Don Mueang. Flooding has also been reported at some locations along the river as the Chao Phraya reaches record heights. Warnings have been issued for people living in riverside areas to move to higher ground.
Flood warning have been issued for a number of communities throughout the north and eastern suburbs.
Areas throughout the inner suburbs of the city remain try, and many tourist attractions and shopping complexes remain open for business. Hotels are open for businesses and the MRT and BTS are also operating, however some of the exits at MRT stations have been closed as a precautionary measure to safeguard against flooding.
During periods of intensely heavy rain, there is some localized flooding of certain low-lying streets in Bangkok. These conditions are quickly cleared up by municipal work crews and the city’s storm water drainage system.
Roads out of Bangkok to destinations including Pattaya, Hua-Hin and other destinations along the southeast remain clear.
We advise that this warning is for the city of Bangkok only. There is no flooding affecting Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, Hua Hin or Pattaya. Chiang Mai was affected last month, but floodwaters have subsided and all businesses and tourist attractions are operating normally.

Areas at risk:

A look at the worst case scenario in Bangkok. SOURCE: Bangkok Post

On the street:

Things are calm and it is business as usual. However there it is noticeable that many Bangkokians have left the city as the floodwaters approach.

What is going to happen?

Well, no one really knows for sure at this stage. The worst case scenario is that the entire city is covered in water in depth from 50cm-150cm. In the event of flooding covering the city, transport will be affected, supplies of fresh water and electricity may be affected and food would be difficult to find. Some have said that flooding of Bangkok could take longer than a month. Different experts are saying different things at this stage. As we know more, we will definitely update it on Thai Travel News.

Our advice:

If staying in the capital, it would be advisable to be within easy access to theBTS Skytrain. In the event of serious flooding, the BTS Skytrain could still run and provide easy access to the AirportLink Skytrain to Suvarnabhumi Airport.
The situation at present is constantly changing and it is difficult to foresee an outcome. Few tourist attractions have closed, shops are open and transport around the inner suburbs of Bangkok is still normal. However, to fully enjoy your holiday to Thailand, we would believe that the best option would be to postpone your holiday until a later date. We would like to stress that this is not for safety reasons, but in the interest of a holidaymaker. Changes in the situation are occurring all the time, and while tourist attractions, shops and transport are open now, it is impossible to say that they will be open in one weeks time. The city is also prone to traffic jams, which become in recent days have become worse as flood warnings made. The volatility of the situation could have a negative effect on a holiday, which is supposed to be an enjoyable experience.
For those who have purchased non-refundable tickets, there are still many places within Thailand that are not affected by flooding. From Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, travellers can access Pattaya, which is situated about 90 minutes from the airport. Also along the eastern coast is Trat, home to Koh Samet, while Hua Hin, located three hours to the south of Bangkok, is also open for tourists.

Affected Areas:

Affected Area
  • Don Muang
  • Lak Si
  • Saimai
  • Dusit
  • Bangkok Noi
  • Phra Nakhon
  • Lat Krabang
  • Nong Chok
  • Minburi
  • Khannayao
  • Bang Phlat
  • Thawee Wattana
  • Chatuchak

Unaffected Area

  • Sukhumvit
  • Siam Square
  • Silom
  • Sathorn
  • Pratunam
  • Victory Monument
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Hua Mark
  • Khaosarn
  • China Town
  • Ratchadapisek
  • Petchburi

Transport in Bangkok

Road: Some roads have been affected in the north of the city and should be avoided as some sections are closed due to flooding. Roads to the southeast and Hua Hin remain open. Visitors routes. For more information, please call Highway Hotline 1586 (local call only)
Rail: Northbound trains have been suspended until further notice. Refunds are available to passengers who have purchased tickets online.

Bus: Some services around the northern suburbs and Nonthaburi have been cancelled. Nationwide services still running. This number is increasing on a daily basis.
Taxis:Finding a taxi in flood affect ed areas may be difficult. In non affected areas, there are no issues.

A satellite map showing Bangkok (centre) surrounded by floodwaters (blue)
BTS and MRT: Operates normally. 70 MRT exits have been closed for precautionary measures to protect against flooding.
Piers / Ports: Ferries in the Chao Phraya River have stopped until further notice.
Air: Don Mueang Internaitonal Airport has closed affecting all Nok Air and Orient Thai flights. Nok Air have subsequently suspended all services until November 1, while Orient Thai has announced that it will operate domestic flights from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Local airlines Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways have implemented ticketing policies covering changes in travel dates due to the current situation. Many international airlines have also implemented flood policies. Check with your airline for more details
Future Park Rangsit closed indefinitely
Dream World closed on 21-31 Oct
We believe that this list will grow in the coming days.
Accommodation: Accommodation in most of the major tourist centres throughout the city remain open for business.
Food: many supermarkets have experienced a shortage in supply of some easy-to-store products. Products, such as instant noodles and bottled water, have sold at out many convenience stores around the country. One of the major suppliers, CP All, has issued a statement of apology and insisted that demand will be reached.

Useful Contacts:

TAT Call Centre:1672
Thai Airways: +66 (0) 2356 1111
Bangkok Airways: +66 (0) 2265 8777
Twitter: @bangkok_airways
AirAsia: +66 (0) 2515 9999
Nok Air:1318 or +66 (0) 2900 9955
State Railway of Thailand (SRT) Call Centre:1690
Transport Co.,Ltd. Hotline:
(inter-provincial bus service)

Alternative Travel Destinations

Hotel rooms in alternate destinations are selling out fast. Travellers or residents seeking an alternative in Hua Hin, Pattaya, Koh Samet or even Chiang Mai are urged to do so sooner rather than later.
Pattaya is situated 1.30 hrs drive from the airport, with accommodation from cheap $14 guesthouses, ranging to luxurious five-star branded hotels. Visitors can take a bus direct from Suvarnabhumi to Pattaya for 124 Baht, while private transfers cost between 1,000 Baht – 2000 Baht depending on how well you can bargain.
Accommodation can be found in Pattaya for as little as $14 per night with Agoda. Click here to find out more.
Travellers can also depart to other centres after arriving from their international flights. Other centres around Thailand remain unaffected by flooding, such as Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui. Vietnam is also easily reached by a number of carriers that operate from Suvarnabhumi Airport. Tickets to Ho Chi Minh City sell for around US$70, but a Vietnamese visa is required for most nationalities.
For those who may want to fly to Chiang Mai in the north of some of the southern resort islands, visit our flight search, which compares all three major domestic carriers departing from Suvarnabhumi. Visit our flight search at:

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