Archive for the 'Health & safety' Category

Sep 14 2012

Thailand flood update 2012

Published by under Floods

Rather than this kind of nahm.

Isolated parts of Sukhothai are flooded four days after waters from the Yom River seeped through the city’s levees; however the water is receding, and local guesthouse operators told us Friday that most of the remaining water is in the vicinity of the day market and Wat Sathani east of the river. During an official … read the full post

Feb 15 2012

A detox day in Bangkok

Published by under Food,Health & safety

Bangkok is for gluttons. There are practically as many food stalls as people. And with the reliable public transportation and cheap motorbikes, you can keep your heart beating at a leisurely low rate. If you need a day to get yourself back on a healthy track, here are some suggestions. 06:00: Though Bangkok may feel … read the full post

Feb 07 2012

Bangkok hospital recommendations

Published by under Health & safety

It’s not what you normally want to think about on holiday, but sometimes you just need to see the doctor. Dengue fever, infected wounds, and motorcycle muffler burns seem to be unintended souvenirs for some in the kingdom. Luckily, Bangkok is an oasis of world-class medical care. Expatriates in the region normally choose Bangkok, Hong … read the full post

Jan 13 2012

US warns of Bangkok terrorist threat — updated for January 18

Published by under Health & safety

Around 15:30 today (Friday the 13th no less) the US Embassy in Bangkok sent out an email alert warning of a potential terrorist threat in Bangkok. The email was shortly after retracted, then, we’ve just learned, re-issued. ABC has a story on it here. As is typical of this style of warning, it is frustratingly … read the full post

Nov 22 2011

Bangkok floods: “Travellers to Bangkok have nothing to worry about”

Published by under Floods

While Bangkok appears to be over the worst of the floods, the surrounds are still mopping up and travellers are still asking about whether it’s safe to come to the Thai capital. We spoke with Kirsty of Poi and Kirsty, a British blogging duo living in the Big Mango and travelling around Asia, about their … read the full post

Nov 17 2011

Bangkok flood update, November 17, 2011: The last one?

Published by under Floods

It’s not been the end that most would hope for — a clean whooshing sound as all of the flood water washed out to sea and left Bangkok licking its wounds and restocking its 7-Elevens. The floods are *not* over — not for millions in the northern suburbs, not for millions who live across the … read the full post

Nov 14 2011

Avoiding Bangkok floods: Where else to go on vacation

Published by under Floods

Given the floods surrounding and leaking across Bangkok it’s fair to say that the Thai capital is not a particularly fun place to be for a holiday, at least for a little while. A few lost crocodiles are swishing around in the water, and it doesn’t smell so nice, either. For the truly blissful vacation … read the full post

Nov 09 2011

An ugly mood: Bangkok flood worries

Published by under Floods

I’m lucky. I’ve been able to report on the Thai floods as an unaffected observer. My house isn’t inundated, and the smell of sewage doesn’t fill my neighborhood. Ask me in a few days and I might no longer be able to say those things, but I’ll still be glad that our neighborhood lasted as … read the full post

Nov 08 2011

Bangkok floods update: November 8, 2011

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It seems unlikely that many parts of Central Bangkok are going to escape some sort of flooding in the next 10 days. Chatuchak market was open last weekend, but more than half of the vendors didn’t open their stalls and shoppers were not at their normal levels. While inside was dry thanks to a sandbag … read the full post

Nov 07 2011

Bangkok floods update, November 7, 2011: Should you cancel your trip?

Published by under Floods

Though the threat of tidal flooding has receded, Thailand’s worst floods in five decades are still sweeping closer to central Bangkok, causing more and more residents to evacuate their homes and flee to drier land. Bangkok’s governor has declared 16 of the city’s 50 districts as evacuation zones, but the water continues to flow southward, … read the full post

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