Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Oct 26 2011

Bangkok floods: October 26, 2011 update

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Another day, another flood update for travellers. High tide is about to peak in Bangkok, and nobody is really sure how bad the inundation is about to be. Read on for a quick update on where things are at for now — it’s looking like as far as possible, travellers should plan to leave Bangkok, … read the full post

Oct 26 2011

What caused the Thai floods?

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by James Fahn* While the rest of the world watches in dread as the flood waters encircle Bangkok, Thais and other residents of the kingdom have quite understandably taken to wondering who or what is responsible for the Damoclean deluge they’re now facing. The search for a scapegoat is entirely predictable, but in this case … read the full post

Oct 25 2011

Bangkok flooding update: October 25, 2011

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It’s hard to stand in the middle of a sunny day at the end of rainy season in central Bangkok and imagine that it could soon be very wet. The situation has come to a point where it is time to consider available information and a make a decision about whether to travel here and … read the full post

Oct 25 2011

Bangkok floods: Don Muang Airport closes

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About 13:00 Tuesday Thai time, Thai low cost carrier Nok Air announced it was moving all incoming flights effective immediately to Bangkok’s main international gateway Suvarnabhumi Airport. The only other carrier using the airport, Orient Thai Airlines/1-2-Go!, is moving all flights to Suvarnabhumi Airport at 15:00 today. The reason given is that flooding of the … read the full post

Oct 23 2011

Bangkok floods: Defensive planning

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Day by day the flood waters seep ever closer to the heart of Bangkok. Tonight we saw photos of minor flooding on the lower sois of Samsen Road, which runs north-south toward Khao San Road. While the flooding was definitely in the scheme of things minor, it is nevertheless concerning to see flooding this close … read the full post

Oct 23 2011

Evacuating from the Bangkok floods: a firsthand account

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by Hamish Chalmers The two or so hours we spent in our family home after I hit send with my dispatch to Travelfish.org about the inundation of our moo baan in Nonthaburi (on the edge of Bang Bua Thong and Pak Kret) were eerie and a little surreal. We felt uncommonly alone. The normal chatter … read the full post

Oct 22 2011

Bangkok not underwater, everyone stop it with the panic

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Following on from our post yesterday, our man on the ground Brock Kuhlman gives this update on floods in and around Bangkok. As of this morning, the flooding in Bangkok and surrounding provinces is following the script to the letter. Flooding that was expected in Lak Si, Don Muang and Sai Mai districts to the … read the full post

Oct 21 2011

Floods at Bangkok’s gates but don’t cancel your trip

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You’re supposed to be arriving in Bangkok in the next few days and all you’ve read in the last week or so has centred on Bangkok’s efforts to reinvent itself as the true Venice of the East. You’re worried and thinking of cancelling your trip. Don’t — here’s why. Update October 25: Due to the … read the full post

Oct 21 2011

Halloween in Bangkok, 2011

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The Bangkok floods have put quite a dampener on the month of October; as we write it seems Bangkok has been put on disaster alert so things are not looking altogether optimistic. We’re going to be upbeat though and still list what’s on for our favourite satanic holiday, coming up in only 10 days. Some … read the full post

Oct 20 2011

Bangkok flooding update: October 20, 2011

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The flood threat to Bangkok — while many areas elsewhere in Thailand are already suffering from devastating inundation — seemed to edge up yet another notch on Thursday, with authorities told to selectively open the city’s floodgates to help drain water into the sea. “This problem is very overwhelming. It’s a national crisis so I … read the full post

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