Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Nov 17 2011

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

Nov 05 2011

Animals and the Bangkok floods

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For the past few weeks, floodwater has been rushing towards Thailand’s capital (and today it continues to do so). Tales — and rumours — have spread of what this means for animals, such as the poisonous green mamba snakes rumoured to be swimming around and fully-grown snappy crocodiles on the loose wanted back alive by … read the full post

Nov 04 2011

Bangkok flood update, November 4, 2011

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The slowest of all disasters, the flooding in Bangkok continues to creep its way southward, muscling its way into what constitutes central Bangkok. The spring tides (cyclical tides that are higher than normal) have abated for the time being; in many communities along the Chao Phraya River the cycle of inundation followed by drainage has … read the full post

Nov 01 2011

The Thai floods: Still not quite a wrap

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With fingers and toes crossed, it looks like Bangkok may have dodged the worst of the floods. Yes, upcountry has been hammered in order to save Bangkok, many lives have sadly been lost, and we imagine or at least hope for significant debate on the approach taken by and priorities of the Thai government. But … read the full post

Oct 30 2011

Bangkok flooding update, October 30, 2011: Yes, it’s still going on

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So far, Bangkok’s central business district has fared well compared to the outskirts of the capital and many other provinces suffering the floods that have swept through the kingdom over the past few months. Limited tidal flooding has occurred along the Chao Phraya river and a few of the canals that crisscross the city, while … read the full post

Oct 29 2011

Bangkok flooding update: October 29, 2011

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As the tide swells and Bangkok empties of noodles, condoms, and now people, tourists have been advised to plan around the floods. The US Embassy issued a travel alert on Thursday, while the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has now advised against all but essential travel to Bangkok (see our thoughts on that here). … read the full post

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