Oct 28 2011

Thai floods: Some governments overreact?

Published by under Health & safety

There’s plenty of travel advice to Thailand floating around in light of the current flooding. Here we’re not going to offer any new tips, but rather attempt to put some of the existing information into perspective. We’re somewhat put out, though hardly surprised, by some of the Western media’s rather sensational coverage and here’s an … read the full post

Oct 27 2011

Planning around the Bangkok floods

Published by under Floods

The situation in and around Bangkok has deteriorated further with Friday night and Saturday morning suggested as the latest “mega-flood” days. At the same time The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has now advised “against all but essential travel to the city of Bangkok and the 26 provinces in Thailand affected by flooding.” So … read the full post

Oct 26 2011

Can I help during the Bangkok floods?

Published by under Floods

With near saturation media coverage of the flooding in Thailand and particularly Bangkok, an increasingly common refrain among either those stuck here or abroad is “How can I help?” Here are some suggestions on how you can do your little bit to help Thailand get through the current crisis, or, if you’re arriving over the … read the full post

Oct 26 2011

Bangkok floods: October 26, 2011 update

Published by under Floods

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?

Published by under Floods

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

Published by under Floods

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

Published by under Floods

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 24 2011

North Thailand’s ethnic minorities: the Kayan or “Long Neck Karen”

I won’t add this post to the “see and do” category, but being a generally positive sort of person I won’t add a new “don’t see and do” post category either for what is one of North Thailand’s more contentious “tourist attractions”. We’ll try and highlight a few of the pros and cons of visiting … read the full post

Oct 23 2011

Bangkok floods: Defensive planning

Published by under Floods

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

Published by under Floods

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

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