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 06 2011

Chiang Mai scams?

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Some of our other regional Travelfish.org blogs have been busy of late giving you the rundown on popular and prevalent scams in their respective patches (such as here and here) so we thought we’d do the same for Chiang Mai… the only problem is we can’t find any! Many scams in other cities involve transport … 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 05 2011

Sailing around Samui

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Seeing the sights around Ko Samui powered by only the wind in your boat’s sails, rather than a noisy engine, can be truly rewarding. Sure, a speedboat can get you around much more quickly, but this lacks the romance and adventure of sailing in the breeze and savouring the view along the way. Samui’s weather … 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 02 2011

Should you visit the Kayan or “Long Neck Karen”?

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After looking at the background to the Kayan or “Long Neck Karen”, we’ll now deal with the question of “Should you visit the Kayan or “Long Neck Karen” by looking at some of the specific pros and cons, and arguments for and against visiting the villages where these people live. For us, one of the … 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

Oct 28 2011

Thai floods: Some governments overreact?

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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

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