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Route to avoid flooding?

Posted by lloydjoslin on 6/10/2011 at 13:54

Hi, so I'm in Bangkok and want to move on now but seen there is flooding! My original plan was to go east through Cambodia then up through Vietnam and across Laos to Chang Mai then back down but maybe it would be better to go the other way round up to Chang Mai then accross to Laos and so on? What do u recon would be the best route to take? Any help would be much appreciated. Lloyd

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 6/10/2011 at 16:31

Main thing is to get past the flood zone north of Bangkok and up to Chiang Mai . I would forget trying to go north by train/bus in the next few days though. Trains are cancelled and today the main highway through Ayutthaya has been shut down and there are live images on TV of absolute gridlock traffic with people forced to turn around or find alternative routes (which are mostly flooded). What a mess things are in Ayutthaya!

If you can grab a quick flight up to Chiang Mai though, it's not really a problem up here now, and getting to north Laos and then slow boat to Luang Prabang is easy.

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Posted by KirstyB on 6/10/2011 at 16:47

I would second Captain Bob's advice - I just booked a flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai a couple of hours ago for Saturday (also currently available for tomorrow) and you can still get a fairly cheap price. OK, not as cheap as the bus but there's just too much uncertainty on the roads at the moment.

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Posted by lloydjoslin on 6/10/2011 at 17:29

Cool I'll probably just book a flight with air Asia then, will the rest of the places be affected by the flooding or is coming to the end now? Like through Vietnam Cambodia etc?

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Posted by KirstyB on 6/10/2011 at 17:40

Well rainy season should be coming to end now but weather patterns have been a bit crazy and unpredictable of late so I wouldn't like to make any promises! How long are you planning on taking for the whole circuit? Cambodia, in particular Siem Reap and the surrounding areas, has been pretty badly flooded too but should be OK by the time you get there (providing your trip isn't too whirlwind!).

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Posted by lloydjoslin on 6/10/2011 at 17:47

Um I kinda havent got a time limit gonna head down south of Thailand when I'm done with the loop of the contries I've mentioned, then fly to oz in the new year, I was just gonna plod along and see all the main sights, following the guide book I guess of things that appeal to me but I'm sick of khao San road and want to move on lol

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Posted by lloydjoslin on 6/10/2011 at 19:25

Um I kinda havent got a time limit gonna head down south of Thailand when I'm done with the loop of the contries I've mentioned, then fly to oz in the new year, I was just gonna plod along and see all the main sights, following the guide book I guess of things that appeal to me but I'm sick of khao San road and want to move on lol

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 6/10/2011 at 23:38

There have been landslides in north Laos the past few weeks that caused delays between Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng (see photo) so you might factor in some extra time for that bus journey. After Vang Vieng things flatten out and you should be ok transport-wise but again if you head somewhere like Hanoi or Sapa via hilly northern terrain it could be dodgy. Hopefully this rainy season will bugger off in the next few weeks.

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