This just in... Chiang Mai Mail: Train services to Bangkok have been cancelled due to flooding.
It's been a very rainy rainy season. We didn't get much flooding up here in Muk, but I was beginning to think the rain wasn't going to stop. The river is full to the brim, Indochin Market has flooded out once already, the rivers are full across the area... but it's green. My fathers rice farm is doing great!
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This is the second year running that the weather has been unusually wet. Last year when I was in SE Sulawesi the locals said they hadn't had a dry season that year...rain rain rain all year long. And the floods back in March in southern Thailand were definitely very abnormal too. El nino/nina blip or real climate change?
"El nino/nina blip or real climate change?"
I think you would need a decade plus of data, and even then, you wouldn't be sure. Issan, from about 1950 to 1980, went through a pretty dry period. They called it a drought. Negatively affected crop production. But that turned out to be a temporary event (30 years temporary). It's wetter right now than it was last year (although last year was pretty wet), but it's not radically wetter than my first year living here, and we've had less flooding this year in Issan than we did last year.
The current flooding is east and south of the old city, and the central area remains mostly unaffected (fingers crossed). Ankle-deep at the night bazaar this evening and increasingly deep as you head south along the Ping river. But aside from that and the cancelled trains not much affect on tourists (but if you have dinner reservations at the Riverside Restaurant it might be time to cancel).
Some pics from today
Cheers for the positive replies guys.
@Chopin - I was really looking forward to getting the train actually :-(
@Madmac - I hope the rainy season ends and i can get on with it.
By the way is anyone around Chiang Mai for a drink or in the next wek or 2? Also will these floods affect the slowboat trip to Luang Prabang?
#12 Geezy has been a member since 27/7/2009. Posts: 48
Flood update. I have just been to Hualampong Station and all trains to Chiang Mai have been cancelled. Thye were happy to refund my ticket. All I had to do was walk upstairs to the travel agent and they booked me onto a 50 seater recling bus. The guy at the station seemed to think the trains would be off about 5-10 days! His words not mine. Apparently the problem isnt with Chiang Mai itself but the surrounding areas that are causing the problems.
#15 Geezy has been a member since 27/7/2009. Posts: 48
"the problem isnt with Chiang Mai itself but the surrounding areas that are causing the problems"
Correct. I've spent the last 2 days surveying the area south of Chiang Mai by motorbike, following the rail line and/or the Ping river as much as possible. No problem with the rail at least as far south as Lampang and according to reports it's more an issue with floods south of Nakhon Sawan (Lopburi, Ayutthaya) down towards Bangkok. Another rainy spell looks to be headed this way over the next couple days, so stay tuned... http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/259691/new-warning-flash-floods-landslides
does anybody know sth about the present situation in sukothai?
i am planning to go there on saturday 8th of october. is it possible to go there from chiang mai and to visit the old town of sokothai?
#17 c86 has been a member since 6/10/2011. Posts: 1
Here's a handy Google flood map (thank you Richard Barrow) to help locate the actual trouble spots
Hey guys, great to see that people are still interested in what's going on during the floods. If you want to make a contribution, here is our page for donations. We don't make any profit of it, it's just information where you can donate - Red cross and many other organisations. Thanks for your help!
#19 thaiunderwater has been a member since 14/12/2011. Posts: 2