Myself and my partner are flying to Bangkok on Monday, starting a 6 month backpacking scoot around SE Asia, planning to head North towards Laos (after reading your excellent general weather pages). I've read what I can about flooding there at the minute, but am unclear - so can anyone tell me please:
1 - which parts of the country north of bangkok are hit by flooding?
2 - how this can effect getting around by road or rail, and picking somewhere to stay?
Never been backpacking or to SE Asia before, so any current, practical advice most appreciated.
Will contribute to your threads as we get going!
Flood map here
It's unlikely to affect your travels at all. Not nearly as bad as the epic flooding two years ago. You can come up to Chiang Mai as the gateway to northern Laos, zero flooding here. Just note a portion of the northern train line is closed for maintenance until at least nov-1.
Thanks Captain. Not sure how to interpret the flood map - do vast swathes of blue indicate present flooding? Seems like much of central area is pretty intractable if so.
Is there any way I can get a clear idea of whether a trip next week to Ayutthaya is viable?
Viable-yes of coruse-enjoyable? Who knows-maybe Buddha. Look again or ask when there-there is not much lost on not seeing those renovated ruins over there.Nearly all the sights you see as so dreadful are NOT north, but east of BKK=the main route into Cambodia. Also far south of Laos.
You now think much too much as a westerner who gets anal rejection if he does not know any possible detail in advance-that is one of Asia's charms: you'll have to get used to that being impossible. Maybe you even discover you can easily travel without all that planned/booked monthes advance and not every step as an app on your expensive mobuy. If the road is flooded-if its low, the bus may still run, if its too high, it wont-or be detoured, or not at all. Busstaff may not even know it all in detail when they set off on long routes.
#4 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
Here's an example of 2011 vs. this year. I think your trip to Ayutthaya is a go.
Captain Bob, thanks very much, good to have a current on the ground report. We've not got our heart set on Ayutthaya, it just seemed like a decent first destination out of bangkok without any long haul travel. Keen to go somewhere a bit more chilled than BK after arrival, that's the priority. Was a little concerned after reading this report: http://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2013/10/rising-river-threatens-cruises/
Captainbkk - thanks for your moving contribution. As soon as anal rejection takes hold, I'll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, I'll keep asking for advice from those who might be kind enough to offer it so I can avoid contraction of this awful western condition,
I have to agree with captainbkk. Just go!
#7 theloner has been a member since 7/10/2013. Posts: 116