26-27th November: As far as tourists go, the Thai Flood Crisis is just about over. In fact, many tourists who have already visited over the last month reported not seeing any flooding at all. This is because not many of the tourist areas were affected. And the ones that were, the waters are going down. The only major tourist attractions on the outskirts of Bangkok still closed are Safari World and Dream World. They are not expecting to re-open until early December. Samphran Elephant Ground re-opens this weekend though there will only be limited shows. The main roads to Samphran from Bangkok is still flooded so people have to go via Samut Songkhram.
At the moment I am visiting all of the main tourist attractions each weekend in order to show people that everything is back to normal. I started with Ayutthaya where I found the city to be mostly dry and tourists already going back to the main attractions there. However, the floating market is expected to be flooded for another month or two. The following weekend I went to Samut Songkhram where I visited the Amphawa Floating Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. I didn’t see any floods there at all during the drive along Rama II Road. This weekend I am driving up to Lopburi for the annual Monkey Party. I will also visit the sunflower fields. Follow me on Twitter for live updates.
Transport is coming back to normal now. The Chao Phraya Express are now running limited services on the river. They also have the tourist boat running from Sathon Pier. Trains running south are now back to normal. The Southern Bus Terminal is now re-opened and buses are running as normal. The Northern Bus Terminal at Mo Chit 2 is still open though there are some delays getting out of Bangkok. The Northern Line out of Bangkok is getting back to normal though there are reports of some trains cancelled or diverted. However, they do have sleeper trains to Chiang Mai now. The MRT subway have removed all of their flood barriers. Chatuchak Weekend Market was busy over the weekend with tourists. Shopping malls in the flooded areas, such as Lad Phrao and Pinklao, have re-opened.
I am still getting a lot of questions from people asking about Phuket. I was there the other week and I can assure you that there are NO floods there and any food/water shortages are NOT affecting tourists. Click here to see my report. Last weekend I flew to Chiang Mai and I can assure you again that there are NO floods in Chiang Mai. In fact the city is very busy with tourists and festivals. Everything is normal.
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- Chao Phraya Express boats start today on Orange Line.
- Safari World, Dream World and Samphran Elephant Ground not expected to re-open until end of November
- If anyone tells you that the Grand Palace or the Reclining Buddha is closed because it is flooded, DON’T BELIEVE THEM!
- Eastern Ring Road Fully Reopens to Traffic (16 Nov)
- Ayutthaya Elephant Park re-opens for tourists (15 Nov)
- According to Ayutthaya’s governor, Bang Pa-in Palace & Bang Sai Royal Arts & Craft Centre were not flooded (Nation)
- Sleep trains now running between Bangkok & Chiang Mai. Call 02 224 7788 or 02 220 4444 for more info
- On Sunday 13th Nov I cycled around all the main tourist areas in Bangkok (report)
- On Saturday 12 Nov I drove to Ayutthaya and already found some tourists (report)
- They had a Big Clean Up Day in Ayutthaya on Thu 10th Nov. But not open to tourists yet
- Water going down in Pinklao. Central due to open on Sunday 13 November
- Siam Park City has floods in the area but still open. Free entry and half price rides this week
- They are now saying Rama 2 road can be saved and there will be alternative routes
- BKK-Chiang Mai trains at 8:30am & 6:10pm. Trains very crowded. Trip takes 5 hours longer than normal
- NEW: Bangkok Flood Map for Tourists (I will update this daily now with closures)
- Chatuchak Market was open last week despite floods but most shops were empty. Doubtful they will open this weekend
- Both Safari Park & Marine Park at Safari World are closed due to flooding
- Central Lat Prao closed today due to flooding (4 Nov)
- Fashion Island mall will close (5 Nov)
- Asia Highway from Bang Pa-in to Nakhon Sawan & beyond now open (4 Nov)
- Chaeng Wattana Immigration is open but the area flooded (1 Nov). More info here.
- Southern Bus Terminal on Borom Ratchani moving to Holland Beer House Rama II (31 Oct) – Map
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- Trains are now running to Chiang Mai via the northeast.
- For southern Rail Line, go to Hua Lamphong station where there is a bus to Nakhon Pathom and then train south (29 Oct)
- Thonburi station is open and has trains to Kanchanaburi (29 Oct)
- Mo Chit will move buses to Southern Bus Terminal if it floods there. It is not flooded yet
- Southern Bus Terminal is open (31 Oct)
- New flight schedule for Nok Air at Suvarnabhumi Airport
- The Banyan Tree 13th Vertical Marathon has been postponed to 22 January 2012
- World Film Festival of Bangkok scheduled Nov 4-13 @ Paragon & Esplanade POSTPONED to Jan 20-27
- Thai Immigration Cheang Wattana office is open
- Nok Air and Oriental Thai will no longer fly out of Don Muang due to flooding (24 Oct)
- River Express Boat services are suspended until further notice
- Cross river ferries and long tailed boat tours are operating as normal
- MRT subway, BTS sky train and Airport Rail Link in Bangkok are operating as normal
- Some piers and service might be suspended during high tides
- Museum of Siam is closed until further notice
- Dream World in Pathum Thani Province is closed
- Future Park Rangsit amd Major Cineplex in Pathum Thani are closed until further notice
- All shopping malls in central Bangkok (MBK, Panthip, Paragon, Central World etc.) are open as normal
- Chatuchak Weekend Market is not flooded yet but floods just to the north
- Dinner Cruises are operating as normal
- The Royal Barge Procession has been cancelled.
- The Royal Flora fair in Chiang Mai has been postponed until December
- Water levels in each district of Bangkok at the Royal Irrigation Department: http://dds.bangkok.go.th/scada
- Maps in English for risk areas in Bangkok
- English news services such as The Nation, Bangkok Post, MCOT and NNT
- Thailand news search at Thailand Scribe
For a list of tourist attractions now closed, please visit Bangkok Flood Map for Tourists
The BTS Skytrain and MRT subway are operating normally. Taxis and tuk tuks are available as per usual. Many BMTA bus routes have been rerouted or suspended due to the flooding. Express boat services on the Chao Phraya River have also been suspended, as have most water-related tourist activities.
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Tourists planning to travel to the provinces affected by the floods are advised to check the latest weather forecasts for their destination and confirm arrangements with the transportation providers with which they will be travelling. Tourists can call the TAT Information Line at 1672 to check local conditions, or visit the Thailand Meteorological Department web site at http://www.tmd.go.th/en for updated weather forecasts.
Government Call Center: 1111 ext 5
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department Hotline: 1784
Royal Irrigation Department Hotline: 1460
Emergency Medical Institute Hotline: 1669
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Hotline: 1555
BMS’s flood response center 02-2485115
Highway Hotline: 1586
Highway Police: 1193
State Railway of Thailand Hotline: 1690
Transport Co. Hotline: 1490
JS100 community radio: 1137
There are 28 recent flooded provinces:
North – (Sukhothai, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Kumpangpetch and Tak)
Central – (Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Pathumthani, Nonthaburi, and Samutsakhon)
Northeast – (Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Srisaket, Roi-et, Surin, Mahasarakham and Kalasin)
Eastern – (Chacheongsao, Nakhon Nayok and Prachinburi).
Major tourist destinations in the north not affected by the floods include: Chiang Rai, Lampang and Sukhothai
Major tourist destinations in the Northeast not affected by the floods include: Loei, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani.
Major tourist destinations in the Central Region not affected by the floods include: Hua-Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Kanchanaburi, Ko Chang, Trat, Pattaya, Chonburi, Ratchaburi and Rayong.
No provinces in the South have been affected by the floods. This includes: Chumphon, Phuket, Krabi, Ranong, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Narathiwat, Satun, Pattani, Surat Thani, Phang Nga, Trang, Phatthalung and Yala
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