Bangkok Flood Maps for Tourists #ThaiFloodEng

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This is a Bangkok Flood Map for Tourists that I am working on. The flood has started to creep into inner Bangkok now and tourist attractions around the city have started to close.The red markers show places that tourists might go that have already closed. Yellow markers are places where tourists might go that are sometimes flooded at really high tides. The green markers are main attractions that are safe from the floods at least for this week. Click here for a bigger map.

BMA Map of the Floods (Green=less than 10 cms, Yellow 10-30 cms, Red=more than 30 cms)

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9 November: The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is making an all-out effort to drain floodwater from the northern outskirts through Khlong Bang Sue in the hope of protecting the heart of Bangkok [Read full story in Bangkok Post]

8th November:

2 November: Deputy Governor Thirachon Manomaipiboon said all 50 districts in Bangkok are at risk of flooding as a result of the Khlong Sam Wa incident. He said the first three districts in Bangkok that would likely face the incoming deluge are Bang Kapi, Saphan Sung and Bung Kum [Read full story in Bangkok Post]


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1st November: Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s flood alert map showing areas being monitored, those under special watch and those where evacuation already required [Read full story in Bangkok Post]


Click to see bigger map of flood risk areas today

29 October: The entire Thon Buri area is expected to be submerged within three days due to signs that northern runoff could overwhelm attempts by City Hall and irrigation officials to defend the western part of the Chao Phraya River [Read full story in Bangkok Post]

28 October: Around 50,000 troops have been deployed in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces under an action plan to protect important establishments from inundation [Read full story in Bangkok Post]

26 October: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra warned Bangkok residents in all areas last night to brace for flooding after advancing runoff from the north of Bangkok surged into Don Mueang airport yesterday [Read full story in Bangkok Post]

25 October: Bangkok residents are living in fear as the authorities have been unsuccessful in trying to divert northern runoff to the east and west of the capital [Read full story in Bangkok Post]

24 October: The government has declared water gates and flood barriers special control zones as it struggles not only with the disaster but also with interference from protesting affected residents [Read more in the Bangkok Post]

23 October: Deluge reaches city’s north – Flooding broke out across northern Bangkok yesterday as floodwaters from Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani stressed canals and flood barriers across the city [Read full story in Bangkok Post]

22 October: PM Takes Charge of flood crisis – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has invoked the disaster prevention law to take full control of flood operations as run-off from the North has started surging into Bangkok [Read full story in Bangkok Post]

21 October: Bangkok districts told to brace – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has agreed to help drain northern runoff into the sea through the city’s canals as parts of Don Muang and Laksi districts were declared flood-risk zones yesterday [Read full story in Bangkok Post]

20 October: Govt sacrifices eastern Bangkok – In a bid to save the economic heart of the capital amid surging water levels, the government has finally opted to use the eastern part of Bangkok to drain massive amounts of floodwaters from the northern outskirts [Read full story in Bangkok Post]

19th October: City fate rests on barriers – Residents in many areas of Bangkok’s neighbouring provinces – Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi and Nakhon Pathom – were evacuated yesterday, while the capital’s chance of escaping the raging floods now depends on some temporary barriers [Read full story in The Nation]

19 October: Race begins to defend the capital – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is defending the eastern part of the capital by speeding up reinforcement of flood barriers in Sai Mai district to avert threats from rising floodwaters [Read full story in the Bangkok Post]

15th October: Authorities yesterday made all-out efforts to reinforce a 4km flood barrier along Khlong Rangsit canal in tambon Lak Hok of Pathum Thani and Chulalongkorn sluice gate in Pathum Thani. Both barriers are the last flood prevention lines to prevent overflow entering Bangkok, particularly after a sluice gate in Khlong Ban Phrao in Pathum Thani’s Sam Khok district broke. (Bangkok Post)

Latest flood predictions for Bangkok (Bangkok Post 13 October 2011)

Despite the flood prevention wall, families in 27 communities in 13 districts outside the flood walls along the Chao Phraya River, the Bangkok Noi Canal and the Maha Sawat Canal are still at risk. The 13 districts are: Bang Sue, Dusit, Phra Nakhon, Samphanthawong, Bang Kholaem, Yannawa, Klong Toey, Bang Phlad, Bangkok Noi, Thonburi, Klong San, Rat Burana and Thawi Watthana. In addition, 15 areas in the city, see the map above, could also experience bad flooding.

Flood barriers in Pathum Thani were breached in 11 places including the five locations in red circles in this map above. Latest reports are that it has now been repaired. (Source: Nation 12/10/2011).

Map of Bangkok by the Nation: Brown line shows roads which are high enough to also function as an embankment against flood water. Red line is the permanent embankment wall along the Chao Phraya River. Green line is a 1.2 km stretch which will be finished by the end of 2011.

The map above, also by the Bangkok Post graphics department, shows the 75 km long flood prevention wall. It also shows the locations of the drainage tunnels.

List of temporary evacuation centres for Eastern Bangkok Districts (Bangkok Post)


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189 comments for “Bangkok Flood Maps for Tourists #ThaiFloodEng

  1. Kristine
    October 11, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Hi Richard! Just want to check with you if staying at Sukhumvit Road is safe this week? And can we still go at Chatuchak Market and are there any places we can still go? Thankz

    • Richard Barrow
      October 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      It is very doubtful that the whole of Bangkok will be flooded. But I cannot say for sure where is safe as Thailand is getting floods at the moment where it has previously been safe.

  2. October 11, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Richard, I think I speak for everyone who has asked you a question here when I say: thank you so much for taking the time to give such great, accurate advice and suggestions. I appreciate it and I’m sure everyone else does, too. You’re a champion!

  3. Bernie
    October 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Hi Richard good day to you, hope you are in pink wealth. Would like to seek for your advise, we will be going to Bangkok on 14/10/2011 till 18/10/2011 and stay at First House Hotel located at 14/20-29 Petchburi 19 Road, Soi Juldis,Phyathai District, Rajthevee, Bangkok 10400. And planning to go shopping at those areas like Platunam Market, Platinum Fashion Mall, MBK, Central World, Siam Centre, Siam Paragon, Chatuchak. May I know the current status at all these areas is it flooded now or expected will be flooded in this few days?
    We are super worried and no idea now whether we need to cancell our trips and hotel or go ahead!!! Because we heard that Bangkok will be having serious high tides on 15/10/2011 till 18/10/2011.
    Can u please kindly adivse us. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you very much.
    P/S: 1) May I know the place that we stay and planning to go near to Chao Phraya River?
    2) The place that we planning to go still open and operate smoothly? Any flood at these places now even a mild flood?
    3) Bangkok is having heavy rain everyday?
    Sorry to bother you because we need to be prepare what shall bring in case we manage to go. Once again thank you very much.

    • Albert
      October 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      Hi Bernie, I also ll go BKK Oct 22 to 27. Also ll stay First House Hotel, I m worry about Flooded in there, if you went there, pls give me advise….

      • October 12, 2011 at 10:18 am

        Hello, I will be in BKK on 22nd – 26th, please update me if you were and and keen to see your advice.

        • Richard Barrow
          October 12, 2011 at 10:22 am

          It all now depends on Mother Nature. If she is kind then we won’t have major floods in Bangkok.

  4. layhoon
    October 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    thanks. how about going to pattaya next week ?safe?

    • Richard Barrow
      October 11, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      Thousands and thousands of tourists there at this moment in time.

  5. October 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Richard, we’ve 2 families with kids from Singapore, coming to Bangkok (19 – 22 Oct) to pray “4-faces buddha” at Erawan Shine. Will stay at “Arnoma Hotel”. Pls advise any floods situation at below areas:-
    1) Airport to Arnoma Hotel (near to Erawan Shine)
    2) Siam Paragon & nearby shopping centres
    3) Floating Market (morning visit)
    4) Dream World

    We booked “budget airlines” & any changes in flight date will cause penalty charges & no refund for cancellation of flight. We’re at dilemma now. Do you think we can still proceed for our trip to Bangkok, 19 – 22 Oct? If it’s still safe for above areas (1 & 2), we’ll just be there for praying & shopping. Your great prompt advice will be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Richard Barrow
      October 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      As a family I am a bit nervous about advising you to come. The thing is, we just don’t know for sure. My gut tells me that the heart of Bangkok, where you are staying, will be alright. But, there is always a first time. I am not sure about Dream World yet. A friend said it was open today but I have heard that they have had flood warnings in that area. I will check again tomorrow.

      • October 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

        Thanks for your update. I’ll hear fm you again for the next few days news. Should there by any floods fm airport highways thru to Arnoma Hotel, do alert me too. Keep in touch.

  6. Albert
    October 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    How about today @ BKK?

    • Richard Barrow
      October 11, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      Some rain and some sunshine. Some floods to in some areas too. But has started to clear. All depends now on whether it will keep raining. If so the floods won’t clear so quickly.

  7. mark
    October 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Richard, just wondering if you have any insight into what I could be expecting on my trip to BKK from Sat 15th to Tue 18th. Will be staying on the corner of Petchburi and Ratchaprarop in Pratunam area and conducting business in the area. Do you think things could get bad around there? Many thanks for your time.

    • Richard Barrow
      October 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      Pratunam means “Water Gate” in Thai. It is possible it will flood. But then again, it might not. We don’t know for sure.

  8. Paul D.
    October 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Dear Richard,
    Sorry to bother you….I am following this web page….since one of my friend told me about….normally I visit Thailand 5-6 time in a year for business and used to live in Lumphini Condo, near Central Plaza, RamIntra. This time I m coming on 13th Oct. and will stay for next 2-3 weeks.
    Pl. advise me, what are the possibilities of flood in this area. if yes how serious it could be….do I need to cancel the trip this time or is still ok and I can continue my trip.

    many thanks & Best Regards

    • Richard Barrow
      October 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      Very difficult for me to answer this now. If you can be flexible and don’t mind possible inconvenience then go ahead. But, at the end of the day I cannot predict the flood. It may or may not come.

      • Paul D.
        October 12, 2011 at 9:42 am

        Many thanks for your reply.

  9. nun vit
    October 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    this is just a general comment. i am currently in bkk airport having spent 4 days in phuket and four days in koh samui…..both phuket and koh samui as well as surat thani are fine…no problems…the odd downpour but that is normal for this time of year….i will get in a taxi to pattaya in 30 mins and have be told by friends in pattaya, all is well. you will have problems travelling north of bkk by car, bus or train…the only problem is idiots trying to get around by land…use planes if you are unsure…good luck to all other travellers…safe journeys to all.

  10. Anonymous
    October 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    a pannic buying of groceries at the Macro at this moment becouse of the flood

  11. Jeffrey
    October 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Hi what about the period of flooding I will arive 20 october on Sukhumvit. Hope the big flooding will be over. What do you think?
    Grts Jeff

    • Richard Barrow
      October 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      Sorry, I cannot say for sure, We are all crossing our fingers hoping it won’t rain any more. But, looks like our prayers are going unanswered.

  12. calvin
    October 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    im planning a trip from oct 27th til nov 1 … my main concern is the airport, will the flooding affect the airport to the point that flights will be cancelled?

    • Richard Barrow
      October 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      The authorities are 99.9% sure the airport will not flood. But always a first time with Mother Nature.

  13. Doug
    October 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Richard: Thanks for your great updates! What about your area, Samut Prakan? I also have a friend who lives there, near Bang Phli. What’s the outlook for flooding?

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 12:16 am

      I was in Bang Phli this morning. No flooding. Same here in Paknam. Might be some high tide floods at the end of the month for us. Not really worried.

  14. Charlie
    October 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Richard, great blog and updates…
    Hi, I will be staying at Amari Atrium – new petchburi road and will be going to work at Lad Krabang factory area. Is it advisable for me to travel from Hotel to work ? Will I be having transportation issue to Lad Krabang and back ?
    Thanks a bunch !!!

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 12:15 am

      Yes, I think that area have had flood warnings. I plan to go to Lad Krabang on Sunday for an event but I am worried it might be cancelled.

  15. Ting
    October 11, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Hey! i’ll going bangkok from 27 to 31 Oct’2011. We will be staying at tango Hotel and will be heading to those shopping area like chatuchak. Do u think its safe or should i cancel everything?

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 12:12 am

      If you can easily cancel or postpone then you are advised to do so. Only come if you can be flexible.

  16. Nada
    October 11, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Dear Richard,
    I’m arriving to Bangkok on the 14th then taking a connecting flight to Koh Samui then another connecting flight to Phuket staying there till the20th then back to Bangkok,,Im terrified I heard that the Koh Samui Airport is closed but i’m not sure not enough info available,, what do you think I should do?

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 12:11 am

      Samui Airport was closed earlier in the year but is alright at this time. Phuket is also open but they are having heavy rain at this moment.

  17. rain
    October 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Hi, I’ll be going to Bangkok tomorrow and will stay nearby khao San road
    .how is the current condition there? Any flood or land transportation disruption?

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 12:09 am

      I haven’t heard of any floods reported at Khao San Road.

  18. Richard Barrow
    October 12, 2011 at 12:11 am

    They are saying that Sukhothai is not affected that much by floods. Chiang Mai has already recovered.

    • Palbong
      October 12, 2011 at 2:51 am

      Thanks very much to your answer.

  19. Dominik
    October 12, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Hi Richard, I’ll be going to Bangkok 15th-20th oct. (sukhumvit soi18, rembrandt hotel). Any flood or land transportation disruption? Do u think its safe or should i cancel everything?

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

      It all depends on if you can be flexible and don’t mind getting your feet wet the same as locals. It is alright at this moment in time but we are expecting High Tide floods this weekend. Not sure yet if it will be widespread.

  20. Doug
    October 12, 2011 at 2:54 am

    They don’t call you the prolific Richard Barrow for nothing. Nice of you to answer all the requests for trip advice!

  21. Teer
    October 12, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Hi richard, I will be visiting bangkok on 21 dec ( for 5 days). I will be staying in baiyoke suite. We have 5 members going to bkk. Can 5 persons sit a cab. Can we take a MRT. any Mrt near the airport. How much do they we have to pay a cab. hopefully everything will be fine by mid dec, looking forward there. THis is first trip to be there

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 10:03 am

      For 5 people it is probably cheaper to take a taxi from the Airport rather than the Airport Rail Link. Anyway, you would have to change to a taxi once you arrive at the terminal station. You will find some larger taxis at the airport which you can use. Maje sure they use the meter. It is not expensive if you split between 5 people.

  22. Jan
    October 12, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Hello Richard!

    We live in a Moo Ban on King Kaew Road (Soi 19).
    What you think, is there a high chance of flood? Some neighbours already put up sandbags. Thank you.



    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Sorrry, I don’t know the area but I would advise to follow the example of your neighbours. If they have lived there a long time then they should know the likelihood of flooding.

  23. priscila claudio
    October 12, 2011 at 8:12 am

    hello! i’m worried about the flooding in thailand, we’ll be arriving there in oct. 23 and will stay in baiyoke boutique hotel. is it safe there? thanks!

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

      It is safe at the moment. BMA officials are confident there will be no widespread flooding in Bangkok. But, at the end of the day, that is up to Mother Nature.

  24. Kaka
    October 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Does the flood affect Ao Nang in Krabi. Going on 23/10/11. Wonder what it’s like in Ao Nang now. Thanks 🙂

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

      No flooding there.

  25. Jacki
    October 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Hi Richard,
    We are meant to be flying to Bangkok from Phuket tommorrow (13th) for 3 nights and staying at the Grand Sukhumvit in Khlong Toei, we have heard there is meant to be high tides coming along with major flooding, do you think it is safe to travel there or cancel? Thank you so much for your time.

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

      The newspaper this morning quoted government officials saying that the level of the Chao Phraya River can cope with the King High Tides this weekend. It now depends on Mother Nature.

  26. Robert
    October 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

    -Royal Barge Procession-

    Any updates on postponements or cancellations for the Royal Barge Procession rehearsals on Oct 13th and 18th, and the actual event on Oct 22nd? I have some Thai friends that said they heard on Thai news outlets that the rehearsal on Oct 13th has been canceled, but they had no news about Oct 18th, 22nd, or if these events have been rescheduled yet? I’ve searched the English language media this morning and have found no mention about this.

    Is there an official government agency or website that is issuing updates about this event? Thanks!

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 10:08 am

      The rehearsals on 13th and 18th are cancelled. Not sure about the final event yet.

  27. Belle
    October 12, 2011 at 10:03 am

    This friday I can fly to Bangkok?!

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 10:08 am

      The airport, in Samut Prakan Province, is open as normal. You can then take a taxi or Rail link to Bangkok.

  28. October 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I am arriving to BKK on the 22th Oct, and departure again from BKK on the 26th Oct. This time I am planning to visit Silom area. May I know that it’s safe to visit silom? thanks

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 10:22 am

      You are arriving during the peak of the King High Tide – if it rains as well then there will be a problem. If no rain then you will be alright.

  29. Marvin
    October 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I am living in Bang Sue, i am a bit confused cause as far as i can see it on your map Bang Sue is still inside the flood prevention walls.
    So why is this a critical area or do they just want to evacuate eventually if the flood would be breaking through?

  30. กุ๊กไก่
    October 12, 2011 at 10:44 am


    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

      No floods.

  31. Dan
    October 12, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Hello Richard,
    thank you for the detailed information.
    I have a question: The map “saving the city” shows that there’s an unfinished part of the flood wall.
    Is this around Kiak Kai Pier? Are floods expected in this area?
    I stay near Pradipat Road.
    Thanks you!

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

      Sorry, I am not familiar with that area.

  32. October 12, 2011 at 10:47 am

    hey richard,

    i planned my holiday 7 months ago 🙁
    we are flying via qantas to bkk on the 19th of oct and staying for 6 days, then off to phuket for 5.
    do you think we will be okay?

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

      To be honest with you, October is the height of the rainy season floods which we have at this time every year. Maybe you should have done your homework. If you cannot cancel or postpone, then I would go ahead. Latest information shows that the level of the Chao Phraya River can cope with the King High Tides and it now all depends on whether it rains.

  33. October 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

    hey richard
    travelling to bkk on the 19th for 6 days then off to phuket for 5
    do you think we will be okay?

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      Can I suggest that you fly to Phuket first as Bangkok is an unknown factor at the moment.

  34. aimran
    October 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Hi, I am coming to Somerset point lake hotel with family on this 18th. I hope everything is fine there, I was searching for live webcam to show around Bangkok city and then I found this post.
    Richard, you are doing great job, anything abnormal at Sukhmumwit road.

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

      Sukhumwit Road looking no worse than normal for the rainy season.

  35. aliciaseq
    October 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Dear Richard,

    Thanks for so patiently answering the many questions posted here. As I am not familiar with Bangkok and found difficulty navigating myself using the online maps, I would be most grateful for your advise on the following:

    1. My family and I will be flying into Bangkok from Phuket on 19 Oct (Wed) until 23 Oct (Sun). We will be staying at the Pathumwan Princess Hotel. Is this area prone to flooding?

    2. Which is the safest mode of transport to get from the airport to our hotel in the event of flooding? Would you advise taxi or mini-vans or the train from the airport?

    As I will be travelling with 4 young children, hence, any advise you can offer would be much appreciated.



    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      I would think that area should be alright. Not too far from the skytrain which also links to the Airport Rail Link. When you arrive on Wednesday you won’t have problems with flood so come all the way by taxi with your family. Have a safe trip.

  36. Tim
    October 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Arriving at 1am Saturday morning 15/10. and flying on to Malaysia to head to europe on the 17th. Will i have problems getting to and from the airport? If the flooding affects BKK airport the option i have is to get the train to Kuala Lumpur. Will the trains south be affected particulary whilst leave BKK?

    • Richard Barrow
      October 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      I am pretty sure you will have no problem taking a taxi to the airport this Saturday. Failing that there is always the Airport Rail Link that is above ground. Trains south are not affected by floods.

  37. Richard Barrow
    October 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I have closed the comments section of this post now as so many questions are repeats. Please read this blog first before asking questions about your holiday:

    You can also follow me on Twitter @RichardBarrow for latest information on Thai floods.

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