Posted by johnmayer on November 13, 2011
Is it safe to travel to Bangkok and Phuket? Any chances of me facing a flood affected area?
Reply by koonel on November 15, 2011
"Is it safe to travel to Bangkok and Phuket? Any chances of me facing a flood affected area?"
I don't think it is dangerous unless you drink the floodwater or bathe in it! Floodwater always has gasoline, sewage, dissolved dead things, chemicals and garbage in it. A small possibility that you may be inconvenienced but any flooding in Bangkok comes in slowly and does not come in suddenly like a tsunami. Most of the flooding is in areas closer to the river.
Only part of Bangkok is affected. The airport is not in the city and is designed to resist flooding. The Suvarnabhumi Airport is operating normally. A smaller airport used by the Thai Air Force and only a couple small discount airlines is closed. The private airline companies moved over to Suvarnabhumi. Access to this airport is excellent including overhead rail service.
Thousands of tourists are still arriving in Thailand and for Bangkok choosing areas not so close to the river and flooded areas. Most of Bangkok is okay. The city rail services are operating normally. The Skytrain and the Airport Rail Link are on raised tracks and very convenient. If you stay in Bangkok choose a hotel on or near the Skytrain. Other cities in Thailand like Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hua Hin, Pattaya and many other places are available to visit without any problems.
About 80% of the city is operating as normal. There is quite a bit of sandbags in front of shops and stores for "just in case" but the major areas like Siam, Sukhumvit, Pratunam and Suvarnabhumi are free of flooding.
This Bangkok flooding is unusual, the last time flooding was this severe was during World War II. Most of the opinions on this flooding is that things are on the way to getting better.
Millions of tourists have come and gone since the flooding started. Very few of them were inconvenienced at all other than changing a far in advance hotel booking to a different location. There are tourists actually visiting flooded areas to take photos, etc.
Reply by johnmayer on November 22, 2011
thanks for the detailed reply friend. Much appreciated?
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