Information relating to the recent floods in Thailand : 20th October 2011

Over the past several weeks, seasonal rains have fallen heavier than usual in Thailand and resulted in flooding. We are very sad to see the damage caused in parts of Thailand and our thoughts are with the Thai people affected during this difficult time.

The ancient city of Ayutthaya experienced the worst of the floods and is unaccessible to visitors


The flooding has had minimal impact on tourism and key tourist destinations and attractions throughout Thailand have not been affected by the floods, almost all remain open. No British tourists have been reported harmed as a result of the floods.
All airports in Thailand, including Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, have not been affected by the floods and are operating as per usual. I would like to stress that the major and popular tourist destinations such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Sukhothai, Kanchanaburi, Pattaya, Ko Chang, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Ko Samui, and all other provinces in southern Thailand are experiencing normal weather conditions and transport, hotels, attractions and other tourism services and facilities are all open for business as normal.

Popular tourist resorts, such as Phuket, remain unaffected by the floods are open for business as usual

There is no given reason why tourists should not travel to these areas and we encourage visitors to continue with their travel plans. Tourists planning to travel to the provinces affected by the floods are advised to check the latest weather forecasts for their destination  http://www.tmd.go.th/en and confirm arrangements with the transportation providers with which they will be travelling. Reliable sources to monitor for the latest information are: the TAT Information Line on 1672 to check local conditions and our website http://www.thailandtourismupdate.com

The floods are mainly affecting the provinces in central Thailand and a few provinces in the north and northeast. We are advising travelers that Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Sukhothai, are best accessed by air as some roads and railways in the central provinces are closed due to the tracks being flooded. Water levels in some of the flood-affected areas in northern Thailand are subsiding and flood control measures are being relaxed. Most tourist attractions in northern Thailand have not been affected by the floods and are open for visitors to enjoy. Provinces in southern and eastern Thailand remain fully accessible by road and train. Provinces in the south of Thailand have not been affected by the floods.

Most areas of central Bangkok where tourists normally go are not flooded and fully accessible. There is some flooding in areas along the banks of the Chao Phraya River due to the high level of water but most flooding is occurring in outlying residential and industrial zones.

Almost all of the Bangkok Metropolitan Area is protected by a large network of flood walls, levees, canals and drainage tunnel and the city government is using this network to manage the water flow and minimize flooding in the city.

Day trips and short trips to tourist attractions close to Bangkok, such as Pattaya, Hua-Hin, Damnoen Saduak Floating Marketing in Ratchaburi, and Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkhram remain unaffected by the floods and open to visitors. Tourists who would like to visit historical attractions can consider Sukhothai Historical Park in Sukhothai as an alternative to Ayutthaya, the worst hit area in Thailand, where attractions are temporarily closed for safety. They will only open again once the water has subsided and it is clean and safe to do so.

As you can see from the following list, 90% of Thailand continues to operate as normal and resorts are ready to welcome tourists. Major Tourist Destinations not affected by the floods include:

•    Chiang Mai
•    Chiang Rai
•    Lampang
•    Sukhothai
•    Loei
•    Nakhon Ratchasima
•    Ubon Ratchathani
•    Udon Thani
•    Khao Yai National Park (but water activities are banned temporarily)
•    Hua-Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan
•    Kanchanaburi
•    Ko Chang, Trat
•    Pattaya, Chonburi
•    Ratchaburi
•    Rayong
•    Chumphon
•    Krabi
•    Nakhon Si Thammarat
•    Phang Nga
•    Phuket
•    Ranong
•    Songkhla
•    Satun
•    Surat Thani
•    Trang

PR Contact: Joanna Cooke, PR Manager, 0207 925 7823 joanna@tourismthailand.co.uk