As you may have read in the newspapers, over the next couple of days the capital city of Bangkok is expected to experience flooding along the Chao Phraya River and surrounding areas. The water levels are due to rise because of the seasonal high tides (27th – 31st October 2011).
The Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has released a Travel Advisory for Bangkok as of 26th October 2011 and currently advises against all but essential travel to the capital city.
If you are booked to travel to Thailand in the next week or so, with a stay in Bangkok planned, contact your tour operator or travel agent for their help in re-arranging your itinerary as you wish. As an alternative, they can assist with a stay at another resort in the north or south of Thailand that hasn’t been affected by the floods. The FCO are advising British nationals already in Thailand to exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities if the area that they are in is flooded. They will also keep its travel advice under constant review. See below for links to further information.
Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne said: “Our thoughts continue to be with the people of Thailand at this difficult time and in the face of unprecedented flooding. A dedicated team has been set up in the British Embassy Bangkok, led by the Ambassador, to deal with any new developments and oversee assistance to any British nationals who need it. Thai authorities are closely monitoring the progress of the floods and the public can get further information by calling their Government call centre or by checking the FCO website.”
Travel through Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International airport and on to other destinations in Thailand including Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket, and Koh Samui, is operating as normal. The advice against all but essential travel to the city of Bangkok does not include transit through Suvarnabhumi airport. Don Mueang Airport, the old international airport located about 30 km northeast of Suvarnabhumi Airport, is closed until 1st November due to flooding. The two domestic airlines operating from Don Mueang, which are Nok Air and Orient Thai Airlines, have temporarily switched their operations to Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Currently services in and around the city are working on reduced schedules as flood waters have disrupted public transport in some areas, many of the local attractions in and around the riverside may become inaccessible. Local tour operators are reporting that as a precautionary measure many excursions that involve a trip on the river have been suspended at this time due to the high levels of water. Banks and ATM’s are still open and operational (this may not be the case in flooded areas). The Royal Thai government have called a non-compulsory holiday so please consider that some tourism services may not be available during this period. However, many private businesses still remain open as the floods are not yet city wide.
Useful Information Sources:
Toursim Authority of Thailand UK Office. For general information and advice please contact our Information Team by either Telephone: 0207 925 251 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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