Over the weekend, the city of Bangkok braced itself for more flooding that was expected due to the high tides along the Chao Phraya River. Thankfully, the water did not rise as much as predicted and so the inner areas of Bangkok were spared and it was mainly confined to the riverside. The majority of the overflow water receded quickly with the low tide. Any flood water remaining will be pumped and the areas cleaned by local authorities.
All of the main tourist attractions near the river remain open, such as The Grand Palace, Wat Po, the reclining Buddha and Temple of Dawn. The main shopping areas of Bangkok also remain open and operating as normal.
Most tourists who were staying in Bangkok this past weekend reported that they were able to see and do much of what they had planned to. The Foreign Office (FCO) travel warning ‘all but essential travel’ is still in place for the short-term but visitors are not allowing the floods to put them off their holiday.
“It’s adding to our experience,” said 32-year-old British honeymooner Melanie Willoughby. “The Thai people all seem to be coping well. The only thing we found is that it’s been hard to get (drinking) water.”
Suvarnabhumi International Airport (Bangkok’s main airport) is still operating as normal and the Airport Authority of Thailand (AOT) is not anticipating any problems due to its high level of flood defences already in place.
The North and South of the country are not affected by the current flood situation so there are still many fantastic opportunities for a great holiday in Thailand. Lots of tourists who planned to stay in Bangkok have simply changed their plans to enjoy an extended stay in popular resorts such as Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Phuket and Krabi.
Authorities from the ancient city of Ayutthaya, which was heavily flooded a few weeks ago, are now reporting that the waters are steadily receding. We look forward to reporting more good news as the situation continues to improve in the worst hit areas.