Latest Information About The Flood Situation in Bangkok, Thailand : 4th November 2011

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to take this opportunity to update you once again on the current situation in Bangkok. Over the past few days the flood waters have been slowly moving into the North/Eastern and Western residential districts of Bangkok. These areas are not where tourists would visit.

The local authorities continue to manage the water flow out of the city via the canals and water drainage systems. The integrity of Bangkok’s city centre is still being maintained and it remains dry and flood free. There have been some reports of localised flooding along the banks of the Chaopraya River which is to be expected as the river is tidal and the water level is still high. As a result, river based sightseeing tours have been postponed until further notice.

FCO Travel Advice

The overall level of the advice has not changed. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the city of Bangkok, but does not include transit through Suvarnabhumi international airport. Flights to destinations elsewhere in Thailand (e.g. the resorts of Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Koh Samui) continue to operate normally.

Tourist attractions are open for visitors to enjoy

We are happy to report that the majority of the main tourist attractions near to the riverside remain open, such as The Grand Palace, Wat Po, the reclining Buddha and the Temple of Dawn. Please be aware that as some of these attractions are close to the river they are subject to closure at any time should the waters rise. This is for tourists safety and comfort. The main shopping areas in the heart of Bangkok remain open and are fully operational.

The BTS Skytrain and MRT subway are operating as normal. Taxis and tuk tuks are available as per usual. The express boat services on the Chao Phraya River have been suspended until further notice.

We would like to reiterate once again that Suvarnabhumi International Airport (Bangkok’s main airport) is operating as normal, with no disruptions to flights. The Airport Authority (AOT) are not anticipating any issues due to the airports high level of flood defences.

Please note that the North and South of Thailand and all major beach resorts are not affected by the current flood situation and remain open for business as usual. Tour operators, hotels and attractions in popular resorts such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui are still able to provide fantastic opportunities for a great holiday for those visiting Thailand.

We sincerely hope that the information contained within helps answer some of your travel related questions. Should you require any further information please visit http://www.thailandtourismupdate.com/

If you have any more questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand UK office, we are more than happy to assist you. Call 0207 925 2511 or email info@tourismthailand.co.uk