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1. Posted by draggons (Full Member 113 posts) 10y

Just a word of warning to anyone heading to Thai any time soon. Major flooding just now from Bangkok north and a lot more expected.As reported in this mornings paper now in the region of 2000000 people homeless due to flooding, dam at Ang Thong burst yesterday and some of the big ones up north just about overflowing. Three feet of water through my house within an hour yesterday. Remember if you're staying anywhere that floods, not so much in towns but in the country, when the waters rise all the snakes & other beasties move in & they love open rucksacs, bags etc.

Make sure you've got you swimming costumes

2. Posted by Jadearth (Budding Member 36 posts) 10y

oh gosh I hope this doesn't get worse, I'm landing in Bangkok on Sunday. You said it's safe in the city? What about the airport, would it affect flights? I have a flight to cambodia from Bangkok...

3. Posted by draggons (Full Member 113 posts) 10y

Airport and most of Bangkok still ok but heavy rains forecast till the weekend at least.

4. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

Yes, airport service and flights should not be affected at all. But expect soggy footwear if you are out and about in the city itself. And the further north you do in Thailand, especially anywhere near rivers, expect even more flooding problems.

5. Posted by Jadearth (Budding Member 36 posts) 9y

what about the south?

6. Posted by draggons (Full Member 113 posts) 9y

Don't think it's that bad down south, was talking to someone from Phuket last night saying there was no flooding down her way. We live an hour north of Bangkok and the wife was saying the water came up again last night. Going by the photos in the papers it's realy bad up north.

7. Posted by jeffmeyers (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Flooding is an issue every year in Thailand. I am living in Thailand for a number of years and every year the Bangkok Post runs the same headlines in the raining season...'worst floods etc, etc...' and like all the other years before, little will be done to prevent floods.

Locals are used to it. Mind you, if it rains it pours. Can't really see how any drainage system can handle this.

8. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

I'm arriving at Bangkok in three weeks. Do you think the weather/situation will have improved by then?

9. Posted by draggons (Full Member 113 posts) 9y

It should be. This week has seen the highest spring tides of the year in the gulf of Thailand. the volume of rainfall and the high tides causing the back up of water. Hope it drops soon the novelty of having a swiming pool inside my new house has worn off

10. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 9y

Yes, there always seems to be some flood problems every year in Bangkok, but this year it's much worse, seriously so. I've lived here for 10 years and have never seen so much water in the streets.
Because of all the rainfall this year (the rains started earlier in the year than normal and hasn't really stopped!) and more flood barriers that have been erected upcountry, lots more water is travelling down the Chao Phraya River and the Bangkok area is getting a heavier volume of water than normal. The rivers and reservoirs just can't handle all of it. If the rains keep up this month there could be serious flooding problems in some parts of Bangkok. It's a huge city, so it's not like we're talking about some sort of New Orleans-like calamity where the whole city is flooded, but I would guess that some areas of town will have flood problems.