Since streets in northern, central, and western Bangkok were/are flooded, I don't know about this 80%, nor the million tourist figures, they both sound like gov't figures. This horrible flooding, which will cost Thailand an estimated $25 billion dollars just to clean up, many hundreds of people have lost their lives, and well over a million are homeless is quite a bit more than a "flooding fear".
As to the Red Shirt demonstrations, let us not forget that 90 people were killed, and 1,900 wounded, and the demonstrations and violence happened in many different parts of the city, including the arson destruction of a multi-storied modern shopping mall that tourists do go to, or at least used to. With that kind of danger happening, I think the tourists that canceled were wise.
On Songkran holiday hundreds of Thais die every year. Thais still drive cars! Even in the US on a long weekend it is nothing unusual to have 500 people die in accidents. But the road will still be full of commuters the first working day! Paris and London were set on fire by rampaging mobs too. But tourists still visit those countries! Most of the MiddleEast is rioting every day because they are unhappy with their situation and then they emigrate to a Western country and want to make that Western country like the country they were unhappy with!
If people only look for negative things in life what a sorry life those people must have!
Where is better to go - Ao Nang or Ko Phi Phi?
Thanks for the sound advice again. I am well aware of the dangers posed by the flooding but I know I would be taking a chance by booking my flight and clearly I would avoid places that are flooded. But those business who hasn't been flooded, I would be helping them. I had a tough decision between Ao Nang, Phi Phi or Rei Leh. I decided against Phi Phi just because I've read that there aren't any clean cheap hostels so it was a toss up between Ao Nang and Rei Leh. To be honest, I'm still up in the air between the two towns.
HI There i am traveling to Thailand for two weeks starting Jan 25, from Canada.. When are you in Thailand? I am looking for travel companions to do things together..
Sorry to be off the topic but I didn't want to start a new thread. I'm trying to figure out where to store my winter clothes and I was wondering if anyone had experience in storing their stuff in either at the Beijing airport or at the Bangkok airport. (Suvarnabhumi).
I decided against Phi Phi just because I've read that there aren't any clean cheap hostels so it was a toss up between Ao Nang and Rei Leh. To be honest, I'm still up in the air between the two towns.
Here is what I would do. Stay in Krabi town your first few nights and day trip Railay and Ao Nang. After you have spent a day on each, then you can move if you prefer one over the other. Take a look at Tonsai Beach as well. There are still cheap huts on Tonsai.
Now storage. It would be very pricey to store your gear at Suvarnbhumi. I would go into BKK and stay a few days in a decent GH. Many to pick from and they will list baggage storage as one of their amenities. Here are a few.
Good luck with your planning.