The traders in the economic hub of Bangkok are rushing to prepare preventive measures against possible flooding. However, they expressed confidence that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration can handle the flood situation.
Traders in the Bangkok’s business zones such as the Rajprasong District, Siam Paragon, and Siam Square, are bracing for inundation after the flood hit the Bangkok’s northern outskirts, creating panic that it would spread into the inner area.
Consequently, most traders have piled up sandbag barricades and reinforce temporary embankments.
Some even build barricades with concrete blocks and cement to prevent flood fluxing into their shops.
At the same time, Chulalongkorn University installed water pumps in Siam Square to drain excessive water after it has severely flooded due to heavy downpour.
Lakkana Pollasin, a florist at the Thao Maha Phrom Erawan Shrine in Rachaprasong junction, said that the number of Asian and European tourists paying homage to Thao Maha Phrom plummeted due to rampant flooding.
She added that although officials have not issued a warning in the district, they are well prepared for possible flooding.
Meanwhile, a peddler in Rajprasong junction, Narong Thaonor is nonchalant about the flooding, saying it is unlikely that the floods would hit the business area.
Over the past several weeks, seasonal rains that are heavier than usual have resulted in widespread flooding in Thailand. While the flooding is having some impact on tourism, most key tourist destinations and attractions throughout Thailand have not been affected by the floods and almost all remain open.
The floods are mainly affecting the provinces in central Thailand and a few provinces in the North and Northeast. Provinces in the South of Thailand have not been affected by the floods. Ayutthaya has been the only tourist destination widely affected by the floods, while other provinces where tourists generally go have been slightly impacted.
Major tourist destinations such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Sukhothai, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Pattaya, Ko Chang, Rayong, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Ko Samui, and all provinces in southern Thailand are experiencing normal weather conditions.
All airports in Thailand, including Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, have not been affected by the floods and are operating as per usual. Tourist destinations in the north, such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Sukhothai, are best accessed by air as some roads and railways in the central provinces are closed due to the floods. Provinces in southern and eastern Thailand remain fully accessible by road and train.
Train services from Bangkok to northern destinations beyond Ayutthaya are suspended, with only limited services in the areas affected by the flooding. The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is offering full refunds on tickets for travelers who want to cancel their trips to destinations where train service is suspended.
Tourists planning to travel to the provinces affected by the floods are advised to check the latest weather forecasts for their destination and confirm arrangements with the transportation providers with which they will be travelling. Tourists can call the TAT Information Line at 1672 to check local conditions, or visit the Thailand Meteorological Department web site at http://www.tmd.go.th/en for updated weather forecasts.
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