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Flooding situation in Thailand (TAT update)

The flooding situation in Thailand is mainly affecting a few provinces along the Chao Phraya River just north of, and including, Bangkok. Visitors to Thailand will find most of the country was not affected by the flood.

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Ferry to Watarun Chao Phraya River

The flooding situation in Thailand is mainly affecting a few provinces along the Chao Phraya River just north of, and including, Bangkok. Visitors to Thailand will find most of the country was not affected by the flood. Transportation
Airports:
Suvarnabhumi Airport, the main international gateway to Thailand, remains open. It has considerable flood protection measures in place. Suvarnabhumi Airport is the main connector for international arrivals to domestic flights serving tourist destinations throughout Thailand such as Phuket, Chiang Mai and Surat Thani. Domestic flights are operating as per normal between Suvarnabhumi Airport and other airports in Thailand.

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Transportation to and from the airport into central Bangkok including taxis, buses and the Airport Rail Link have not been affected by the floods and are operating normally. Highways from the airport to tourist destinations southeast of Bangkok such as Pattaya, Rayong and Ko Chang are open.

Ferry to Watarun Chao Phraya River

The flooding situation in Thailand is mainly affecting a few provinces along the Chao Phraya River just north of, and including, Bangkok. Visitors to Thailand will find most of the country was not affected by the flood.

Don Mueang Airport, the old international airport, still remains closed due to flooding. The two domestic airlines based at Don Mueang continue operating from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

A “Tourist Assistance Center” on the 3rd floor of Airport Rail Link’s Makkasan Station is facilitating tourists’ transport from hotels in central Bangkok to the airport. Tourists who would like to use this service can contact the Tourist Assistance Center via the TAT Call Center at 1672, or the Tourist Police at 1155.

State Railway of Thailand and inter-provincial bus services:
State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and inter-provincial bus services are operating as per usual in areas that are not affected by the floods. In Bangkok and other areas affected by the floods, the SRT and inter-provincial bus service operators are adjusting their routes to best serve passengers given the disruptions caused by the flooding. Inter-provincial buses from Bangkok to southern provinces are leaving from a temporary station at the car park of the Holland Beer House on Rama II Road in the southwest part of Bangkok.

Train services to northeastern Thailand are operating as per normal. Train services to the northern provinces are operating between Hua Lamphong Station in central Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Trains to the north are being rerouted around flooded areas, adding approximately two hours of travel time. Train services to the southern provinces are operating mainly from Nakhon Pathom due to flooding in Bangkok’s western suburbs. The SRT is providing shuttle bus services between Hua Lamphong Station and Nakhon Pathom. Travelers are advised to check in advance with these operators and may want to consider flying to their destinations within Thailand.

Provinces in the north not affected by the floods: 
Chiang Mai
Phayao
Chiang Rai
Phetchabun
Kampheang Phet
Phrae
Lampang
Sukhothai
Lamphun
Tak
Mae Hong Son
Uttaradit
Nan

The flooding has subsided in northern provinces including Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Phitsanulok, and Uthai Thani and cleanup operations are underway.

Provinces in the northeast not affected by the floods: 
Amnat Charoen
Nong Khai
Buengkan
Roi Et
Buriram
Sakon Nakhon
Chaiyaphum
Si Sa Ket
Loei
Surin
Mukdahan
Ubon Ratchathani
Nakhon Phanom
Udon Thani
Nakhon Ratchasima
Yasothon
Nong Bua Lam Phu

The flooding has subsided in northeastern provinces including Kalasin, Khon Kaen, and Maha Sarakham and cleanup operations are underway.

Provinces in the central area not affected by the floods: 
Chanthaburi
Ratchaburi
Chachoengsao
Rayong
Chon Buri (Pattaya)
Samut Prakan
Kanchanaburi
Samut Songkhram
Phetchaburi (Cha Am)
Sa Kaeo
Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin)
Trat (Ko Chang)

The flooding has subsided in central provinces including Ang Thong and Chai Nat and cleanup operations are underway. Flood waters have also subsided in most areas of the island of Ayutthaya. Tourist attractions in Ayutthaya including the World Heritage Site will reopen once they have been restored.

No provinces in the south were affected by the flood: 
Chumphon
Phuket
Krabi
Ranong
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Songkhla (Hat Yai)
Narathiwat
Satun
Pattani
Surat Thani (Ko Samui)
Phang Nga
Trang
Phatthalung
Yala

Manufacturers and distributors have re-established stable supply lines for consumer products. Local brands of bottled water and beer are available in most locations, as are imported brands of bottled water and beer.

Highway 35, a major road to the south also known as Rama II Road, still remains open. If this route is closed due to flooding, the Transport Ministry has prepared alternate routes between Bangkok and provinces in southern Thailand. They will ensure continued access to destinations such as Hua Hin, Cha-Am and Chumphon, as well as places in the western area of the central provinces such as Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi.

Situation in Bangkok
Areas flooded in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area include suburbs in the east and west, the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, and districts in the northern part of the city.

In central Bangkok, businesses, hotels, shops and tourist attractions remain open as per normal in areas including: 
Khao San Road
Ratchaprasong (Central World area)
Phetchaburi Road
Sathorn
Ploenchit/ Chidlom
Siam Square/ MBK/ Siam Paragon
Pratunam
Silom/ Surawongse
Rama I Road
Sukhumvit Road/ The Emporium
Rama IV Road
Yaowarat (Chinatown)

Given the changing nature of the flooding situation in Bangkok, visitors should check multiple sources of information to make an informed decision about whether they should visit central Bangkok at the present time.

The BTS Skytrain and MRT subway are operating normally. Some MRT stations have closed certain entrances as a precaution. Visitors are advised to check with the BTS and MRT regarding the current status of their operations. Taxis and tuk tuks are available although the number in service is reduced. Many BMTA bus routes have been rerouted or suspended due to the flooding. Express boat services on the Chao Phraya River have also been suspended, as have most water-related tourist activities.



Information sources
TAT’s official web site for flood information

English-language sources
The Government Public Relations Department
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)
Thailand Meteorological Department

Thai- language sources
Flood Relief Operations Center 
BMA Flood Control Center 
Airports of Thailand
State Railway of Thailand

English-language newspapers offering continuous updates on the flooding situation
Bangkok Post
The Nation

Useful contact numbers: 
TAT Call Center: 1672
Thai Airways: +66 (0) 2356 1111
Bangkok Airways: +66 (0) 2265 8777
AirAsia: +66 (0) 2515 9999
Nok Air: 1318 or +66 (0) 2900 9955
Orient Thai Airlines: 1126
State Railway of Thailand (SRT) Call Center: 1690
Transport Co.,Ltd. Hotline: (Inter-provincial bus service) 1490

Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), as of 12 November 2011

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