There are lots of positive signs for tourists who wish to visit Bangkok with most experts of the opinion that the flood waters should now begin to recede as river levels drop and water is drained away. However, I would ask everybody not to forget the continuing plight of the thousands of people who live and work in the central provinces of Thailand and the Greater Bangkok area.
General Situation in Central Bangkok
From a tourist perspective, the outlook for Bangkok is encouraging. With the latest set of high tides gone, it is believed that the water level in the Chao Phraya River and Bangkok’s canals will drop in the coming days. This in turn should allow authorities to speed up the drainage of water into the Gulf of Thailand from the flooded districts in northern, eastern and western parts of Greater Bangkok. The Thai PM and the Governor of Bangkok have both issued separate statements to say that the flow of water from the north has slowed down and with high tides out of the way, the situation in Bangkok should start to improve this week although there is still no room for complacency.
Bangkok’s main airport at Suvarnabhumi is fully operational for domestic and international flights and there is no flooding on most routes from the airport to inner Bangkok.
Most major tourist attractions remain open as usual and unaffected by floods. These include the Grand Place and nearby Wat Pho. On the opposite side of the river, parts of Thonburi have seen some flooding over the weekend, but Wat Arun remains free from water and open as usual. All major shopping malls in the central shopping area have been unaffected.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have announced that the official Loy Krathong festivities planned for Bangkok will be cancelled. However, Loy Krathong events will still take place as planned in other locations in Thailand including Sukhothai and Chiang Mai.
There has been some impact on train and bus services in Bangkok.
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Flood Situation Elsewhere in Thailand
The situation in the central provinces continues to improve day-by-day as water levels continue to drop. It may still be some weeks before all of the water is gone, but the outlook is positive for locations including Ayutthaya and Nakhon Sawan.