Despite previous announcements that Bangkok is safe from flooding, there is still no room for complacency in the Thai capital. It still looks like the central, downtown and tourist areas of Bangkok are going to be free from flooding, but there is a chance of more flood damage in the northern outskirts of the city.
To the north of Bangkok, Pathum Thani and some industrial areas have already been badly hit by flooding and the waters from there could move further south if flood walls do not hold on certain strategic canals in the northern outskirts of Bangkok. Bangkok governor, Sukhumband Palibatra, has advised residents in Sai Mai and Don Muang districts to be prepared for potential flooding as attempts continue to reinforce flood protection in the area.
In outer areas of Bangkok, motorists have been parking their cars in areas deemed to be safe from flooding such as expressways, bridges and shopping malls. This has led to reports of traffic congestion in various parts of Greater Bangkok. Within the central area of Bangkok life goes on as normal. Tourist attractions are open and most public transport continues to run as usual. Boat services are running on the Chao Phraya River although some canal-boat taxis (used mainly by local commuters) are suspended as canals continue to be used to manage the flow of water away from the city. Trains between Bangkok and the north of Thailand (e.g. Chiang Mai) are still suspended because of the flooding to the north of Bangkok, but southern line services continue to operate. There has been some disruption to the north-eastern line service today because of an overnight derailment, but things are expected to be back to normal on that particular route tomorrow. Bangkok international airport has been operating normally although there is still some potential for extra traffic congestion to or from the airport because of the reasons outlined above.