The holiday season should be slowly picking up now, but at the moment Thailand is being tortured by tremendous flooding and a lot of you are probably wondering what the hell is going on here and above all whether you should cancel your booked flight tickets and hotels.
To give you a an idea of what is happening here, take a look at this video. It’s in Thai but the English subtitles should make it pretty easy to comprehend besides the use of cartoon characters.
At the moment, water is entering various parts of inner Bangkok and a number of foreign governments advise against absolutely essential travel to the Thai capital. It is still unclear how severe the flooding will be, but a lot of Bangkokians are taking no chance and are fleeing the city as a lot of basic consumer goods as bottled drinking water and dry food have become very scarce. How long the flooding of Bangkok and some of the other provinces of Thailand will last, remains unclear, but last indications say anywhere from 6 to 9 weeks.
So what to do?
Tourist destionations like Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai in the north; Phuket, Samui, Koh Tao, Krabi in the south and Hua Hin, Pattaya and of course our own Koh Chang in the east have no flooding and are having blue skies and sunshine nearly every day. It is business as usual in these places, although you will find empty shelves in the local supermarkets here too as a result from the disrupted distribution that originates in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces.
So there is no need to completely cancel your planned holiday to Thailand. You might want to reroute your trip and this site offers you some handy tips.
If you’re on twitter and want to stay up to date, you can find the latest via #ThaiFloodEng
This site, in English, provides some good information about the current situation.
When you’re planning to visit us here on Koh Chang or one of the neighbouring islands and have any questions, please feel free to contact us for more information or assistance.
Here are some more incredible photos of what this vast mass of water is doing to the country.
A new update will follow soon! In the meantime…