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Key tourist destinations not affected by floods, says Thailand

Key tourist destinations not affected by floods, says Thailand



The major tourist destinations and all provinces in southern Thailand are experiencing normal weather conditions.

Teresa Yong

Wed, Oct 12, 2011
New Straits Times


KUALA LUMPUR: Key tourist destinations in Thailand have not been affected by the current floods plaguing the country, assures the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) here.

Although over the past several weeks, seasonal rains have been heavier than usual and have resulted in widespread flooding in the country, the badly affected areas were outside of Bangkok Thailand.

"While the flooding is having some impact on tourism, key tourist destinations and attractions throughout Thailand have not been affected by the floods and most remain open.

"The floods are mainly affecting the provinces in central, north and northeast Thailand. Provinces in the south have not been affected by the floods," said TAT's public relations manager C. Somboon.

The 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 throughout Thailand, including Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, have not been affected by the floods and are operating as per usual., he said.

The areas of central Bangkok where tourists normally go are not flooded and fully accessible. Everything continues as normal for both visitors and Bangkok residents in these areas.

"Most of the flooding is in provinces to the north and east of Bangkok. Almost all of the Bangkok Metropolitan Area is protected by a large network of flood walls, levees, canals and drainage tunnels.

"The city government is using this network to manage the water flow and minimise flooding in the city," he pointed out.

Some outlying suburban districts of the Bangkok Metropolitan Area outside of these flood defences could face flooding if the current situation continues.

During periods of intensely heavy rain, there is some localised flooding of certain low-lying streets in Bangkok but these conditions are quickly cleared up by municipal work crews and the city's storm water drainage system, he assured.

The Chao Phraya river, which runs through Bangkok, is at a higher-than-normal level with some localised flooding along certain sections of its banks.

"The river's water flow is being carefully managed by government officials to prevent broader flooding. The area around Suvarnabhumi Airport has considerable flood protection measures in place.

"Thus airport has not been affected by floods and continues to operate normally," said Somboon.

Visitors can check water levels in each district of Bangkok at the Royal Irrigation Department: http://dds.bangkok.go.th/scada

The Ayutthaya province has been widely affected by the floods and these include Ayutthaya's inner city island and world heritage sites.

"Tourist attractions on and outside the island of Ayutthaya have been temporarily closed due to the floods.

"Due to the disruptions caused by the floods, the TAT recommends that tourists avoid visiting Ayutthaya until the flood water subsides and tourist attractions have reopened,"he advise..

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 travellers who want to cancel their trips to destinations where train service is suspended.

Travellers can contact the SRT Call Center at 1690 for updates regarding train services.

Highway 32, also known as The Asian Highway (AH-2), is partly affected by the floods and closed from Km21 to Km39 in Ayutthaya province.

This has increased travel time on long-distance bus services operating between Bangkok and the north as they must use alternate routes," he added.

The Malaysian Association of Travel and Tour Agents (Matta) had so far not received any cancellation for outbound tours to Thailand and the neighbouring countries of Vietnam and Cambodia, which have become increasingly with Malaysian tourists.

"We have not received any advisory from the the three governments except from Thailand advising tourists not to visit the outskirts of Thailand.

"We have 500-600 members who do Southeast Asian tours and they have todate not reported any cancellations from their clients. This not the peak travel season but there are still a few thousand of outbound tourists.

"The travel agents have only reported cancellation of inbound tourists from China, who go on package tours to Thailand, Malaysia and Thailand as they are skipping Bangkok and thus not flying to Kuala Lumpur," said Matta deputy president John Tan.

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Re: Key tourist destinations not affected by floods, says Thailand

That's great to hear, but we will still be worried nevertheless!
It doesn't look like the weather will stop raining and the water wont subside so soon.

Worse thing is I'm going only next month...

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