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Situation Update Flooding in Thailand - 11 October 2011

Situation Update Flooding in Thailand - 11 October 2011

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Situation Update: Flooding in Thailand
Updated 11 October 2011By International Public Relations Division, Tourism Authority of Thailand 
Over the past several weeks, seasonal rains that are heavier than usual have resulted inwidespread flooding in Thailand. While the flooding is having some impact on tourism, keytourist destinations and attractions throughout Thailand have not been affected by thefloods 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.Major tourist destinations such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Sukhothai,Kanchanaburi, Ratchburi, Pattaya, Ko Chang, Rayong, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Ko Samui,and all provinces in southern Thailand are experiencing normal weather conditions. Allairports throughout Thailand, including Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, have not beenaffected by the floods and are operating as per usual.Tourists can call the TAT Information Line at 1672 to check local conditions, or visit theThailand Meteorological Department web site athttp://www.tmd.go.th/enfor updatedweather forecasts.
1. Update for Bangkok
The areas of central Bangkok where tourists normally go are not flooded and fullyaccessible. Everything continues as normal for both visitors and Bangkok residents inthese areas.Most of the flooding now taking place 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 managethe water flow and minimize flooding in the city.Some outlying suburban districts of the Bangkok Metropolitan Area outside of these flooddefenses could face flooding if the current situation continues. During periods of intenselyheavy rain, there is some localized flooding of certain low-lying streets in Bangkok. Theseconditions are quickly cleared up by municipal work crews and the city's storm waterdrainage system.The Chao Phaya river, which runs through Bangkok, is at a higher-than-normal level withsome localised flooding along certain sections of its banks. The river's water flow is beingcarefully managed by government officials to prevent broader flooding. The area aroundSuvarnabhumi Airport has considerable flood protection measures in place. The airporthas not been affected by floods and continues to operate normally.Visitors can check water levels in each district of Bangkok at the Royal IrrigationDepartment:http://dds.bangkok.go.th/scada 
2. Update for Ayutthaya
The Thai province of Ayutthaya has been widely affected by the floods. This includesAyutthaya's inner city island and world heritage sites. Tourist attractions on and outside theisland of Ayutthaya have been temporarily closed due to the floods. Due to the disruptionscaused by the floods, the TAT recommends that tourists avoid visiting Ayutthaya until theflood water subsides and tourist attractions have reopened.
The following roads should be avoided as some sections are closed due toflooding:
Highway 32, also known as The Asian Highway (AH-2), Km 21 to Km 39
Highway 3263 - route to the city center
Highway 3412 Bang Ban
Pak Hai Road
Highway 356
Road to Wat Satue
Road in front of Krungsri River Hotel - Wat Tham Niyom
Road to Wat Chai Wattanaram
Road to Ayothaya Floating Market and Wat Mahe Yong
Road to Amphoe Nakorn Luang
Wat Phra Yat Intersection
Visitors should use alternate routes, such as:
Highway 32, The Asian Highway (AH-2), from Pratunam Phra In to Ayutthaya CityHall
Highway 9
Highway 3111 Sam Khok
Bang Ban
Highway 340 Suphan Buri - Ayutthaya
Highway 347Tourists who would like to visit cultural attractions can consider Sukhothai Historical Parkin Sukhothai, which is accessible via airplane (Bangkok Airways, which flies fromSuvarnabhumi to Sukhothai Airport), and from Bangkok via road through Bang Bua Thong
Suphan Buri
Chai Nat
Nakhon Sawan
Sukhothai.Tourists who would like to visit floating markets can go to Damnoen Saduak FloatingMarketing in Ratchaburi, which is open every day between 6.00 -12.00 hrs, and only twohours by car from Bangkok. On the weekend, visitors can go to Amphawa Floating Marketin Samut Songkhram, which is open from 16:00 hours.
3. Update for other provinces
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 ofThailand (SRT) is offering full refunds on tickets for travelers who want to cancel their tripsto destinations where train service is suspended. Travelers can contact the SRT CallCenter at 1690 for updates regarding train services. Highway 32, also known as The AsianHighway (AH-2), is partly affected by the floods and closed from Km 21 to Km 39 inAyutthaya province. This has increased travel time on long-distance bus servicesoperating between Bangkok and the north as they must use alternate routes.Information on the impact of the floods is provided for the provinces is provided by thefollowing regions within Thailand.

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