Flooding Impact on November Travel

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  1. UADomer08
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    Hi everyone,

    The new Mrs. UADomer and I have our honeymoon planned for the first two weeks of November. We are headed to Phuket and Khao Lak and it seems like these areas have been heavily impacted by the recent flooding. Just wanted to get the experts' opinions on whether our travel will be impacted and what we should expect as far as changes to tourism experiences (scuba, temples, forests, etc) resulting from the floods.
     
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    Phuket and Khao Lak can flood during typical monsoon deluges but they (usually) quickly drain. The current flooding problems are mostly contained within the (large) Chao Phraya basin.
     
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    Great site Kalboz, I knew you would come to the rescue. And thank you for the insight kwai. Good to know that the flooding and draining are regular occurrences. I'll keep my eye on it but I feel much better now. Thank you much to both of you.
     
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    I'm also due to visit Thailand end of next month. Hopefully the floods will have subsided by then.
     
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    Chaeng Wattana Road Bangkok (22 Oct 2011)
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    Pier 18 Payap Pier Chao Pharaya River Bangkok (22 Oct 2011)
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    Siriraj Hospital Bangkok (2011 winners of Reader's digest Trusted brand award in Asia) has escaped flooding so far (22 Oct. 2011)
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    Banglamphu Pier (near Khaosan Rd.) 18 Oct. 2011
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    Along the river by Rama 8 Bridge (18 Oct 2011)

    All above photos are by Philip Roeland
     
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    Thanks for posting the photos Kalboz. Now at least I know what it's like.
     
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    Thanks for posting. Fortunately, was able to cancel trip starting on the 27th.
     
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    Sukhumvit flooded
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    Sukhumvit Soi 47
     
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    Again, thanks for posting these photos Kalboz
     
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    Tourists Stay Put Despite Rising Waters
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    Backbacking foreign tourists walk along a flooded street in the Chinatown section of Bangkok
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    Czech tourist heads to the airport on a boat down the flooded streets near the Chao Phraya river.
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    Tourists Are Unconcerned About Floods, According To Reports
     
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    You all are very welcome! :)
     
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    THAI opens check-in services at Makkasan Station
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    Kal I read the article you mention above but my question is: Did they open additional counters or re-open counters that were previously closed? In other words, did TG close their counters when PG did? Also, are you still required to travel the express train in order to use checkin?
     
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    The way I understand it the check-in counters at Makasan are in addition to the ones at BKK.

    I was not aware that travelers are required to use the express train in order to use the check-in ... you can always go to the nearest exit after you check your luggage, but why wouldn't you like to use the Express train?
     
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    Interesting question - at KL you can't enter the area to check your bag at Sentral unless you show a train ticket.

    I think I read that the express train in BKK has been lowered to 90 baht for a few months - is that right?
    I left just before the latest floods and the taxi from Hyatt was only 240 (+70 for tollways) with the least traffic I have ever seen for that time of day - so it's not a big difference for 1 (maybe none if you add in the cost to get to Makasan) and doesn't make sense for 2 - of course assuming that floods haven't affected the roads.
     
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    Kal, in order to check in it was required you show an already purchased express train ticket. This requirement that you possess a ticket appears to still be there, but i didn't see the necessity for it being an express ticket.

    PG check in counters closed a few months back, there just wasn't the business to justify keeping them open. I wasn't sure if TG continued to maintain their counters or close them at the same time as PG's move.

    The only time I've used the express train, or any train ex-Makkasan, is when using the PG check in because it was the only way to get the bags out of our hands for a few afternoon hours.

    There are a few reasons why I wouldn't use the express train and prefer the city line:

    • city line has more frequent trains
    • city line is half the cost
    • express saves you a grand total of 7 min (of travel time)

    The cost for the express for Phaya Thai was lowered to 90B and I believe there's even a cheaper price for a round trip, but I don't know the cost between BKK and Makkasan. If you have three people in your group it is likely more expensive to take the train and, because of the infrequent service, will likely take longer than a taxi.

    Makkasan also has the requirement of possessing a train ticket, as i mentioned above, in order to access the check in area.
     
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    I should clarify that the fare I quoted was from the hotel to the airport. Even tho Makkasan looked close on google map the doorman said by the time I paid the taxi hotel to Makkasan it would be about 100 baht and it was a lot easier not to have to transfer luggage. The only reason I considered the train was b/c of some unfortunate taxi experiences with "jiggered" meters.
    I would also take the local if I didn't have to show an express ticket :)

     
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    Thailand floods updates:
     
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    Hilton HHonors has partnered with GlobalGiving to help victims affected by the devastating earthquake in Turkey and those impacted by the floods in Thailand.
     
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    Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok just added many new photos to their Facebook account titled:
    Chao Phraya River's Water Level Update

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    Like this accurate information!
    A picture is worth........
     
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