I live in Sathorn (see the map link provided by Combat) and there are no floods in Sathorn Road, nor where there any in Silom Road on Monday and Tuesday when I went shopping at Tops Supermarket at Central Silom (by Sala Daeng BTS Station). There has been a lot of panic buying, which I first noticed at the large Tesco’s on Rama III on Sunday and saw again on Monday and Tuesday.
I read in the Bangkok Post
this morning that the flood defences have not been effective in some cases which have resulted in flooding in the suburbs. I don’t think the government has been able to confirm that the main business and commercial areas will be free of flooding. It would seem that the highest risks from flooding will be Friday through to Monday. Please don’t just take my word for it please have a look at the Bangkok Post
website before deciding to leave Pattaya. (Sorry I don't know how to make the link.)
We have had two heavy downpours today and still no signs of flooding. I asked my concierge staff about the likelihood of flooding and they confirmed that there is a danger on Friday. I asked about the likely depth of the water and was told it might come up to knee level.
By the way I enjoyed reading your posts on your experiences in the bars in Pattaya. If I’ve read you correctly it seems to me that you’ve had your fill of those bars and are looking for pastures new. If you don’t already possess a pair of shorts and some flip-flops I’d go out and purchase them and stick to your original plans for coming to Bangkok.
Oh, and finally, I’ve just received the following general email from Michael Hancock, HM Consul at the British Embassy in Bangkok:Message from the Consul at the British Embassy in Bangkok to the British Community.
I'm sure you are all keeping a close eye on the weather and flood situation wherever you are in Thailand. We too are monitoring the situation closely so that we can provide up-to-date and accurate information to British visitors and residents. I thought you might be interested to see the current wording (12 October) about the flooding in the Travel Advice and have inserted the main summary below:
September and October are the height of the monsoon season in Thailand. Heavy rainfall across the country continues to cause widespread flooding, flash floods and mudslides and has resulted in disruption and over 260 deaths. The most affected areas are the north, north-east and central Thailand. Airports, including Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport are operating normally. There has been some disruption to road and rail transport, particularly on routes north of Bangkok. If you are in an affected area exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities. To check areas affected and transport infrastructure impacted please see the regular reports published by the Thai 24/7 Emergency Operations Centre. Check with your tour operator, local media, the 24/7 Emergency Operations Centre or the Thai Meteorological Department for up-to-date information and warnings before you travel.
The full Travel Advice for Thailand is available at: http://ukinthailand.fco.gov.uk/en/help- ... vel-advice We will continue to monitor the situation and will update the Travel Advice regularly. For this reason I suggest you check it frequently. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you believe might be interested in seeing it. Many thanks.