Flood waters are receding in most of the affected areas of Thailand’s central provinces and several districts of greater Bangkok.
Central Bangkok was not affected by the flood. Almost all key tourist destinations and attractions throughout Thailand were not affected by the flood.
Situation in Bangkok
In the Bangkok Metropolitan Area, the central part of the city where most tourists go was not affected by the flood. It is expected to remain dry. Flood water is receding in many districts of Bangkok. This includes the Chatuchak District, where Chatuchak Weekend Market is located. The market itself is not flooded.
Areas still flooded in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area include suburbs in the east and west, the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, and districts in the northern part of the city.
In central Bangkok, businesses, hotels, shops and tourist attractions are open as per normal in areas including:
Khao San Road, Ratchaprasong (Central World area), Phetchaburi Road, Sathorn, Ploenchit/ Chidlom, Siam Square / MBK/ Siam Paragon, Pratunam, Silom/ Surawongse, Rama I Road, Sukhumvit Road / The Emporium, Rama IV Road, Yaowarat ( Chinatown)
Tourists who want to check the latest conditions can call the TAT Information Line at 1672 or visit TAT’s official Web site for flood information: www.thailandtourismupdate.com. Service operators can also provide additional information.
The BTS Skytrain and MRT subway are operating normally. Taxis and tuk tuks are available as per normal. Some BMTA bus routes are still rerouted or suspended due to the flooding. Express boat services on the Chao Phraya River have also been suspended, as have most water-related tourist activities.
Suvarnabhumi Airport, the main international gateway to Thailand, remains open and will not be affected by the flood. Suvarnabhumi Airport is the main connector for international arrivals to domestic flights serving tourist destinations throughout Thailand such as Phuket, Chiang Rai and Surat Thani. Domestic flights are operating as per normal between Suvarnabhumi Airport and other airports in Thailand.
Transportation to and from the airport into central Bangkok including taxis, buses and the Airport Rail Link are operating normally. Highways from the airport to tourist destinations southeast of Bangkok such as Pattaya, Rayong and Ko Chang are open.
The two domestic airlines normally based at Don Mueang Airport, which is still closed due to flooding, continue operating from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
State Railway of Thailand and inter-provincial bus services:
State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and inter-provincial bus services are operating as per usual in areas that are not affected by the floods. In Bangkok and other areas affected by the floods, the SRT and inter-provincial bus service operators have adjusted their routes to best serve passengers given local conditions. Inter-provincial buses from Bangkok to southern provinces are leaving from a temporary station at the car park of the Holland Beer House on Rama II Road in the southwest part of Bangkok.
Train services to north and northeastern Thailand are operating as per normal from Hua Lamphong Station, with some delays due to rerouting. Train services to the southern provinces are operating mainly from Nakhon Pathom due to flooding in Bangkok’s western suburbs. The SRT is providing shuttle bus services between Hua Lamphong Station and Nakhon Pathom. Travelers are advised to check in advance with these operators and may want to consider flying to their destinations within Thailand.
Situation in Ayutthaya
Flood waters have also subsided in most areas of the island of Ayutthaya. Cleanup operations have been underway since the second week of November. Tourist attractions in Ayutthaya including the World Heritage Site will reopen once they have been restored.
Other Provinces in Thailand
Most provinces in Thailand were not affected by the flood.
Provinces in the north not affected by the floods:
Chiang Mai, Phayao, Chiang Rai, Phetchabun, Kampheang Phet, Phrae, Lampang, Sukhothai, Lamphun, Tak, Mae Hong Son, Uttaradit, Nan
The flooding has subsided in northern provinces including Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Phitsanulok, and Uthai Thani and cleanup operations are underway.
Provinces in the northeast not affected by the floods:
Amnat Charoen, Nong Khai, Buengkan, Roi Et, Buriram, Sakon Nakhon, Chaiyaphum, Si Sa Ket, Loei, Surin, Mukdahan, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Phanom, Udon Thanii, Nakhon Ratchasima, Yasothon, Nong Bua Lam Phu
The flooding has subsided in northeastern provinces including Kalasin, Khon Kaen, and Maha Sarakham and cleanup operations are underway.
Provinces in the central area not affected by the floods:
Chanthaburi, Ratchaburi, Chachoengsao, Rayong, Chon Buri (Pattaya), Samut Prakan, Kanchanaburi, Samut Songkhram, Nakhon Nayok, Sa Kaeo, Phetchaburi (Cha Am), Suphanburi, Prachin Buri, Trat (Ko Chang), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin)
The flooding has subsided in central provinces including Ang Thong, Chai Nat, Lop Buri, Saraburi, and Singburi and cleanup operations are underway.
No provinces in the south were affected by the flood:
Chumphon, Phuket, Krabi, Ranong, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla (Hat Yai), Narathiwat, Satun, Pattani , Surat Thani (Ko Samui), Phang Nga, Trang, Phatthalung, Yala
Manufacturers and distributors have re-established stable supply lines for consumer products. Local brands of bottled water and beer are available in most locations, as are imported brands of bottled water and beer.
Highway 35, a major road to the south also known as Rama II Road, remains open. As flood waters are draining through the area of western Bangkok in which this highway is located, the Transport Ministry has prepared alternate routes to ensure continued access to destinations to the south such as Hua Hin, Cha-Am and Chumphon, as well as to the west such as Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi.