While central Bangkok has avoided flooding so far, hotels and office buildings have erected walls of sandbags to protect against waters that have killed more than 500 people nationwide. The threat has deterred tourists, forcing Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways to cut flights.
The flooding situation in Thailand is mainly affecting the central provinces along the Chao Phraya River including Bangkok and Ayutthaya. Other popular tourist destinations in the central region including Pattaya, Hua Hin, Kanchanaburi and Ko Chang have not been affected by the floods. Tourist destinations in the south of Thailand including Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani, Ko Samui, Hat Yai and Phang-Nga; and in the north including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Sukhothai, also have not been affected by the floods.
Flood waters in Ayutthaya and some other central provinces have begun to subside, although many areas are not yet fully accessible. Tourist attractions in Ayutthaya will reopen once they have been restored.
Areas flooded in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area includes 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 remain open as per normal in areas including:
– Khao San Road
– Phetchaburi Road
– Ploenchit/ Chidlom
– Rama 1 Road
– Ratchaprasong (Central World area)
– Siam Square/ MBK/ Siam Paragon
– Silom/ Surawongse
– Sukhumvit Road/ The Emporium- Rama 4 Road
– Yaowarat (Chinatown)
The BTS Skytrain and MRT subway are operating normally at this time.
Suvarnabhumi Airport remains open. Transportation to and from the airport into central Bangkok including taxis, buses and the Airport Rail Link have not been affected by the floods.
A “Tourist Assistance Center” is set up on the 3rd floor of Airport Rail Link’s Makkasan Station to facilitate tourists’ transport from hotels in central Bangkok to the airport.