Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The flood in Bangkok and Thailand

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This update is from 3 november 2010

Troups were under way to reach people isolated by the floods in the Southern Provines of Thailand.

In Hat Yai the water had receded in suburbs, but in the city centre it was still more than two metres high. The flood water level in Kim Yong and Santisuk markets in downtown Hat Yai decreased to 50 centimetres from the reported peak of two to three metres. The average flood level in the entire urban area was 1.5 metres last night, this according to The Nation. Electricity was now available in certain areas except Kim Yong market. See pictures by Juarawee

A weather report said the storms had changed direction towards Cambodia and Vietnam but would still cause heavy rain in coastal provinces on the Gulf of Thailand.

The Airport of the island Koh Samui has reopened at 3pm on Wednesday. Travelling Trini shows pictures of the flood on Koh Samui on her blog.

Also Surat Thani Airport has reopened. Hat Yai Airport is open.

Read more on Bangkok Post.



This update is from 2 november 2010



Again pictures of the flood in Thailand go around the world. But Bangkok is not affected right now.

The flood hits provinces in the South of Thailand. In Hat Yai for example the water was two to three meters high, around one million people in the province have been affected. See boat on the street in Hatyai: Pictures by naelkung and Phassaphol

Also the islands Koh Samui and Koh Phangan were declared disaster zones. Koh Samui's airport was closed Tuesdayx, but reopening was planned, ferries to the island were stopped.

Train services in the South were stopped. Electricity and communication were down in several areas.

See a map of the flood in the South of Thailand

Read more on Bangkok Post. For information on Samui airport contact Bangkok Airways call centre at 1771 or 02-270-6699. For information on train services contact the State Railway of Thailand at Hotline 1690 or see on www.railway.co.th. Flood centre in Hat Yai: call 074 200 000, 074 200 007 or Hotline 1559.



This update is from 28 october 2010

Mon Village at Koh Kret, Nonthaburi, small shops shut down. #... on TwitpicPicture Juarawee
On Koh Kret in Nonthaburi you cannot shop anymore.


Acoording to the Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand 54 men and 14 women in 19 provinces have died because of the flood in Thailand.

The coordination center for flood relief yesterday warned that Bangkok and vicinity areas are to brace for flooding conditions during the high tide peak on November 8. Read more on The Nation

Until October 31 a strong monsoon is hovering over the South and the Gulf of Thailand, as The Nation notes.



This update is from 27 october 2010

Still flood alert in Bangkok for the next to days, but until now the flood defence of the city has worked. 1000 homes along the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok have been flooded, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said. At Satri Watrakhang School, the Chao Phraya River overflowed into the sports ground. The area around Pakklong Talad, the flower and vegetable market, was flooded in the morning, and a wooden bridge and sandbags formed temporary walkways at Prannok Pier near Siriraj Hospital. Read more on Bangkok Post.

Bangkok Post shows a map of communities along Chao Phraya and Khlong Bangkok Noi, that have been flooded.

See the 7-Day-Weather-Forecast for Thailand by Thai Meteorological Department

Thai authorities on Wednesday issued a warning for possible flash floods and mudslides in 15 southern provinces in the coming days. Read more

See the flood in Ayutthaya: video



This update is from 26 october 2010



flooding on 31 Charoen Krung Road in Chinatown in Bangkok

"Bangkok survives but round 2 coming", writes The Nation

thaiflood.com has News in Thai and English. It wants to be a news and donation information center. thaiflood.com has also a map, where you can zoom to a certain location and see videos and pictures of the situation.

On twitter.com you get the latest news by people and journalists with the search thaiflood.

You can also do a twitter-search with flood and bangkok and get this result.

A map of flood risk areas in Bangkok by Bangkok Post.

See how people walked on sandbags at Saphan Thaksin Skytrain Station

See Ban Nong O near Prachinburi on this video

See communities along Chao Phraya River on this video



This update is from 25 october 2010

See Chao Phraya River and Ko Kred เกาะเกร็ด in Nonthaburi on this video

See flooded houses in Bangkrua in Nonthaburi on this video

See the flood in Korat on this video





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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Bangkok Homestays and your experiences

See the locations on Bangkok Homestay Google Map


Stay at the home of Thai people and plunge into Thai daily live? This is possible now in Bangkok. And this blog shows you, what you can discover nearby.


Bang Krachao บางกระเจ้า

Bang Nam Phueng Homestay โฮมสเตย์ บางน้ำผึ้ง: From 350 Bath. 33/2 Moo 3, Tambon Bang Nam Phueng. Houses on the banks of Chao Phraya River on Bang Krachao, the "green lung" of Bangkok. Here you will even see fireflies in the night. The rooms are not airconditioned. Bicycles to rent. See picture by tarv22. Phones: Khun Arporn at 089-807-2501 or Khun Mali at 081-347-3997. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays there are night-boat-cruises to see the fireflies from 19.00 to 22.00 (3 one-hour trips). The fare is 30 baht per person. Phone: 0 2819 6762 or 0 2461 3253.

Read more: Bang Krachao บางกระเจ้า - the lungs of Bangkok



Bang Yai บางใหญ่

River Home Stay: From 1400 Bath. A house in Bavarian and Thai style in Bangyai District (Nonthaburi), surrounded by green farmland, located by the Khlong Om Nont Canal. Several rooms for guests on the second floor. You can walk along the Khlong to the old Bangyai market, where Klong Bangkok Noi, Klong Bangmui and Klong Om Non join. In the next building you find River Thai Cooking School.

Picture River Home Stay

Read, what you find nearby: Treasures along the Khlong: Klong Om คลองอ้อม



Khlong Thanon

Phurahong Homestay: From 250 Bath. 45/4 Moo 4 Phaholyothin Soi 52, Yak 52, Klongthanon. Several rooms with and without aircon.



Khlong Toey คลองเตย

Bangkok Homestay: 1000 bath for one night, 600 bath from minimum 7 nights. 1112/103 Sukhumvit Road. Pataravee, a TV entertainment news reporter, and Krit, a DJ from a radio station, welcome guests on the fifth floor of their house with kitchen and living corner avilable on the second floor and little garden on the rooftop.

Picture Bangkok Homestay



Nonthaburi นนทบุรี

From 1700 Bath. 32/4 Moo 8 Tambol Bangmaung Amphoe Bangyai Nonthaburi. The Thai House: This is the home of Pip Fargrajang and her family who have opened their teakwood house to overseas visitors. They can enjoy learning the art of Thai cuisine and visit the local market (activities).

Picture The Thai House

Picture The Thai House



Samsen Nai สามเสนใน

Fluke House: 50 Phahon Yothin 6. Teoy and Tum are a a dog lover family. They expect that guests will not mind five small dogs running around their legs, when having dinner. Your room is on the second floor of a three-storey house with a double bed, that can be converted to 2 single beds. Food is prepared by cook Nok. On the third floor there is a small garden. Nearby are a spa and a fitness club.


More homestays: homestaybooking.com, thaihomestay.org

See also:
Bangkok Guesthouses
Bangkok Boutique Hotels
Bangkok Hotels




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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The train arrives in Suvarnabhumi Airport

See the locations on Bangkok Airport Rail Link Google Map

Picture Ian Fuller

Finally there is a train to Bangkok Airport: Since the beginning of June 2010 the Suvarnabhumi Airport Link (SARL) has been open for a test run. Free rides have been offered by State Railways of Thailand. Commercial service opens on August 23. The ride with the Airport Express train will cost 150 baht. It's not a line of Sklytrain, but a separate railway. If you take an express train at the airport, you will stop at Makkasan Station, where you can change to MRT Phetchaburi Metro station. At Makkasan station there will be an City Airport Check-In. If you take a commuter train at the airport with more stops, you can drive to Phayathai Station, get out there an change to the BTS Phayathai Skytrain station. Read more: State Railways Airport Rail Link.

At Phayathai Skytrain station you can get out and change to the Skytrain Station.

The Airport Link seen from the air. Picture UweBKK

See also picture-gallery by Ian Fuller


Before an extension of Silom line from Taksin Bridge to Won Wien Yai had started operations for the public in May 2009. The new line delivered free services for the first three month. Earlier the Skytrain didn't cross Chao Phraya River. There are two new stations: Krung Thonburi Station and Wongwian Yai station. See the locations on Google Map Bangkok Transportation. And why did it take many years to complete this extension? Click David in Siam, he has the answer. If you want to read even more about this story: 2bangkok.com has it.


Picture by Ian Fuller


Maps and timetables of Skytrain, Metro, Buses and railways and connections with boats on Chao Phraya River




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