Hi,What is the predicted state of the Thailand floods in late December to early January? Will it be safe for travel during that time?
I plan to travel to Thailand with a few friends on the 30th December and will be there until the 12th January. I was just a bit concerned about the floods in Thailand and what the conditions will be like during that time - will it be safe to travel, health and hazard wise?
Hi Juliet, I work with jesse at TID - except he's not here right now, he's in Cambodia shooting a documentary (more on that soon).
The absolutely best information on the state of flooding in Thailand comes from British ex-pat journalist Richard Barrow. he lives in Thailand and writes about the place.
This is his latest update on floods (espeecially for Bangkok)
In a nutshell - the flooding in bangkok and northern provinces is now receding. Floating markets have re-opened, the Chao Phraya river express boats are running again (their fuel depot got flooded) and the Chatuchak market is open.
Considering that it is more than a month until you arrive in Thailand, I think the situation will be vastly improved. Because central parts of Bangkok have escaped any flooding, I'm sure you'll see no sign of it at popular tourist destinations.
Phuket is, was and always has been unaffected by those floods. Same for Chang Mai.
Have a great trip.
Phil almost 7 years ago
I live in Chiang Mai and can confirm that all is well, and has been for quite some time, up here in the North.
Richard Barrow's "Essential Flood Information for Foreign Tourists in Thailand" is a good and reliable source of information and as he mentions in his post on 23 November (don't be put off when you see "October 12, 2011" under the title, I assume that's when he started putting the info together), travel warnings continue to be downgraded.
If you want to keep up with news about the flooding from Thai and international publications, I've been following the course of events since September and have put together "Thailand Floods, 2011 (#ThaiFloodEng)" (http://www.scoop.it/t/chiang-mai-floods-september-2011) as a resource for anyone concerned about the flooding in Thailand.
I really don't think that you have anything to be concerned about, have a great time in this fantastic country and don't forget to visit the North!
Marc. almost 7 years ago