Areas in Bangkok:
Bangkok Flooding October 2011
December 13, 2011
Due to the flood in Bangkok the Immigration Office was temporarily relocated at Suan Phlu. As there is no more flood problem in Bangkok the Suan Phlu office closed again and from December 12 you can only go to the Chaeng Wattana Office.
November 29, 2011
The past month the Bangkok Safari World was forced to close due to the flooding. The water is not a problem anymore and they will start operations again on December 1.
November 20, 2011
The inner city of Bangkok is now officially declared safe for the flooding. The Prime Minister announced this on Saturday November 19.
There are still parts on the west bank the Chao Phraya River that are flooded, but the levels are going down. A big cleaning day was held yesterday to clean parts of the Lat Phrao district where the water receded last week.
November 18, 2011
High ranking officials at the Suan Phlu Office that is near Sathon Soi 3 in the Si Lom Area stated that the office will be open for at least another month.
November 16, 2011
The water levels are going down in the Lat Prao area in Bangkok. Streets that could not be used a few days ago are now opening up for traffic. The Central Plaza Mall Lat Prao will reopen on Friday November 18.
More and more stores in Bangkok have bottled water again for sale. There is still shortage of some products such as soda drinks and certain brands of beer.
November 10, 2011
The Irrigation Department announced today that all the water could be drained out of Bangkok within the next 11 days. Nearly halve of the flood water from the north has already flown into the sea.
The water that is still on the fields north of Bangkok will drain into the Chao Praya River and from there into the sea.
November 9, 2011
The water levels have dropped considerably in the Pathum Thani province, just north east of Bangkok.
(Water at the Lad Prao Ratchadapisek Intersection in Northern Bangkok)
The governor of Bangkok is not overly concerned about the situation in eastern Bangkok, but western Bangkok where several dykes have leaked is still under close watch.
November 7, 2011
The latest flood map on the situation in Bangkok. The flood from the North is creeping slowly towards the Northern part of the city center.
(Bangkok Flood Map November 7 2011 (Bangkok post))
November 5, 2011
The floodwater from the North has reached the Lat Phrao MRT station. The Central Plaza shopping mall here is closed now.
The water also reached the Mo Chit BTS station, flooding the road opposite the Chatuchak weekend market. The Chatuchack weekend market is open this weekend, but expect that 50 percent of the shops are closed.
November 4, 2011
The Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit) is still operating. The bus station itself is on higher grounds, but it is getting more and more difficult to reach the terminal as many roads around Mo Chit get flooded.
There are plans to move the bus station to another location, possibly Suvarnabhumi Airport, but for now Mo Chit is still open.
November 3, 2011
Big parts of western Bangkok are flooded and will probably take one month to drain the water. High water reached the Safari World in the north east of Bangkok and the animals needed to be moved to higher grounds. The park closed yesterday until further notice.
The Chaeng Wattana government complex was mostly deserted yesterday as many of its workers were not able to reach their work. The Immigration Office which is part of the government complex temporarily relocated to Soi Suan Phlu in the Silom area (Sathon Soi 3).
November 2, 2011
Water keeps entering Bangkok from the north east. The Fashion Island shopping Mall had to close as the water levels where to high.
(Taking the bus near the Immigration Office at Chaeng Wattana Road)
Pressure from an angry mob made the Prime Minister decide that the flood gates of one of the canals in north eastern Bangkok should be opened. The inhabitants of areas such as Bang Kapi and Min Buri who thought they were safe now have to fear the flooding will also reach them.
November 1, 2011
Even though the touristic heart of Bangkok seems to be spared in the flood big parts of the city have serious problems. As you can see on the map, areas in the Northern part of the city and on the Eastern banks of the Chao Praya River are under water.
(Klik on the map for bigger size)
Officials expect that it will take about 10 days to drain all the flood water that is still coming in from the North. The tide will fall in the next 10 days before it will rise again from November 10.
(Along the Chao Praya River Fort Phra Sumeru near Khao San Road)
Due to flood risks, Transport Co Ltd who runs the intercity buses in Thailand decided to move the Southern Bus Terminal to another location. The buses will temporarily leave from Rama II road more South of Bangkok.
October 30, 2011
At around 18:00 in the evening of Saturday October 29, the Chao Praya River reached its highest peak. The flood defenses around the river held during this critical period. The high tides will last until Monday and will take place around 09:00 in the morning and 18:00 in the evening.
Some water reached the streets and shops around the river during this high tide, but the period was short. Major landmarks around the river such as the Grand Palace and Wat Arun are not flooded and still open for the public. The ferry between the Grand Palace and Wat Arun is still running.
The prime minister announced in her weekly radio address to the nation that the floods will be gone in one month and that people should let the flood take its course so the water can find its natural path towards the sea.
October 29, 2011
The Chao Praya River will reach extreme high water levels this weekend and the Thon Buri area which is the western bank of the river is expected to get inundated. One of the most famous landmarks in Thon Buri is Wat Arun.
(The Bangkok Flood Risk map (Bangkokpost 29-10-2011))
On the Flood Risk Map above (click on the map for bigger format) you can see the districts in Bangkok that are already affected and the areas where there is less risk for flooding. The Island in the river Koh Kret flooded completely in the past week.
October 28, 2011
The governor of Bangkok urged the residents of the Sai Mai district east of Don Mueng to evacuate the area as serious flooding is expected. The most affected districts in the city now are Bang Phlat, Don Mueng, Sai Mai and Thawi Watthana.
(Two Thai Airways planes on Don Mueng airport (REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad)
During the next two days the Chao Praya River might overflow due to the high tide. People who live close to the river are advised to bring their belongings to higher grounds.
The BTS sky train is still running normally. There are no plans to suspend service. The train might not stop at certain stations when the flood level gets too high. The power supply system is protected against water levels up to 2 meters.
Hotels in Pattaya are filling up as many Bangkok residents flee the city. The occupancy rate is over 85 %.
October 27, 2011
The Don Muang district is now 90% submerged. People that live in the Bang Phlad district are urged to bring their belonging to higher ground and evacuate to nearby shelters.
The governor of Bangkok added two more districts that need to keep a close watch and are in serious danger to get flooded. The districts are Lat Phrao and Wang Thong Lang.
(Worst case scenario map (right click and open the picture for full view))
The water from the Chao Praya River cannot flow to the Sea because there is a high sea tide the coming days. The river already breached its banks, inundating riverside communities. The level of the Chao Praya River is rising and will probably keep rising until Saturday 18:00 when it will reach its peak.
October 26, 2011
Don Mueng airport in northern Bangkok flooded yesterday, Monday October 25 and had to shut down. It is the old airport that only services Nok Air and Orient Thai, two local carriers. The main international airport Suvarnabhumi still operates without problems.
(High water at the Grand Palace (Bangkok Post 26-10-2011))