Viator Travel Update: Thailand

October 24, 2011 by

Local Guides, News & Alerts, Travel Tips

Don't cancel your Thailand travel plans
- much of the beautiful country is unaffected by the flooding

There is no need to cancel plans to visit Thailand, but you might have to adjust them in order to get around the giant puddle of water in the central plains. News reports do show a lot of devastation, but there are so many places to visit in this large diverse country that you can easily still spend a month-long holiday here and avoid the flood effected areas.

Many popular tourist areas in the central plains have been inundated with water, and experts say it could take as long as 6 weeks for the water to pass. Currently central Bangkok in unaffected, but in the next week or so flooding still poses a threat if the system of canals and dykes does not hold up. Central Bangkok many not be affected, but many millions of Thais have had their lives turned upside down in the surrounding provinces.

Many great tourist areas outside of Bangkok and the central plains are still accessible, such as the beaches of Cha-am and Hua Hin only 200km from Bangkok that have lovely cool and mild weather. Also, popular places like Kanchanaburi and Pattaya are business as usual, and further south in Chumphon, Surat Thani, Krabi and Phuket provinces you can also still enjoy your holidays without the need for gum boots.

Unfortunately, if you want to see the historic ruins of Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Lopburi that exist in the central plains, then you might miss out. I would suggest putting these locations at the end of your trip to Thailand in the coming months, allowing for the maximum amount of time for life to get back to normal.

- Natt Opasanon

Natt Opasanon is an experienced Viator guide and offers tours all throughout Bangkok. Learn more about Bangkok Expert Natt.

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