FYI....It's not as bad (yet) as it was in 2005 but be aware that the Night Bazaar and other areas get badly flooded during this kind of storm. I was down by the Ping earlier today and it's very high. Another night of rain like we have had over the past 36 hours can change everything. Also, if any of you were planning to take a "river cruise" they weren't running today because of the water level. Travel safe....Marie (nannyre)
Emergency Message: Heavy Rain and Flooding in Thailand
(August 1, 2011) The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai alert U.S. citizens in Thailand to the possibility of heavy rain, flooding, and landslides in northern, northeastern, and western central Thailand caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Nock-Ten through Thursday, August 4. Flooding and high seas are expected along the eastern and western coasts. The Thai Meteorological Department has issued a warning for flash floods along hills, near waterways, and in low-lying areas. Media report that airline and rail service have been suspended in some areas due to heavy rain and flooding, while flash floods have caused property damage and power outages. Government hospitals in Thailand’s north and northeast are on standby for flash floods and emergency medical services.
If you are traveling or living in affected areas, you should be alert to the possibility power outages, flash floods, and landslides. Monitor local media to keep up-to-date with the latest information about weather and road conditions in your area. You can see the Thai Meteorological Department’s forecasts and warnings at its website, www.tmd.go.th/en/. If you are traveling by air, bus, or rail, you should check with the transportation company to ensure that the service is still operating. If you are driving somewhere, call ahead to check that roads are passable. If you are affected by the flooding and need urgent assistance, contact the Thai Government’s English-speaking Tourist Police, who can be reached nationwide by dialing 1155.
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hey i am due to go to thailand next week for 2 weeks! wats the weather like now? i have booked an overnight train to chaing mai on the 12th august? should i go or not?
By the time you get here things should be back to normal...this is just a problem from a tropical storm ...we get this type of thing here every-so-often. I wouldn't change my travel plans. Travel safe. Marie (nannyre)
Thanks for sharing that U-Tube video. It provides great perspective.
I'm sitting in Chiang Mai right now. Seems like 90% of the city hasn't been much affected. Weather is cloudy, warm and some rainfall sometimes.
We wanted to go by train from BKK 2 days ago, but it was cancelled due to floodings. Had to book a flight at the train station, which wasn't a big deal. 5h later we arrived in Chiang Mai by plane (Thai Airways). Weather forecast is not too bad for the next 3-4 days...
The rain is over! The river is going down! The sun is out! It's a great day to be in Chiang Mai! Marie (nannyre)
Hi, we are traveling with our 3 teenagers next week. Any suggested activities?
not to worry about the weather for now.... everything start turning back to normal..... though there are still slight rain .... but the flood hasn't affect much of the city.....
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