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Published on : Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The flooding in Thailand is affecting 25 provinces (eight in the northeast, six in the north, seven in the central and four in the east) with flooding has begun to recede in Kanchanaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Kalasin, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phayao and Mae Hong Son, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, Ministry of Interior, Thailand.
Other popular tourist destinations in the central region including Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Koh Samet and Koh Chang have not been affected by the floods. Popular destinations in the south and north of Thailand, including Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Sukhothai also have not been affected by the floods.
Situation in Prachinburi, Nakhon Nayok, Sa Kaeo and Chaiyaphum Provinces
Most tourist attractions in Prachinburi including Khao Yai National Park and its Kaeng Hin Peung rafting activities, Si Mahosot Ancient Town and Yusuksuwan Museum have not been affected by the floods.
The Prachinburi River is at a higher-than-normal level, which is causing some flooding at attractions that are close to the river including Prachinburi National Museum, Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Building, Kaew Phichit Temple, Bang Taen Temple, Bang Kra Bao Temple and Ban Sang Temple.
Most attractions in Nakhon Nayok where tourists normally go to including Nang Rong Waterfall, Wangtakrai Park, Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam and Nakhon Nayok River’s rafting activities are not flooded at this time.
Most tourist attractions and activities in Sa Kaeo and Chaiyaphum Provinces have not been affected by the floods.
Transportation to and from Prachinburi, Nakhon Nayok and Sa Kaeo Provinces and their attractions including highways 33, 304 and 305 – which are the main transportation routes – are operating normally. Parts of some roads that are close to the Prachinburi River including highways 3481, 3293, 3069 and 3078 are affected by the river’s overflows.
Situation in Bangkok
All attractions of Bangkok where tourists normally go to are not flooded, and are operating normally. Both Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, who is also chairman of Thailand’s Water and Flood Management Commission, and Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra have insisted through local medias that Bangkok would not be affected by any flooding. Both agencies have worked out a flood prevention plan.
The public and private sector are working closely together to monitor the flood situations as well as prepare flood prevention measures.
Thailand’s main gateway Suvarnabhumi International Airport and all airports throughout the country are operating normally. Highways from the airports in Bangkok to tourist destinations such as Hua Hin, Pattaya, Rayong and Koh Chang are also operating normally.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand is offering information and assistance to tourists through TAT Contact Center 1672 and all its offices in Thailand and overseas.