Flooding In Bangkok

Thailand:

I returned to find flooding in Bangkok. The city already partially flooded is a bustle as its inhabitants prepare for the worse – everywhere shop owners are building cement barricades around their storefronts.

I stayed at New Road Guest House: A delightful find in this crazy tourist trap of a city. Dorm beds = 150baht – cheapest you we’ll find; the staff was very friendly and helpful. It is away from the fake insanity of Khao San street and unlike Khoa San, it is only a short distance from the metro line so you do not have to rely on expensive taxies.

I leave the city as soon as I can fearful that the flooding soon prevent my leaving.

How to get to the Northern Bus station: Take the BTS skytrain to Mo Chit – exit to the left side of the street where bus 77, as well as sever others – just ask, will take you to the Northern bus station for only 7baht.

The northern bus station is a mess – people and luggage everywhere; it seems the entire city is trying to flee before the floods break loose. There is barely even floor space to walk much less sit down.

Word to the wise: apparently it is illegal to use a power outlet in a public place in Thailand – even though there are outlets everywhere – if you do, hide your action and play dumb! (:

Buses in Thailand are very efficient and nice – I find that the cheaper “2nd class” seats are just as nice. Driving out of the city is painfully slow as traffic is jammed leaving the city. The roads out of the city are flooded and our bus plows though, at times, knee-deep water for miles – I am impressed watching smaller vehicles do the same. There are abandoned cars lining the road on both sides. After inquiring as to the reason, I am answered with a point and after looking more closely I realize that the neighborhoods, which are lower than the road, are completely flooded – sometimes to the roof! The cars belong to the habitants of the neighborhoods trying to keep them parked out of harms way.

I reach Chiang Mai in the early morning and take a Songthaew (shared taxi-truck) to Pratu Tha Phae and then walked to A Little Bird Guest House Adress: 17 Soi 1 Ratvithi Rd., Chiang Mai, Thailand Phone: +66 53289577 | E-mail: alittlebird_cm@hotmail.com. Dorm bed = 100baht. Very cheap and laid back.

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