High Tides Affect Recent Floods In Thailand

Posted on 10/21/11 4 Comments It's all over the news. Thailand under water due to heavy flooding. Businesses, factories, farms and homes damaged and closed due to the floods. And, it's not over yet. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has said that though they have tried every means possible to stop Bangkok from being flooded that it will be nearly inevitable that some parts of Bangkok will be flooded. And this month's higher tides around the end of the month will contribute to the flooding. When the tides are at their highest the possibility of the Chao Praya River of breaching the efforts of containing it increase dramatically. We have a tide prediction page for Bangkok and it looks like the tides will have the most affect early mornings on the 28th and 29th of this month. Unfortunately the ten day weather forecast for Bangkok includes scattered thunder storms throughout the week as well. The damage caused from the flooding has already affected many people and the economy of Thailand. Bank of Thailand CEO Prasarn Trairatvorakul has warned that growth this year could be more than one percentage point less than the 4.1% forecast. And analysts say the loss could be double if Bangkok, which accounts for some 41% of GDP is hit. While more than 1/3rd of Thailand has been badly affected by the floods, we here in Pattaya have been very fortunate to have had only very localized damage in only the lowest places, such as basement parking facilities and very low lying buildings. On the occasions that the flood sluice gates have been opened to release flood waters it has temporarily affected the visibility under water mostly in the Near Islands area, but generally our diving has been unaffected and visibility has been acceptable. If you are scheduled to arrive in Pattaya in the near future and if you use a little common sense while you are here there is no reason why you should not be able to have a great time here and some good diving as well. Bangkok Tide Charts

3 Comments

  1. Sam says:
    Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 1:09pm

    Thanks Robert. great news. but it seems that since your post, things changed fast. is there any chance of the pattaya-bangkok-highway gettin’ flooded? what is the situation now in pattaya, can i get rooms or need to shell out gold?

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  2. Neo says:
    Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 11:58am

    Thai Flood Monitoring System

    http://flood.gistda.or.th/

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  3. Neo says:
    Friday, October 21, 2011 at 6:32pm

    Great post! Thank you Robert!!

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