Arrive in to a flooded Bangkok

Trip Start Oct 24, 2011
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Trip End Jun 01, 2012


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Flag of Thailand  , Bangkok,
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Had a lovely surprise when I reached my gate at Heathrow to see the Qantas Toowoomba bird perched ready for take off, this being Lyndon's nearest town on Oz, a good omen I hope for my big journey. There followed  a pleasant 12 hr flight into Bangkok with little sleep as always.

The holding patten into Bangkok afforded amazing and both sad views of the devastated flooded region around the capital, vast communities have been washed away in what has became the worst floods Thailand has seen in 50 years. The city itself largely unaffected thanks to the vast flood protection measures in place.

Once through the impressive Bangkok airport I was swiftly dispatched via turbo charged taxi to my hostel, Roof View Place, or that's what I thought.

My introduction to Thai driving was instant, weaving in and out of the vast traffic jams without any horn blowing at all was quiet amazing until we met a wall of water some 200 metres away from Roof View Place and that was it, taxi driver decided that was as far as he was prepared to venture and I was on my own to brave the knee high flood waters that were churning around the streets.

500 Bart was negotiated and I was on my own to plot my way to my accommodation, now I would still be out there now if it wasn't for trusty Iphone app Offmaps, I rolled up my trousers, donned my waterproofs, brolly, shoes in one hand backpack and day pack in the other and made tracks to Roof View.

some 15 mins later I checked in like a soggy rat but I had made it!.

Apparently we have been told this is "controlled flooding" by the Thai authorities, using the storm system to discharge the flood water through the streets and this recently was a daily occurrence and fair enough the flood waters were subsiding as I was sipping a rather nice Singha  beer (60 bart a bargain) in the lobby.

Met up with a really nice American couple Rebecca and Jeff from Florida and we spent a lovely evening over more Singha and a very impressive Indian meal after the roads were clear of water in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok street life, an amazing introduction to this city which promises to be be spectacular.

A day of sight seeing tomorrow, lots of Wats and stuff :-)
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