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Trains North to Chiang Mai and Some South Trains Resume Service During Bangkok Floods

Good news for tourists planning on taking the train north to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, or down south to get to southern Thai cities, Thai islands or on into Malaysia.  Also good news for those Thais who want to get back home to family in the north or south, or just away from Bangkok …

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How to Clean Your House Safely After Flooding in Bangkok, Thailand

  As the flood waters in Bangkok, and elsewhere in Thailand, recede millions of people will be left with mounds of stinking mud, lots of garbage, hazardous chemicals, dead animals and, of course, houses that have, in some cases, spent weeks under two meters of water. That’s why you need to know how to clean …

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Thank You BBC’s Karishma Vaswani For Honest Reporting About Floods in Bangkok Center

In the days of some pretty abysmal reporting about Bangkok’s floods from so many sources, including organizations like the BBC and CNN who sometimes don’t seem to know where some areas of Bangkok actually are, it was refreshing to hear BBC reporter Karishma Vaswani reporting from Bangkok this morning. When the news anchor, in his …

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Bangkok’s “Special Flood Holidays” Should Not Be Extended

The Thai government of Yingluck Shinawatra is apparently considering extending the “special flood holidays” in Bangkok, which were initally meant to run from Thursday until this Monday (October 31st), for a few more days. That alone seems a little odd, particularly as high tide ends on Monday and, as inner Bangkok still isn’t flooding (except …

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The Duke’s at The Emporium, Bangkok – Excellent Burgers, Yummy Pizza

  Although Bangkok has thousands of restaurants where you can buy burgers, pizza and ribs, if you’re looking for an authentic, American-style gourmet burger, pizza or barbecued ribs, they’re few and far between. That’s why, if you’re an American-style food lover, a vist to The Duke’s is a must. Located at The Emporium mall on …

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Eat at Prachak Restaurant on Charoen Krung in Bangkok – Selling Noodles Since 1897

  One of the most famous noodle restaurants in Bangkok, Thailand, if you’re a resident, is Prachak. Prachak is a Thai restaurant known for its authentic Thai noodles — noodles that have been served by various generations of the same family for more than 100 years. After nine years living in Bangkok, I finally ate …

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Why Bangkok’s Traffic Jams are Some of the World’s Worst

Recently, I stumbled upon some old websites talking about traffic problems in Bangkok. Written around 10 years ago, they mentioned how Bangkok had one of the worst traffic problems in the world with unbelievably long traffic jams. However, they went on to say once the sky train and the underground lines were opened, these traffic jams …

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South-Bound Trains From Bangkok Cancelled Due to Floods, Roads Out of Bangkok Slow-Moving

While Thai authorities have continued to say travel to the south from Bangkok will be unaffected by the floods, it seems that is not necessarily true. The SRT (State Railway of Thailand) has announced all trains from Bangkok going south have been cancelled as from 6pm this evening, due to almost 50 centimetres of water …

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Floods Receding in Northern Bangkok? In Some Areas, Definitely

In the last few hours, the Bangkok Post and several other sources are reporting that areas of northern Bangkok that were beginning to flood more yesterday are already receding. The flood water that had been slowly heading towards Lak Si on Vibhavadi yesterday morning is less and hasn’t moved any further down the road.  The …

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The Royal Chitralada Project Fruit Drinks – Delicious and Inexpensive Canned Drinks

  A few years ago, when I was still teaching in Bangkok, I was lucky to be able to go with my school on a school trip to Chitralada Palace, the home of the His Majesty the King of Thailand.  While obviously not allowed to enter the palace, our school groups were given a wonderful …

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Twitter Tweets Causing Panic in Bangkok Floods – Stop Being So Irresponsible

While Twitter can be used for good, unfortunately in the case of Bangkok’s current flooding situation, in some cases Twitter is doing nothing but causing more panic as irresponsible people, who think it’s fun to spread every rumour about ‘floods’ in Bangkok, tweet lies with little regard for how it may affect other people. People …

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Is the Airport in Bangkok Open in the Floods? Yes, Suvarnabhumi is Open

Bangkok – October 27th, 2011 – 9:55am Foreign news media seem to be getting confused during the current flooding situation in Bangkok, as a number are reporting “Bangkok airport is closed”. That’s not true. The city’s second airport, Don Mueang, which is currently just used by a couple of airlines, has been closed until further …

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Are All 50 Districts in Bangkok Going to Flood? Don’t Believe Irresponsible Website Owners

THURSDAY – 9:15 am – October27th, 2011 – Bangkok Don’t believe all the shock headlines on websites all over Thailand. When you read “BREAKING NEWS: All 50 Districts in Bangkok Going to Flood”, it’s not true. Just an irresponsible website owner trying to get page views. The reality of the situation on Bangkok’s flooding is …

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Dory Seafood by Chomtalay Hua Hin – One of Terminal 21’s Best Restaurants

  This week, I went with a Thai friend to Terminal 21, Bangkok’s new, and massive, lifestyle mall. Packed full of restaurants, we stumbled on a Thai fusion restaurant called Dory Seafood by Chomtalay Hua Hin. Empty except for just one couple, we still decided to try it as it was one of the prettiest …

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