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Floods at Central Ladprao-Pahonyothin-Ladprao Intersection, Bangkok – November 4th, 2011

My new friend, who followed me all the way down the soi, stopping occasionally to shake filthy water all over me. He seemed happy though.


When I woke up this morning my entire soi was flooded. Not remotely unexpected, as I’d seen the flood waters coming our way yesterday, by the time I headed out at 10am the water in my soi was at my knees and, once out on Pahonyothin Road walking towards Central Ladprao, flooded areas were knee deep or higher. But I made a new friend (see above),  so I couldn’t complain (he was a bit camera shy though).

It took me an hour to get to the MRT as, let me tell you, battling knee deep water isn’t as easy as it looks. But, the walk was quite pleasant as, in a foot and a half of water, it’s way cooler than normal walking in our usual 95 degree heat. Even more fun were Thais walking towards me who kept stopping me to say “Amazing Thailand” and laugh, which made the walk highly enjoyable.

I spent an hour at Chatuchak which had no flood water whatsoever (and even fewer shoppers), although water is now lapping at their doors this evening. On the way back I hopped on a motorcycle but, as the water was thigh high by this point, we stalled out at the Ladprao-Pahonyothin-Central intersection and I was abandoned in the middle of the road.

As it turned out, it was a great opportunity to take video of both sides of Pahonyothin Road and the Ladprao-Vibhavadi-Pahonyothin intersection before I abandoned all attempts at safety and waded through the now-butt-high water to Central Ladprao to wait for a bus (and yes, even in butt-high water, the buses are still running).

Weirdly though, what seems like would be a complete pain-in-the-ass of a day was an absolute blast. Almost everyone I came across was in a great mood and making the most of the situation by making fun of it. You’ve gotta love Thais. Even in a massive natural disaster, most of them are still smiling.