Thursday, December 1, 2011

THAILAND BOUNCES BACK!

KEE@FSWMAG.COM

WE HAVE ALL HEARD AND COMMISERATED WITH THAILAND'S FLOOD WOES BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE WATER'S RECEDING FAST AND DROPPING AS YOU READ THIS!

THE MEDIA LOVE TO PLAY UP THE SITUATION AND DRAMATISE EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT CENTRAL BANGKOK WHERE TOURISTS STAY HAS ALWAYS BEEN BONE DRY AND LIFE WAS AS NORMAL AS ME PRAYING TO BUDDHA.

Other parts are still flooded but most tourist attractions are back or on the way back to normal, due to Buddha's blessings.

But why believe me when you can see these images for yourself? The water marks are still there but the water's gone!

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The water mark shows how high the area was flooded but is now dry

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This Reclining Buddha has been cleaned and restored to its original, pre-flood condition and there are no signs it was ever submerged as the cleaning was so thorough!

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The grass is green, the sky is blue and all is becoming well again

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There are little signs this area was flooded only recently!

Et-3.jpgThe Grand Palace is back to normal and visitors are flocking back

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Khao San in central Bangkok continues to throb as per usual!



FLOODING IN THAILAND
Issued at Bangkok at 16.00 (GMT+7) on 30 November 2011

Flood waters have receded in most areas of Thailand’s Central Region and cleanup operations have taken place. Methods of transportation used by tourists are all operating as per normal.

Central Bangkok remains dry. Popular tourist attractions and areas where tourists normally go throughout the city are accessible and open. In the Greater Bangkok Metropolitan Area, there is still some flooding in residential and industrial zones in outer suburban districts and a few areas on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

Flood waters have subsided in Ayutthaya and cleanup operations are largely completed. Most tourist attractions in Ayutthaya are now accessible. The World Heritage Site will officially reopen once a detailed inspection by the Fine Arts Department and UNESCO is complete.

Provinces in the North and Northeast of Thailand were not affected by the flood. The flood in the Central Region did not affect provinces in the South. Some southern provinces are experiencing localised flooding due to seasonal rains. Tourist attractions in the South are not affected except for water-related activities in mountainous areas. Tourists planning to travel to southern provinces should check the latest weather forecasts for their destination and confirm arrangements with the tour operators with which they will be travelling.

Information sources:
TAT’s official Web site for flood information: www.thailandtourismupdate.com

For the latest updates, please visit
www.TATnews.org

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