British tourists have been warned to take care if visiting Thailand in the near future due to continued flooding.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have advised tourists to ‘exercise caution due to widespread flooding’.
The far eastern country has been hit by monsoon rains, however the capital Bangkok has so far avoided the worst of the flooding. Some outer regions are still experiencing rising water, with parts of the country left under water.
The flooding has so far taken the lives of 297, with two people missing. Over 2.3 million people have been affected with worst flooding seen in the north and north-east of the country.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) has today announced that the capital is still in danger of flooding, however the rainwater is being closely monitored and the situation is not critical at present.
Bangkok’s International Airport is still fully operational, however road and rail services have been affected, especially north of the capital. The areas most at risk of flooding are Sam Mai, Khlong and Khlong Sam Wa.
This is the most awful flooding seen in Thailand in decades.
Throughout the world’s temperate zones, there’s are two words that inspire fear whenever they get lumped in alongside a vacation: rainy season. It’s a fear that’s common across tropical vacationers across the world, particularly those with limited time to spend overseas and a budget that doesn’t extend beyond a single destination.
But more often than not, we’ve found that the ‘fear’ of rainy seasons just isn’t justified. With most tropical destinations experiencing at least some degree of stormy behaviour and limited monsoon activity, the dreaded rainy season is often little more than a minor inconvenience. From Thailand’s tropical beaches to Mexico’s resort-lined coast, most rain activity barely hits ninety minutes daily.
Travel organisation PlanetTravel suggests that the fear of rainy season vacations is overstated and needless, claiming that most off-season holidays suffer few interruptions. Like many other tourism fears, this one can be debunked using simple data – the vast majority of tropical rain activity occurs during the early evening, lasts only one hour, and is surrounded by periods of heat and sunshine.
However, that’s not to say that fear of off-season travel isn’t justified. Along with downpours and mild inconvenience, many tropical monsoons bring about a season that’s rich with diseases. If you plan on travelling through parts of Africa or South Asia during a seasonal monsoon, consider that the risk of contracting tropical diseases increases significantly due to excess moisture.
In civilized areas, however, the amount of damage that seasonal rain can do to your holiday is close to nil. The few showers that occur in the tropics – be it in Asia or the Caribbean – are typically dried as quickly as they arrive. Our suggestion – take advantage of the limited demand and enjoy cheaper accommodation, entertainment, and sightseeing during a tropical country’s rainy season.