UK warns against all but essential travel except via main airport
The contradictory messages keep flowing about how badly the flooding will affect central Bangkok. Now the UK Foreign Office has warned against all but essential travel to the Thai capital, except for transit through the main international airport. “We now advise against all but essential travel to the city of Bangkok and the 26 provinces in Thailand affected by flooding,” the ministry says. “Our advice against all but essential travel to Bangkok does not include transit through Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Flights to destinations elsewhere in Thailand (e.g., the resorts of Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui) continue to operate normally.”
British Airways is operating flights to Bangkok as normal, but customers due to travel until the end of October have the option of rebooking. Thai Airways is operating flights as normal except for to and from flooded Don Muang Airport. Bangkok’s bus and train stations are reportedly jammed with people trying to leave the city.
[pictured: Wat Pho, Bangkok; courtesy TAT]