Category: Bangkok Floods

Pavin Chachavalpongpun on Royal Prerogative

In today’s Nation Pavin Chachavalpongpun accuses Sukhumbhand Paribatra, governor of Bangkok, of undermining Yingluck Shinawatra’s administration in his focusing on Bangkok flood relief at the expense of outlying areas.  That Paribatra is a pedigreed aristocrat doesn’t deter Chachavalpongpun’s strident criticism:

“…as Sukhumbhand continues to clash with the government, this attests to the fact that the elitist class possesses its own mind and the right to define the notion of interest – be it its own interest or that of the nation. This explains why Sukhumbhand has chosen not to listen to the government’s instructions.”

Chachavalpongpun, along with Thitinan Pongsudhirak and Thongchai Winichakul are among the most interesting voices in Thailand’s body politic.  I look forward to hearing more from them as Thailand struggles to develop a more democratic system of governance.

Thai Floods: Great photos from the blogosphere


Drew Vattiat Oregonian - Thai Floods: Great photos from the blogosphere

A selection of great shots from a wide selection of photo blogs listed here.

This one above was the best of the lot in my opinion from Drew Vattiat of the Oregonian.  What else can be said?  What a masterpiece.

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Getty 300x197 - Thai Floods: Great photos from the blogosphere Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty

Pantip 300x225 - Thai Floods: Great photos from the blogosphere This one from (in Thai)


Bangkok Floods: November 4th


I left for a five day junket to the south coming back today to check up on fleeting images I saw in airports and guesthouses.  The water has come to the Lad Prao-Don Muang Tollway-Phahonyothin junction right north of Chatuchak Market.  Notice that the underground entrance is shuttered.  We’ll see what happens when the water hits the underground entrances in the next few days.  Notice too the level of water at the canal right south of Chatuchak Market.  God help the people who live or have businesses right next to this water way.  The biggest sandbag bunkers have been built around banks and mini malls.

On the other side of town right on the other side of the Prah Pinklao Bridge it looks like Venice while on the other side on Ratchadamnoen Road and Suan Luang it’s business as usual.  Waters have actually receded.  Westbound traffic of the Pinklao Bridge has been closed with people hitching rides on any large vehicle passing by from ambulances to army trucks.  Thais and the army are improvising the best they can.  Lord knows what kind of havoc this neighborhood is undergoing.  Tomorrow I intend to wade in the water and check it out.  Families displaced.  Businesses shuttered.  Eating and sleeping wherever and whenever.  It will be interesting to see how Yingluck deals with the fallout from “sacrificing” neighborhoods like these so downtown Bangkok remains dry.

Floods of course are nothing new to Bangkok.  Bangkok lies in a vast delta where canals have long played a role in draining water into the Gulf of Thailand.  Some great pictures here.


Right off the Chao Praya River today around 5pm there was slight flooding, but it was under control.  Street vendors at the Tha Pra Chan Pier improvised simply selling their wares on elevated wooden benches.  Overflow from the river was channeled to drainage areas with sandbags.  These images are from the Tha Pra Chan neighborhood right next to the Chao Praya River and Thammasat University.