Monday, November 14, 2011

British Foreign Office Supports Travel to Thailand

The British government's Foreign Office (http://www.fco. gov.uk) has updated its travel advice for visitors to Thailand, calling for travelers simply to exercise caution when visiting the country's 22 flood-stricken provinces. Up until recently, the FCO had been advising against all, but essential travel to Bangkok, as well as central, north-eastern and eastern Thailand.

COMMENT: As our readers will recall, I did a recent update on Thailand where I offered a list of Thailand's airports and the fact that large parts of the country are fully open to visitors and business travelers.

The FCO's update said: 'We now assess that the risk of floods affecting central Bangkok is reducing, though a small risk remains that some of the floodwater affecting the suburbs to the north, east and west of Bangkok could spread slowly towards the center of the city.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) reports the attractions that are now temporarily closed across the country include Safari World, Dream World, Future Park Rangsit, Central Pinklao, Central Ramindra, Central Ladprao, Fashion Island and the Mall Bang Kae.

In Ayutthaya, where flooding forced the closure of popular tourist attractions, waters have started to subside and officials say attractions will be reopened once cleanup is completed.

Most tourist destinations in central Bangkok, as well as restaurants, bars and shops, are operating normally.

Meanwhile, the island of Phuket and many points south have been relatively unaffected by the situation in the rest of the country.


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