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    Default Suvarnabhumi airport

    I am at the airport now waiting for my flight to Singapore so I thought I would just report on the status here for those also coming this way.

    The airport itself is no busier than usual in my view, (except there seems a gathering around the new Nok air ticket desk for some reason ), but don't expect to park here. I could not see a single space with most bays double parked - heaven knows how you park. Luckily Ploy dropped me off so we didn't have to find out.

    I did notice quite a lot of cancelled flights from all airlines on the departure boards.

    And the business lounge is very, very quiet, there are only two of us here; (redemption tickets, not that I am made of money).

    And the trip from Saraburi took 5 hours with one stop: via Nackon Nayok and ChaChaoenSow, No real issues except the roads were very bad in places and it was very busy, even at 4.30a.m.

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    Have a good trip. Obviously Ploy's doing well on the lack of sleep due to the elections and only a possible 10 hour round trip, that's a real star you've got there! Does she know you were planning on relaxing in the Business Lounge due to having an early start ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan&ploy View Post
    I did notice quite a lot of cancelled flights from all airlines on the departure boards.
    Sorry if this is a daft question but just logged on after a what seems like ages not being on here.

    Why are there cancelled departing flights?
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    Gary Nok,

    There have been a number of cancelled flights to and from Thailand, (we assume) the reason for this is as the passenger numbers departing other countries (like the UK) are considerably down.
    Thai Airways have cancelled a lot of flights from various countries…. To name but one airline.

    The reasons, we assume, are the knock-on effect from the current floods (for example…) Our Foreign Office recommendations to only visit Thailand if required, etc, combined with the public’s opinions based on the conflicting news stories from Thailand.

    So it follows that departures from BKK would also be affected, as the aircraft would not be arriving in order to depart!

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    Summed up well Kev but pretty obvious this was going to happen and "Amazing Thailand" is going to have hard work ahead to get round this one

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    Just on the subject of cancelled flights, I spoke with the stewardess on my (Singapore air) flight and she said the Thailand flights have been empty for a while. Business class was less than a third full, we nearly had one stewardess per passenger and economy looked empty.

    Singapore air have cancelled two flights per day to Bangkok until 20th November. Anyone flying to Bangkok should check their carrier isn't trying to contact them.

    Ploy went back home via Bang Pa In. I don't know how she negotiated Wang Noi where the motorway is shut but she got home quicker she said. (I won't have more details until I return home - I am not allowed to call home because it wastes money. But what if the house burns down, I retort. What can you do about that in Singapore, she replies).

    By the way, we took off to the north of Bangkok and then turned. The sight of the flooding from the air is incredible and really gives you some idea of the scale of the disaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan&ploy View Post
    What can you do about that in Singapore, she replies.
    Gotta luv 'em ain't ya !

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    Well, we made it home. Ploy drove home via Bang Pa In and Wang Noi. It was plain sailing until we got near Bang Pa In. There was flooding across the motorway near one of the toll gates. Driving east, as we were, we were diverted onto the opposite carriageway - the centre concrete barriers had been demolished. It took 30 minutes to drive 2km. The inside lane was worse as there were sand bags, sand, people's abandoned cars and people's makeshift houses blocking the lane at regular intervals.

    Once we got past that the road was quite empty and the only hazards were people's dogs wandering across the lanes from their tents - it was like one huge refugee camp. Either side of us all we could see were lights shimmering on water and the stench of rotting vegetation was everywhere.

    As we turned north we slowed down going through Wang Noi although the road is open. The frontage road is completely under water and the south carriageway looks very deep in places. North bound was not too bad with care although the lanes were narrow and at one point given to the south bound traffic where the normals lanes were impassable. Every petrol station was closed and piles of sand and sandbags were everywhere.

    Once past Wang Noi it wasn't bad - in total the trip took 4 hours and that was mostly in the dark.

    As it was quite cool we drove with the windows down. All along the side of road were people in the backs of trucks or under fabricated tents with their possessions piled all around them. Some makeshift tables had groups of people around them, drinking and talking. It was almost all in darkness. Restaurants and shops were under water, my guess is about 2-3ft but it was difficult to tell in the dark. Ploy and I drove past in silence, there was nothing to say.






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    Quote Originally Posted by dan&ploy View Post
    All along the side of road were people in the backs of trucks or under fabricated tents with their possessions piled all around them. Some makeshift tables had groups of people around them, drinking and talking.
    These two sentences sum it up perfectly, dan. I don't have anything to add as I'd be stretching it just for the sake of it.

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    Very sad stuff.

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    Slightly off topic..........if anyone is heading north on the trains.....most are being diverted via lat krabang etc...expect big big delays..a shuttle service is operating H/pong to DM. I tried to go to Isaan recently via Bang sue. The MRT is closed, not sure why i forgot that. The train arrived 4 hours late. Whilst at H/pong the other evening I did notice a train departing to CM ? not sure what route etc. Also noticed the SRT big boss out and about in his special train, least thats what the railway booking clerk told me. Nice to see they are trying to get sort of service running.

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    Maybe of interest to a few of you - Nok Air are reporting that they continue to operate out of Suvarnabhumi until 31 January 2012.

    Will at least save my wife and I a trip across town to Don Mueang in January.

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    the_link you forgot the obligatory picture that has to go with Nok Air
    nok air girl.jpg
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    I hope to update the photo soon enough, Gary. I really wanted to take one when we were there in July, but, I felt a bit strange taking photos, ahem, of pretty young ladies. I even had my camera at the ready, but bottled it.

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    I can understand that! Not sure what would be worse, the embarrassment of me taking the photo or the whack in the ribs from Nok.
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    I was then going to try for the touristy photo when we landed, i.e. when the girls are standing at the cockpit door thanking and waiing everyone when disembarking. But, sadly, not to be.

    Yes, not sure what my wife would make of it, but she'll be okay after a few deep breaths.

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    I would be dead so over to you link to see if she has changed her hairstyle

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    She's not the only pretty thai lady on Nok Air, col. What we need is an array of the best Nok girls.

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    Try the check in desk at Suvarnabhumi, I think it was somewhere around aisle D or E. It diverted my attention for a while. Long may they continue to operate from there.

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    It is D, dan. Maybe that is the spot to take my photos.

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