Thursday, October 27, 2011

Singapore Flood - Flights between S'pore, Bangkok as usual despite floods

    It is still business as usual for the 43 flights operating between Singapore and Bangkok on Thursday afternoon, with no cancellations or delays caused by the flood.

    Tourists arriving from Bangkok as well as Singaporeans returning home said it is relatively calm in the city centre despite the worsening flood situation in the Thai capital.

    Singaporeans who just returned home said they have been getting regular SMS and email updates on the flood situation from the Singapore embassy in Thailand.

    Some Bangkok residents are also taking the chance to leave the country, following the Thai government declaring a five-day public holiday in Bangkok and 20 other provinces.

    Sasibha Low, a resident of Bangkok, said: "I'm staying at Sukhumvit Road, the central part of Bangkok. There's no flooding at my place at the moment, but we're actually just escaping... I don't want to take (the) risk of being stuck in my house."

    Others heading back to Thailand had said they are prepared for the worst.

    Meanwhile, travel agencies Channel NewsAsia spoke to said most who were planning to travel to Bangkok have postponed their trip or chosen alternative destinations.

    Raj Kumar, MD of IPC Tours & Travel, said: "We contacted them and explained to them the current situation... (and also) on the possibility of either postponing the trip or looking into other locations that have similar sights, like Vietnam or Cambodia." Read More
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