Typically my time in Bangkok is full of time spent with fun and energetic and lively moments with friends and acquaintances. However my last night here provided moments unlike any I have ever seen in this the “City of Angels.
One of the fun thrills growing up in Chicago and spending time there for the Christmas holiday was the midnight drive from the city to the suburbs to visit family. This drive is a very quiet and serene experience in which the roads are basically void of any traffic. It provides for some reflective moments alongside the few other souls occupying the roads. I found myself experiencing this same sensation this week while on the other side of the world from the US. Unfortunately it was not in celebration of an upcoming holiday and time to share in peace and happiness with family and friends.
With water the equivalent of almost half a million Olympic-sized swimming pools expected to reach the capital of Thailand, thousands of Bangkok residents are flocking to bus, rail and air terminals. This has left the businesses, roads and city very much like a “ghost-town” with only sandbags and newly erected concrete walls to protect this vibrant destination.
Water has begun seeping into central areas of the city of 12 million people, entering the grounds of the Grand Palace after the main Chao Phraya river overflowed at high tide, but most of downtown Bangkok was still dry at the moment.
Please be mindful of keeping the residents of SE Asia and particularly those of Bangkok as they prep for levees and flood walls being breached very soon. Send your thoughts and prayers that way .
some information courtesy of Yahoo news