Arriving During the Great Flood

Trip Start Oct 15, 2009
Trip End Dec 15, 2013

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Anantara Sathorn Bangkok

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Hi everyone,

I know you all can understand that I have not had any computer time since arriving in Thailand Tuesday night. While there is a very real crisis with the flooding here in Bangkok, and it's been a big hassle, Noah, Sumalai, and baby Terran are all fine.

Actually Terran is wonderful and Sumalai is a terrific Mom! Terran has an easy temperament and he sleeps well too. Noah says it must be his Thai genes.

I arrived Tuesday night. Having just come from Hurricane Irene, I have seen the havoc a flood can wreck. I wanted to be prudent and safe but not impulsive in figuring out the best course here. Wednesday when I assessed the news viz a viz the location of Noah and Sumalai's home and factory (that area was still dry), I sourced out our choices and made a decision what to do. The government declared a "holiday" from work for Thursday - Monday. l was sure that the roads out of Bangkok that were still unflooded would be clogged with traffic-hours to go anywhere and
decided to move our family into an apartment at the beautiful Anantara Hotel here in Bangkok.

Most international guests have cancelled their trips.Tell me again why Icame to a disaster zone? Oh right, I have a new grandson and need to get to know him and had waited long enough already.:) Our hotel, new, opened last May, is filling up quickly with many Thai families as
Anantara is adjusting the rates to help out in this crisis.

We have a beautiful, comfortable 2 bedroom apartment here in the wealthiest district in Bangkok. I believe that because of the influence of the people living in this area, it will be the last to flood if at all. Indeed, as of today, it is still totally dry. It looks normal except that we are having problems finding supplies like diapers becausedelivery trucks can't get around the city. Bottled water is scarce but Ihad the hotel deliver a case to the apartment and there is more where that came from. Yesterday Noah and Sumalai finished securing their building. Everything of value is on the 2nd floor or higher (except heavy furniture) and a sandbag wall is in place. Not so tall as what we see around larger stores and buildings but the best they could do. Apparently, what will or will not happen will play out over the coming days. It's very sad to see this wonderful city and its gentle people worried and suffering and we hope for the best.

This is the latest from the Bangkok Post. Things do not look promising.

But know we are fine here (on the 7th floor) high enough to be safe and low enough to walk downstairs. As you can see from my photos, much of Bangkok is still business as usual. I did go to my favorite market one morning. Silom Soi 22 is always a great photo op early in the morning.Today, we will stock up on some more food and things we might need, and this weekend, we'll be relaxing together at the lovely Anantara Hotel. We are grateful that we can be here and hope that everyone in Bangkok will be safe and suffer little.

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