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Why Is Thailand Flooding During The Rainy Season?

flooding2I have lived in Thailand since 1998 and I have seen a lot of flooding here during the past 16 years.

The first flooding I experienced was one evening I was out in town with friends.
We were sitting in a bar when it started to rain…and it keps raining for hours, but we did not realize anything was wrong until the water rose to the floors of the bar.

We thought “no problem” we just continue having fun until the rain stops.

Anyway the rain kept going on and suddenly all power was cut.
At that time the water in the bar was knee-high and we all sat with our feet raised on the bar stools.


Joke: Watch the photo above. Imagine a real estate broker trying to sell this home: “Since your house is flooded we can sell it as an ‘Island Retreat’ if you agree?”

When the power was cut we decided to leave and go back home.
But when we reached the main road the water was up to our thighs and our motorbikes were covered in water so we had two choises, either we catched a taxi or we had to walk 12 kilometers back home.
Of course the taxis could not drive and we all had to walk all the way home!
I tell you, I was laughing my butt off all the way home while my friends were angry and told me they would never ever go to town again when it was rainy season :D


After so many years with flooding one would imagine that the local Thai governments had learned their lessons, right?
So why do such floodings still occur all the time in Thailand?

Many locations in Thailand are prone to seasonal flooding due to their tropical climate.
The floods mostly occur in the North of Thailand and spread down Chao Phraya River through the central plains flowing into the Mekong, or in the coastal hillsides of the East and South of Thailand.

Tropical storms commonly increase the rain, resulting in further risk of flooding.

Drainage control systems like multiple dams, irrigation canals and flood detention basins have been implemented but these measures are inadequate to prevent all flood damage, especially to rural areas of Thailand.

A lot of effort has been put into preventing the enormous flooding of the capital city, which lies near the mouth of the Chao Phraya and is prone to flooding,
with conditional success, and Bangkok was hit hard during the flooding in 2011.

Some experts out there say that Bangkok will be under water before year 2020, and if you experienced the flooding during 2011 you would almost agree to this prophecy.


Flash-flooding in the south in the coastal hillsides location is due to the rainwater washes down from the mountains and the drainage sysytems are unable to protect the area, so all you can do is cross your fingers and pray to your God.

That said flooding is a part of living in the tropic and I have never heard of any injured foreigners. So do not worry, dear reader ;-)