Expecting normal Bangkok, Thailand traffic, I took a motorbike taxi over to the Grand Palace side of the Pinklao bridge yesterday. The motorbike wasn’t necessary since the normal afternoon Bangkok traffic was no where to be found.
I planned to walk around some of the areas I did two days earlier but ended up catching a ride through flooded areas with a Bangkok fire and rescue team. They were using a large tow truck to ferry people through flooded areas as well as deliver meals and water to people along the route. I hopped on the truck not knowing exactly where it would go and ended up spending three hours or so plodding through the flood.
About an hour into the ride I ran into a fellow that we had met a couple of days earlier – Dominik, an Austrian exchange student that lives in an area surrounded by chest deep water. He was out getting supplies at a Lotus department store that remains open even though it is surrounded by water – the store is fortified with sandbags and kept dry with a series of pumps. With university cancelled, Dominik and friends are collecting donations for flood victims. You can learn about their efforts and how to donate at their website: thailandflood.org
Below are some pictures from the afternoon. Again, it’s an Adobe flash sideshow so you can’t view them on an iPhone or iPad.
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