Flood releases from Bangkok | Tourism-Insider

Posted on November 8, 2011 – 00:00

Most important today is the finding that up to now no tourist and business traveler was not damaged by the floods.
If the roads and houses are dry again and will be returned to "normal" life - and no one wants to say, at this stage!
The Disaster Prevention Ministry confirmed that so far 527 people through the water and electric shocks were killed. Two people are still missing.
The flood, which employs the Thais for three months, is still in 24 of 54 provinces in and around Bangkok and has 1, 078, 502 people injured.
In some provinces outside Bangkok - where the water is already gone - or decreases, the government has started doling out to help people and businesses.
As the local press aptly, followed by the even bigger drought after the great flood. With the lack of beer and liquor supplies dwindling, the number of tourists and locals in the pleasure quarters. The operators of bars, pubs, clubs and karaoke establishments reported a 70 percent drop in sales.
Locals have left town or other concerns, when rumzutreiben in bars, tourists would come, but also the number has declined, reports a well known nightclub owner.
Even the otherwise popular Patpong entertainment district appears to be deserted. A reporter reports not only of empty places, but also by a jazz concert at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, in which the band performed in front of a few people.
The Kasikorn Research Centre expects to lack of revenue in the tourism industry of about 15-25 billion baht.
The Minister of Tourism, Chumpol Silpa-archa said arrivals at Suvarnabhumi Airport had declined to about 70 percent of normal traffic. The intended target of 19 million visitors to Thailand in 2011 they could not reach well. The Minister expects that good a million people have rescheduled due to the flood or stayed at home.
The tourism sector employs more than two million people, many of whom now are unemployed or have to take care of their own families.
Some bar owners are upset about the information policy of the government, the press reported on. The businessmen are not sure whether they applaud or to criticize the government. In your opinion, the visitors stay, because they were scared and afraid of the government. "For three weeks, we have almost no more visitors, " reports a disgruntled bar owner, "although we are still sitting in the dry here, guests stay out. We had to send a lot of service employees temporarily to their relatives in the country, because we can not afford it at the moment. There, they can at least help their relatives or family ".
Also, the Executive Committee of Centara Hotels complains about the government and the Tourist Office TAT: It will not do anything at the time about the potential tourists outside Thailand to inform correctly. For example, many people believe the world of air travel to Bangkok was affected - just like the Don Muang Airport is locked nationally used little. All other international and regional airports in Thailand but operate normally.

Photo: AP
Contrary to the opinion of many foreigners, only the Dong Muang domestic airport under water and small planes to get your feet wet. But all other airports in Thailand are operating normally.

Source: tourism-insider.com

The following is from the US Embassy website.

2006-11-01 20:02:20 by short_visits_why_bother?

You do need a visa unless you are on a short layover.
"Tourist Visas…If an individual wishes to remain in country for more than 30 days, he/she may wish to obtain a tourist visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in the United States, prior to arriving in Thailand. The tourist visa is valid for 60 days. After arrival in Thailand, a tourist visa may be extended only twice. On the first ...e second occasion, the tourist visa may be extended for another 15 days – for a total of 105 days. There is a 1,900 Baht fee for each extension. Interested Americans should contact the Thai Immigration Bureau located at 507 Soi Suan Plu, South Sathon Road in Bangkok. The phone number is (66) (2) 287-3111. Thai immigration offices are also located in most major tourist cities around the country."

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