Planning a Short Trip to Thailand (Part 2) – Bangkok Flood News

After pre-booking all the air tickets, accommodations and local tours, news of the Bangkok floods became incrementally worse by the day. A travel advisory was issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to avoid non essential travel to Thailand, in particular, the flood stricken Bangkok.

I had a week left before the trip and had to make a quick decision on whether to make the changes to avoid Bangkok. The anxiety level was very high as all my friends and family members suggest that I abandon the trip altogether. I was wavering as my flight has to go via Bangkok and it was not possible to change to a direct flight to Chiangmai as Thai Airways does not have such a flight from Singapore. As news poured in about the possibility of the floods hitting Bangkok city and Thai International Airport, it was disheartening and frustrating at the same time.

Nevertheless, I decided to go ahead with the trip by extending my stay in Chiangmai and skipping Bangkok stay even though my flights have to go through Bangkok. Since all my air tickets were booked with Thai Airways, I started to call them to have one of my flights rescheduled. I needed to reschedule the flight back from Chiangmai to Bangkok to be on the same day as my flight back to Singapore from Bangkok. This, to me, was the best and most feasible option but the problem was, no one was answering the Thai Airways phone lines and my emails were left unanswered too. More details please visit:-

Two other important things I needed to do was to cancel my prepaid 4-days hotel accommodation in Bangkok (booked through which stated that no cancellation or refund allowed for this special offer) and adjust the itinerary from 4 to 8 days in Chiangmai. Although I purchased travel insurance for this trip before all these had happened, I preferred trying to get a refund for my hotel bookings as my case was definitely a valid one. Another reason was that I wanted to avoid the hassle of putting up insurance claims where possible.

It was challenging for me as I had to do several things simultaneously and time was not on my side. I had to keep trying to get through Thai Airways to reschedule my flight, email Asiatravel to cancel and refund my Bangkok hotel booking and extend my stay and itinerary in Chiangmai. It was a nerve-wracking experience and I lived to tell about it here.

As Thai Airways in Singapore was totally unreachable, I decided to go ahead with the trip and fly to Chiangmai via Bangkok and hope to get my flight rescheduled over there. Thankfully, Asiatravel managed to get a refund for my hotel booking in Bangkok and I was glad to have recommended Asiatravel in my earlier article as one of my preferred online travel bookings site. Also, I was able to arrange a wider coverage of Chiangmai and it’s the northern areas with a local tour agent called Untouched Thailand to maximise the extended stay. I will share about the Chiangmai experience in my next article. Stay tuned.

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