Flooding Brings Thailand Travel Warnings

With floodwaters spilling through the outskirts of Bangkok and north-central Thailand — and fears of worse flooding to come in the capital city — some foreign governments have urged their citizens to avoid travel to parts of the country and some U.S. airlines are allowing travelers to change flights without penalties.

Heavy rains in recent weeks have caused some of the capital city’s many canals to flood and it’s feared that the Chao Phraya river, which winds through the heart of the city, could flood extensively.

The city’s Don Muang Airport, used mostly for domestic flights, closed earlier this week after floodwaters spilled onto the runways. However, the city’s main Suvarnabhumi International Airport, used for flights from abroad, was operating normally. But Delta Air Lines is allowing travelers to change their Bangkok tickets without the usual fees through Nov. 7 (United Airlines also has a waiver).

Around the sprawling capital city, roads, train and bus stations were crowded as Bangkok residents sought to leave the city amid fear of flooding and some bottled-water and food shortages.

In the heart of the city, floodwaters on Wednesday lapped at the exterior walls of Bangkok’s gilded Grand Palace, once home to monarchs and now a major tourist attraction. The water later receded with the tides that affect the city’s river and canal levels.

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