Are Bangkok’s Floods Getting Worse? [Season 3, Episode 78]

2019-09-23T21:22:01+07:00September 25th, 2019|Bangkok Podcast Season 3|2 Comments

Greg and Ed dive into the flooding crisis in Thailand. (Get it?) Ed begins with some sobering statistics on the recent spate of floods that have affected 34 provinces, including Bangkok, which kicks off some not-so-nostalgic discussions about previous Bangkok flood stories, from wading down the soi in flip flops or simply being trapped at home on an ‘island’ until the water subsides. Granted, considering the flooding issues that some people have dealt with, this is small potatoes.   

But have things gotten worse? The guys admit they lack the expertise to know for sure, but it does seem that the annual problem of flooding hasn’t gotten any better, even though the rainy season is largely predictable. Adding to the gloomy situation are Bangkok’s precarious position at near sea level and the rising oceans due to climate change.

The boys end with a somewhat desperate hope that the Thai government has a team of world class experts working on a master plan to save our beloved city. Does it? Greg and Ed don’t know, but if you have confidence in the Thai government to deal with this immense problem, the boys have some swampland in Florida to sell you. It’s also near sea level by the way. 🙂

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2 Comments

  1. Liam September 30, 2019 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Lots of things to comment on in this episode, but I just want to say thank you for making an effort to pronounce ‘Koh Chang’ correctly. I’ve always felt like it was an issue of respect, that we should at least make an effort to pronounce Thai names correctly. Thank you for making the effort instead of just parroting the typical British pronunciations.

    • Greg September 30, 2019 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      Haha, thanks Liam! Our Thai is by no means anything to be proud of, but one of my pet peeves is when people who have been here long enough to know better still pronounce it ‘pat-TAYA’ rather than ‘PAT-taya’ which is the way every single Thai person has ever said it. I mean jeez…it’s not that hard! 🙂

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