November 16-22, 2011
The luncheon buffet at The Rain Tree in The Plaza Athenee Hotel here in Bangkok is ... IMO ... the best in the (soi) (neighborhood) (city) (country) (world) (universe)*. Here are just the starters for our little party of four.
* All of the above.
Following on yesterday's starters we moved, after drink deliveries, onto more things from the sea: both bits raw and bits broiled*.
* Mind the close-ups.
My minder is calmer today.
November 16, 2011
Warden Message to U.S. Citizens: Updated Travel Alert for Thailand
This Travel Alert is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to difficulties related to travel in the flood-affected areas of Thailand, including Bangkok. This Travel Alert supersedes the Travel Alert dated October 27, 2011, to update information on flooding. Floodwaters are generally receding, and the overall situation is improving. However,flooding still hampers transportation and limits access to some essential services in the affected areas. The U.S. Department of State advises caution if traveling to these areas of Thailand. This Travel Alert extends only to the areas of Thailand listed in the following paragraph. Most tourist destinations, such as Phuket and Chiang Mai, are unaffected by the current flooding. Bangkok's main international airport, Suvarnabhumi, is operating normally. This Travel Alert will expire on February 14, 2012. The most severe flooding in over 50 years is slowly working its way to the sea, and water levels are gradually dropping in areas that have already been flooded. The remaining affected areas include metropolitan Bangkok and 22 additional provinces: Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Singhburi, Angthong, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Lopburi, Sara Buri, Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Nayok, Pracheen Buri, Chacherngsao, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Kamphang Peth, Ubon Ratchathani, Srisaket, Roi-et, and Kalasin.
Floodwaters are being diverted away from central Bangkok to flow through
and around the eastern portions of Bangkok Metropolitan area as they
drain to the sea. Flooding is more widespread in the outer Bangkok
Metropolitan area. It is unclear how long these conditions will last,
and U.S. citizens living in flood-affected areas should follow the
advice of local authorities, monitor local media, and refer to the U.S.
Embassy web page
In many flooded areas, surface transportation has either been suspended
or diverted to other areas. Portions of highways are closed, and bus and
train services to and through some flooded areas are suspended or have
been diverted. Don Muang Airport in northern Thailand, which typically
handles a number of domestic flights, remains closed due to flooding.
Flights into and out of Don Muang Airport have either been canceled or
diverted to Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok's main international airport. We
recommend travelers check with their airlines for additional details.
U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Thailand are strongly advised
to enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
U.S. citizens living in Thailand should contact the U.S. Embassy in
Bangkok for up-to-date information on any restrictions. The American
Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy
(http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/service.html) is located at 95 Wireless
Road in Bangkok, and can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049, or by
e-mailing email@example.com. The Embassy's after-hours emergency
telephone number is 66-2-205-4000. The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang
Mai (http://chiangmai.usconsulate.gov/service.html) is located at 387
Wichayanond Road in Chiang Mai. The American Citizen Services Unit of
the Consulate General can be reached by calling 66-53-107-777 and by
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The after-hours emergency telephone number
is 66-81-881-1878. You can also follow the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok's
American Citizen Services Unit on Twitter
Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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PS: We polished off the meal with some real meat: Pate Foi Gras and Peking Duck and some cooked stuff from the sea.
OOPS ... one egg yolk skidded to the floor.
Being the husband of a Thai wife I don't have many activities that could fall into the "work" column. But, every Saturday it is my job to take our Bangkok cars to the filling station and the car wash for a gas-up and scrub-down. This was my day.
Good news: we will not need any of these boats. Anyway, I don't know how long they would last as they are made out of compressed paper.
Better news: our source of soi food will not be interrupted.
PS: Hmmmm...maybe I should switch the "better" and the "good".
Food for the gods (Thai spirits) *.
And, food for me.
I think I made out better!
* At the end of the day it's eaten by our condo security people.
Our newest neighbor, Park Ventures, is now complete. Despite its size and prestige the soi food venders are still on its sidewalk. I love BKK!
* Stephen King's latest book "11/22/63" is a brilliant read.
Next: Part V