Escape the Rains

A news report in Wednesday’s paper indicated that a weak La Niña system is building up in the western Pacific, which will result in heavier than normal rainfall throughout Asia.  Sure enough seems to be the case here in Bangkok where, despite reports of a severe drought in the northeast of the country, we have had quite a bit of rain to kick off rainy season. 


Late Monday morning we had several hours of nonstop torrential rain, much more than we usually get at one time.  As you can see from the picture taken from my balcony, the soi (alley) on which we live was flooded enough to brush the undersides of passing taxis.

My poor maid was caught in the rain while eating lunch on her way from one of the other houses she cleans to our condo.  She was eating at a streetside vendor and stayed there under and umbrella, hoping to wait it out.  When the vendor asked where she was heading, he shook his head and told her that the area floods and that she had better head out right there and then, or else abandon all hope.

Sure enough, when she arrived at the condo she was soaked.  I told her that next time it is raining so hard she should just call and cancel; no need to brave the floods.  A bit later she pointed out that where she lives out by Sukhumvit Soi 101, the sois don’t flood.  With all the expensive condos around here, she tsked, the streets shouldn’t flood.

So much for location, location, location!

I’m headed to the airport.  Talk to you soon.


0 thoughts on “Escape the Rains

  1. The rain/floods is not much better here. Close to 4 inches in less than 48 hours in already saturated soil. Don’t forget your umbrella! Have a safe trip and I’ll see you on Saturday.

  2. @oldpartner – Rats, am in Taipei already and made the conscious choice not to bring my umbrella…@Chatamanda – After about three hours it did and about two hours after that the flooding had subsided.  I met an expat Brit once who was a civil engineer specialising in water systems.  He said that given its elevation (under sea level), Bangkok’s system does a decent job handling the torrential rains.  But it still gets overwhelmed.

  3. @z_stands_for – As an American, having a maid was a concept that took me a few years to get over.  Labor is very inexpensive here, so I have a lady come in twice a week for about two-three hours each time to clean our two units.  Ultimately, it worked out to a pretty simple math equation as my time is worth a whole lot more in a purely monetary sense than what I’m paying her, and I’m paying her quite well by local standards.@Roadlesstaken – Yeah, you guys are having all sorts of bad weather.  I just told a Thai friend in NY that she should come back to the COOLER weather in Thailand, and how often can I say that to somebody?

  4. You are probably going to want that umbrella here in the Midwest Chris!! I have been seriously considering changing my name to Noah and building an ark!!! We got caught in the rain yesterday evening…my grandson had a serious case of the giggles as we raced inside from the car!!!   I can still feel the warm rain water, swirling around my knees as I was wading home through the flood waters during the rainy seasons there in Bangkok!!! You would think with all of the other accomplishments that they have come up with over the past 30 years that a better drainage system would have been on their agenda!!! Ruth Ann

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