This was when the area around Bangkok was still dry, in the Bang Bua Thong area.  Ominous signs of flooding were already around.  The detour I was forced to take to the office led me past this place.

 

This was when the area around Bangkok was still dry, in the Bang Bua Thong area.  Ominous signs of flooding were already around. The detour I was forced to take to the office led me past this place.

Canon 40D, EF-S 17-85mm F4-5.6 IS USM @F8 1/250th 41mm ISO 200

 

 

On the 8th of November I decided to grab my camera and have a look around the MRT stations which were already affected by the flooding.

When exiting the Lad Phrao MRT station this was one of the first signs that things were not normal.  Half of the flood doors were already closed.  Glad to see that they did plan for such an event when they constructed these stations.  On your way out, the smell of water was already present way before reaching the surface.

 

On the 8th of November I decided to grab my camera and have a look around the MRT stations which were already affected by the flooding.

Canon 40D, EF-S 17-85mm F4-5.6 IS USM @F4 1/25th 24mm ISO 400

 

 

From atop the Lad Phrao – Ratchadaphisek intersection.

 

From atop the Lad Phrao – Ratchadaphisek intersection.

Canon 40D, Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG @F8 1/160th–1/3 EV 12mm ISO 200

 

 

 

Just had to take a picture of the road sign, just in case people wouldn’t believe this was actually Lad Phrao road!

 

Just had to take a picture of the road sign, just in case people wouldn’t believe this was actually Lad Phrao road!

Canon 40D, Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG @F8 1/60th+1/3 EV 12mm ISO 200

 

 

Only large pickups could pass.  Small cars would never make it through the meter high water.

 

Only large pickups could pass. Small cars would never make it through the meter high water.

Canon 40D, Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG @F8 1/160th+1/3 EV 24mm ISO 200

 

 

This lass was waiting right in the middle of the intersection, presumably for some truck to come and pick her up.   Anyone want to come and rescue the maiden in distress?

 

This lass was waiting right in the middle of the intersection, presumably for some truck to come and pick her up.  Anyone want to come and rescue the maiden in distress?

Canon 40D, EF 70-300mm F4-5.5.6 DO IS USM @F5 1/320th 180mm ISO 200

 

How to get to Lad Phrao?  Well by boat of course!

 

How to get to Lad Phrao? Well by boat of course!

Canon 40D, EF 70-300mm F4-5.5.6 DO IS USM @F5 1/125th 100mm ISO 200

 

 

Motor cycle taxi drivers were having a hard time.  Not many were willing to brave it through the waters on the back of a bike.

 

Motor cycle taxi drivers were having a hard time. Not many were willing to brave it through the waters on the back of a bike.

Canon 40D, EF 70-300mm F4-5.5.6 DO IS USM @F5.6 1/400th 300mm ISO 200

 

 

Looking down Lad Phrao, it looked more like a river than a road.

 

Looking down Lad Phrao, it looked more like a river than a road.

Canon 40D, EF 70-300mm F4-5.5.6 DO IS USM @F5.6 1/640th 300mm ISO 200

 

 

At least one person did not park his/her car on top of the flyover.  Pretty creative.

 

At least one person did not park his/her car on top of the flyover. Pretty creative.

Canon 40D, EF 70-300mm F4-5.5.6 DO IS USM @F5 1/400th 100mm ISO 200

 

 

The army was playing taxi, its trucks some of the few vehicles that could still make it through the water.

 

The army was playing taxi, its trucks some of the few vehicles that could still make it through the water.

Canon 40D, EF 70-300mm F4-5.5.6 DO IS USM @F5 1/200th 70mm ISO 200

 

 

Kids made the most of it, playing and swimming and generally having a good time.  Apparently the health risks had not been pointed out to them by their parents…

 

Kids made the most of it, playing and swimming and generally having a good time. Apparently the health risks had not been pointed out to them by their parents…

Canon 40D, EF 70-300mm F4-5.5.6 DO IS USM @F5.6 1/250th 200mm ISO 200

 

 

The only exit at Pahon Yothin MRT station that was still open.  The MRT still stopped here, but getting out would be impossible without getting your feet wet.

 

The only exit at Pahon Yothin MRT station that was still open. The MRT still stopped here, but getting out would be impossible without getting your feet wet.

Canon 40D, Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG @F5 1/160th+1 EV 12mm ISO 200

Boats and trucks only, no other motorized vehicles could pass.

 

Boats and trucks only, no other motorized vehicles could pass.

Canon 40D, Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG @F5.6 1/250th 24mm ISO 200

 

 

The sun was slowly setting when I reached Chatuchak MRT.  It looks very serene, and if you didn’t know that the water in the foreground actually hides the footpath, you probably would not see anything amiss in this image.

 

The sun was slowly setting when I reached Chatuchak MRT.  It looks very serene, and if you didn’t know that the water in the foreground actually hides the footpath, you probably would not see anything amiss in this image.

Canon 40D, Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG @F5 1/500th 12mm ISO 200

 

 

Yet turn around and this is what you see; many men building a makeshift dike of sandbags.  The main purpose was not to stop water, but to create a walkway between the MRT and BTS stations.

 

Yet turn around and this is what you see; many men building a makeshift dike of sandbags.  The main purpose was not to stop water, but to create a walkway between the MRT and BTS stations.

Canon 40D, Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG @F5 1/40th 12mm ISO 200

 

 

The only way to make it (semi-) dry from one station to the next.

 

The only way to make it (semi-) dry from one station to the next.

Canon 40D, Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG @F5 1/80th 12mm ISO 200

 

 

From the top of the BTS station Mo Chit.  Not sure what that motorcycle driver was waiting for.  I don’t think many would still use that exit…

 

From the top of the BTS station Mo Chit. Not sure what that motorcycle driver was waiting for. I don’t think many would still use that exit…

Canon 40D, Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG @F8 1/15th 24mm ISO 100

 

 

Entrepreneurial as ever, some make the most of it by supplying items that are in high demand.  In this case, waterproof pants and boots to keep your feet and legs dry.

 

Entrepreneurial as ever, some make the most of it by supplying items that are in high demand.  In this case, waterproof pants and boots to keep your feet and legs dry.

Canon 40D, EF-S 17-85mm F4-5.6 IS USM @F8 1/30th 19mm ISO 400

 

 

Looking down Pahon Yothin road provides this surreal image.

 

Looking down Pahon Yothin road provides this surreal image.

Canon 40D, EF 70-300mm F4-5.5.6 DO IS USM @8 1/125th 70mm ISO 400

 

 

Not sure what this guy was doing, other than attracting attention.

 

Not sure what this guy was doing, other than attracting attention.

Canon 40D, EF 70-300mm F4-5.5.6 DO IS USM @F8 1/10th 70mm ISO 400

 

 

Despite the floods, the busses continued to operate.

 

Despite the floods, the busses continued to operate.

Canon 40D, EF 70-300mm F4-5.5.6 DO IS USM @F5.6 1/400th 300mm ISO 400

 

 

Kitting up to brave the floods.

 

Kitting up to brave the floods.

Canon 40D, EF 70-300mm F4-5.5.6 DO IS USM @F5.6 1/30th 70mm ISO 400

 

 

Even during the floods there are still traffic jams...

 

Even during the floods there are still traffic jams...

Canon 40D, EF 70-300mm F4-5.5.6 DO IS USM @F5.6 1/80th 70mm ISO 400

 

 

People brave enough to get into the water to reach the bus.

 

People brave enough to get into the water to reach the bus.

Canon 40D, EF 70-300mm F4-5.5.6 DO IS USM @F5.6 1/125th 300mm ISO 400

 

 

The water level at Mo Chit never did get as high as further up the road, but it was still enough to cripple any car smaller than a pickup.

 

The water level at Mo Chit never did get as high as further up the road, but it was still enough to cripple any car smaller than a pickup.

Canon 40D, EF 70-300mm F4-5.5.6 DO IS USM @F5.6 1/160th 300mm ISO 400

 

 

Not sure what this guy was thinking when he parked and wrapped up his car…

 

Not sure what this guy was thinking when he parked and wrapped up his car…

Canon 40D, EF-S 17-85mm F4-5.6 IS USM @F8 1/50th 85mm ISO 400

 

 

The sun slowly setting over a flooded Bangkok…

 

The sun slowly setting over a flooded Bangkok…

Canon 40D, Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG @F8 1/125th+2/3 EV 12mm ISO 400