Thanks to Jeab for the above picture. Yesterday the Mun River peaked at 9.2 meters and today at 1am it finally started to drop. That’s 61cm short of the water level in 2011. It’s only gone down 1cm so far but I’m sure that will speed up.
The water continues to rise but it looks like it will finally start going down tonight or tomorrow. Here is the increase in water for the last 5 days.
Sep28 – 16cm
Sep29 – 15cm
Sep30 – 10cm
Oct01 – 7cm
Oct02 – 3cm
The Mun starts in Khao Yai National Park in Korat. The Chi River, which meets the Mun just before reaching the city, comes from Chaiyaphum and the Ubol Ratana Dam in Khon Kaen. The dam isn’t anywhere near a risk at the moment.
However, Korat and Chaiyaphum are both currently getting dumped on with rain and that could have an affect on Ubon later this weekend. I’m struggling to find any info in the news about potential risks so this is all just guessing but something to watch. The National Weather Service forecast only has a 30% chance of rain for Ubon the next week so if I were guessing, I’d say Ubon is in the clear for anymore flooding and the water will likely continue to drop.
The local police station’s Facebook page provided this wonderful picture. Remember, this is all water from the river. We haven’t had any rain for almost a week now. The typhoon brought scarcely a mist on the North side of the city.
The river is up to 9.03m. A local reporter said it would peak sometime tomorrow.
Below is another video update on the typhoon. It’s slipping North but the heaviest rain is on the South side. I doubt we get much rain but that may mean rain coming down the Chi River from Khon Kaen. It could worsen or at least slow the recovery in Ubon. The typhoon is also going to draw rain in from the Andaman which could mean more water in the Mun River.
PM Yingluck is visiting today. She gets in around 12, will be visiting Rajabhat Sisaket which is flooded, Kanthararom and then Warin. She leaves Wing 21 at 4:30pm.
Ubon is flooding. This comes as no surprise to those living on the Mun River and know it’s an annual possibility. Most people already have boats or are at least used to packing up and moving to the temporary camping area. The picture above is from a temple on the Warin side from the bridge that connects Ubon Rak Hospital to Warin. The bridge is now “closed” though plenty of people are still using it and fishing off of it. As you enter the Warin side the water is now too high to pass.
Normally a flood isn’t big news for Ubon but there is more water coming from dams releasing water to the North. In addition, there is a Category 2 Typhoon headed for North Isan which means more water headed down stream. How bad will it get? Who knows. The flood in 2011 peaked at 9.81m and we’re at 8.93 now so still a ways to go to reach that level. I’ll update as I get time. Below are some links to monitor the water level at the main bridge downtown and Typhoon Wutip.
It’s officially the best time of year for waterfalls. After a very busy July I finally got the opportunity to explore the cliffs East of Soi Sawan Waterfall in Pha Taem National Park. For once there is actually a path to follow most of the way. Usually there aren’t any or at least poorly marked paths in Thai National Parks. As usual, there were quite a few mushroom hunters around.
Unfortunately my hiking team overslept and we got a late start. Ok I lied. I have a new phone and apparently I don’t know how to set an alarm. Anyway, I had hoped to arrive by 7:30 before the park staff arrive so we could enter for free but we rolled in at 8:30 and went through the usual price dance. I ended paying 50b while my less fluent friends paid 100b.
The waterfall had more water then I’ve ever seen which is a good sign for the next couple months of exploring. We hiked up the waterfall just to give some new guys the experience. You can easily bypass the waterfall to get to the path. Just follow the trail with tracks for a jeep.
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Yes, I’m still alive. Life has happened. I did manage to find time to take a great hike along the cliffs east of Soi Sawan Waterfall and will post about the surprisingly easy trip from Sisaket to Angkor Wat soon. In the meantime, here’s a few photos I took of a storm crossing a sea of rice in Khu Khan, Sisaket. I love rainy season. Thanks to a friend for stitching these together for me.
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Tagged esan, esarn, green, isaan, Isan, rainbow, rice field, Sisaket, Thailand, thunderstorm
Forbes has a story on the Global House founder and a bit on growth in Isan that’s worth reading. I would love to find a good in depth article about Isan’s growth right now. I’m no economist but I still can’t figure it out. The rice subsidies can’t last forever but this growth comes from before that so what’s driving it? I see plenty of retail and housing developments, but where is the manufacturing? Is it all agricultural growth?http://www.forbes.com/sites/suzynam/2013/07/03/thailands-richest-newcomer-is-a-retailer-who-made-his-fortune-in-nations-poorest-area/
In other development news, Highway 24 from Buri Ram to Ubon will finally be made 4 lane. I’ve lost count how many accidents and dead bodies I’ve seen on that stretch of road.
I’m done giving business to the Sunee Hotel in Ubon. Their management is horrible. I often reserve rooms for visiting family, friends and sometimes teachers and have had a few minor problems in the past but today tops them all. 2 months ago I went in and reserved 9 rooms for 1,500b. 2 weeks ago I confirmed the rooms and the price. Both times I offered a deposit and they said they didn’t need it. This isn’t a language problem. I speak Thai and English.
Today, 3 hours before the guests arrive on a plane, they called to confirm a 2,000b price which is a 25% increase. With the guests enroute I have no way to ask if that’s ok with them. I was so ticked off. Choosing to go the Thai route of fixing the problem, I called a friend who is well known in the Ubon business community to see if she could help fix the situation. She actually went and talked to the manager and the manager flat out lied saying they changed the price last month and called to confirm the new price yesterday and were waiting for us to call them back. That’s a bold faced lie by the manager. I’m suspicious that they are doing this in order to get full price customers with a popular soap opera star doing a show tonight but who knows. Needless to say, we quickly found a new hotel. I’ve always liked Sunee because of the location but there’s plenty of better hotels in Ubon such as T3. I suggest you take your business elsewhere too.