Motorcycle owners in Bangkok, Thailand have been getting inventive.

With biblical, crazy, vast, lakelike flooding keeping the capital submerged for weeks in exceedingly unclean liquids, bike owners have had to employ radical solutions to save themselves, and their transport, from drowning and drifting away.

Everyone knew it was coming, so there was time to plan. But, as trash-choked sewage-water began spilling over the banks of the mighty Chao Phraya River, which runs through the middle of Bangkok, no one could quite believe the scale of it all.

There's something very Thai about these pictures. Invention with a sense of humour. Buddhist fatalism blended with well-informed cynicism about anyone's ability to do a thing about this slow-motion disaster.

Call it what you will, the response has been unique.

These photos were sent to me by an old friend, Simon, a Canadian who works for the Thai Government in Bangkok. The last two were taken by a collegue of his.

From his email:

Here are some pictures from my friend Mae's house taken over the last 2 weeks. She parked her truck at the end of the soi at the petrol station and took a boat to the house. The last picture is what she found on her truck engine block when she returned to the petrol station 8 hours later.

It's one part climate change, one part deforestation and eight parts nobody in government with a clue.

Makes winter seems civilized by comparison.

Map from BBC

High and dry here:

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  • marina
  • 2011-12-20T10:10:03-05:00

@madempudi check this out.


Must be the only place where car salesmen ask if you want a bag. I wonder if they charge an extra 5 cents.

  • alex
  • 2011-12-16T05:37:25-05:00

Holy shit - lovely pictures, especially the bagged cars