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Bangkok: Will  the "Venice of the East" disappear under the sea in 30 years!?

 

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It is one of the oldest of old chestnuts in the Thai media that is reported every rainy season. 

 

Will Bangkok, the capital of Thailand for almost 250 years, disappear under the sea? 

 

Some say that Krung Thep, as the Thais call Bangkok, will be gone in 30 years. 

 

Others are prepared to believe that human technology can save the city from a watery grave - or at least the majority of it. 

 

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Thai media ThaiPBS visited the topic as flooding once again caused misery to millions in the city. 

 

Posing the question as to whether the city will disappear they admitted that no one is really sure. 

 

Climate change causing rising sea levels is adding to the long-standing fears. 

 

Old problems remain largely unaddressed including the fact that much of Bangkok is under sea level, in some places as much as 2 meters. 

 

Concreting of vast swathes of the metro area and the effect of ground water changes has left great damage and great challenges alike for engineers battling to preserve the capital. 

 

While there are yet no plans to move the Thai capital that cannot be said of Jakarta in Indonesia that already has plans to move. 

 

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Named "The Venice of the East" because of its thousands of kilometers of canals or klongs, the city's poetic sounding name may yet come to be a permanent and distinct reality - not just a playful moniker during the rainy season. 

 

The capital was moved to a strategic bend in the river by Rama 1 in 1782 after Thonburi on the other side of the river was named the capital following the glory days of Ayutthaya. 

 

Source: Thai PBS

 

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Well from the recent amnesty threads at least 50% of the expats staying here are already underwater...ha ha ha ha

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What is so hard about building a stop bank? They already know how to do it, and they know how to use pumps to drain the canals into the river. It's not as though Bkk isn't rich enough to do it.

 

Perhaps they should stop pumping water out from underneath Bkk which is why the city is sinking.

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

Krung Thep, as the Thais call Bangkok

They put it in a way that sounds like Bangkok is the real name and the Thai people call it Krung Thep by mistake....

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Just like "the Venice of the West," aka Venice. 

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They'll wait until the last minute, until it's almost at catastrophic levels and then they'll fix it - kind of. 

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2 hours ago, tonray said:

Well from the recent amnesty threads at least 50% of the expats staying here are already underwater...ha ha ha ha

Expats here on real Extensions of Stay's or Tourists that should have left and returned when they had more funds.  Choose wisely Grasshopper.

 

The flooding of the streets in Bangkok is caused because of the amount of trash that is thrown on the ground instead of in the trash and is then washed into the drains where it clogs up the pipes.  If there were garbage cans placed outside it might help, but then who would pay for the refuse to be picked up.

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46 minutes ago, LukKrueng said:

They put it in a way that sounds like Bangkok is the real name and the Thai people call it Krung Thep by mistake....

To a majority of the worlds airlines, hotel search engines, maps and other references, it isn't listed as Krung Thep. Call it what one may, it is the same place, by no mistake.

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One can hope. A large part of Thai political problems are due to centralization of power in BKK.

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1 hour ago, micmichd said:

Then have a look at the "Venice of the North" aka Amsterdam. The Dutch found a way to build a city in water. 

Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice. And its a city. And its nowhere near the coast.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Named "The Venice of the East" because of its thousands of kilometers of canals or klongs, the city's poetic sounding name may yet come to be a permanent and distinct reality

Well it's got the same smell so I guess the flooding will follow soon enough.

Will it survive with "win gondoliers" ?

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