In the last few weeks I have spent twenty nights in hotels. On holiday this type of accommodation is fine for me, but waiting out the Bangkok floods is no fun at all. I just want to go home to Minburi and get back to my life. The worst thing is that nobody can say when this is going to happen. I’ve stopped trusting predictions made by the experts on Thai TV.
One of our neighbours has managed to return to her home. The water is only ankle deep in her house so it is probably the same in our place. I could live with this amount of inconvenience, and I could even put up with having to shit into a plastic bag. The trouble is that the roads are impassable in that part of the world. She had to go in by boat. It is probably going to be at least another week before we can return by car.
It is hard not knowing how much damage has been done to our home. We only rent the place, but most of our belongings are still there – I heard that at one stage the water was quite high. We managed to get a lot of stuff upstairs before we left, but items such as the washing machine and motorbike were left to face the floods.
We are now staying in Chat Trakan, and this is a beautiful part of Thailand. My wife gets a chance to catch up with family, and my son is enjoying the attention. I lived here before, and I do love the place. It is just different being somewhere when you no longer have a place to call home there.