A Bangkok suburb. Photo: Sakchai Lalit/Scanpix.

Foreign Ministry issues Thailand travel advisory

"They came with a boat into his living room."
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The Swedish foreign ministry issued an advisory Thursday night for Swedes to avoid non-essential travel to more than two dozen flooded Thai provinces in the North, Northeast, central parts and East, as well as Bangkok. The country is a popular destination for Swedes. But while the tourist regions have largely been untouched by the flood waters, there are also about a thousand Swedes who live in Bangkok.

Radio Sweden interviews Mikael Töpffer, a Swedish journalist based in Bangkok but currently in Chantaburi, a province about three-and-a-half hours southeast of the capital, where he just happened to have booked a vacation recently. He says the floods in the country are affecting Swedes and relates the story of one friend, who was rescued from his home by a boat that pulled into his living room.

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