Friday, 18 March 2011

Samui flash flooding, March 2011

Samui flash flooding, March 2011

Yesterday saw a bit of very unusual rain around Samui and Southern Thailand. Normally it should be dry and hot this time of the year and rain like this is out of schedule so to speak.

In Bang Rak the fire brigade had to come out and pump water off the street. Since my return from Koh Lanta, this section of the road in Bang Rak seems to floods even when you throw a bucket of water out of your house. It looks like the water doesn't have an option to go to the beach, as if somebody build a wall and closed it off and prevents the natural water flow towards the ocean.

Chaweng hills near the ring road were covered in low hanging clouds and it looked like the rain could start again any moment.

Bang Rak bay is filled up to the rafters with fishing boats and loads of other boats looking for shelter for the wind and waves. The amount of fishing boats lining up in the bay gives you a good indication how rough it is out there. The ferries to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao should be no pleasure ride.
Today might have some more rain and than it should clear up again until the 24th March, when more rain and strong wind is predicted.

Camille

27 comments:

David said...

Hi Camille

Yours is the first proper information I have seen about the problems in Samui, where my daughter and her friend are staying. I wonder if you have the latest on the outlook for flights out (her friends' parents could not
fly out today) and boats out (they want to get back to the mainland).
Wishing you good luck in the atrocious conditions.

David

Camille said...

Hi David,

Possibly tomorrow the airport might open again. The rain and the wind is supposed to be slow down by Friday.

Hope this helps for now.

David said...

Thanks Camille - much appreciated - David

Camille said...

You're welcome David, let's cross our fingers that it will be fine in a few days!

Jannie said...

Hi Camille,
I will be over in Samui in about three weeks.
Is that a wise thing to do?

Jannie

Camille said...

Hi Jannie,

In 3 weeks time Samui should be fine again!

Anonymous said...

we are due to come to samui next thursday ,,,what to do ?

Jannie said...

Thanx Camille,
Do you know by any change how it its in chaweng.
I am staying in Chaweng Cove

Thank you so much ,

Jannie

Anonymous said...

hi,your blog is so useful.i hope things are getting better soon,is there much damage to hotels chaweng beach?we are staying amari palm reef in 2 weeks???!!!??
thanks

Camille said...

In two weeks time you should be fine.

Camille said...

Hi Jannie,

Some parts of Chaweng were seriously flooded, have no information about the Cove.

benny353 said...

Hi camille,
Thanks for your blog on the current situation there its the best info i can get! We are due to fly to Samui today and stay in mae nam any idea on the situation there? It sounds like we should try and go somewhere else for now would you agree?

Jannie said...

If you have any news, can you post it then ?

Thanx camille

Liv said...

Dear Camille,

This is an emergency, could you please let me know shortly how is the situation in Koh Phangan . I have guests,they are able to get on a ferry this afternoon and 5 pm from Koh Tao and are heading straight to Koh Phangan Baan Pan Buri resort .
I need to know if it would be possible to travel from
the ferry up to Baan Panburi tonight it is at the north small resort next to Santiburi, Apparently they will arrive at around 11pm tonight. How is the road up there !

Thanks a lot
Charuwan

Camille said...

Hi Benny,

A late response so I'm not sure what you decided to do but my advise is to stay clear of Samui for the next couple of days unless you need to be here.

Camille said...

Hi Jannie,

Hope you have been following my updates.

Camille said...

Dear Charuwan,

Unfortunately I don't know how bad the situation is on Kph Phangan let alone in the North. I'm afraid I can't help you much with this situation. Sorry!

Anonymous said...

Hi Camille

Thanks for keep updating latest information for samui! I m traveling to samui by end of April staying in Bo Phut villa, do you think it's safe to come? I see that a lot of places and roads are damage, does that affect the tourist area? Are we expecting some sunshine soon?

Thanks for your help!

Clara

Camille said...

Hi Clara,

The end of April should be just fine!

The forecast for the next 7 days is sunshine and hot! Just like April should be!

Anonymous said...

Camille

Thanks for your quick reply! You ar the best!

Clara

Anonymous said...

Hi Camille

I m coming to samui april 29 staying in bann grand villa bo Phut?

I see from the weather forecast saying there will be thunder storm for the next 10 days, is that the situation?

Thanks for your help!

Anthony

Camille said...

Hi Anthony,

The next 7 days should be sunny and by the end of the month I would expect Samui to be up and running again!

Anonymous said...

Hi Camille,

We are due to arrive in Koh Samui next Thursday and quite anxious on the weather conditions. Do you know what the expected forcast should be and whether its still ok to visit?

Camille said...

Hi,

The forecast right now is looking good with sunny predictions, I can only hope and cross my fingers that it will stay like this.

Anonymous said...

Hi Camille,

We are due to arrive Koh Samui on Thursday and we are abit anxious about the weather conditions. Do you know what the expected weather forcast will be? Do you advise still ok to travel to koh Samui?

Anonymous said...

Wow,

Thankyou for the quick response! This gives me some peace of mind, we have been looking forward to going to Koh Samui for a while. Can you advise whether much tourist activities have been affected?

Camille said...

Right now everything has been affected. Clean up and repair work will be in full swing soon.