Monday, 28 March 2011

Situation on Samui worsening, airport closed

Situation on Samui worsening, airport closed

The rain has been relentless today and by 4pm the airport was officially closed, this is on BKK Airways Facebook page, funnily enough nothing is listed on their website;

All flights to/from Samui are cancelled due to bad weather. Passengers can contact 02 270 6699, 1771 or 077 422 512-9 (Samui Office) for rebooking the flight. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Lines of people at Samui airport today

Samui airport today

Maenam area today

Chaweng today




The situation on Koh Phangan is not that great, see picture above and on Koh Tao long term residents report about flooding as worse as they have ever seen and they're slowly running out of food and drinking water.

The worst for Samui is still coming with a predicted 260mm of rain tomorrow. Wind Guru is predicting more rain tomorrow with a lot less wind but by Thursday things should have calmed down again.

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Camille

38 comments:

Adam said...

This is getting to be worse then in November

Camille said...

Hi Adam,

Most certainly looks like it and that's the general consensus right now.

Andreas said...

Disasterzone

Camille said...

Sorry to hear that Andreas, just like in November, I'm on Koh Lanta! Barely made it out of Samui, just in time!

Adam said...

Lets just hope Samui makes it though tomorrows battering ! , the roads will be unusble at this rate, and the rain is just not stopping

Camille said...

That's how it looks like right now Adam, not very good indeed.

Amy said...

Hi Camille,

Friends of mine getting married on Koh Samui on Thursday, a lot of friends there at the moment including my boyfriend! They are on Chaweng, just got a phone call from him saying there were floods, bit concerned right now.

Thanks for the blog, news (in english at least) does not seem that helpful!

Should I be worried for their safety?

Camille said...

Hi Amy,

Glad to be help although the conditions could've been better!

I don't think there's a need to be worried, although the situation is not very good right now.

It looks like unprecedented flooding though!

Amy said...

Thanks Camille please keep us up to date!

volkan said...

Hi Camille;
Thank you so much for your helpful blog. Me and my wife have already planed a vacation to samui from 8th of April and i am not sure despite of high cancellation cost whether we should cancel it or not? What would you do as a person who is living there for a long time? Do you know anything about the forecast of that days?

thanks in advance

Camille said...

Hi Volkan,

By Thursday the situation should be fine and the rain should have stopped. Come 8th April, it should be hot and sunny again, as it's supposed to that time of the year.

Hope this helps for now.

Julie said...

Hi camille.
I have been Reading your posts for a long time now. Very helpful and very
Nice.
I hope you are doing okay there according to All the floodings! I am very
worried because me and my whole family are arriving in Bangkok 8 of april
and we Will be going by bus from bkk to koh Samui on 11 th of april. Do you
Think that everything Will be okay at that time? Both koh Samui and the way
to there in bus from Bangkok?
Since you are living there i hope you might be able to just say a
little ? :)
Have a Nice day.
Best regards from Julie

Camille said...

Hi Julie,

I would expect everything to be in working order by the 8th let alone the 11th April!

Paul said...

Hi Camille, my wife and I are coming to Bophut on the 4th April, getting a little worried, how are things at the moment.
Thanks
Paul

Camille said...

Hi Paul,

Things should be slowly getting back to normal again, The bad weather patch should be over by this weekend, after that it will take a few days to clean up!

Hope this helps for now.

Jozef said...

I found your blogs about koh samui. it is so Great. in this saturday i will come to koh samui to bandara resort and spa - can you tell me please situation there? if everything is wrong, I will change my plans :-( so please if you will have a time can you send me some usefull information for canceling trip in travel agency or for comfirm. Thank you a lot. Jozef

Camille said...

Hi Jozef,

By Saturday I expect the airport to be open, but Samui will be in full clean up mode. It should be sunny according to predictions. Tough call.

Hope this helps for now.

Julie said...

Hi there,

I have never looked at blog before and never posted a comment - just want to say thanks so kuch for the information - there is nothing on the Samui airport site and nothing on the Banbkok Airways site. You are providing a great service for those of us trying to navigate a way round all this,

Thank you,
Julie

Dark Mavis said...

Hi Camille,

Thanks for your useful posts to keep us updated!

I think you have been asked many time about the situation in Koh Samui recently. I just saw the news on TV today.... wish everyone now in Koh Samui & nearby islands safe!

I'm coming back to Koh Samui again with my family on 4th April, the news said it will keep raining in the next few days..... :(

it really makes me worry if the roads are still flooded, cos' we'll arrive at night (if the flight hasn't cancel) and we will drive to the hotel (we haven't been before) which a bit far at Laem Set... So really hope that weather & everything get better in next few days!

Best Regards,
Mavis

Camille said...

Hi Julie,

Thanks for the heads up! Please keep poppin by in the future!

Camille said...

Hi Dark Mavis (!) ;-),

The 4th April should have seen a big improvement on weather and clean up will be in full swing, at least I expect that.

The rain should subside soon!

Graham Woodward said...

How are things looking? What's the latest weather report?

I'm due in from Bangkok on the 14th April for my honeymoon, are things likely to be back to normal by then? I believe my hotels in Samui and Phuket aren't flooded but that could be because the worst hasn't him them yet.

Thanks for all the good info,

Graham

Jean-Pierre said...

Thank you Camille for all these informations!

We've spend 10 days in Samui from march 14 to march 24th, looks like we left just on time !

J-P

Camille said...

Hi Graham,

By the 14th April I expect Samui to be up on it's legs again and everything more or less being cleaned up.

Camille said...

Hi J-P,

Looks indeed like you left just in time.

Dark Mavis said...

Hi Camille,

Thanks for your advice & your frequent posts & photos to keep us updated the current situation over there!

Btw, we planned to drive by ourselves throughout the whole trip (4-9 Apr). We will be arriving at night & our hotel is at Leam Set, is a bit far from airport & most of the sightseeing spots, do you think it is safe to drive?

Many thanks again for answering our question & easing our worry :)

Best Regards,
Mavis

Anonymous said...

Hello Camille,
fantastic blog!

The flights cancelled on Sunday, right?
And My flights out of Koh Samui were due yesterday, when the airport next opens (hopefully tomorrow, fingers crossed!) would the flights that had been booked for sunday be leaving first, or is it a case of who arrives there first in line?

Thanks again! Absolutely great blog!

J-Jack

Camille said...

J-Jack,

The airport opened earlier today so I expect by Sunday the schedule to be in order again.

Graham Woodward said...

Hi,

What's the latest today? How's the weather? Do people think it will get worse or better?

Thanks for any more updates....

Graham

Camille said...

Hi Graham,

Hope you checked my updates!

Graham Woodward said...

Hi Camille,

Yeah I've been checking but the latest were for Wednesday.

Thanks,
Graham

Camille said...

Hi Graham,

There are daily updates on my blog, please check them out. Things are getting better at the moment.

cazz.young said...

it is horrific..
I would not recommend going ..not at the moment...
just horrible...
feel so lucky to be out..
feel so sorry for people still stuck there...
horrendous

Camille said...

Cazz,

Thanks for the update and hope you're fine now!

Anonymous said...

Hi their I arrive in Samui on Sunday afternoon, will Samui airport be open and do you think their will be any major delays, I am coming from Scotland
David

Camille said...

Hi David,

The airport is open since 3 days again. Minor delays may be possible.

Anonymous said...

HI Cammille. I'm always following your daily report of Kou Samui and found it so helpful and rely on.I have some questions I believe you will help me.
A group of 44 school students (17yrs-18yrs old) with 2 teachers are arriving on 12/04/11 at Koh Samui from Hong Kong flight and will stay at Chaweng Cove Resortel (everything booked and paid).
How bad is this part of Chaweng Beach?How are the access from airport to Chaweng beach? Are the restuarants open?
thanks and hoping to hear from you soon
REgards

Camille said...

Chaweng Cove is a relatively low part of Chaweng beach road but should be fine now. The sun was out today and clean up work is in full swing. Around the 12th I would expect at this moments good enough conditions and the worst should have been cleaned up and repaired by than.
That's just my humble opinion.