Monday 12 November 2007

12th November, 2007

Today's weather;

Not time yet to give up checking in here, since last night it rained again (not extremely hard) and thunder and lightning was going on in the near vicinity. Momentarily it's dry and it seems that the sun is trying hard to peek through, despite some grey clouds overhead. Current temp at 7am is 23.5C.

Yesterday was a lovely day with sunshine all day long, except in the early evening, when it started to become greyish again. Max temp reached the low 3tees.



Anonymous said...

Hi Camille,

My name is Michele Murphy, my husband and I are scheduled to arrive
in Koh Samui on Wed. Nov.14.

We have been reading up on the current weather and many sites are claiming that Koh Samui is a disaster zone due to flash flooding and rainfall.

We are supposed to stay at Rocky's
Boutique and we were wondering if things are really as bad as the
websites are claiming them to be?

We read your blog and viewed your
photos and it does look a bit damaged, but not completely destroyed. Can you give us any information and let us know how bad it is? Is there running water, electricity, etc?

We live in Canada.

Any information would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,
Michele & John

Camille Lemmens said...

Hi Michele,

Things are under control at the moment in Samui. The sun's been out for the last three days.

Yes, things are or have been damaged but nothing beyond control, in my opinion.

Rocky's boutique is supposedly very nice, so I do hope you enjoy your stay on Samui.

Anonymous said...

Hi Camille,
My husband and I are due to arrive in Koh Samui on November 17. I have been trying to get information on the situation on the island after the floods. Here in Australia there isn't much- my travel agent hadn't even heard about the flooding!

We are supposed to stay at the Chaba Cabana Beach Resort on Chaweng beach. So, exactly how much damage has been done? Is it really a disaster zone or are the press exagerating? My husband is a keen scuba diver, how has the rain and flooding effected visibility for diving?

Any information you could provide would be very much appreciated.

Thank you
Andrea and Bart Kohler

Camille Lemmens said...

Hi Andrea,

The situation is under control again. There was only a disaster warning for one day.

Although there's some structural damage on certain parts of the roads, everything else is back to normal. It's the 4th consecutive day now with sunshine.

The dive sites around Koh Tao, which the dive shops on Samui use, have visibility ranging around 10 meters, but can be less.

Hope this helps Andrea.

Anonymous said...

Hi Camille,

I've been looking at your weather blog daily (well, constantly actually!) for the past couple of weeks. It's great to get the real story rather than fight you way through the numerous (and much less helpful) meteorological/travel guide sites.

My girlfriend and I are travelling to Thailand for holiday on Saturday and will be arriving in Samui a week on Wednesday - the weather there is really making me nervous! My girlfriend has been working flat out for the past eight months and seriously needs this break.

I've been to Samui before and wanted her to get the same experience, but it's now looking increasingly unlikely; any thoughts from a local perspective as to when the rain may let up? If it's set to continue, I need to look at making alternative arrangements...

Any thoughts you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

I hope you and your family are not too badly affected.

Keep up the fantastic blog by the way; it's a true gem!

Camille Lemmens said...


Thanks for your nice words, they're appreciated.

At the moment, the weather conditions are really nice, since 3 consecutive days we had pretty much all day long sunshine. It seems that this stretch is going to last the rest of this week.

Unfortunately, November is after all the rainy season and at this moment it's hard to say how things will develop from there. I'm not sure by what time you need to make changes in your itinerary, but in the worst case scenario, Phuket is just under an hour away by plane, providing they have sun than but in general they should have better weather conditions than Samui this time of the year.

Hope this helps.

Thanks for enquiring about the family, we're all doing fine.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Camille, that does make me feel a little easier.

We're in Bangkok for a few days first so we'll just see how things pan out weather wise.

Camille Lemmens said...


You're welcome and it sounds like you have a sound plan!