Tuesday 3 January 2012

Situation on Koh Samui is under control

Situation on Koh Samui is under control

As predicted, the rain eased up during the morning around Koh Samui and I went out and had a look around some nearby parts and roads of the island, mainly in Chaweng, which are notorious for flash floods. Nothing is flooded, all roads are wet and some may have some large puddles but no road is flooded, except for the narrow back road from Chaweng to the departure lounge of the airport. The wind is also supposed to calm down and traffic at Samui airport has not been interrupted besides a few delays.

The situation in the Southern provinces is also easing up, as mentioned by Richard Barrow in his blog.

Red flags on Chaweng beach today

Chaweng beach is rough though and the red flags are up. It's definitely not a good time to swim, remember my warning of the rip currents just a few days ago. Nonetheless there was a Scandinavian family 'enjoying' the waves just some 50 meters away from the heavy incoming waves. I did go up and warn them, the Dad thought that he was fine and the warning was only for the open beach, not the part 'protected' by the reef. Less than 50 meters away big pieces of wood were bouncing up and down in the waves. He did call his kids and wife out of the waves though.

Just part of the debris gathering on the beaches around the island.

One resort was actually cleaning the beach, which is a good thing. I was less impressed with the fact that they just dug holes in the sand of about half a meter deep and deposited the debris in the freshly dug holes.

These guys had some trouble getting their flooded boat out of the water. Hope for them that they could secure the outboard or longtail motor

Apparently the seas were really rough 26th December but right now it was all under control, rough, yes, but nothing to worry too much about.

Waves at Chaweng beach around 9am this morning

All in all the current situation seems to be nothing to worry about, right now and I'm looking forward to some sunny days coming up soon.



Bernd said...

Hi Camille,

you are still #1 blogger for Thailands Gulf Islands. Keep on rocking, diving and reporting from beautiful Samui. Stay safe and happy diving.

Bernd from Germany

Camille said...

Hi Bernd,

Thanks for the support, much appreciated!

Robert said...

Thanks for the excellent updates. We will be arriving in Koh Samui on Jan 19th for our vacation. Have been watching your updates daily.
Thanks again!

Unknown said...

Hello Camille!

I'm quite worried because we are coming to Thailand (and Koh Samui)for the first time this saturday and the weather looks like that.. any comfort for me? sunny days coming up? I know you can't know but what do you think+ :)

we'll be there at leat one week, maybe later to sunnier place.. is Phangan and Tao also under heavy rain and grey skies?

Anonymous said...

Thanks Camille - I live in Australia and my daughter is in Koh Samui at the moment. I was a bit worried when I heard the news of the floods there and couldn't find much information about the real situation. Your blog has eased my fears! Thanks for the update on the weather there.
Lizzy in Sydney

Camille said...

Sunny days are coming up for the rest of the week.
Phangan and Tao have more or less the same weather pattern as Koh Samui.

Camille said...

Hi Lizzy,

You're welcome!

Camille said...

Hi Robert,

My pleasure! Hope you will catch a sunny stretch!

danni said...

Hello Camille
After searching the web its great to find a REAL first account weather update. You can't rely on weather channels and they don't go in to as much detail as yourself. Im coming to Chewang on tuesday, I've read that there is going to be bad thunderstorms. From your experience do these happen constantly throughout the day or is it more like rain then sunshine then rain etc. Everyone told me that Thailand was so good for weather in Jan and now I'm worried that I have just wasted £3000 when i could stay in UK where its always raining! xxxx

Camille said...

Hi Danni,

Good to hear from you and thanks for the thumbs up, always appreciated!

This coming Tuesday sees great weather being predicted. Even if there are thunderstorms, this time of the year they tend to come and go rather quickly. Right now, none are predicted though.

Looks like you might enjoy your trip after all ;-) Hope you have a blast here!