Last week, Samui and much of Southern Thailand faced some devastating floods due to the northeast monsoon. On Samui they had continuous rain for nearly a week which made it difficult for the water to drain away. Some people say it was the worst floods they’ve had in 30 years. Once the floods had finally gone down, I flew to Samui to give morale support to the local people. This should have been their high season. I spoke to some tourists who come here in January every year and they said that it has never rained so much before. The worst seems over but some isolated thunderstorms have been forecasted for the next three days. This time they are more prepared with water pumps on standby. Hopefully this time it won’t be continuous rain and not so widespread. The following photos were tweeted live during my two-day visit to the island.
After all the chaos & delays at Samui Airport last week, everything is back to normal now. Another storm coming next week, but not as bad pic.twitter.com/OMBqXjo6dv— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) January 14, 2017
Looks like most of the flooding on the roads on Samui has gone down. For latest updates, Facebook group “Thunder Road Reporters” is useful pic.twitter.com/w77QiQ0gz8— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) January 14, 2017
Fisherman’s Village Bophut on Koh Samui has a nice variety of restaurants, some with a sea view. Though many tailor shops for some reason. pic.twitter.com/vQHWmrA9ez— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) January 15, 2017