We spent the first week in Koh Payam, an island near the border with Burma. It rained every day but not with the intensity we have seen these days in Chumphon, Surat Thani or Krabi.
Given that these 3 cities are shuttles for the boats that take to the most tourist islands in the area - Koh Tao, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi - the chaos that is being created is quite large. People have been trapped in all of them and the Koh Samui airport has welcomed nervous people who have had to stay there nights before the cancellation of most flights.
No ship has left or reached any of these islands due to the storm that hits the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
Today I read in the press that they are using a aircraft carrier and 2 military frigates to evacuate tourists trapped in the various islands, the case reaching the point that the Russian Government has demanded the evacuation of 600 Russian tourists in Koh Samui.
Of course, these are minor evils compared to the truly sad: all those people we have seen today on the sides of the road, in boats or with water up to the waist trying to get the most valuable things from their flooded houses or being rescued by army, police and local administrations.
For those who plan to come to this area now, I advise you to think about it very much.
We have the flight from Singapore to Australia for May 9, but if things continue like this I think we will advance it by the beginning of April.
You know, we are the solution for drought in Africa. Where we go, it rains. Like San Miguel but without success.