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  • ayesha

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    Hi all !
    I live here on Koh Tao and would like to re-assure all travelers that everything is getting back to normal. The rain has stopped, the wind has dropped and ferry services have resumed.
    Koh Tao is NOT a disaster zone - we had power, water and food - just no ferries. I have been here through many monsoons and although I have never seen this amount of rain dumped in such a short space of time, I have known ferries not run for over a week during monsoon. However this is not monsoon but a freak storm.
    There has been some damage however the majority has been to residential areas and would not effect visitors to the island. In the few places that visitors would see where there has been damage, work is already underway to fix the problems. Once the sun is out, tomorrow, the inconvenience to visitors will be negligible.
    I have seen this island dust itself off and get back to business as usual very quickly before and this time will be no different. I expect business as usual in 24 hours or less.
    If you want to read more, see photos and video then or just more specific information then please feel free to message me.


    Ayesha

    #1 Posted: 31/3/2011 - 21:43

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  • worldbound

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    Thanks for the information! I was pretty worried about how affected the area would be.

    #2 Posted: 31/3/2011 - 21:59

  • Louweazel

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    Yes thanks for your message - and I am glad to hear things are not as desperate as some press is suggesting. I hope that the clean up process goes well. Really looking forward to hopefully being able to visit on 25th as planned.

    #3 Posted: 31/3/2011 - 22:02

  • ayesha

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    As it stands right now a visit on the 25th will be fine!

    See you soon !

    #4 Posted: 31/3/2011 - 22:34

  • jskiv07

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    Ayesha, that is the most promising piece I am yet to read on these recent unfortunate floods.

    My girlfriend and I plan to come to Koh Phangnan on the 17th April and then will be doing Tao and Samui.

    In your opinion, do you think things will be back to normal by 17th April...am I panicking too much?

    Do you have any news on the other islands current status?

    Thanks

    James

    #5 Posted: 31/3/2011 - 23:44

  • ayesha

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    Hi there !

    As usual poor old Samui was worse hit it seems but I have no idea about Phangnan.

    A visit on the 17th will be fine.

    Today has dawned calm and dry again. Its bright and the sun is trying very hard. Havent left the house yet this morning but if there is anything significant to report then I will.

    I expect to find much more clearing up being done and life getting back to normal.

    Ferries are running too.

    Even yesterday the majority of bars, restaurants and other businesses were open and theres even a party planned for tonight too in Dragon Bar.

    There have been a few that flooded businesses which will take a little longer - but Im talking about a handful of shops and a couple of restaurants and one resort.

    Please feel free to check back with me but your visit should be fine.

    Ayesha

    #6 Posted: 1/4/2011 - 10:11

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    hi ayesha,

    thank you so much for your helpful and delighting infos. this morning i was depressed about the situation in the south and now i am happy, that everything gets well.

    me and my girlfriend are planning to come to koh pha ngan on monday or tuesday next week to see some remote beaches (no full-, half- and quartermoon partys!!!). so if you have some new infos about the weather and ferry-situation over there, i would apprechiate for replying on this. and - is it better to come from surat thani or champhon? so i heard the impact on surat thani was massive either.

    best,
    thorsten

    #7 Posted: 1/4/2011 - 11:54

  • ayesha

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    I think your better route would be from Chumphon.

    Its bright today and not raining and you will certainly have deserted beaches !

    #8 Posted: 1/4/2011 - 12:22

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    This is great news for travellers. There will be a large number who believe what they read in the press (who are vamping up the stories to sell the papers) will cancel their holidays. The smart Travelfishers know where to come for the inside goss, and will have an awesome time on sunny and uncrowded beaches!

    A few years ago I enjoyed a fantastic week or so in Fiji just after one of their many coups. Everyone got scared and followed government advice to cancel their holiday. I booked mine. Stayed at a backpackers that was right next door to a 5-star resort. The resort happily let us in to use the abandoned pool and the hotel manager even bought us drinks!

    After the recent earthquake in Christchurch (NZ), travellers were warned to not come to NZ so as not to strain resources. What a load of bollocks. Christchurch was one city in NZ - the rest was completely unaffected. The warnings just didn't make sense.

    So....the weather has been bad in Thailand, but the great thing about weather is that it's never permanent. And it sounds like damage is well on the way to being repaired.... Enjoy everyone - wish I was there!

    #9 Posted: 1/4/2011 - 13:12

  • ayesha

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    Koh Tao dawned warm and sunny and remained so all day - the seas were flat calm too.

    The FCO revised their advise today too..

    http://ukinthailand.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/travel-advice

    #10 Posted: 2/4/2011 - 21:15

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  • mattj

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    Hi! i'm planning on going to Koh Tao around the 15th to do my open water diving course, do you think thats still a good idea after the flooding?

    #11 Posted: 4/4/2011 - 05:32

  • ayesha

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    There should be no problem taking your Open Water Course on the 15th.

    Ayesha

    #12 Posted: 4/4/2011 - 15:35

  • TheJSP

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    This is great news - would you happen to have any information on the resort that has been affected?

    #13 Posted: 5/4/2011 - 12:19

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