Koh Samui Airport Closes Amid Torrential Flooding
The resort island of Samui has been hit hard by a series of torrid rainfall and flooding.
Currently the airport has suspended services and Bangkok Airways is not sure when regular service will resume.
We have spoken to a number of hotel managers who report some damage to marine facilities such as resort floating piers and that tourist's on some outlaying areas have been stranded by heavy waves as boats are waiting out the storm.
For any travelers with plans to go to Samui, they need to update the situation with the airline. The mainland area of Surat Thani and marine transport artery of Don Sak has experienced significant rainfall and floods.
While much of Southern Thailand is virtually underwater, Phuket has only suffered heavy rains and intermittent clearing. No flight or transport disruptions have been reported.
UPDATE: we have reports from the island that there have been numerous power outages and many businesses including banks have been shut. Also some hotels on oceanfront locations evacuated guests to higher ground.
The latest in from Bangkok Airways is that flights are set to resume later this afternoon though it will take sometime to deal with the large backlog of stranded travelers.