We are on Chaweng Beach Road at Chaweng Beach on the Island of Koh Samui. The footage is of a hot July evening where we are just heading back to our hotel (The Chaweng Regent) from a restaurant visit at the Bondi Aussie Bar and Grill (heading northwards). Suddenly we get a taste of the Monsoon weather of Thailand. The Monsoon rainfall starts with a few huge drops here and there and then just explodes into heavy rainfall as if it came out of nowhere. All along the road restaurants, bars, shops and street vendors hurry to cover their merchandise and foods on display on the roads outside their businesses. Songthaew (Tuk Tuks) have rolled down the plastic covers around their passenger pickups to protect the passengers from the rain. Up in the massage spa a couple calmly look out at the very heavy rain (see the massage prices in the video) on the road. Another couple is calmly booking an excursion at one of the tour operators. The rest of us have grabbed any cover we can find under half rooves and are waiting out this very heavy rainfall. This is our last night at Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui where we have spent the past three weeks on holiday. The weather has been full sunshine for the past three weeks and this is only the second time we are experiencing rain since we arrived. The rain lasted less tha ten minutes and the almost stopped as quickly as it began. Although most of Thailand is experiencing heavy rains season (monsoon season) during June and July when we where there, Koh Samui weather is untouched by the rainy season. Apparently Koh Samui has its heavy rain season around November (the high season good weather tourisim time of the year in most other Thailand beach resort destinations).
Wiki writes about Monsoons, “Monsoon is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea.Usually, the term monsoon is used to refer to the rainy phase of a seasonally-changing pattern, although technically there is also a dry phase…
The major monsoon systems of the world consist of the West African and Asia-Australian monsoons. The inclusion of the North and South American monsoons with incomplete wind reversal has been debated…”
This heavy rain footage on Chaweng Beach Road is filmed at around 21:30 at Chaweng Beach on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand.
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