Start Of Monsoon Season In Patong

A weather warning has been announced by the Thai Meteorological Department last week regarding heavy rain which will result to high waves and strong winds in the beach of Patong. A few days later, the Patong Surf Life Saving team also made their own announcement to warn the public to be careful especially when they are heading to Patong Beach. Though the monsoon warning will not impact tourists booking in Novotel in Kamala Beach and other accommodations, they are advising everyone to refrain from swimming.

According to the weather report, a number of provinces in the south of Thailand located along the Andaman coast are covered by the monsoon warning. This includes the provinces of Satun, Phuket, Trang, Phang Nga and Krabi.

Patong Surf Life Saving’s leader, Somprasong Sangchart, said that as the monsoon season starts, they want to make sure that everyone raise awareness when swimming in the ocean because there safe and unsafe areas.

When there are red flags, it should be taken seriously because it means a warning is sent to the people. The red flags signify that a certain area is considered to be dangerous and swimming is discouraged. During the monsoon, the waves can be strong which might make it hard for swimmers to go back to shore.

Aside from the red flags, there are also yellow flags indications that the area is safe for swimming and a lifeguard is always monitoring the beach. Mr. Somprasong said that these extra lifeguards were hired in order to monitor the safety of the busiest beaches in the island.

For Patong Beach alone, there are 26 lifeguards on duty to guard nine points. In addition, between 20 and 25 lifeguards have also volunteered to work guard the beach daily for free through the Patong Development Foundation.

The Patong Baywatch team has also sent eight volunteers to remain on duty during nighttime. They will make sure that no one will go swimming during the dark.

These lifeguards put at ease the tourists staying at Novotel in Kamala Beach and they appreciate the countermeasures put in place by the government to ensure everyone’s safety.