Pattaya Daily News

05 November 2010 :: 17:11:25 pm 45432

Our one-night ‘sweet pink villa’ swept away by flood!

This is a first-hand account of a couple’s narrow escape from a flood-hit Ratchaburi resort.
Advertise Here

A few days ago, my wife and I took a trip to Ratchaburi for a short holiday in the beautiful Suan Phung Resort.  When we arrived and were shown our villa, we were really impressed. It was a dream romantic getaway, decorated all in pink, beside a swiftly flowing river. Under normal circumstances, this would have been an idyllic spot, set in beautiful countryside, few people, and a heart-shaped swimming pool directly outside our door.

 

As you can see, my wife looks really blissed out sitting contentedly on our balcony beside the river, with its quaint footbridge and the gently rolling hills in the distance, listening to the birdsong and the ripple of the water.

My wife completely fell in love with our room; such romantic colours, furnishings and equipment, even down to the pink hairdryer. I must confess it really put us in the mood for love, and I thought at the time, this romantic experience will be one we remember for a lifetime. How right I was, but as you’ll see, for completely different reasons.

When we’d arrived on October 3, it had been raining, but as this area hadn’t been affected by flooding, I didn’t think any more of it. As the evening progressed, the rain still hadn’t let up and, with my wife happily sitting watching TV, I ventured outside. I tried to take a photo of the pool, but the persistent rain spoiled the shot. I began to get somewhat concerned about the level of river about then, as it had risen considerably since I’d taken the photo of my wife beside it, earlier.

 

Just then the resort staff began to come round, distributing sandbags as a flood precaution. Despite the rain, which was getting heavier, I tried to take another shot of our sweet villa at 10pm from the outside, but not having a tripod, I’m afraid it’s not up to much. Looking across at the sandbags in position, I thought to myself that they would be sufficient to stem any flood and then went back inside.

We went to sleep at around 10.30 and then the water level was about 1.5 metres below our rear balcony and still the rain was pouring down.

At about 5am, I was awakened by my wife’s urgent shaking.  She told me to pack quickly as we had to evacuate! Somewhat sleepy and confused, I went out onto the balcony and saw to my astonishment that the water had reached the level of the house. I was even more shocked when I looked towards the bridge – it had completely gone, swept away by the raging torrent.

 

Just then, a member of resort staff knocked on our door and told us to move out fast! We grabbed our belongings, madly threw everything into our bags and ran hastily to where the resort’s car was waiting. They took us to the reception area, where a few couples had gathered there before us. The resort staff offered to put us up at a nearby resort, saying they would pay for us, but we refused as it was nearly morning. They cleaned up a spare room for us in the reception area and let us use their shower.

After our shower and a change of clothes, we went for a buffet breakfast at the resort restaurant.

During breakfast, we overheard the conversation of a lady at a nearby table, who we remembered staying near our sweet pink villa. She said to her friend, “My villa is okay, but the Pink villa next door was completely destroyed. There’s almost nothing left!”

As you can imagine, my wife and I were totally shocked, so much so that we couldn’t say anything. Then my wife stood up and walked away. I forlornly followed her and we held hands, walking through the still heavy rain, heading in the direction of our villa.

 

When we got there, we couldn’t believe what we saw: our one-night sweet pink villa had almost collapsed into the river, with water almost up to the door and the roof actually in the river itself. We rushed out of Ratchburi at 8am and got back to Bangkok at noon, totally exhausted, but so thankful just to be alive.

Our romantic overnight stay had almost turned into a complete nightmare. It’s certainly an experience neither of us will ever forget, the night our sweet pink villa became a death trap. You can see by looking at the final picture what would have happened if we’d not got out in time. Someone up there must be looking very favourably down upon us, thank the Buddha and our lucky stars!

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Stories

Comments in News


    
CAPTCHA Image
*

The messages you read here are opinions from the public and posted into the Forum automatically. The systems owner is not responsible for any content in the Forum or any comments posted. There is no proof that the contents posted are genuine or not, even if the name of the poster is real, th erefore, please use common sense when reading the Forum. If there are topics which are against the law or immoral, please contact webmaster@pattayadailynews.com

craig