Normally, in the middle of september, Hoi An starts to have the heavy rain and storms. It will normally end at the end of Jannuary next year. Due to the volume of the rain, it might cause a big or small flood. It was raining almost non stop in 4 months. Living here for two years, in the rainny seasons, there will be time I am dying to see the sunny blue sky for a few days. Because when it is sunny, I can go out with my models to take some photos of new designs.
Rainny season here is anyway, beautiful and romantic. For tourists, it can be fun experience. However for the locals, it is very inconvenient, since they have to prepare and be ready all the time, because the flood can come anytime after many days of big heavy rain.
Little Daisy Hoi An studio is near the river. Every rainny season, I have to move my sewing machine and all important furnitures upstairs. When it rains so hard for many days, I have to listen to the news. I often get updated with the notifications from the goverments. If the goverment’s gonna open the dams to release the water? And how deep the water level will be?
If it is level 1 or level 2, maybe it is just gonna flood in front of my gate. But if water level is 3, the water will be 50 cm inside my house. And my house is about 20 meters far from the river bank. I live in Cam Nam island, covered by Thu Bon river. People in Cam Nam area always have to learn to deal with the flood every year.
There was a time coming back to Hoi An, I had to ask the locals let me in their boat to back to my house. It can be dangerous sometimes since the water is very strong in some roads. And in some other paths, the water could not be deep enough for the boat to float on. From the old town to my stuido located at the end of Cam Nam area, we have to decide which ways to go, for the safety. We can walk, but it is very slippery and dirty, the water was 1 meter high from my feet.
The water withdrew within one and a half day. And after that, we had a bunch of work to do to clean the mud. Sometimes the snake could appear in the flood. In one years, normally Hoi An get 8-10 storms, all medium, small and heavy. Some can causes big floods. That is the reason why getting to know it more is important. Even if you plan to move to Hoi An, or just choose the time for traveling in Hoi An.
The areas near the beach, and Tan An Ward could be less affected by the flood. So if you wanna choose the hoteld to rent, or housed to live, better take it into your consideration.
It is normally floody for a few days in many months. However, the consequences could be a lot. It is always good to choose a place to live that does not flood. That’s why the houses in Cam Nam area are always built high. The electrical system is high also. We might lose the electricity in the flood.
After all, people in Hoi An always have to face to many difficulties in flooding season. So if you can find anyways to support them, please dont hesitate. Anymore question about Hoi An, please send us a comment.