The weather on Phangan changes very quickly from heavy rain to bright sunshine is very common. A lot of areas at the side of roads have lose ground, sand and soil, with lots of rain and floods lots of sand and other debris get onto the road. When water and sand together they create a muddy trap.
When the sun comes out and the road dries, it leaves sand on the roads, this sand becomes like thousands of tiny marbles. Its builds up in parts of the road. Hitting this on a bend is lethal as the tires on scooters are designed for smooth roads and not dirt roads. Your bike will literally slide from underneath you. Slowing down makes a difference and avoiding the sand.
After heavy rain the roads sometimes flood and pot holes get covered in water or hidden under the water. Warning to go slow during rain and a rain storm. If riding during the rain, we recommend a helmet with visor! You will see many Thai’s holding one hand above their eyes during the rain and only have one hand to control the bike. Two hands on your scooter is a lot better and safer, and a helmet with visor works great in the rain. You will see many times people wearing large plastic jackets in the rain, and sometimes these jackets cover the brake lights and indicators on a scooter. Be advised not to do this when you ride with a large plastic anorak, the traffic behind will not know what your next road action will be and if you are following someone wearing a large plastic rain coat you will know exactly what we mean.
Another common incident on the roads, is people on scooters avoiding puddles, crazy as it may seem but people will avoid a puddle at all cost. As a car driver I have had many scooter riders go to the other side of the road to avoid a puddle and be in the path of oncoming traffic, causing the oncoming traffic to brake. Slow down, hitting a puddle is better than hitting another car.
Speeding after and during rain is also very dangerous, some standing water on roads can be deeper than expected causing the front wheel to aqua plain across the puddle, or even jolt the front wheel. Caution when riding during rain or after rain.