I was in Thailand over New Years 2011/2012 and will be going back over the same period this year. We were in Koh Samui in the first week of January this year and it poured with rain every day that we were there. I just wanted to find out if this is usual weather for that time? I know that December/January is the rainy season in the Gulf of Thailand but all websites say its usually short bursts of rain whereas we had storms and continuous rain for 3 days solid. I would like to spend more time on the beaches this time around... Although its a bit late since we've already booked our trip.