Norman is flying to Samui, Thailand today - the Island off the east coast of the Thai peninsula, weather permitting. This is about 210 miles / 335 kilometers which will take approx three hours flight time. He hopes to set off around noon local time which is 05:00 (UTC) am UK time. He will be flying in a south west direction and the weather at present is hot 32c / 92f and sunny with some partial cloud and a light wind out of the south.
Norman will stay in Samui for two days to allow flight clearence for Malaysia to come through. You may be aware that Norman was entertaining the local media with a fly around accompanied by microlights from the local flying club who are hosting him. He also did a great radio interview and this will be made available as soon as is possible. Any available photographs and video from the fly around will also be made available as soon as is possible. Photo shows Norman flying high above the Thai countryside (may be used with permission)
Norman has been staying at the Horseshoe Point Resort near the beach in Pattaya. Open since November 2001 it is set in an estate which covers more than 530 hectares. He was amazed to find that his room overlooked the large spectacular indoor riding arena!
The time in Thailand has been a light relief for Norman from the weather problems Bangladesh, communications difficulties in Burma and the civil unrest of the 'Red' Protests in Bangkok.