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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 14th May – 20th May 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 14th May – 20th May 2018 


Another Sunday morning with a nice long run run already taken care of and it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 14th May – 20th May 2018. 

It's partially cloudy around Koh Samui with a current temperature around 9.30am of 31C It feels already lots warmer.
Many people were and still are down in Maenam for the yearly Samui cross country event.

Here on Phuket it's cloudy this morning with a current temperature at 9.30am of around 29C and it feels nice and cool.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 14th May – 20th May 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 14th May – 20th May 2018; A very nice trip down memory lane occurred during the recent Samui bike week. Before the Samui bike week started, a bridge was build between the event area, near the Reggae pub and the other side of the lake. Just as it was some twenty years ago. The original bridge had already gone by the time I arrived on Samui, during late 1999. Nice to see one being build again. For a lot of long time resident and visitors to Samui, this must have been a nice memory.

Last week was a good week around Koh Samui with plenty of sunshine and partially cloudy skies. Two days saw some rain, some isolated tropical showers and a thunderstorm on Monday and Friday. Maximum temperatures were high, between 33C and34C and the humidity was high, which made for 'sticky' warm temperatures.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 14th May – 20th May 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 14th May – 20th May 2018; Big Buddha on Phuket as seen from the dive boat upon returning to Chalong harbor after a days diving.

The forecast for next week is looking good and is very similar to last weeks weather. Plenty of sunshine, partially cloudy skies and maybe an occasional tropical shower.
May is always a nice month to be on koh Samui and if you are here, I hope you enjoy your stay on our lovely island.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th May – 13th May 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th May – 13th May 2018 


It's Sunday and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th May – 13th May 2018. My Sunday run was a late afternoon run, since I'm teaching a PADI IDC on Phuket, hence my track of time is all messed up.
It's late afternoon or early evening, it's already dark and Koh Samui had a nice and warm day again. Currently at 8pm it's 27C, it's cooled down a little bit during the afternoon after the daytime heat.

On Phuket we started out with a cloudy morning to end up with a very warm afternoon which was accompanied with a blue sky. Now at 8pm it's still 32C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th May – 13th May 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th May – 13th May 2018; A boat sitting on the beach on a beach at Plai Laem, not too far away from big Buddha.

It was steaming hot last week last week around Koh Samui. Partially cloudy to blue skies at times but the temperatures soared. maximum temperatures ranged last week between 33 and 34C but it felt a lot warmer most of the time.
There was an occasional shower or thunderstorm but it wasn't too bad at all. It was mostly just hot.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th May – 13th May 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th May – 13th May 2018; Graffiti in Phuket town. There are a few nice mural paintings around Phuket town to discover. This is one of them.

The forecast for next week looks very similar as last week. Mainly partially cloudy to sunny skies at times with an occasional thunderstorm, accompanied with some rain. Expect another warm week.
Enjoy next week on Koh Samui if you're around and crank that sun lotion out but make sure it's sun lotion that doesn't damage the coral!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th April – 6th May 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th April – 6th May 2018 


Sunday morning with a nice partially clouded sky over Koh Samui in the early morning. It should stay nice and sunny all day long with possibly a thunderstorm and shower in the early evening. Current temperature at 9am is 30C. Get the sun lotion out but make sure it's not damaging the coral reefs around Koh Samui!

I'm in Krabi for the weekend and just completed the first of this years series of marathons and half marathons sponsored by Bangkok Airways. Don't forget the Samui half marathon come 10th June!
In Krabi it was a half marathon and I ran my second best time on a half ever in a 5'03 pace. It was 400 meters of the official distance, 20.7km in 1:44'37.2 but during the race I was not too bothered about that! It's a little bit cooler here compared to Samui with 28C at 9am and a blue sky. Yesterday at 5pm, when we arrived, it was pouring down with a black sky over Krabi!
In an hour or so we'll be on our way back to Samui again.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th April – 6th May 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th April – 6th May 2018; View towards Big Buddha from Plai Laem, with a boat in the 'docks' being fixed up and getting a paint job done. All this under a nice blue sky, hot and steamy!

Last week things cooled down a bit after a couple of cloudy and rainy days. I enjoyed it, after the April heat but we had a few mini flash floods at the usual suspect spots. Nothing to get too excited about, it was all gone within minutes after the thunderstorms. The weekend showed some better weather again with sunny skies.
Maximum temperatures ranged between 31C and 33C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th April – 6th May 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th April – 6th May 2018; It's all about elephants near Krabi's city pillar shrine and provincial hall, just outside of the tourist area.

The forecast for nest week predict a sunny Monday and Tuesday, so a nice start to the week. From Wednesday onward it may be cloudier with some thunderstorms thrown in at times for the remainder of the week.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Welcome to May 2018

Welcome to May 2018


It's Mayday in 75% of the world (not in my home country the Netherlands) and a good moment to say Welcome to May 2018. The month that can be nice, with plenty of sunshine but that also can bring some tropical showers and sometimes more than that. Although the latter is rather rare.
The start of this May month is gorgeous with blue skies all around the island , a nice welcome after a rough April ending.
The forecast for this week of May is looking good, with plenty of more blue skies to come and an occasional tropical shower.

Welcome to May 2018

Welcome to May 2018; Downtown Chaweng, near the nightlife areas of the Ark Bar and the Soi Green Mango. This picture is however taken around 10am, when this area is like a ghost town.

Plenty of events coming up this month, among others the 10th Samui Bike week during the first weekend of May and a cross country bike and running event on 20th May in Maenam.
This month I will be heading to Krabi for a half marathon race during the first weekend of tis month and shortly after that I will travel to Phuket for around two weeks to conduct a PADI IDC.

Enjoy this May month on Koh Samui, with hopefully plenty of sun and without the heat of April.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Monday, 30 April 2018

Goodbye to April 2018

Goodbye to April 2018


The last day of this month always calls for a farewell and this month it's Goodbye to April 2018. The month of the heat and the month of Songkran or the Thai new year.

This years version of April delivered the goods when it comes down to warm, warmer, warmest! It was hot at times. Although the official measured temperature didn't go over 35C, just one this month, it felt so much warmer or hotter at times. Just sitting inside the house without the aircon on, sweat ran down your back like it was nothing.
There were a few times some tropical showers and the last three days saw some hard rain come down, which immediately lead to some minor flash flooding at the usual places. Nothing to get too excited about.


Goodbye to April 2018

Goodbye to April 2018; Songkran 2018 in Chaweng. Fun and wet as always. Check my blog here.

Songkran was the big event this month around Koh Samui and all of Thailand. For me it's a good thing that on Koh Samui the Thai New Year celebrations only last for one day. That's good enough, at least for me. The whole family went out and we ended up driving around the island in the back of a pick up.

It's time to sign off for this month, see you again in May! May you enjoy your time on our island!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd April –29th April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd April –29th April 2018 


Sunday morning on Koh Samui and it's the start of a nice and cool day and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd April –29th April 2018 . The long run was done yesterday, so bring on Sunday.
It's cloudy over Koh Samui and this morning saw already some light rain, with a few more times some more light rain to follow. It actually just started again right now. Current temperature at 9am is a cool 26C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd April –29th April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd April –29th April 2018; Wat Phuttaram near Fisherman's Village has also started to build a new building to accommodate the locals when they attend a ceremony and some home made cooking needs to be done.

Last week saw a very hot week again, until Friday, when at last some rain started to come down and things slowly cooled off. Yesterday, Saturday, saw plenty of rain almost all day long. Until Thursday it was too hot, in my opinion. Maximum temperatures ranged from 30 (yesterday) to 35C but it felt so much hotter at times. I do enjoy the current rain and cooler temperatures.

The forecast for next week predicts some more rain until Tuesday after which it should clear up and the sun might pop out again. Over next weekend there may be another shower or two. Don't be surprised though, if the rain keeps on over the course of next week.
Many parts in Central Thailand (Bangkok, Pattaya area) also have rain, and lots more than we have down here on our island.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th April –22nd April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th April –22nd April 2018 


Sunday afternoon and it's been busy with racing and a family trip in Pattalung province but now it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th April –22nd April 2018.

It's hot around Koh Samui, 34C but it feels a lot warmer. It's blue with some clouds scattered around.

The whole family is down in Pak Payon, Pattalung province in Southern Thailand, near Hat Yai, which is still around 60km away. It's cloudy and hot here with around 34C at 12.30pm.
Soon we'll on our way with direction Nahkon Si Thammarat and another overnight stay at Surat Thani town to see friends.

This morning I ran a race, 11km and placed 6th in my age category, in Tambon Ban Tamot.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th April –22nd April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th April –22nd April 2018; Monks and plenty of followers were and still are walking around Koh Samui, from Tambon to Tambon. Each day a short section. They are following a revered monk, 'the teacher'.

Last week it was steaming hot around Koh Samui, Measured maximum temperatures mentioned 32 and 33C but it felt a lot hotter (warm doesn't come close!). A week to enjoy the beach and the sights around the island.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th April –22nd April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th April –22nd April 2018; View from our hotel in Falami in Tambon Pakpayon and Pattalung province. A beautiful lake is in full view from the hotel room with lots of different birds.

Next week looks fairly similar, hot and steamy around the island. Possibly some thunderstorms during the second part of the week but in general in April tradition, it will be hot! Enjoy.
Maybe time for a snorkel or diving trip. Let me know if you're interested.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

 Camille

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

10th Samui Bike week, 4-5 May 2018

10th Samui Bike week, 4-5 May 2018


The 10th Samui Bike week, 4-5 May 2018 is coming up. This jubilee version is expected to be as good as the previous 9 versions. The location is typically at Chaweng lake, where a big stage is build for the concerts and where you can admire all the cool bikes that come to visit Koh Samui for the weekend.

Over the years I wasn't always able to visit but when I could, it was well worth it! The bikes on display are very cool and some of them are very rare sights. Go and check them out during the evening of 4th may or on 5th May during the daytime, when most or all of the bikes are on display.

10th Samui Bike week, 4-5 May 2018

10th Samui Bike week, 4-5 May 2018

Enjoy the first May weekend with a visit to the 10th Samui Bike week at Chaweng lake.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

 Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

 If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th April –15th April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th April –15th April 2018 


Sunday morning, long run is in the bag and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th April –15th April 2018.

It's fairly cloudy over Koh Samui, over land but not over the ocean. It looks like most of the cloud cover may stay around today but it should stay dry. Current temperature at 8.30am is already 29C and rising.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th April –15th April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th April –15th April 2018; Sunset in Bang Po whilst travelling on the back of a pick up truck during Songkran 2018

Last week started out with a few showers, which cooled things down a bit. Never a problem during April, one of the hottest month of the year and every break we can get is gladly taken! Mid week it was sun galore and temperatures rose. Last week temperatures were between 30 and 33C.

Biggest event last week was Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui, which took place on Friday 13th April. This si the Thai New Year celebration and is celebrated with pouring water on everybody.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th April –15th April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th April –15th April 2018; Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui, this picture was taken in Lamai

For next week the forecast is looking good. Partially clouded skies but no rain is expected, besides maybe a short but powerful thunderstorm around mid week. Keep the sun lotion close at hand, you will need it if you plan on visiting Samui's beaches or drive around the island. Drive safely and enjoy your stay on Koh Samui next week!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui


Yesterday saw the celebration the Thai New Year or Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui. It was wet and it was fun! 
It was also not as busy as previous years and although the mood wasn't subdued, it was different compared to other years.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; The gang on the road. In front of Central Festival, just moments after arriving in Chaweng. Our oldest daughter was travelling around the island in the back of truck with her school friends.

This year I noticed a lot less Thai ravellers joining the fun, but more people from Myanmar joined the party and plenty of Chinese were there as well. Sometimes I had the impression that some of the Chinese came fully unprepared, which in itself caused a few funny situations.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; Water attack in full effect. The worst ones are when ice water is used or when they catch you out in general.

My wife and our children went on a two hour trip in the back of a pick up in the morning, with a bunch of school friends from our eldest daughter. Once they returned, it was time to eat for all of them and the eldest daughter and her friends took off again, not to be seen again until after 10pm. She went around with the pick up and they visited a concert at Central Festival.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; Before this years Songkran there was a big campaign to not wear secy clothes but rather 'traditional' Thai clothes. This girl was getting close to this years version of dressing sexy.

The rest of the family ended up in Chaweng with friends and we partied and celebrated in front of Central Festival. Towards the end of the day my wife eventually persuaded me to join them in the back of a pick up. It was fun, for the first kilometer.
When it turned out we actually went around the island I remembered why I'm not a big fan of sitting in the back of a pick up truck, being wet and riving long stretches of empty road at high speed. Mix that with ice water attacks and I had my share of sitting in the back of a pick up truck for the next couple of years.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; Stopping of as many motorbikes as you can and hose them down and put baby powder on them. This is how it looks like.

It was interesting to see that Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui was celebrated all around the island, with hot spots in Lamai and Maenam. There were smaller parties and celebrations going on literally all around the island.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; If anybody is missing his blue bear, we spotted it yesterday in Chaweng

There were also plenty of funny moments but there fewer people dressed up in a funny or extra ordinary was compared to other years.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; All the ingredients for a party are there

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; Walking Chaweng roads

Hope you had your fun yesterday! I'm very glad however that the celebrations are restricted to just one day on Koh Samui. That's enough for me. Places like Patong on Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and certain areas in Bangkok where the party last three to five days are just too much for me.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; The military was present and kept an eye on things throughout the day

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille