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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th November –19th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th November –19th November, 2017 


It's Sunday morning, around 8.15am Samui time and there are scattered clouds above Koh Samui with a very bleak sun coming through and it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th November –19th November, 2017.

It looks like today might stay dry and we have a current temperature at 8.15am of 27.6C

I'm still in the Philippines, at Panagsama beach near Moalboal on Cebu island to be precise. It's partially cloudy here with the sun out and about and a current temp at 9.20am local time of 28C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th November –19th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th November –19th November, 2017; Hotel Ibis under construction in the middle of Chaweng, next to the Hard Rock cafe.

Last week saw rain at some stage during every day. Varying from a normal shower to some thunderstorms for good measure as well. Very typical rainy season weather around Koh Samui. Maximum temperatures ranged from 28C to 32C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th November –19th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th November –19th November, 2017; View from my breakfast table at the Lantaw restaurant in Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines.

The forecast for next week is also very typical for this time of the year, each day is most likely going to see some rain and occasionally a thunderstorm may pass over. Be prepared for some occasional flash floods but they should not hold on for too long. All in all nothing out of the ordinary for this time of the year.

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, 12 November 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th November –12th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th November –12th November, 2017 


It's late in the evening after a hard day's work but here is at last the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th November –12th November, 2017.
It has been raining pretty much all day long on Koh Samui although not very hard so no floods occurred. It's dark now and at 8.30pm it's 25.1C

I find myself back at Panagsama Beach in Moalboal on Cebu island in the Philippines, where I started my 150th PADI IDC program today. A nice jubilee!
It's also rainy season here and we had overcast all day long with just a few very light showers. We're an hour ahead of Thailand and it's also dark here with a current temp at 9.30pm of 24C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th November –12th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th November –12th November, 2017; The Bot at Wat Plai Laem earlier this week in the rain

Last week saw some pretty standard rainy season weather around Koh Samui. Only Friday saw a complete dry day and a nice visit from the sun as well, although it was mostly partially cloudy.
All other days saw from partially cloudy to cloudy days and there were a few rain showers, occasionally causing some floods. Especially the beginning of the week was hard, when Samui was sitting at the outskirts of a storm. Lots of rain and flash flood galore for a day or two before things went back to better conditions. Sometimes the sun was out but there were showers as well. From a tropical shower to a few times hard rain for an hour or so, but that was mainly during the night.
Max temperatures ranged from 27C to 32C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th November –12th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th November –12th November, 2017; View from the Lantaw restaurant at Panagsama beach in Moalboal, on Cebu island in the Philippines. This picture was take 3 years ago in may, different season and the sun was out. I just arrived yesterday and have been busy ever since, so didn't have time to take some pictures yet.

The forecast for next week is fairly standard rainy season weather with some rain predicted on most days. Tonight might see some hard rain in the morning but come next weekend, we may also see some sunshine again. Typical for this time of the year though, so enjoy all the sun that you can get!

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, 5 November 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th October – 5th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th October – 5th November, 2017 


It's Sunday morning, once more and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th October – 5th November, 2017. It's been a busy week and I've spent most of it in Khao Lak, with the PADI IDC finishing, the PADI IE being completes and PADI Instructor specialty diving done and dusted. Yesterday I arrived in Kamala, Phuket where I participated in the 1st Kamala mini marathon this morning an placed 5th in my age group.

First things first though and that's the current Sunday morning weather on Koh Samui. It's mostly cloudy with a current temp of 27.9C at 10am and a very strong wind blowing. Don't be surprised if later today there may a tropical shower or two. Fairly typical for this time of the year!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th October – 5th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th October – 5th November, 2017; The Plai Laem market, earlier last month. The green veggies on a string are sator, a Southern Thai veggie which I like a lot.

Last week saw plenty of clouds and a bit of wind, except for the night of 2nd to 3rd November when it rained all night long and the usual hot spots on Koh Samui had some flash flooding for a couple of hours, especially between 7am and 8am. Before noon the rain stopped though and the floods disappeared rather quickly. A fairly standard procedure this time of the year. As long as the rain doesn't last for more than a week, flash floods come and go quickly since the drainage systems aren't saturated.
Max temperatures during last week ranged from the usual 32-33C to 28C on the 2nd and 3rd.


Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th October – 5th November, 2017; Police patrol boat 813 in Khao Lak is still in the same spot as the Tsunami deposited it. More and more construction is going on around the monument.

The forecast for next week shows and predicts strong wind and plenty of rain on Monday to Tuesday night with a build up and phase out before and after. From Wednesday onward the wind settles in again although the occasional tropical showers will continue. As already mentioned, nothing unusual for this time of the year.


Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th October – 5th November, 2017; After the 1st mini marathon in Kamala on Phuket, where I ran into 5th spot in my age group. 9.5km in 46'40 or a 4'54 pace. One of the hilliest race routes a ever ran so far and to top it off, the finish was a 1km stretch on the beach. All for the price of one with no extra charge! Happy with my result, since Phuket always has some strong runner at the start line!

So, here we are, November has started and luckily the very strong storm that was predicted for the 2nd and 3rd November didn't happen, it all fizzled out in the end. Luckily enough. The rainy season has roared it's head though and do expect plenty of showers during this month with the occasional flood here and there. Hopefully scenes from last will stay away from us on our beloved 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

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Welcome to November 2017

Welcome to November 2017


It's the first day of this new month and here we go; Welcome to November 2017.

Today is very cloudy and a fair wind is starting to blow, increasing in strength throughout the day. Later during the day rain is expected to start come down and it's supposed to continue  to rain pretty much until and throughout Saturday. At 7am the current temperature is 28.2C

November is when the monsoon starts and it can get very wet around the island, with all associated issues that come along with this, like floods and power cuts, just to name a few.
Last year saw a nice November, with plenty of sun but also enough rain but the year before, 2015, saw almost non stop rain.

The forecast is not looking too good for the first week with some strong winds coming in over the next couple of days and plenty of rain.

Welcome to November 2017

Welcome to November 2017; Samui hot club, a clothes shop now located in the South of the island in Lipa Noi but it used to be smack down in the middle of Chaweng. Now it's about 10 minutes outside of Nathon if you drive direction Lamai.

We will also see Loy Kratong on Friday 3rd November, the very popular festivity around Thailand where you put a float in water. On Koh Samui typically at Wat Plai Laem or Chaweng lake. It will be my third year in total that I will celebrate this in Khao Lak.

Welcome to November 2017

Welcome to November 2017; The harbor in Thap Lamu where all the day trips and live aboard boats to the Similan islands, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, Richelieu Rock and the Burma banks leave. The pier offers more space to bigger boats than is just shown on the picture. Local fisherman also use this and other piers and the Thai Navy has their own pier just a few hundred meters away.

The first week of this month I will spend in Khao Lak and a day on Phuket and two weeks will be spend in Moalboal in the Philippines, which leaves little time at home. The weekly updates and any other interesting island developments or events will be resported about, as always.

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, 31 October 2017

Goodbye to October 2017

Goodbye to October 2017


It's the 31st of October in the year 2017, late evening, just two more hours to go in this month and it's time to say Goodbye to October 2017.
It's late and dark around 10pm around Koh Samui and the current temp is 27.5C

Today was a busy day with an early rise since I was visiting the Similan islands for some deep diving PADI Instructor courses with one of my candidates of the current PADI IDC here in Khao Lak. Up early and back to my room late with lots of work waiting for me so the blog update got pushed back a bit.

Goodbye to October 2017

Goodbye to October 2017; Sunrise at Big Buddha, earlier this month

Nonetheless, here we are, with an update on the weather for this version of October 2017.
In my opinion it was an average October. Plenty of sunny moments, especially during the mornings, but also plenty of partially to cloudy skies and a fair amount of tropical showers with some thunderstorms thrown in for good measure. A fair mix of different weather conditions for a tropical island like Koh Samui.
What else to expect in October, pretty much weather like I just described.

The monsoon is lurking in the shadows though and the beginning of next month may be very wet!

Goodbye to October 2017

Goodbye to October 2017; Khao Lak main street, early morning, hardly any traffic at all before 7am

Looking forward to what November will bring next month. Stay tuned to this blog channel for steady updates.

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 October 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd October – 29th October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd October – 29th October, 2017 


Yesterday was Sunday and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd October – 29th October, 2017. Today is already Monday, late in the evening and finally I found time to update the blog with last weeks weather report!

At almost 10pm it's dark now and 27.5C and today saw plenty of sunshine in a partially cloudy sky.

In Khao Lak we saw most days a nice sunny morning with clouds moving in during the daytime and often short rain showers during the late afternoon. Current temp at 10pm here is 25C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd October – 29th October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd October – 29th October, 2017; Inside Wat Plai Laem last week, during the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's cremation ceremony. Paying respect by the local Samui people and residents. It was very busy and waiting time for up to eight hours was no exception.

Last week was fairly good for this time of the year, with three days being partially cloudy but with sunshine and four days with tropical showers. Maximum temperatures ranged between 32 and 33C, so very steady, despite some showers.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd October – 29th October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd October – 29th October, 2017; In Thap Lamu, near Khao Lak, one of the Royal Thai Navy ships of the navy bass in Thap Lamu, went out to the ocean the day after the latte King's cremation to offer the burned sandalwood, offered by the local people, into the ocean. All around the country you had the opportunity to offer sandalwood in honor to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 19 million people apparently did! The sandal wood was burned and all around the country this sandal wood was then a day later offered to a body of water. Near Khao Lak that was the ocean. We saw the ship just come back into port after it had completed this honorable task. With the current PADI IDC in Khao Lak we had our day of open water training dives on the same day.

The forecast for next week was very interesting. At some stage, Saturday 28th October, it looked like a massive storm would hit Koh Samui on the Thursday 2nd November. That same day, the forecasts showed that the storm would pass north of Samui. Only to drop down again a day later when Samui was threatened again. Today it looks like the power behind the storm has fizzled out and we will be spared from seriously heavy storms with accompanying rain and wind, which would have caused floods, power cuts and the likes!
The forecast are still predicting lots of rain from Wednesday through Friday and a flood or two may or will occur but it's not nearly as bad as it was originally predicted.
The monsoon is knocking at the door though and it looks like the start of November will be very wet!

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, 28 October 2017

Typhoon heading towards Koh Samui on 2nd November

Typhoon heading towards Koh Samui on 2nd November


There is a Typhoon heading towards Koh Samui on 2nd November. All weather forecast programs predict a typhoon strong storm to hit the Gulf of Thailand over the next couple of days, on it's way to Chumpon.

On the night of Wednesday to Thursday, the typhoon is supposed to hit Koh Samui, providing all forecasts are correct. It's another four days to go but it's better to be safe than sorry. We can only hope that this typhoon is not going to be as bad as it is predicted.

There's a graphic link to be found here, have a look and keep following that link over the next couple of days to see how things progress.

Typhoon heading towards Koh Samui on 2nd November

Typhoon heading towards Koh Samui on 2nd November

The current airflow down from the north west may get funneled and amplified into the Gulf of Thailand and might get mixed up with the yearly north-east monsoon, the monsoon that's about to start any moment.

Wind predictions of 90 miles per hour wind are currently predicted with over 300mm of rain in a day.
That's more than the 110mm we had last year with the known results of serious flooding. 
Current predictions have the typhoon hit Koh Samui during the night of Wednesday 1st November to Thursday 2nd November at 1am.

The fact that there will be real high tide twice a day, on 2nd November at 0833 and 2056 with 3.62m and 3.91m will make it even more difficult for water to flow away.

This is something to keep an eye out on and slowly start to take precautions.

This reminds of 1989 and Typhoon Gay, also known as the Kavali Cyclone of 1989, which was a small but powerful tropical cyclone that caused more than 800 fatalities in and around the Gulf of Thailand in November 1989. To date the worst typhoon to affect the Malay Peninsula in 35 years, Gay originated from a monsoon trough over the Gulf of Thailand in early-November. Owing to favorable atmospheric conditions, the storm rapidly intensified, attaining winds of more than 120 km/h (75 mph) by 3 November.

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Friday, 27 October 2017

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui


Yesterday the Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui was held at Wat Plai Laem.

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui; Mourning yesterday. Picture by Nattawut Khuanprasert

People from all over the island came up to Wat Plai Laem throughout the day to pay their respects. Many mini buses and taxi's offered their services for free to bring mourners to or from the temple.

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui; Wat Plai Laem before it became busy

At many places around the island and near the temple, small shops and fruit sellers offered water and food for free to mourners.

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui; It was very busy yesterday and waiting times for paying respect were up to eight hours. Picture by Nattawut Khuanprasert

Mywife and our kids went to the temple during the morning hours but still had to wait for eight hours before they could eventually pay their respects, All parking psaces around the temple filled up quickly!

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui; Long lines fo waiting people were all around the temple, all day long. Picture by Suchat Prammano

In Bangkok the main ceremony was televised live all day long. An impressive ceremony could be followed on TV or Youtube. 
The ending was somehow confusing though when the anticpated actual cremation at 10pm wasn't televised. It turned out that the late King didn't want the actual cremation to be televised and to be a private event.
At last, around 11.30pm, smoke could be seen emerging from the ceremonial gound in Sanam Luang.
This morning, 27th October, right now, the ceremony for the Royal Relics of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is being held, during which the ashes will be collected and be brought over to the Grand Place.

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui; Water and food were being provided all day long to mourners. Picture by Tassanee Lemmens

Now within a few days, all signs of mourning will need to be taken down arouind Thailand and Koh Samui and the country will move on into a new area.

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui; Obtained a seat!

It was an impressive event and a 'once in a life time' event as well. Many Thai people only knew one King and he was revered all through the country.

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui

Cremation ceremony of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyedej on Koh Samui; Long rows of people all day long. Picture by Nattawut Khuanprasert

Hope you had a cance to follow the events yesterday, in person or on tv or Youtube. Now it's time to move and look forward. A year of mourning has come almost to an end.

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 October 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th October – 22nd October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th October – 22nd October, 2017 


At last here's the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th October – 22nd October, 2017. It has been a long and busy day for me today, hence my update is only being written right now, almost at the end of the day, just after 10pm.
It's already dark over Koh Samui but it was a nice day, dry and partially cloudy with sunshine and a max temp of around 32C. Current temp at 10pm is 27.3C
We're nearing the end of October but the weather is still holding out fairly nicely.

Since four days I find myself back in Khao Lak, where I am conducting a PADI IDC in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th October – 22nd October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th October – 22nd October, 2017; Big Buddha early in the morning, earlier this month

Last week saw a few showers in the beginning of the week, including a very heavy thunderstorm, but all the showers were during the evening or night. Some of the days started out with beautiful blue skies to end with overcast. Later on in the week the rain vanished and we mostly had overcast days with temperatures ranging during last week between 30C and 35C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th October – 22nd October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th October – 22nd October, 2017; Big and small hen statues in front of a shrine at the hill just before you get into Khao Lak

The forecast for next week is a fair bit of breeze tomorrow and a small possibility of a tropical shower each day. Once we hit next week Friday and the weekend, we may see some more rain coming our way. Still, pretty good for an October!

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, 16 October 2017

Koh Samui will be respecting the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyedej

Koh Samui will be respecting the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King  Bhumibol Adulyedej


On 26th October around the country and including Koh Samui will be respecting the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King  Bhumibol Adulyedej.

The accompanying ceremony on Koh Samui will beheld at Wat Plai Laem on 26th October and will start at 9am. If you like to attend, please do check the dress explained below. 
This dress code was released by the Bureau of the Royal Household for people participating in the Royal Cremation ceremony on 26th October 2017. The dress code is also applicable to people who are going to place funeral wood flowers at royal crematorium replicas, and at other locations where they will be able to offer the wood flowers in Bangkok and other provinces.
This will include Wat Plai Laem or any other official location around Koh Samui in case you plan to pay your respect.

Koh Samui will be respecting the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King  Bhumibol Adulyedej

Koh Samui will be respecting the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King  Bhumibol Adulyedej; A big sign at the entrance gate of Wat PLai Laem has been erected, informing about the time of ceremony on Koh Samui. 26th October 2017 at 9am 

At this moment it looks like the whole nation will come to a grinding halt on 26th October, please act accordingly and show respect to the Thai people. This is a one in a lifetime event, not only for the Thai nation and it's people, but also for anybody visiting or living in Thailand at that moment. Act accordingly.

During the whole month of October, many Thai people will be wearing black or dark colored clothes as a tribute and to show respect for the Late King Bhumibol Adulyedej. 
On most days tourists are not expected to wear dark clothes but on the 26th October it is advisable to wear black or dark clothes and nothing too vibrant.
Most tourist attractions will be closed and the days surrounding the 26th October, most entertainment venues will have toned and tuned down their activities.

Koh Samui will be respecting the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King  Bhumibol Adulyedej

Koh Samui will be respecting the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King  Bhumibol Adulyedej; The expected dress code if you plan to attend a ceremony; Men must wear a black shirt, long black pants and black dress shoes. Denim pants will not be allowed. Women must wear a black blouse that is not tight, a black skirt that extends below the knees and black dress shoes. Wearing a sleeveless blouse or a spaghetti top or similar will not be allowed.

At this moment, on the evening of 29th October, all signs of mourning, including black & white cloth banners and black and white portraits of King Buhimbol should be removed. On 30th October, government officials and members of the public can wear normal attire again.

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 October 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th October – 15th October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th October – 15th October, 2017 


It's Sunday morning, 9.30am, the long Sunday morning run is done and it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th October – 15th October, 2017.

It's cloudy over Koh Samui and occasionally a drizzle can be observed. Current temp at 9.30am is a nice and fairly cool 27.7C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th October – 15th October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th October – 15th October, 2017; Every day this week and last week there are ceremonies in different temples around the island, following up on the recent Ok Pansa celebration. Money is donated to the temples as part of making merit or 'tambhun' as they say in Thai.Here you can see a money tree or umbrella at Wat Na Phra Lan in Maenam, near the Lomprayah ferry. Today's ceremony is at the Laem Sor Pagoda. Each temple will also have a car or 'float' that will travel around the neighborhood, collecting donations. All these cars or 'floats' will gather in nathon later this week. Well worth a visit to Nathon and check it out, especially during the early evening.

Last week was a fairly good week for October, with a couple of days with sunshine, especially during the morning but there were also a couple of days with tropical showers. Maximum temperatures ranged between 30C and 33C

The forecast for next week predicts slightly cooler weather with a bit more rain in the form of tropical showers and a couple of thunderstorms. The sun might be out and about come mid next week. 
Another typical October week in the making, enjoyable, with sunshine here and there although not too warm and most likely a few showers as well. 

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. 

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Camille

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd October – 8th October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd October – 8th October, 2017 


It's Sunday morning, the clock just passed 10am, my Sunday morning long run is done ( half marathon distance) and it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd October – 8th October, 2017.

This morning it's very cloudy with a fairly strong wind blowing in and it looks like there may be some rain later today. It doesn't look like the sun is going to be out to play today! Current temp at 10.20am is 27.2C 

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd October – 8th October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd October – 8th October, 2017; The wheel of life at Wat Maenam or Wat Phu Khao Thong. We visited this temple last week during the funeral of a neighbor

Last week many days with some tropical thunder storms with short but heavy rain. The sun was out and about a few times last week and once the sun made an appearance, it quickly became very hot with a high humidity, so it was very 'sticky hot'. Max temperature reached 29C although a lot of times it felt much warmer.

For the next seven days, it looks same same but different. The difference being that I expect even some more rain of the tropical shower kind, culminating in a weekend with possibly some very strong wind.

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, 2 October 2017

Welcome to October 2017

Welcome to October 2017


Already the second day into this new month and a good moment to say 'Welcome to October 2017'. 
What this month mostly will be about all around Thailand will be the final goodbye or funeral and cremation of King Bhumibol, scheduled to be on 26th October in Bangkok.
After one year of mourning the cremation will be the end of an era. Keep your eyes and ears open during this month for changes and even cancellations of planned events all around the country. I will keep my Facebook page updated on this topic.

Welcome to October 2017

Welcome to October 2017; King Bhumibol Adulyadej

On to the weather during October on Koh Samui though. October can be a tricky month, the last month before we typically have the monsoon or rainy season around Koh Samui. Most years the start of the month is fairly nice, just like this year looks like.
However, during the second part of the month and especially towards the end of the month, the rainy season may start and leave this month drenched in rain and possibly worse, floods! Two years ago was not a good month with lots of rain and last year the last October week was not good, with lots of rain.
For the time being, the beginning of October does look good but be prepared for possibly more rain towards the end of the month.

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, 1 October 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th September – 1st October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th September – 1st October, 2017 


It's Sunday afternoon again and that means that it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th September – 1st October, 2017.

It's nice and sunny right now, at almost 1pm under a hazy, slightly clouded sky with a current temperature of 29.7C. Yes, it's hot, humid and 'sticky' hot this afternoon but here was some rain last night.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th September – 1st October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th September – 1st October, 2017; A view on Chaweng Beach at Ozo Hotel. I was there earlier this week to check out their box jelly fish net, which is put in place right in front of the resort. A picture of this net can be seen here.

Last week saw two dry days and all other days saw some tropical showers, meaning; short but powerful showers. Just like today, most afternoon were warm though, this humid and 'sticky' warmth. Max temperatures ranged between 30C and 33C, so fairly steady.

For the next seven days, it should stay very similar with a higher chance of rain from Monday through Wednesday. Fairly typical early October weather I would say.

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, 30 September 2017

Goodbye to September 2017

Goodbye to September 2017


The last day of this month and it calls for a 'Goodbye to September 2017'. 

It's 08.40am and it's cloudy and cool with a 26C current temperature with possibly a shower to be expected today. This would make it ten days with showers this month, after last night's rain. Maybe a little bit more than average during a September but not too far off. I enjoyed this month with the morning temperatures dropping although during the afternoons it was 'sticky' hot. Due to the high humidity.
There was plenty of sunshine as well during this month, so the sun lovers could enjoy the Samui beaches.
A good September I would say, close to an average September.

Goodbye to September 2017

Goodbye to September 2017; A box jelly protection net is placed at Ozo Hotel on Chaweng beach. There's one more box jelly protection net, in Lamai at Lamai Wanta Beach Resort.

It was a busy month on the running front for me, with 3 weekends with races including one long charity run, from North to South Samui. Six runners ran 32km starting at Aryaburi Resort in the North and ended at the Laem Sor Pagoda in the South after about three hours and 15 minutes. Exactly as was planned before hand. We managed to raise around 55,000.-THB plus numerous other, material gifts for the underprivileged children on the island.

Goodbye to September 2017

Goodbye to September 2017; The six runners who collected around 55,000.-THB for the underprivileged children on Koh Samui. We ran 32 kilometers from North to South on Koh Samui on 23rd September.

Time to look forward to next month, October 2017, which will be a month to remember, with King's Bhumibol's funeral and cremation ceremony come 26th October. The whole month will be affected however by this event and many planned, big events may be cancelled throughout the month, so keep your eyes fixed on social media. The Full Moon Party scheduled for 5th October has already been cancelled.

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, 24 September 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017 


It's Sunday afternoon, just past noon and that means it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017.

Today it has been mostly cloudy which is accompanied by a very agreeable 28.6 temperature around noon.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017; Curry pastes at the market in Plai Laem. Plenty of options, tastes and colors available.

Last week saw a nice week, with partially clouded skies and two days with some rain. At times there was a strong wind, towards the end of the week. Max temperatures ranged between 29C on Friday and 34C on Tuesday.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017; Group picture of the runners and children that benefited from the'North to South' charity run, which I participated in yesterday. 32km from Aryaburi in the North of the island all the way down to Laem Sor Pagoda in the South of the island in 3 hours and 13 minutes. The six runners managed to get 55,000.-THB together for the underprivileged children, for their new accommodation.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017; Today was the yearly 'Run to Give', aka as the 'Mad Hatter' run at The Wharf in Fisherman's Village. After yesterday's 32km charity run I was happy to participate in a shorter run. Advertised as a 5km race, we ended up running 4.17km and I managed this in 18'30 and ended up as 9th all over and 3rd in my age category 40+

The forecast for next week a strong wind blowing in until tomorrow and fading out by Wednesday, accompanied by some tropical showers. Come Thursday we may be able to enjoy a bit more sun although the skies over Koh Samui will be mostly partially cloudy. Not great but nice weather for this time of the year.

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, 17 September 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th September – 17th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th September – 17th September, 2017 


It's late Sunday afternoon, and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th September – 17th September, 2017. Late in the day but not forgotten!

Today started out fairly cloudy but during the afternoon the sun started to break out a bit and came peeping through the clouds. The temperatures immediately went up a couple of notches. Current temperature at 4pm is 32C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th September – 17th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th September – 17th September, 2017; Bang Rak beach road during landing at Samui airport, shortly before 6pm, with the sun setting beautifully over the Gulf of Thailand

Last week saw only two days with some rain and the rest of the week ranged from partially cloudy to fairly sunny. It didn't get too hot, with max temperatures ranging between 30C and 34C. By no means did we have the torrential rain and flooding that happened on Phuket late last week!

From Monday to Thursday I was in Pattaya, visiting some friends. It had been a while since I was there. Pattaya is interesting and has it's pro and cons but for a few days I can enjoy it.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th September – 17th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th September – 17th September, 2017; Pattaya beach road before noon time. Fairly quiet for traffic but the beach was rather busy.

Next week looks from mid-week to the end of the week might see some rain. Come Thursday and Friday we may see some strong wind and a bit of rain on Wednesday with some more but minor showers towards the weekend.

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, 10 September 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th September – 10th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th September – 10th September, 2017 


Sunday noon time, it's also time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th September – 10th September, 2017.
The sun is slowly breaking through over Koh Samui after a fairly cloudy morning. The bike riders of the Samui Festival tour or race around around the island will not have complained, their ride must have been a lot more agreeable without the sun.
The current temperature at noon is 30.8C but it feels like closing in to 40C. Hot and humid but there is a light trace of wind.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th September – 10th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th September – 10th September, 2017; Chaweng beach yesterday during the official attempt of  having the worlds longest buffet. The attempt was successful and 2.5km of free food could be enjoyed yesterday. There were some nice surprises and good food to be had but it was also very busy. Within 30 minutes most af the food was gone!

Last week it was mostly partially cloudy with plenty of sunshine to be had and a very rare tropical shower to cool things off. Max temperatures ranged from 33c to 35C. 

The forecast for next week around Koh Samui, which most of the week I will be spending in Pattaya, will be partially cloudy, maybe a bit more of short, tropical showers and the ind might be picking up from Thursday onward.

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, 3 September 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 28th August – 3rd September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 28th August – 3rd September, 2017 


It's Sunday morning and time to have a look at Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 28th August – 3rd September, 2017 and see how things were.
We have a sunny sky already during all morning, this Sunday and although the quicksilver tells us it's 'only' 30.4C at 10.40am, it feels a lot warmer, closing in on 38C!
Better be prepared for a hot and sticky day unless you can find a breeze or stay in an aircon controlled room or area.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 28th August – 3rd September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 28th August – 3rd September, 2017; Food options at the Plai Laem market, some frogs and eels. Not for the faint hearted gourmets!
On most maps this market is listed as Bang Rak market, but Plai Laem starts after the bridge and that's exactly where the market is located!

Last week saw a bit of a mixed bag with mostly partially clouded skies, an occasional tropical shower and temperatures ranging between 30C and 34C. 

Next week looks like it will be dry, possibly a rare tropical shower and mostly partially clouded skies. Warm and sunny might be an option as well! Enjoy your time on our island, it's not as busy anymore as a week ago and possibly a little bit more enjoyable with more space around you.

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

Friday, 1 September 2017

Welcome to September 2017

Welcome to September 2017


It's the first day of a new month and time to say Welcome to September 2017.
A lot of times the nice and mild August weather carries over into September, but not the last three years! Let's hope this will change this year.

This morning it's partially cloudy and at 8.30am it's a nice and cool 28.3C. Don't worry though, it will heat up later today or rather soon-ish. It already feels a lot warmer.
The forecast for the next ten days is partially cloudy with the possibility of a tropical shower.

Welcome to September 2017

Welcome to September 2017; Curry pastes and other delicacies at the Walking street event in Lamai

Plenty of running events coming up this month around Samui. From my perspective as a runner, a nice development to see!
Come 2nd September the Cancer Care run in Nathon at the Seatran pier will kick off at 7am. On 9th September the Samui Festival marathon at the Wharf (I will only run the 10km distance) will be around and this promises to be a big one, with over 900 runners signed up for the 10km distance in the various age categories. The 23rd will see the North - South charity run which is followed by the Mad Hatter run come 24th September, with another 10km run also at the Wharf. See you there?

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