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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Goodbye to January 2017

Goodbye to January 2017


It's time to say Goodbye to January 2017 and it's about time, since this was not a month to remember for it's nice weather, in total contrast! We need to go back to November 2010 and March 2011 when we even had worse weather and flood conditions. However, back in those days the current drainage system wasn't in place, and after the initial flash flood, it took up to two weeks for the water to drain. Now we had flash floods during January but within hours the roads are clear again, as soon as the rain stops.

We had however a couple of days of almost non stop rain and some serious flooding, more and worse than we had in December 2016, just a month ago!

The amount of visitors and page views was the highest ever on my blog, it stood at 146.211 in May 2011 but I'm currently, with just a few more hours to go at 153.788 page views for this month.
On my Samui weather and info Facebook page it was also very busy and traffic increased plentiful.

Goodbye to January 2017

Goodbye to January 2017; Picture and all rights by Ong Un Jungtrakool‎
Wet streets in January and a sight to get used, traffic jams for the Bophud traffic lights, all the way backing up to Zazen Boutique Resort and one time I was in the traffic start at DAN Auto in Maenam and it took thirty minutes to reach the traffic lights. Everybody and his dog seems to have a car nowadays on the island, and the roads are just not build with that much traffic in mind. Ins't that called progress?

The last couple of days of the month have been lovely, sunny and warm and we had two or three days in the middle of the month, when it was also nice and warm and sunny, but that didn't last too long!
We were lucky though and in all the days that we had floods, we only had one day during which we had to endure a power cut for five hours. It was very pleasant that was the only power cut we had! Other parts of the island may have had more and longer power cuts.

We still managed to go out and have some nice dinners, like at Barracuda Restaurant at the Wharf and at Prego, Italian restaurant that's part of the Amari in Chaweng.

It's best to look forward to a new month, February 2017, usually a very nice and mild month with plenty of sunshine. Also the month hen my blog can celebrate 10 years of being live!

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Camille

5th Koh Samui Midnight Run, Saturday 25th March 2017

5th Koh Samui Midnight Run, Saturday 25th March 2017


With great pleasure I can announce the 5th Koh Samui Midnight Run, Saturday 25th March 2017, with start and finish line at the Reggae Pub in Chaweng and some 2000 participants are expected fir this Samui Midnight Run.

It will start exactly at midnight in the night from Saturday to Sunday. Registration opens 1st March at Zazen Boutique resort and information for registration for the 5th Koh Samui Midnight Run, Saturday 25th March 2017 can be found in this link.

Application Fee: To apply for the 5 and 10 km runs there are two(2) fee options;
1. 500 Baht
2. 1,000 Baht - includes entry to the Grand Raffle
The Grand Raffle will take place after the awards ceremony! 
The first price will be a brand new scooter!

The race distances are 5km and 10km or one loop through Chaweng or two loops. Straight down beach road in Chaweng with a small detour through the crowded Soi Green Mango!

As each year, it's a charity event and proceeds from the event will be donated to some very worthy causes: firstly, to Koh Samui’s new School for Autistic Children and secondly to the Green Project supported by the Hotel Associations.


5th Koh Samui Midnight Run, Saturday 25th March 2017

Out of the previous four editions, I participated three times and came in second every time in my age category, this year I'm about to change that and have my goal set at winning my age category!

Hope to see you there and join the fun and activities. The countdown has started!

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st January, 2017


Today's weather;

It's a bit cloudy this early in the morning over Koh Samui but there's also already some sunshine and the latter will prevail today. Once the sun starts heating up, the clouds will most likely be burnt away and it might become very sunny and arm to hot. A great day to spend at a beach around the island, like Crystal Bay, pictured below. Current temp at 7am is 24C

On Koh Lanta we have an almost perfect blue sky this early in the morning which promises a warm day is in the making here. Current temp at 7am is 23C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st January, 2017; A beautiful aerial picture of Crystal Bay near Lamai. This is a very nice and small bay, at the very end of the hills leading to Lamai, when coming from Chaweng and it has a lovely beach. One of the better snorkel places on Koh Samui. There are a few resorts in the bay and it's a great place to visit for a day, sunbath, eat some food in one of the restaurants, swim a bit, snorkel a bit, enjoy the day!

Yesterday saw a nice and warm day around Koh Samui, with a partially clouded sky and plenty of sunshine. Max temp reached 30C and at the end of the month, January seems to have made a turn and give us some nice weather, at last!

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st January, 2017; The narrow one way street in Ban Saladan on Koh Lanta, leading to the pier where the ferries leave. The pier is in the opposite direction though! This is the view towards Ban Saladan.

The forecast didn't change much and that means that for the next seven days, you better have plenty f sun lotion at hand, since most days will see beautiful blue skies, sometimes laced with a few isolated clouds. The good end of January and February weather has arrived, at last! Enjoy it!

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Monday, 30 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th January, 2017


Today's weather;

It's slightly cloudy and a bit hazy this early in the morning around Koh Samui but once the sun starts to heat up I expect most of the clouds to dissolve and it should be a rather sunny day today. Current temp at 7am is a nice and cool 23C but that should change shortly

On Koh Lanta we have reached the half way mark of the current PADI IDC today and the sky is very similar here, partially cloudy and a bit hazy and just like on Koh Samui, I expect a sunny and warm here. Current temp at 7am is a cool 23C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th January, 2017; Picture copyright by Michael Biedermann
Sunset yesterday evening Fisherman's Village, with a nice view over the beach, taken in front of Juzza Pizza restaurant

Yesterday saw a gorgeous day around Koh Samui, blue skies all day long, nice and warm, closing in on hot and a prefect recipe to forget all about the recent floods around the island. Max temp reached only 30C but it surely felt a lot warmer. It was a perfect beach day!

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th January, 2017; The Koh Lanta taxi. Typical motorbike with side attachments for the passengers. This building style I have only seen on Koh Lanta so far and there are hundreds of them around, The scary part is that they are also rented out to tourists and families use them to get around, which can get dangerous if you're not used on how to drive and use them correctly, especially on a very steep hill on the island, going down

The forecast is still looking good for the next seven days. No wind, partially cloudy to no clouds and plenty if sunshine. The beaches around Koh Samui are waiting for you to work on your tan but don't forget the sun lotion!

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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th January, 2017


Today's weather;

A nice blue sky is shaping up over Koh Samui with some isolated, hazey clouds at the moment in it and it looks like a warm day is in the making. Current temp at 7.30am is a cool 24C

On Koh Lanta we have a similar hazy sky and the sun is out and about and will burn these hazy layers away in probably less than an hour. So a warm or hot day is  int he making down here as well. Current temp at 7.30am is 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th January, 2017; Big Buddha on a nice and sunny day, the way the weather currently is on Koh Samui. No more rain but blue skies instead

Yesterday saw a partially cloudy but sunny and warm day around Koh Samui with a max temp of 32C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th January, 2017; Ban Saladan on Koh Lanta with a view to the ocean during the early morning

The forecast for the next seven days is looking very good. Partially cloudy to completely blue skies and sun galore is hitting the island! Get the sun lotion out and work on that tan! Enjoy the lovely weather coming up over the next seven days!

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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th January, 2017


Today's weather;

Thrre are a few clouds in the sky over Koh Samui but the sun is heating up and most likely  will be able to evaporate most or all clouds in the course of this day. Expect a sunny and warm day and enjoy it, Well deserved after all te rain this month! Current temp at 7am is 26C

We also have a fairly cloudy sky on Koh Lanta but the sun will soon dissolve this and replace it with a blue sky. On Koh Lanta the current January-February PADI IDC is well under way now. Current temp at 7am is a nice and cool 24C but it will heat up later today.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th January, 2017; Picture and all rights by Joe Clasby
Coconut trees hanging in there at Chaweng beach, in front of Centara Grand Beach resort. The recent waves have hollowed out the sand on which the trees are standing and they may tip over any time. Hopefully they will be able though to keep hanging in until the and is restored in a few weeks or month time.

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day around the island and the north eastern part of the island stayed dry. Max temp reached 32C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th January, 2017; Celebrating Chinese New Year in ban Saladan on Koh Lanta, yesterday afternoon with food and drinks being offered to welcome the year of the Rooster.

The forecast for the next seven days is looking really good. No wind,m almost no clouds and plenty of sunshine coming our way. Enjoy!

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th January, 2017


Today's weather;

This morning is lovely, with a partially clouded sky and the sun being out and about and most likely ready to dissolve these clouds once it really starts to heat up all around Koh Samui. Be ready for a sunny day, over the oceans surrounding the island, there are hardly any clouds left. Current temp at 7am is 24C

On Koh Lanta we have a lovely blue sky with a few isolated clouds in it and it looks like it will be nice, sunny and warm here. Similar to yesterday morning, but than we had some rain and cloudy skies during the afternoon. Current temp at 7am is 23C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th January, 2017; Picture and all rights by Deano Bryant
Bang Rak last night, shortly before 2am when a massive storm passed over Koh Samui. This could well have been the very last serious hard rain for this rainy or monsoon season, since this morning the sun is out and about and should stay there for the next seven days

Yesterday saw a lot more and harder rain than was expected or forecast around Koh Samui and it caused a few minor flash floods around the island, at the usual hot spots, however without disrupting the traffic flow. 
Last night around 2am there was a big storm moving over the island with some very hard rain, but this could well have been the last hard rain of this monsoon season, things are getting better as of now! Max temp reached 28C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th January, 2017; Morning rises over Koh Lanta at Ban Saladan, with a nice view over the klong or river between the two Lanta islands with the new bridge in the background

The forecast for the next seven days is looking really good and nice. Plenty of open skies with sometimes a partially cloudy sky and lots of sunshine. It looks like the monsoon is over and done with for this season and we finally can get the sun lotion out again. Enjoy the warmth and the sun. 

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th January, 2017


Today's weather;

It's cloudy over Koh Samui this morning and the roads are wet due to some rain last night. There may be a light shower or two today but they should be among the last ones we get for this week.  Current temp at 7am is 26C

Yesterday I drove down to Koh Lanta, where I will start a PADI IDC today. It's partially cloudy with nice blue patches in the sky and a current temp at 7am of 25C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th January, 2017; The Seatran pier in Nathon, yesterday morning, rolling on to the Seatran ferry, heading for the mainland in Don Sak.

Yesterday saw a partially clouded sky around Koh Samui and it was a nice and dry day with a max temp of 31C. Last night there was some rain though.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th January, 2017; View from the new bridge between the two Koh Lanta islands. This is a view towards Baan Saladan. Yesterday was the first time that I crossed the bridge, last year when I left it was just about a week or such before the bridge opened. Travel time is shortened by at lest half an hour or more, since there's no more waiting and queuing for the short ferry ride between the two islands.

The forecast for the next seven days is looking good, today and tomorrow may still see a bit of rain but the clouds are dissolving and we should have some sunshine coming our way as well, possibly starting tomorrow already but definitely when the weekend starts. Enjoy next week and the end of this month and February looks like it will be in good old fashion with some lovely weather.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 25th January, 2017


Today's weather;

There's a very thin cloud layer today over Koh Samui and the sun is about to break through. Where the cloud cover is partially clouded, the sun is already out and about. There may be a light shower later today, but nothing too serious. Current temp at 7.30am is 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 25th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 25th January, 2017; The 'Bot' or most important building at a temple, this one is at Wat Plai Laem or Wat Laem Suwannaram

Yesterday saw a lovely day around the island with a partially clouded sky and plenty of sunny moments. Max temp reached 31C

The forecast for the next seven days is looking good. Tomorrow may see a light shower or so, Friday may see some drizzle and as of the weekend we should have no rain anymore but instead partially clouded skies with sunny moments. 

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Camille

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th January, 2017


Today's weather;

This morning we can enjoy a partially cloudy sky with the sun battling it out to break through at some parts and having a bit of free play at other parts around Koh Samui. It should mostly dry, although short shower may be possible later today. Current temp at 10am is 29C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th January, 2017; Nathon pier this morning, enjoying the sunbeams

Yesterday saw a mostly cloudy day with no sunshine and some afternoon showers. Nothing too serious, just some short and light showers. Max temp reached 29C

The forecast is looking good. Wednesday, Thursday throughout the day and Friday morning may see some rain but after that it should be partially clouded skies with the sun coming out again. It does seem that the long monsoon season is finally coming to an end.

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd January, 2017


Today's weather;

It's cloudy but dry this morning over Koh Samui but earlier this morning it seemed brighter compared to right now at 10am. Some very light showers may be expected today. Current temp at 10am is 28C 

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd January, 2017; A new building is being constructed in Wat Laem Suwannaram or better known as Wat Plai Laem. This new building will house a cooking area and covered or roofed area where people can sit when social events are happening, like when boys join the monk hood or when somebody passed away.  Family members will cook and people will sit at tables to eat, like as in under the tent as on the picture

Yesterday saw a very nice morning with sunshine but later during the day clouds moved in with a few very light showers at some parts of the island. Max temp reached 31C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd January, 2017; This is the current cooking area at Wat Laem Suwannaram or Wat Plai Laem. The word 'Wat' in the Thai language means 'temple'

The forecast for the next seven days at last is showing some improvement. Cloudy until Friday with an occasional light shower being expected and after Friday the sun may break through in partially cloudy skies. The rain seems to make way, at last!

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 22nd January, 2017


Today's weather;

It's partially cloudy and sunny over Koh Samui this morning, at least the North Eastern part of the island, with a late update, due to my Sunday morning long runs. It looks like it will stay like this for the rest of the day, so enjoy some good beach time today or any other activity you signed up for or are planning to do. 
It has become really difficult over the last couple of days to predict what is going to happen, it seems all predicted to be cloudy days turn into partially cloudy and sunny days and all partially cloudy days seem to turn into cloudy and rainy days. Odd!
The current temp at 10am is 29C

Don't forget to visit the Samui Green Market later today, as of 3pm at Fisherman's Village.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 22nd January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 22nd January, 2017; The beach inf front of Hansar Resort in Fisherman's Village, under a nice partially clouded sky and in the sunshine!

Yesterday saw a cloudy day all day long, with some very light rain at times. This in contrast to what was predicted, a partially cloudy day with some sunshine! Max temp reached nonetheless 30C

The forecast for the next seven days predicts cloudy days with a light wind until Wednesday and rain possibly until Friday morning. This should be monsoon like rain, with a shower here and there but not non stop, all day long like rain.

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 21st January, 2017


Today's weather;

It's cloudy and greyish this morning over Koh Samui and it feels like rain is in the air. Last night I woke up at 2am from a very strong rain shower, accompanied by some thunder. All this despite a glorious sunrise around 6.30am at the East coast of the island, when the sun rose from the ocean as a big burning orange ball. A beautiful sight. Unfortunately the clouds over our island seem undisturbed by this and stick together. During the afternoon rain is predicted. Current temp at 8am is 25C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 21st January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 21st January, 2017; Performers or artists yesterday as part of the visiting Spark Circus at W Retreat in Maenam

Yesterday saw a very wet morning with plenty of drizzle and light but constant rain but there was a much nicer afternoon, which was dry although the sun didn't really come out to play. Max temp reached 30C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 21st January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 21st January, 2017: Walking street yesterday evening at Fisherman's Village

The forecast for the next seven days hasn't changed that much, mostly cloudy to partially cloudy skies with each day some rain being predicted, not all day long rain but occasionally a shower and it doesn't look like a lot of sunshine can be expected during the next seven days. Tomorrow may see some very strong wind durin  the afternoon. I can only hope to be proven wrong.

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Friday, 20 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 20th January, 2017


Today's weather;

It's partially cloudy this early in the morning around Koh Samui and it should stay like this for the remainder of the day. Another sunny day is in the making, enjoy the beach or any other activity you're up to today. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Today marks 100 days since the death of King Bhumibol. From today onward, TV stations are allowed to show normal programs and have logos in color.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 20th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 20th January, 2017; The Meh Guanim statue at Wat Plai Laem or Wat Laem Suwannaram enjoying the sun again, yesterday afternoon

Yesterday saw a a very nice, warm and dry day around the island with a max temp of 32C
It's a relief to feel the sun being out again and enjoying the warm weather.

The forecast for the next seven days is hard to predict. The last 3 or 4 days were supposed to have rain but the sun broke out instead in a partially cloudy sky. The next seven days have the same profile predicted, cloudy skies with rain showers, so what is it going to be, rain as predicted or sunshine as it was the last couple of days? We will see and find out.

It looks however that the floods of January 2017 are behind us, most roads are dry now and each day the run off and water still standing on roads is becoming less and less.

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 19th January, 2017


Today's weather;

It's cloudy this morning over Koh Samui with a very rare break in the clouds this early on. According to the forecasts it should remain mostly cloudy and there is a good chance of a few showers today.
All roads around the island are clearing up and the floods are receding everywhere. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 19th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 19th January, 2017; Wat Plai Laem or Wat Laem Suwannaram yesterday morning, basking in the sunshine

Yesterday saw a surprisingly nice morning with a partially clouded sky and plenty of sunshine. During the afternoon more clouds move in but it stayed dry in the north eastern corner of our island, other parts may have had some showers. Max temp reached 30C

The forecast for the next seven days predicts a mixture of light wind, cloudy to partially cloudy skies, an occasional sun beam and a high possibility of rain showers each day. Nothing like the recent January floods we had though!

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 18th January, 2017


Today's weather;

It's partially cloudy, surprisingly, this morning over the Plai Laem and East coast of Koh Samui, after some very hard rain early morning around 4am. A nice sunrise can be seen currently but there's a very strong wind blowing. The forecast for today does predict rain tough but not as much as originally was predicted. Be prepared for some showers today but all roads should remain passable. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 18th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 18th January, 2017; Bang Rak bay yesterday morning, grey, cloudy and wet but planes still coming in and taking off all day yesterday, Samui airport was in full swing all day long

Yesterday saw a very wet morning with a constant drizzle or light rain the whole morning but the afternoon was still cloudy but mostly dry. The whole day all roads remained passable and no real flash floods occurred. There was a very loud and hard thunder storm at around 11pm though. All in all the rain that came down yesterday was not anywhere near the amount that was predicted. Max temp reached 28C

The forecast for the next seven days remained mostly unchanged. All days should have various amounts of rain during the day and night but also dry spells should be in the mix but not much sunshine is expected.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 17th January, 2017


Today's weather;

Like clockwork the predicted two days with bad weather, hard wind and lots of rain have showed up over Koh Samui. It's dark and grey and very wet outside. Last night or at least during the early morning, plenty of rain came down already and lots more is expected today with storm like conditions for wind and rain around 10am. The rest of the day should see a strong wind and plenty of rain. Some flash flood may be expected. Current temp at 7am is 24C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 17th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 17th January, 2017; Boats moored in a small bay, protected form hard wind near Big Buddha, last week during a dry spell

Yesterday saw all day long a thick cloud cover but it stayed dry during the day time. In the very early morning at 4am there was a thunderstorm passing over and at 7pm we had some rain. The sun wasn't able to make an appearance although it tried to peek through a few times during the morning hours. Max temp reached 30C

The forecast for the next seven days is not looking that great, plenty of rain and wind expected today and tomorrow, especially around 10am this morning and  this coming night and the rest of the week we should expect more rain, but not so hard and not so much anymore except for Friday, where we may see a break.

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Monday, 16 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 16th January, 2017


Today's weather;

It's dark and grey again in the sky over Koh Samui and at 4am this morning we had a thunder storm passing over with hard rain. At the moment it's dry but a few light showers are expected today. Current temp at 7am is a cool 24C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 16th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 16th January, 2017; At last the road in Soi 8 in Plai Laem has collapsed. It was a matter of time when it should happen. During the December rain and floods, the earth underneath part of the road was washed away and during the recent January floods, it got hollowed out even more. Yesterday, during a dry and partially clouded day, the road finally collapsed and I'm afraid it will take a very long time before this will be fixed. Luckily nobody got injured when the road did collapse.

Yesterday saw a partially clouded day with plenty of sunshine peeking through the cloud cover and it stayed dry. Max temp reached 32C

The forecast for the next seven days is not looking that great. The next two days should be the worst days to come during this period, with strong, at times storm like wind and plenty of rain. Not as torrential as early January but plenty enough. Friday may be the only dry-ish day and over the weekend some light rain is expected. It will be interesting to see how the drainage systems will be able to handle this rain, since everything is filled to the brim. Although most roads had dried up, this will be a game changer again.

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 15th January, 2017


Today's weather;

It's a bit hazy today and the sun is struggling to break through this morning around Koh Samui. The cloud cover may get more clouded during the remainder of the day. Current temp at 9.30am is 28C, still fairly cool and enjoyable.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 15th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 15th January, 2017; Airplanes are completely on schedule again and are flying in over Big Buddha all the time again and at Samui airport it's according to schedule again. Things are back to 'normal' again around the island, however, there's been a lot of damage to the infrastructure around the island, like road surface damage, big holes are in the tarmac surface at many places and it will take months to fix this. My fear is that the holes will just filled with some tar, which will be a very short term solution, since these fillers will not hold for very long. Looking back at the the history of the island, this is most likely exactly what will happen.

Yesterday saw another very sunny and dry day and was exactly what was needed to forget a bit about the recent January floods. Due to the sunshine, many roads are actually completely dry again. Some other areas still have to deal with some water on the roads and there is also still a lot of water coming down from the hills. Max temp reached 32C yesterday.

The forecast predicts a cloudier sky tomorrow with possibly a short shower or two during the day. Come Tuesday however, there's supposed to be a strong storm like wind during almost all day long with plenty of rain. Looking at the forecast, there most likely will be flash floods again, maybe a day to better stay inside! Wednesday may see less wind and rain and come Thursday the rain and wind should mostly have gone, to have slight return on Saturday. It's not looking too great but by no menas as bad as during the recent floods.

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Saturday, 14 January 2017

The next Green Market will be on Sunday 22nd January at Fisherman's Village

The next Green Market will be on Sunday 22nd January at Fisherman's Village


The next Green Market will be on Sunday 22nd January at Fisherman's Village at Elysia Boutique Resort and will start around 15.00 or 3pm.
As always this will be a great opportunity to buy lots of organic food, to eat on the spot or to take home but also fresh and organic produce will be on offer.

The next Green Market will be on Sunday 22nd January at Fisherman's Village

The next Green Market will be on Sunday 22nd January at Fisherman's Village at Elysia Boutique Resort at around 3pm

What is nice to see is that the Samui Green Market is proactive about NOT USING PLASTIC. 
At this market we will introduce "Trash Hero" bottles for both business owner and islander to join to save our island.
EVERYONE CAN BE A HERO! An excellent initiative and if you want to buy things, bring your own non plastic bags and the people selling are asked to get creative with bamboo, banana leaves or buy reusable, or paper!


The next Green Market will be on Sunday 22nd January at Fisherman's Village

The next Green Market will be on Sunday 22nd January at Fisherman's Village at Elysia Boutique Resort at around 3pm

A great location to get locally made and produced organic products, food and otherwise. I will be on the island and will surely make it over for a visit.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 14th January, 2017


Today's weather;

A nice blue sky emerged this morning out of the night over Koh Samui and it looks like it's going to be a nice and warm day with a current temp at 9am of 29C
Most roads are drying up although some spots are still partially flooded or wet, however, with weather like this, it will speed up the process of drying up the roads.
All dive and snorkeling boats are in full swing again. Time to book one your tours with me.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 14th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 14th January, 2017: Koh Som on the left or middle of the picture with Koh Phangan in the background, yesterday, baking in the sunlight. This picture was taken at the Big Buddha statue which gives beautiful sights all around, especially with blue and sunny skies like yesterday

Yesterday saw a very nice and warm day around Koh Samui on Friday the thirteenth. We had a blue sky most of the day with occasionally some clouds drifting in. It felt good to have the sun on your skin again after all the recent rain and floods. Max temp reached 32C

The forecast didn't change a lot. Today and tomorrow should be fine with lots of sunshine and possibly a small and short shower tomorrow. From Monday onward, the wind is supposed to pick up for a day or three with currently light rain predicted on Monday and Tuesday, harder rain on Wednesday  and Thursday and fading out again by Friday.  This rain will however not be torrential but more like a typical monsoon rain, short or longer showers but not torrential. Floods should not occur, besides maybe a flash flood.
Unfortunately not much sunshine is expected next week.

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 13th January, 2017


Today's weather;

A clear sky is emerging out of the night all over Koh Samui on Friday the 13th, with a full moon last night and it should become a nice and sunny and warm day. This will help the roads to dry up and the still flooded parts to recede. It looks like a great beach day! Current temp at 7am is 25C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 13th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 13th January, 2017; Water pumps have been located at various parts around the island, to help the still standing water to reach drainage systems. This one is located near Fisherman's Village, on the ring road.

Yesterday was a bit of strange day, listening to various comments from around the island. Here in Plai Laem, we had a very sunny morning with some dark clouds surrounding us during the afternoon but ending with more sunshine. On the contrast, in Fisherman's Village and Maenam they had plenty of rain during the morning which caused plenty of flash floods in that part of the island.
The two times I went there, early morning and later afternoon, everything looked just fine, luckily I missed all the rain parts! Max temp reached 29C

The forecast for the next seven days didn't change that much, until Sunday it should be nice and sunny, with maybe an isolated shower on Sunday. As of Monday however, the rain may be back, combined with strong wind on Monday, but the rain should not be as torrential and over the top as we just had during the recent January floods, but more long the lines of a normal monsoon rain. The interesting part will be how the drainage systems will be able to handle the rain, since they're filled to the brim, if it's not torrential, they should be able to handle the rain fairly well.  It will be interesting.
Stay tuned for more updates and check my Koh Samui info and weather Facebook page as well. A link is listed below. 

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 12th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 12th January, 2017


Today's weather;

We have the prelude of a blue sky over Koh Samui this morning and it's nice for a change to see a blue-ish sky shaping up. It's supposed to be partially cloudy today with most likely plenty of sunshine again. The roads are drying up, like the surface is dry but there are also still plenty of place where the water is still on the roads, partly run off water from the mountains. Current temp at 7am is 25C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 12th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 12th January, 2017; Blue skies yesterday at Fisherman's Village and all around the island. What a relief!

Yesterday saw a lovely day around Koh Samui, from early in the morning through to later afternoon we had a partially cloudy sky with planet of sunshine all day long. Roads were drying up and water is receding everywhere. There's plenty of damage done this time around but now it's time to start fixing it again. Max temp reached 29C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 12th January, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 12th January, 2017; There are still plenty of signs and proof of the devastating power and impact the January floods had. This is the entrance to Bophud temple, closed off due to a massive puddle directly at the entrance. Many road parts have been damaged, road surface has partly gone and many holes can be found all the roads around the island, This will take ea few months to fix all this and hopefully not by just pouring some asphalt into the holes, since that will not be a very long lasting solution.

The forecast for the next seven days is looking good until the weekend. Partially cloudy skies and no rain expected but instead some sunny skies for a change. Time to recover a bit from the recent floods.
After the weekend some rain is expected and predicted, especially Tuesday may see some harder wind and some harder rain. In general this is however a more 'normal' monsoon kind of rain and not anything like we recently experienced. It will be interesting however to see how the drainage systems around the island will handle a new set of rain, considering that every drainage system is filled to the brim with rain water.
Stay tuned and enjoy the sunshine for a few days.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Spark Circus is to visit Koh Samui 20th and 21st January

Spark Circus is to visit Koh Samui 20th and 21st January


The Spark Circus is to visit Koh Samui 20th and 21st January at respectively W Resort and Dr Frogs, with a big show on the 20th at W Resort, starting at 8pm.
All four scheduled shows are to raise money for the Burmese refugee children in the North, in Mae Sot, where the Spark circus will go to teach and perform. 

Spark Circus to visit Koh Samui 20th and 21st January

Spark Circus to visit Koh Samui 20th and 21st January at W Resort with a big show on 20th January starting at 8pm

Spark Circus is an international nonprofit whose mission it is to promote health, positive well being, and a sense of hope in children who live in disadvantaged communities and living situations. It is their belief that by using educational classes in, circus, music, and performance art they can help to alleviate stress, burden, and fear that so often traps people in a cycle of violence and poverty.

Spark Circus to visit Koh Samui 20th and 21st January

Spark Circus to visit Koh Samui 20th and 21st January

This year the circus has 10 dedicated performers and teachers from; Vietnam, Canada, Australia, Burma, UK & the US. 
Spark Circus is a non-profit dedicated to bringing hope and laughter to the lives of thousands of refugee children every year. 
Beginning January 14th, the Spark Circus team will assemble on the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan to do shows and raise donations for the project in a Sparkly Circus Bonanza. Following two weeks of fundraising, the team will travel and visit schools and orphanages in Mae Sot, the refugee camp Nu Poe, and the village of Mae Ke Kong for four weeks of playshop’s and intensives.

Spark Circus to visit Koh Samui 20th and 21st January

Spark Circus to visit Koh Samui 20th and 21st January

These exercises and activities are designed to encourage creative self-discovery in disadvantaged children in war-torn countries. The process of healing these children begins with laughter, and Spark’s performers and volunteers take pride in being able to give refugee children much needed respite from their traumatic situation.

Spark Circus to visit Koh Samui 20th and 21st January

Spark Circus to visit Koh Samui 20th and 21st January; Their full schedule for Koh Samui and Koh Phangan

“These children are escaping from a country which has been at war with itself for more than sixty years. Many are in danger of trafficking, while others face innumerable hardships,” says Charlene Whitehead (Director) .
'Our tour is designed to uplift and delight and we look forward to it!'

Spark Circus to visit Koh Samui 20th and 21st January

Spark Circus to visit Koh Samui 20th and 21st January

Spark Circus is a circus performance group who tries to deliver a spectacular extravaganza for children at migrant schools, refugee camps in Thailand, and villages on the Burmese side of the border, as well as, workshops and classes. They also offer classes to local teachers and other interested individuals, striving whenever possible to foster a spirit of community and oneness. It is their hope that they can bring people together and heal some of the emotional wounds the children face through the excitement of the circus arts. For more information on how you can help Spark Circus, visit their fundraising page here.

January 20 - W Resort - Koh Samui
January 21st Dr Frogs - Koh Samui
January 25th Eco Lodge - Haad Rin - Koh Phangan
January 27th Sanctuary - Koh Phangan

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