Sunday, 1 February 2015

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 1st February, 2015

Today's weather;

A late update this morning due to my long Sunday morning run, today I clocked just over 21km and I just got back out of the shower. It's a bit of  mixed bag this morning around Koh Samui, sunshine but also some clouds and a cool breeze. Current temp at 9am is 26.6C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 1st February, 2015

Elephant at Namuang waterfall with some big tusks. I'm not a big fan of kept elephants, due the gruelling 'pajaan' ritual of breaking the young elephants spirit and domesticate them

Yesterday saw a very nice morning, once again but around noon the wind picked up and during the later afternoon, heavy cloud formations drifted in but ti stayed dry. Max temp reached 28.5C

The forecast sees the wind pick up today and tomorrow but ease down a bit come Tuesday and it should mostly remain unny with some occasional clouds drifting in.

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Camille

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Promotional video for the Koh Samui Midnight Run

Check out this Promotional video for the 3rd Koh Samui Midnight Run, hitting Chaweng town come 21st March 2015




Check out below the 2014 race event video



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 Camille

Goodbye to January 2015

It's time to say to say goodbye to January 2015 on this last January day of this month.

The weather at the tart of the month was not very good with the first half of the month seeing a lot of overcast and rain. The second half of the month, once I got back from Koh Lanta, saw a massive change in weather conditions. It was sunny skies from there onwards, up to today.
The nice thing about January though, is that although we had nice and sunny skies during the second half of the month, it doesn't get too warm. You will rarely find a day reaching 30C.

Goodbye to January 2015

Fishing boats in Nathon near the town pier

The beginning of the month saw me back on Koh Lanta, conducting a PADI IDC there. The second half of the month I was happy to be home and being able to spend time with my family, especially since my Mum is here for a visit.

We had a fab dinner at Kobori again, a Japanese restaurant well worth checking out that celebrates it's one year anniversary today. Yesterday we visited Fi, a Greek restaurant with a fabulous 'all you can eat' buffet each Friday. We also had a fab lunch at Sweet Sisters last weekend, another place well worth checking out.

It's time to look forward and welcome February, which will see me for the first half of the month back in Phuket for a PADI IDC

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st January, 2015

Today's weather;

Once more a sunny sky is shaping up around Koh Samui this morning with just a few small clouds floating around. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Yesterday evening we went for the weekly 'all you can eat' buffet on each Friday at Fi Greek Restaurant next to Tesco Lotus in Chaweng. The food was delicious as always but it was just too busy, with too many tables crammed into the restaurant, it was too busy, with a queue at the food and the food running out at the buffet faster than they could replenish it. Too bad, always enjoyed the buffet, but it's just not enjoyable anymore.
The price went up from 249.-THB to 279.-THB per person, which I still consider a good deal.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st January, 2015

Bang Rak bay early in the morning

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day without it getting too hot. Max temp reached 29C

The forecast hasn't changed much, sunny skies are ahead of us for the next seven days, possibly with some more clouds come Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Camille

Friday, 30 January 2015

Food on Wheels; Duck in Chaweng

It's time for a contribution of the Food on Wheels series before the month is over, and this I picked; Food on Wheels; Duck in Chaweng.

Food on Wheels; Duck in Chaweng

Food on Wheels; Duck in Chaweng

Duck is very popular with a majority of the Thai population and pick up trucks with a similar set up as can be seen on these pictures drive around the whole country.

Food on Wheels; Duck in Chaweng

Food on Wheels; Duck in Chaweng frontal view

On Koh Samui, we had these kind of trucks drive by on a very regular base, but somehow that stopped and the only location that I know of, in this set up, is on the ring road in Chaweng, near the Futsal stadium
On the mainland there are still plenty of 'duck trucks' driving around, I see them on a regular base there.

Food on Wheels; Duck in Chaweng

Food on Wheels; Duck in Chaweng view at the rear

This particular car can't drive anymore and each day, the owner loads it up with his duck of the day and he starts selling, somewhere late in the afternoon. His customers know where he is and when he's supposed to be open (something you can never be sure of here!) and drive up on (mainly) their bikes to buy the goodies or in this case, the duck.

Food on Wheels; Duck in Chaweng

Food on Wheels; Duck in Chaweng that one tastes good

Part of the experience is the sauce that comes along with the duck. A restaurant chain called MK Restaurants, which can be found all over Thailand, has in my opinion the best duck and sauce, but that's about as good as that restaurant gets.

Food on Wheels; Duck in Chaweng

Food on Wheels; Duck in Chaweng the real deal

Keep your eyes open if in Thailand, sooner or later you will see a 'duck truck' pass by and if you fancy a meal or portion, just flag the car down and he will stop and serve you. Enjoy!

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th January, 2015

Today's weather;

Another blue sky is shaping up this morning around Koh Samui, this time with some cloud formations very high up in the sky and a slightly cooler morning with a current temp of 25.7C at 7am

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th January, 2015

Another sample of a holy tree, after yesterday's picture, this one I spotted in Lipa Noi

Yesterday saw a sunny and warm day around the island with a max temp of 31C

The forecast remains steady with mostly sunny skies ahead of us for the next seven days. Nice and January cool! Enjoy!

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Camille

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th January, 2015

Today's weather;

A near perfect blue sky hovers over Koh Samui this morning. Current temp at 7am is 27.2C, already fairly warm.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th January, 2015

Tree at Namaung waterfall, many trees are considered holy in Thailand and offerings are being made

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day around Samui with a max temp of 28.5C

The forecast remained by large the same, sunny skies for the next seven days but it looks like the wind might pick up a bit, so the cool breeze will keep coming in.

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Camille

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Mini Golf, Fisherman's Village

Last week me and my family visited the Mini Golf, Fisherman's Village after almost not having played mini golf for almost three years. It too that many years to get the vibes going again and we visited the Mini Golf, Fisherman's Village this time around.

Mini Golf, Fisherman's Village

Mini Golf, Fisherman's Village main entrance sign

The location is easy to find, near Fisherman's Village, opposite the new walking street area that is used each Frady for the very popular Fisherman's Village walking street.
The entrance fee is 300.-THB for adults and 200.-THB for children.

Mini Golf, Fisherman's Village

Mini Golf, Fisherman's Village one of the lanes

The area is simply laid out, with 18 lanes in total. My wife enjoyed this mini golf, but personally I prefer the lanes of Mini Golf International in Choengmon, The lanes in Choengmon are more challenging, better quality lanes and the area is bigger and looks more enticing and inviting.

Mini Golf, Fisherman's Village

Mini Golf, Fisherman's Village overview

We did have fun though and we even managed a few hole in one, at least, our children did! It was my wife however who won overall, especially since my son played himself out of the picture after first having a hole in one and than needing some 37 tries on just one hole!

Mini Golf, Fisherman's Village

Mini Golf, Fisherman's Village some more lanes

Opening times are from 14.30 to 22.00 hours but it is advisable to visit around 17.00 hours or later, just because it won't be too hot, as the sun may be beaming down during the daytime. At the entrance drinks are sold to cool down if required and inside the premises is a small but convenient parking lot for your car or motorbikes.

Mini Golf, Fisherman's Village

Mini Golf, Fisherman's Village main entrance

Worthwhile to check out, in order to enjoy an easy and relaxed afternoon or evening. Our kids enjoyed it a lot.

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th January, 2015

Today's weather;

A near perfect blue sky is shaping up again this morning all around Koh Samui with just a few scattered clouds in the sky but it's nice and cool with a current temp at 7am of 26.8C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th January, 2015

A quiet corner at Wat Kunaram in Baan Namuang

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day with very blue skies. Still, max temp didn't go over 28.8C

The forecast didn't change much, mostly sunny skies for the seven days with a nice breeze and some scattered clouds.

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Camille

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Leonardo Ice Cream

During the weekend we did a trip around the island and we discovered a new ice cream vendor on the island; Leonardo Ice Cream. 

Leonardo Ice Cream

Leonardo Ice Cream at Big Buddha

The signs for the shop were noted by me but didn't really register, until we visited Hin Ta Hin Yai as part of our trip and between Hin Ta and the parking lot, is one of their three outlets, manned by Francesco, one of the three owners of Leonardo Ice Cream. 

Leonardo Ice Cream

Leonardo Ice Cream the menu

He immediately asked us if we wanted to taste some of the ice cream and we were more than happy to oblige. A visit to an ice cream shop was on the list of things to do for that day. 
In short, we were blown away and immediately decided to make our ice cream stop right there at that moment. We have a new official favorite ice cream shop on the island; Leonardo Ice Cream!

Leonardo Ice Cream

Leonardo Ice Cream some of the ice cream options, top left Pistachio, a must in my book!

They offer sorbets, made after a Frnech recipe from Corsica, delivered by Philippe, another owner. They decided however to fly it under one flag; Leonardo Ice Cream. 
I had a sorbet with Apple Cinnamon and it was truly like eating an apple pie, 100% without sugar on top of that. Our children had the pistachio ice cream and that was heavenly, with real pistachio chunks in it.

Leonardo Ice Cream

Leonardo Ice Cream; assorted sorbets

There are three outlets, the one pictured above at Big Buddha, currently manned by Matteo, the outlet at Hin Ta Hin Yai, currently staffed by Francesco (pictured below) and the main outlet and factory in Lamai, manned by the third owner, Simone.
Besides the three outlets, they also deliver to some of the hotels around Samui. Those lucky guests!

Leonardo Ice Cream

Leonardo Ice Cream part owner Francesco

There are no scoops, but just plain straightforward cups and they go for 100.-THB per cup, but you can try out a few of their tastes, before you decide on which one to settle. 
Very friendly service and great taste, comes highly recommended by all of us, the Lemmens clan on Samui!

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Camille