Friday, 1 August 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 1st August, 2014

Today's weather;

It's slightly cloudy over Koh Samui this morning but it looks like it's going to be another sunny and hot day. Current temp at 7am is 26.5C

In Tongsan in South Korea it's a blue sky and sunny and soon I'm off to Seoul for a day of shopping and sightseeing on my day off. Expect some Gangnam style action! Current temp at 9am local time is 27C and the temperature is rising.

Buddhist shrine, Chaweng beach

Buddhist shrine on Chaweng beach

Yesterday saw a warm day around Samui with some rain at some parts of the island. Max temp reached around 34C

Monastry near Songtan, South Korea

Monastry near Songtan, South Korea

The forecast predicts strong winds coming up and cloudy days with especially Monday and Tuesday rain.

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Camille

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Goodbye to July 2014

The end of July 2014 is in sight and it's time to have a look at how this month was from my point of view.

Let' start with the weather and it's the second year in a row where the weather isn't that great. Yes, we had sunny and warm days but we also had plenty of rain and especially some hard wind. All in all I would rate this years version as a slightly below average July.

Holy tree

Trees are holy in Thailand, here's one in Thong Krut

It was a rare occasion this years for me being at home for the first three weeks and a few days of the month at home, and I really enjoyed it. I don't get to see enough of our youngest daughter. She just turned 10 month old and yesterday she surprised me with for the first time ever saying "Papa".

We had busy weekends though, with running events in Phun Phin and Surat Thani and going to Khao Sok to meet up with my sister. Towards the end of the month I left for Osan, South Korea where I'm teaching a PADI IDC

Just before I left, there was the yearly Kila Amphur, I had a great day out with Samui island Gem Gourmet picnic and once more a fantastic dinner at Kobori, a Japanese restaurant in Maenam.

Overall a good month for me and I'm going to enjoy the nest 10 days in Korea before I head back home again! See you next month!

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st July, 2014

Today's weather;

Another late update, once more due to work and different time zones. Koh Samui is hot though, with fairly blue skies and some clouds in it. Current temp at 4pm is 33.5C

In Songtan, South Korea, very similar. It's hot and mostly blue skies with a current temp at 6pm local time of 32C.

The classroom and confined water training for the current PADI IDC in Osan has been completed. Tomorrow is a day off which I will use to visit Seoul and over the weekend we will have open water training in Sacheon on the South Korean east coast, with a PADI IE to follow come Monday.

Big Rock

Big Rock between Chaweng and Lamai

Yesterday saw a dry and hot day around around Samui with a max temp of 34.4C

Stones near Songtan

Stones near Songtan in South Korea with Chinese characters, possibly grave stones

The forecast predicts a build up of wind towards the weekend and after the weekend there may be some really hard wind and rain.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th July, 2014

Today's weather;

It's looking good on Koh Samui, mostly blue skies with a few clouds in it. Current temp at 7am is 27.1C

At Osan AB, South Korea it's looking similar, but it's more cloudy with a few blue spots and it's a lot cooler here, which is great for running! Current temp at 9am local time is 26C

Soi Reggae

The entrance to Soi Reggae in Chaweng

Yesterday saw a mostly cloudy day with a few scattered raindrops around Samui. Max temp reached 31.8C

Traditional Korean house

A traditional Korean house near Songtan

The forecast is not looking too good after the weekend, the wind is picking up, with a good chance of rain, but before that it may be windy but with plenty of sunshine.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th July, 2014

Today's weather;

Another late update with the same reason as yesterday, work and different time zones made it impossible to do an early update today.
Koh Samui had a cloudy day so far and current temp at 3pm is 31C

In Songtan, South Korea, where I still am, it was also mostly cloudy, although during the morning the sun broke through for an hour or so. Current temp at 5pm local time is 27C

Koh Matsum

A coconut tree on Koh Matsum

Yesterday saw a cloudy day around Samui with a max temp of 32.2C

Tongsan, South Korea

The entrance to the shopping street in Songtan, South Korea, opposite the main entrance of Osan AB

The forecast is not improving, unfortunately. A strong wind is around all week long and will increase after the weekend. Hopefully this will change in a few days time.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Monday, 28 July 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th July, 2014

Today's weather;

It's a very late update today, due to me being in a different time zone. Nonetheless, here it is! Koh Samui is mostly cloudy with a few blue spots. Current temp at 4pm is 31.7C

Here in Osan, South Korea, it was sunny in the morning and more cloudy now during the afternoon. Current temp at 6pm local time is 31C

Buffalo

A buffalo, surprisingly in Chaweng's Soi Reggae

Yesterday Samui saw a bit of wind, some sunshine and also a few raindrops. Not all at the same time though. Max temp reached 33.1C

Tongsan, South Korea

Rice fields near Songtan, South Korea, a stone throw away from where I'm staying

The forecast is still predicting a fair bit of wind with stronger wind over the weekend. You may encounter a shower occasionally.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th July, 2014

Today's weather;

A late update, because of the 2 hour time difference between Thailand and South Korea, I didn't have time to update until now. 

Koh Samui has a cloudy sky with a few isolated blue spots and it's slightly hazy. Current temp at noon is around 32C

In Songtan, South Korea, where the current PADI IDC is already on day 2, it's fairly sunny, in other words, a blue sky with a few clouds but very foggy early this morning and a current temp at 2pm local time of 28C

Thong Krut harbor

Octopus being sun dried at Thong Krut harbor

Yesterday saw a mostly cloudy sky with a few scattered drizzles and a max temp of 34.3C

Tongsan main street

A busy main street in Songtan, South Korea

The forecast predicts a fair breeze until Friday, when a strong wind pops up that might carry over the weekend.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th July, 2014

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui is cloudy but there are plenty of blue spots. Current temp at 6am is 26C

In Songtan, South Korea, near Osan, where I was three years ago, where I am right now, it's grey and very cloudy and rain is in the air. Current temp at 6am is 23C

Reggae Pub

Reggae Pub in daylight

Yesterday was a bit of a mixed bag around Samui, cloudy, sunny moments and some rain thrown in. Max temp reached 33C

Tongsan, South Korea

Songtan, rural South Korea

The forecast predicts a good breeze for the next couple of days and stronger wind over next weekends. Rain showers are likely to occur.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Friday, 25 July 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 25th July, 2014

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui changes a bit, sometimes there's some sunny blue skies, the and the next moment it's more cloudy again. It's almost 9am already and current temp is already hitting 31C

Silver beach bay

Silver beach bay near Lamai

In the meantime, I had a night flight from Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok to Seoul in South Korea and I just arrived at the location I will be staying at for the next 10 days or so. It was raining this morning, occasionally the sun peaks through now and it seems to be dry with a current temp at 11am local time of 31C 
Tomorrow my second PADI IDC in South Korea will kick off!

South Korean highway view

En route on a South Korean highway, between Incheon airport and the countryside near Osan, where I am staying right now. A bit of a contrast to the palm trees on Samui!

Yesterday saw a mostly cloudy day with occasionally some rain, mostly later in the day. Max temp reached 30.3C

The forecast for Samui shows a strong breeze, possibly picking up in strength towards next the end of next week. Rain showers can occur during the the next 7 days.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2014

Yesterday saw this years version of the Kila Amphur on Koh Samui, After reports in 2009, 2010 and 2012, here's the low down for this year.

Kila Amphur, drum major

Drum majors getting ready for their parade

Last year our eldest daughter participated in the running event, this year she switched back to a more 'girly' activity and became a drum major.

Kila Amphur, field workers

Filed workers waiting for their turn

They were the first school to start the parade, which suited me just fine. My wife came down by car with a load of children, all dressed up for their parade. This years alarm went off at 2am!

Kila Amphur, candy

Walking candy wrappers?

Since I still had lots of things to prepare for my departure to South Korea later today, I went by motorbike, which allowed to make an early exit back home. A wise move, the rest of the family didn't get back until 4pm!

Kila Amphur, flag

The flag is always there, patriotism is big during these kind of events

Our son marched also in the parade, with his fellow classmates, depicting various ASEAN countries, he had been given a Thai traditional dress.

Kila Amphur

The actual kila, during this years event

It was fairly sunny and hot and a long day was lying ahead for everyone involved. The food and drunks vendors did good bunines during this week.

Kila Amphur, waiting

Waiting, it's going to be a long day

It's a big event, held ll over country during this time of year, not necessarily during the same week or weekends. A lot of practice time precedes every year the actual event and classes come virtually to a stand still, in order to practice the various moves, dances etc that are part of the event.

Kila Amphur, waiting

The music equipment is quite heavy and can easily be parked

Each school presents their moves in front of the local 'powers that are' and the parade just moves on very slowly. Everybody who had already completed their part, has to wait in the middle of the sports ground, where it can become very hot indeed.

Kila Amphur, the wait

The wait, you don't get to walk everyday on high heels

As in previous years, it was great to see my children in action, but after a short while I was also grateful and happy that I could leave again. Making pictures during the event is always fun though!

Kila Amphur, busy

Busy roads around the sports park, loaded with parked cars, motorbikes and food stalls

Hope you enjoy this insight in local life in Thailand, more to come next year!

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Camille