Monday, 30 November 2009
It was an amazing month indeed! In my 10 years here, I can only think of one similar time, a few years back, before my blogging days, when there was also almost no rain during both November and December.
Just looking and browsing through the November 2008 and 2007 versions gives you an idea how it usually is during November.
For the tourists that visited Samui during November, it was a great month and experience indeed, I think we had exactly one day in early November with monsoon like conditions and rain almost all day and around mid November there was some rain, when I was on an almost dry Koh Tao.
For the people living on Koh Samui, locals and expats alike, the situation is different though, the monsoon or November rain is supposed to fill up the wells and adjust the water ground levels. Obviously that didn't happen during this month and consequently there will be a shortage of ground water, which can cause problems all the way up to May/June next year.
For us living here,w e can only hope that December will bring some rain, although the forecasts don't look that good right now.
I'm glad that I could get two more restaurant reviews up this month, Tang in Nathon and Little Holland in Chaweng. November also saw the yearly Loy Kratong festival and I was also very glad to at last make it to the Magic Garden in the Lamai mountains.
Thanks for visiting my blog and hope to see you next back next month in December!
The last day of November 2009 starts in a splendid way with sunshine in an almost clear blue sky with a current temp of 24.8C at 7am.
Yesterday was a lovely day, including some dives on Chaweng reef where we spotted a small Grey Bamboo shark, very unusual.
It was a warm and sunny all day long with a max temp of 31.5C.
Sunday, 29 November 2009
After some great diving this morning on Chaweng Beach, where for the first time I saw a small shark, a Grey Bamboo shark, I was very hungry when I got back home and decided to take the children to a newly opened Dutch place in the northern part of Chaweng.
The restaurant is named 'Little Holland' and has just opened since a day or two, three or so. Since my oldest kid, our daughter, is fond of pancakes, I thought it a good idea to get her some Dutch pancakes or who knows, maybe even some
Go and have a look for yourself and find out what we Dutch like to eatyou may even like it. Little Holland can be found at the very Northern end of Chaweng, on the way to the airport, past the Kandaburi hotel and than opposite the Bhundari hotel.
Having reported earlier on the bad state and safety of the roads around Samui, there's some good news at last. Since about 6 months or maybe even longer, the Nathon beach road has received a tarmac surface.
Road construction between Lamai and Hua Thanon
This tarmac surface is now being extended all around the island and a start has been made between Hua Thanon and Lamai. Hopefully this tarmac layer will prevent the current potholes and cracks around the ring road and all secondary roads around the island.
It makes for a lovely driving experience and your car isn't bouncing along the roads anymore and on a bike you don't have to look out for potholes all the time. The only downside I can see is that because of the great surface, both cars and motorbikes will speed even more than they to currently do.
Other than, Tessabaan, congrats to a job well done and I seriously hope the progress on this project will continue as scheduled and somewhere next year the whole of the island has a nice tarmac layer!
The almost unbelievable good November weather holds on with some overcast and blue spots in between the clouds and a current temp at 7am of 25C.
The nights are getting colder but the day times are still warm, yesterday 31.9C, not bad for one of the last November days on Samui!
The rain is predicted once more, late next week, let's see. Wouldn't surprise if the rain will come in December, it has to come, hopefully!
Saturday, 28 November 2009
This has been on my list of places to visit on Samui since a very long time and finally I got to got there yesterday, after my visit to the Transport office Surat Thani, branch Koh Samui, renewing my drivers license, always an adventure in itself!
One of the reasons I finally got around visiting this place, is that since very shortly, it's been more accessible than ever before. Directly opposite Wat Kunaram with it's mummified monk, near Lamai is now a brand new road that leads through the very steep hills to the Magic or Buddha Garden, see the sign above. You can't really miss it. In typical Thai fashion, there are no pre-warning or other signs though, if you miss it, that's it!
The road leading through the hills is impressive but stick to the main road, I took some other roads and all were dead ends where I had to back out of with my car, which can be interesting on a very steep hill with curves in it and a drop down at one side of a couple of 100 meters.Samui. A Samuian fruit farmer, Nim Thongsuk, started to build the garden in 1976 when he was 77 years old.
The old road leading to the Magic Garden, coming from Nathon led through a Military section of said road but the last couple of years, the guards used to let you pass. With the new road originating near Lamai it's a lot easier to reach the Magic Garden.
Once inside the magic garden, after having paid an 80,-THB admission fee, you enter a beautiful piece of nature with small, miniature waterfalls and small statues are all over the place. It's a fantastic transition into a different world, walking down the stairs to the actual 'garden'.
A little stream runs through the whole garden and the above picture has two stone bodies (can you see their feet?) lying in the flow of the stream. It seems that they used some imagination and created a few unexpected scenery's. Very nicely done!This is a statue of the founder of Magic Garden, Khun Nim Thongsuk.
There are plenty of restaurants and view points along the way and it's well worth stopping at some of these places and have a cold drink or get something to eat and just enjoy the scenery.
The picture above shows the road block leading into Nathon, marking the Military area. Just after I turned around, a jeep of one of the organised trips around the island came down the hill and I guess that they just pass by the blockade and continue on their way down on the main road.
Rent a car or bike and travel around the island as described in another post on this blog but don't forget to include the Magic Garden!
This month went by like a flash, it's already the last weekend in November and the amazing weather holds on with once more a lovely blue sky over Samui however with a 'chilly' 23C current temp at 7am.
Yesterday saw the same ol' same ol', sunny and warm, a max temp of 30.5C.
Friday, 27 November 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009
It's been a while again since I posted a restaurant review on one of Samui's restaurants, but today it's time again for an all time fave in Nathon. Tang restaurant is simple, has good tasting Thai food and is cheap. What more could you want.
Many times during the daytime when in Nathon and we need or want to eat, we come to Trang's.
It's a pretty standard Thai place and it seems that every time we are there, there are just about two or three tables occupied.
Here's what I had today, on the bottom a lovely pork Penang curry, on the top two different veggie dishes, one with squid and some mushrooms on the bottom right from my wife's soup. More additional veggies come on a separate plate at no extra cost, top left! All of this, my wife's soup, an additional soup to take home and a bottle of water for 115,-THB, can't go wrong, right? The taste is also very good. There are plenty of similar places around the island but probably only very few that have the comfortable seating arrangements inside in contrast to sitting at a table on the road.
A very blue sky with some clouds on the edges rules surprisingly over Samui this morning with a max temp of only 23.3C, which is a drop compared to previous days.
Bang Rak beach, two days with lots of boats in the bay, hiding for the bad weather that just seems to have evaporated.
Yesterday saw once more a lovely day with flat seas and plenty of sunshine and a max temp of around 30C.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
The strangest thing happened overnight, the nonstop rain for a whole week that should start over the weekend and and the one day storm raging over Samui just vanished overnight on the forecasts and it all looks nice and dandy again.
Unfortunately this is a reason to worry for the people that live on Samui since all water wells will run dry very soon.
Today's it looks nice, a blue sky laced with plenty of white clouds and a current temp at 7am of around 26C
Yesterday saw more of the same, no rain and plenty of sunshine with a moderate wind in the morning. max temp reached around 30C.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
It's cloudy and the sun is trying hard to break through but right now that sun is looking very bleak, however, last week I saw similar days and in an hour or so the sun probably will break through when it's heated up enough and the blue spots grow in size. Current temp at 7am is 26.3C
Yesterday saw once more a dry day and plenty of sunshine with a max temp of 30.1C
This coming Friday lots of rain are predicted for the following week, with a massive storm during Friday.
Monday, 23 November 2009
It's more clouded than previous days but it still doesn't look like some serious is to come down on Samui. Current temp at 7am is 26.4C
Yesterday's morning clouds turned into very blue skies early on and there was no rain, once again but plenty of strong wind. Max temp reached 29.3C
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Saturday, 21 November 2009
It's the same mixed bag as yesterday, a partly clouded sky with plenty of blue patches, there just seems to be a stronger wind compared to yesterday. Current temp at 7am is 27.5C
Yesterday saw a surprisingly nice and sunny day and no rain at all. Sometimes the clouds looked threatening but it stayed dry. Max temp reached 30.5C.
Friday, 20 November 2009
It's a bit of a mixed bag with bits and pieces of blue skies and lots of heavy, dark clouds. It's good to be back on Samui though. Current temp at 7am is 28C.
Yesterday saw dry days on both Samui and Koh Tao. Max temp reached 29.8C.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
More clouds than blue sky over Koh Tao but, there is still blue sky! Current temp at 7am is 25C.
yesterday saw one or two showers over Koh Tao and plenty of blue skies but Samui was swamped in rain yesterday and several flights couldn't land on Koh Samui yesterday after 5pm.
Max temp reached 29.3C.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Koh Tao is looking a lot better than the prediction would make us believe, the sun is out and about although there are also big grey clouds surrounding the sun. The current temp at 7 am is 26.3C.
Yesterday saw a little bit of rain on Koh Tao during the day time and it wasn't too bad, it actually rained only once. Max temp reached 27.5C which is a steep drop compared to the rest of the month.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
It's cloudy and sunshine this morning, it seems the rainy season is knocking at Samui's door. Current temp at 7am is 26.6C.
Yesterday was once more a lovely day and with a max temp of 32.6C, very warm indeed. It seems we have to brace ourselves for some rain during the coming week.
First I'm off to Koh Tao though for a couple of days to give moral support to my IDC candidates during their PADI IE.
Monday, 16 November 2009
The sun is out and about again although some heavy and big clouds are around. Current temp at 7am is 27C.
Yesterday was sunny, dry and warm all day long with a max temp of 30.5C.
Tomorrow I'm off to Koh Tao for a couple of nights for a PADI IE.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Another unusual blue November sky is shaping up with a current temp at 7am of 25C.
Enjoy it whilst it lasts, since Wednesday wind and rain are predicted for several days in a row.
Yesterday saw another dry day with lots of sunshine and a max temp of 31C.
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Friday the 13th but no full moon and the weather remains gorgeous for November, a blue sky with just a few clouds in it and a current temp at 7am of 27.5C.
Yesterday was a lovely day with blue skies all day long and a max temp of 30.8C.
We're also about to finish the current IDC, have a look at my dive blog for an update.
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
I don't want to spoil your holiday mode, but unfortunately each year people lose their lives on holiday in ways that can be easily prevented. One of these ways is drowning because of rip currents or under tows. Each year I report about this, look here for 2007 and here for 2008 posts.
Each year, people drown on Chaweng's, Koh Phangan's, Phuket's and other Thai beaches because of these currents.
Using your common sense and watching out for signs, like this one in front of Centara Grand Beach Resort on Chaweng Beach with yellow or red coloured flags to design the danger level. Check out the warning signs all along the various beaches around Samui and other Thai holiday destinations.In German and English, this warning sign in front of Malibu Resort, also on Chaweng Beach.
Usually it's older and weaker people that get caught out and most deaths attributed to "undertow" happen when people playing in the area where the waves run up onto the beach get their feet knocked out from under them when the water flows back down to the sea. They get dragged a short distance into the breakers, and aren't strong enough or knowledgeable enough to get back to shore.
Once more a for this time of the year rather unusual blue sky is shaping up with some nice and dramatic big white clouds in the background. Current temp at 7am is 25.7C.
Today is also armistice day, the day World War I ended on the Western front.
Yesterday saw lots of sunshine and the time we spend on Chaweng Beach as part of the current IDC had me slightly sun burned.
Max temp reached 30.4C.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
A blue sky is shaping up, right now it's a bit hazy but once the sun gets burning, the clouds may disappear swiftly. Current temp at 7am is 25.1C.
Yesterday saw plenty of sunshine with just one shower around 1pm. Max temp reached 30.3C.
Monday, 9 November 2009
Lots of blue sky together with cloud formations and a current temp at 7am of 25.3C. The prediction for the next 7 days is sunny and no rain.
Rather a strange prediction this time of the year when we expect and also need rain to fill the water wells that most houses have on the island. Especially strange considering the fact that in the deep South of Thailand six people are killed as floods wreak havoc in seven provinces.
Yesterday saw rain in the morning and it dried up in the afternoon, still cloudy but dry! Max temp reached 27.7C.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
It's raining again, just started about half an hour ago, around 6.30am. Current temp at 7am is 24.5C.
Yesterday saw lots of rain during the morning but it dried up in the afternoon with some occasional drizzle. The amount of rain was only 75.3mm afor the day. Strangely enough the weather forecast of Windguru predicts sunny skies and hardly any rain for the rest of the week, except for the current day and this seems to be move on day by day it seems like.
Max temp reached 28.7C.
Saturday, 7 November 2009
It's very cloudy and since 6am it's raining cats and dogs with a prediction of rain all day long for today but no rain for the rest of next week. Current temp at 7am is 25.4C.
Yesterday started out cloudy but before 8am all clouds were pretty much gone and we had a sunny day all day long. Very surprising indeed. Max temp reached 31.5C.
Friday, 6 November 2009
It's cloudy this morning and no sign of sunshine with a current temp at 7 am of 28.7C.
There's a warning for 10 southern provinces, including Surat Thani for "Heavy rain and strong wind-wave" by the Thai Meteorological Department.
Yesterday was a lovely day, strong wind but sunshine all day long and no rain. A very surprising day when probably all on the island expected the monsoon to start full on. Max temp reached 30.5C.
Yesterday the current IDC was well on it's way.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
The sky broke open this morning and it's a surprising mixed bag of blue sky and clouds with a whooping current temp of 28.2C. There's a strong wind though.
Yesterday saw all morning long rain until just after noon. It stayed dry after but there was 125mm of rain yesterday. Max temp reached 28.2C.
All ferries to Koh Tao were cancelled two days ago, actually both the ferries, the Seatran and Lomprayah didn't leave Koh Tao due to the massive big waves on Tuesday and everybody is still stranded on Koh Tao.
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
The rainy season or monsoon has started, like clockwork according to Windguru's predictions. Rain's coming down in heaps and nonstop, sometimes it drizzles and sometimes it just pours.
It will be interesting to see if the all the efforts of the new Tessabaan with the road construction and improvement will work. Last year there was plenty of flooding, which I expect now as well, but the difference with previous years is that they only last for a few hours compared to a couple of days. Definitely time to get the good old rain protection out of the closet!
Current temp at 7am is 25C.
Yesterday was still a dry day in the northern parts of the island although during the night the rain started in all seriousness. A couple of times I woke up because of the intensity of the downpour. A total of 50mm came down already.
With Imad I started an IDCS course yesterday and a new IDC starts today.
Max temp reached 30C.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
It's a fairly blue sky with some occasional clouds in it, but the predicted strong wind has arrived and rain is expected later this afternoon. Current temp at 7am is 28.3C.
Yesterday saw a blue-ish sky with overcast all day long but no rain. Max temp reached 31.5C.
Yesterday we also celebrated the Loy Krathong festival and to show it's importance to the Thai people, HM the King also came out in the Siriraj hopsital in Bangkok, where he is admitted since October 23rd and this is only his 2nd public appearance since he was admitted.
Monday, 2 November 2009
As usual this year's edition of Loy Krathong, a big Thai celebration was held at Wat Plai Laem and this time around I'm on Koh Samui, in contrast to last year when I was on Koh Tao.
We went early to the Temple or Wat to float our family Krathong. The temple was celebrating and partying since the last couple of days with bands late into the evening.
This this years family Krathong, made by my wife's younger sister and Mother in law.
All around the island handmade Krathongs were on sale and if you somehow managed to miss out on buying one, the temple had more than plenty on offer. In contrast to previous years though, no bread Krathong were for sale.
There was a big offering altar for the main building in the Temple.
As described in a previous post, there was ample chance to connect with more divine spirits. All the red flags are hanging on white ropes that somehow are all connected and lead back to the monks praying space/area.
It's indeed time for an update since for over a year nothing has happened, see my post from July 2008.
Besides a wall being recently build around the premises of the university with on regular intervals the logo of the Uni as pictured above, it has only been used for weekend classes.
Dear Camille and other interested readers,
I have been directed to this blog by a number of people who have seen your information about the opening of Suratthani Rajabhat University, International School of Tourism Campus.
Since 2005 I have been employed at Suratthani Rajabhat University as an English teacher and the International Relations Officer for the foriegn teachers on campus.
I would like to set rumours straight with regards to the opening of the Samui campus. It will open no earlier than the end of 2010. Due to unforseen circumstances it has been delayed on a number of occasions.
I know from my own visits to Samui and friends who live on the island that rumours are rife about the opening of the campus, so I hope my message helps.
Anyone interested in applying for future positions should send thier C.V and credentials to:
Suratthani Rajabhat University, International School of Tourism, 272 Moo 9, Tambon Khunthalay, Amphur Muang Suratthani, 84100.
Please mark for the attention of The Dean or Ajarn Jennifer Lloyd. Alternatively you can send it by email to email@example.com.
When the time comes for recruitment to start for the Samui campus all applicants on file will be contacted.
I hope this helps.
Ajarn Jennifer Lloyd
Some sunshine finds it's way through big cloud formations, it's going to be an interesting day. Current temp at 7am is 28C.
Today school starts again for my children after a month long break.
Yesterday saw another lovely day with plenty of sunshine and a great days diving at Sail Rock, my dive blog has some great pix. Max temp reached 30.9C.
Sunday, 1 November 2009
A new month is on the rise and it's the wet month. As of mid week the rain is announced to arrive on Samui and just like in previous editions of November, better get your rain coats out. This is officially the monsoon month and in various degrees we will have rain, most of the days.
There even may be stretches of non stop rain for a couple of days.
We start out with Loy Kratong tomorrow and the weather forecast may just grant us one more dry day which would come in very handy indeed!
Let's hope for the best and let's make the best out of this month.
A blue sky with some big cumulus clouds in it is out and about with a current temp of 25.5C at 7am.
Better enjoy it since as of tomorrow rain is predicted on a daily base.
Yesterday saw a blue sky all day long without it getting too hot. Max temp reached 30.3C.