Sunday, 31 January 2010
For the third time in a row, January was a nice month if it comes down to Samui weather, plenty of sunshine and hardly any rain at all, just like 2008 and 2009.
On a personal note it was not that great, with my Dad passing away, I do miss him and think a lot about him and time we spent together.
There were however lots of restaurant reviews of new places; Sakana, a new and real nice Japanese restaurant in Bophud; the 4K restaurant in the beautiful X2 resort in Hua Thanon; the conveniently located but slightly bland Ranong restaurant in Chaweng and the Catcantoo in Bang Rak with the amazing ribs!
Not to mention the places we visited again or ordered take away from, like Bravo Pizzeria and Haveli, amazing Indian food both in Bang Rak or the simple but delicious muu sateh's in Chaweng at Dcheed 2.
There were also plenty of Temple visits, both in Kanchanadit and Samui and a visit to the lovely Donsak Orchid Garden during our Surat Thani trip.
Thanks for visiting this month and hope to be seeing you again next month and many more to come!
An almost near blue sky is showing off this morning with a current temp at 7am of 27.3C
Yesterday was nice in the morning with a mini shower in the early afternoon and than a couple of successive showers in the later afternoon and evening. Max temp reached nonetheless 31C.
Yesterday our 7 year old daughter had two teeth extracted at the dentist which she didn't like at all but today it's all looking fairly good and she's fine.
Saturday, 30 January 2010
It's been over two years ago since I posted something for the last time about Wat Kiri Wongkaram in Baan Taling Ngam and it's about time to give you an update on this temple.
First of, this is one of the two temples on Koh Samui that has a mummified monk on the premises, the other temple being Wat Kunaram near Lamai.
Both temples have seen their respective mummified monks being relocated in a nicer building than their previous ones.
This is the new building for the mummified monk in Wat Kiri Wongkaram, a real nice building especially comparing to the state of the other buildings on the temple complex.The new accommodation for Luang Por Rerm Khun Wongkaram.
When you're making a trip around the island this is a beautiful and quiet get away from it all place to visit. Enjoy.
There are just a few clouds in the sky, the potential for a sunny day is there. Current temp at 7am is 27.6C
Yesterday saw a bit of overcast in the early morning just to clear up and have a sunny afternoon. Max temp reached 34.5C
Friday, 29 January 2010
Partly cloudy with big blue patches of blue. Current temp at 7am is 27.3C
Yesterday saw rain in the early morning at 9am, than blue skies until around noon where we encountered a little bit more rain but it there was overcast pretty much for the rest of the day with a short shower or two more. Max temp reached nonetheless 30C.
Thursday, 28 January 2010
It's cloudy and it's raining but at the same time, to the left and right of the localized rain over Plai Laem, there are blue skies. Current temp at 7am is 27.8C
Yesterday saw blue skies with some cloud formations in it all day long. Max temp reached 29C
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
A heavy cloud layer rules over Samui with few blue spots this morning and with a current temp at 7am of C.
Yesterday saw lots of overcast in the morning with some serious rain around 9am for a short while. After that it remained dry however. max temp reached 29.3C
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Here are two very funny sites that may entertain you for a bit, the first is a quiz and can you; Tell The Difference Between a Thai Lady and a Thai Ladyboy?
The next link is a list of; 11 of the craziest Thai TV commercials this decade
This is a sample and it's possibly the funniest and/or most tasteless Thai commercial, pending on where you draw the line, I think it's hilarious.
Just something different for a change, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Just for the record, I scored 7/10, which is still withing safety margins, considering I thought two ladies to be ladyboys.
Monday, 25 January 2010
Back on Samui after my prolonged Koh Tao trip to teach some diving specialties and to follow the PADI IE, it's about time to post a Samui related blog item and it's about another restaurant.
Catcantoo is located opposite the Bang Rak Seatran pier and is an offshoot from the Catcando bar opposite Sweet & Soul in Soi Green Mango in Chaweng's night life area.
What Catcantoo is really famous for are the spare ribs as displayed above. They must be the best on the island since the meat literally will fall off the bones and it's absolutely delicious! You can get a half rack for 290,-THB, a full rack for 360,-THB and pig out on two full racks for just 460,-THB, they come with beans and coleslaw and potaters. This is a real must!
Sunday, 24 January 2010
It's partly cloudy on Koh Tao and the wind has picked up. Current temp at 7am is 27.8C
Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day but around 9pm it all of a sudden started to rain here on Koh Tao for a short while. Max temp reached 30.4C.
We're almost done on Koh Tao, today the PADI IE finishes and we're off to Samui on the afternoon ferry. It's good to go back home again, especially to celebrate our daughters birthday today!
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Remember or ever heard of the OTOP program, One Tambon One Product, very popular under Thaksin Shinawatra's reign over Thailand.
What would suit Samui best, being known for one thing before it all turned into a tourist industry, right, the coconuts. Hence in Lipa Noi there's a small factory annex outlet for coconut carved products.
The shop is in Lipa Noi not too far away from Nathon at the Immigration office side of Nathon.
A light overcast with plenty of blue sky is ruling over Koh Tao this morning. Current temp at 7am is 27.7C.
Friday, 22 January 2010
After yesterday's post about Samnak Song Tam Bo Baan Thip cave, today's post is about a Temple or Wat a little bit further down the road which holds, high up on a mountain, after you climbed about 200 stairs, Buddha's 2nd foot print in Thailand.
This a view if these stairs, I didn't count them but there must've been at least 200 or more and most of them are totally out of sync, some steep, some shallow and it almost seems never ending! Hence my comment on yesterdays post that aren't too many stairs at the cave!
Thursday, 21 January 2010
After our recent trip to Surat Thani, just a bit over a week ago, we not only visited the Donsak Orchid Garden on our way back to Samui, but shortly before that, on the highway to Surat Thani or in this case coming from Surat Thani and on that side of the high way, there's an exit that leads to the 2nd Buddha foot print in Thailand, about which more later, and on that same road, leading to the 2nd Buddha foot print, is another small exit to this unexplored and interesting Cave temple.
This is how the exit to the cave temple looks like from the road. They're currently working very hard to bring this Temple up to scratch and attract more visitors, so right now it's beautifully unexplored and almost untouched.
The entrance to the cave system, the passing main monk showed us the lights leading up to the entrance and opened them up, which at night most certainly looks pretty good, right now, when we visited it didn't have the impact it will most likely have at night. The amount of stairs to climb is very reasonable.
It's easy to find, coming from Surat, just watch out for the sign pointing you to the 2nd Buddha foot print in Thailand, it's just a few kilometres before the turn to the Donsak ferry pier where the ferries to Samui leave. According to my wife it's still located in Kanchanadit well known for it's local seafood restaurants.
Well worth visiting, on your way home to Koh Samui, enjoy before the hordes discover it.
Koh Tao, where I'm staying for the next 3 days for diving purposes, looks fantastic this morning with a near blue sky and a current temp at 7am of 23.1C.
Yesterday saw a lovely, sunny with a max temp of 31.3C on Samui and Koh Tao, not bad for January.
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Looking, partly cloudy and the sun is heating up. Curent temp at 7am is 22.3C, rather fresh for these shores.
Yesterday saw plenty of sunshine and no rain. Max temp reached around 30C.
Off to Koh Tao until Sunday for some diving and follow a PADI IE.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Once more a blue sky mixed with clouds is shaping up, it looks nice. Current temp at 7am is 26.2C
Yesterday saw mainly sunshine but we encountered some rain between Nathon and Lamai in the afternoon. Max temp reached around 30C
Monday, 18 January 2010
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Plenty of overcast and it just poured down for a few minutes. The sun is trying to break through though which makes for a rather surreal yellow lightning outside right now. Current temp at 7am is 24.5C
Yesterday saw a very dry and sunny day with a max temp of 29C
Friday, 15 January 2010
There's plenty of more blue in the sky compared to yesterday. Current temp at 7am is 26.5C.
Yesterday I was diving around Koh Tao and we had some rain during the second dive, but we got wet one way or the other, right? Samui had a bit more rain though but it looks like the forecast is not predicting that much rain for the next 7 days anymore. Max temp reached 29.7C.
Thursday, 14 January 2010
It's cloudy with a few blue spots in the sky. Current temp at 7am is 28.8C.
Yesterday started out nicely but more and more (dark) clouds kept coming in and by 1.30pm it started pouring down. It kept coming down almost all afternoon, varying mainly from drizzle to periods of heavy rainfall. Max temp reached around 30C.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
On my recent trip to Surat Thani, we had to go down town in order to find the Thai passport office and I renewed my acquaintance ship with a Chinese Temple, which turned out to be the Sanchao Hailam Bandon. Sanchao means a certain Chinese style Chinese Temple. Hailam is the way Chinese name certain districts and Bandon is the district. I posted about this temple already a year ago, but didn't realise back than that there are two temples at the same crossing, opposite each other.
I was allowed to take pictures from a smaller shrine in the same complex and this the entrance to this smaller shrine.
When in Surat Thani, well worth checking out.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Going over to Surat Thani to sort out a new Thai passport for our daughter brought me to the mainland by car and more specific to Surat Thani exactly to the day it was a year ago that I last visited, with my Dad, I just found out going through my own blog!
Sorting out the passport turned out to be a breeze, the passport agency or office wasn't busy at all and we were in and out of there with a mission completed within half an hour.
This opened up some time and resulted in a visit to two different Wats or Temples and a visit to the Donsak Orchid Garden.
Besides hosting a beautiful orchid garden and being located in a very nice and relaxing setting, they offer food and they also have rooms available for an overnight stay. In case you miss the ferry and could do with a laid back evening? Here's a picture of an eating/sitting area with a lovely overlook over a small river floating by in the background.
The visit to the orchid garden was a pleasant and unexpected stop over, before hitting the ferry back to Samui and I can highly recommend stopping by if you visit or leave Samui by car. As already mentioned before, if you miss the last ferry and don't need any bright lights, this would be a perfect place to spend the night within a few minutes of the ferry.
A blue sky is shaping up with a current temp at 7am of 26C.
Today we're off to Surat Thani to get a new passport for my daughter, so hopefully there will be some interesting stories coming out of this trip.
Yesterday saw a lovely warm day with a max temp of around 30C.
Monday, 11 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
A mixed bag is out and about, is it blue spots with clouds or clouds with some blue spots?
Current temp at 7am is 26.6C
Yesterday saw a bit more clouds than I expected in the morning but it remained dry all day long until the early evening when it poured down for about half an hour. Max temp reached 29.4C
Saturday, 9 January 2010
It's hazy right now but it looks like it's going to be rather blue once the sun burns the cloud layer away. Current temp at 7am is 27.3C.
The weather forecast for the next week looks great, with plenty of sun and no rain.
Yesterday saw plenty of sunshine and a max temp of 30.2C.
Friday, 8 January 2010
It looks a lot better again this morning with a blue sky and some occasional clouds in it. Current temp at 7am is 27.7C
Yesterday saw plenty of rain showers all day long and just a few bursts of sunshine in between the showers. Max temp reached 29C
Thursday, 7 January 2010
This morning sees an unusual dark and grey sky with plenty of rain bursts during the night and this morning. Current temp at 7am is 25.8C
The weather should clear up later today.
Yesterday was warm and sunny all day long with a max temp of 30.8C
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
The sky is mainly blue but there are cloud formations around and it may be a mixed bag with the supremacy being swapping around. Current temp at 7am is 28C.
Yesterday saw a few drizzles and also plenty of sunshine with a max temp of 30.8C, it was hot!
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Today's the third day running for a restaurant review and we're in Chaweng at the Ranong Thai food and sea food restaurant.
The restaurant is very popular with local, mainly younger Thai people, Westerners and nightlife residents of all sorts alike. It's also very convenient since it stays open until at least 3am. It's located on the road leading up to the ring road, just before the one way system starts in Chaweng, hang a right and than it's almost opposite the first 7-11 that you see at your left hand.
It's partly cloudy but there seem to be plenty of blue spots, more than yesterday. Current temp at 7am is 28C.
Yesterday saw plenty of clouds and some dark threatening ones as well, however, there was hardly any rain at all. Max temp reached around 30C.
Monday, 4 January 2010
Yesterday we visited the X2 resort (X2 is pronounced 'cross to')in Hua Thanon and had a lovely lunch at the 4K restaurant (4K is pronounced 'fork') at X2. A great day's out was had by my family and the second restaurant review of this year is another good one!
It's really relaxing to have a seat in this quiet environment and enjoy the tranquility, there are no jet ski's and beach vendors of the resort.
The prices in 4K are very reasonable and I can definately recommend to make the trip over to Hua Thanon beach for a nice, relaxed afternoon at the beach with either lunch or dinner at the 4K