Sunday, 28 February 2010
It's been a good February to boost as well. Hardly any rain at all, just a few lost drops here and there and rather unusual hot for a February.
Last year saw also a very good February and in 2008 it turned wet towards the end of the month.
It was a rather quiet month for me with not that many postings but the Thai Red Cross Charity ride was a great event and the Tambun Sala Koy was a first one for me and an unexpected nice one as well.
With 3 years of blogging now under my belt I just get the feeling that I'm barely scratching the surface! There's plenty more to come!
Right now I'm in Pattaya for three days of wreck diving, so there's more to follow on this.
Stay tuned and I hope March is going to be as nice as February turned out to be.
It's blue but with plenty of clouds around in Pattaya although it doesn't look like rain. Current temp at 7am is 27C.
In an hour I'll be sailing off for the first day of three days worthwhile of wreck diving.
Yesterday saw another lovely day with a blue sky all the way from Chaam to Pattaya. Max temp reached 32.7C in Pattaya.
Saturday, 27 February 2010
Coming from Chaam this morning where we stayed over for the night on our way to Pattaya for some new wreck diving adventures in combination with a family holiday.
A near perfect blue sky is opening up over Chaam with a current temp of 32.3C at 7am.
Friday, 26 February 2010
A very early start of the day since we're off to the ferry soon, taking the 7am ferry t the mainland today. It's actually too dark to see right now what's the weather going to be like but it seems that there are no clouds and I can see a nice star studded sky. Current temp at 5.30am is around 26C
Yesterday was nice and sunny during the morning but than clouds appeared over Samui and it looked a lot like it would start to rain but I didn't see any. Max temp reached around 30C
Not sure if I will be able to get internet access tomorrow, so maybe my next update will be on Sunday.
Thursday, 25 February 2010
It's back to the normal schedule, partly cloudy blue skies. Current temp at 7am is 26.2C
Yesterday saw the usual weather develop after the initial shower in the morning, warm and sunny. Max temp reached 30.5C
Tomorrow we'll leave for a week in Pattaya, partly diving and partly a family holiday. We'll make a stop over tomorrow at either Prachuap Kirikhan or Cha'am, although the latter may be difficult since I expect many people to flee Bangkok tomorrow because of the court verdict against former PM Thaksin Shinawatra and the expected demonstrations and/or riots and Cha'am may be filled to the rafters with Bangkokians.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
As promised almost a week ago by now, here's a follow up with some more pictures of the The Thai Red Cross Charity Motorcycle ride - 2nd version around Koh Samui with a starting point at Chaweng Lake Pavilion.
There were a few choppers on display and this is a great sample of how a chopper should look like.
Almost as comfy as in a car, the controls of a Harley Davidson electra glide.
It was very warm already this morning but to my big surprise, there was one big, grey cloud hanging over Plai Laem with at it's outskirts blue sky all around! Even more strange, 3 drops of rain fell out soon to be followed by a real mini shower, as documented below. It will soon blow over though and become sunny and warm again although this was a very welcome shower.
A serious break in the rather monotonous weather reports of the last weeks.
Current temp at 7am is 28.5C.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
As you may have noticed, my blog rolls have disappeared from my main page since a few days and I have them now moved to a new feature that Blogger, my blogging forum, offers; pages.
You can have a look at my brand new 'Blog Roll and Links' page by clicking on the link. The main link will be on the top left of my blog pages, so always easy to find.
Part of the reason I've changed this has been done to cut down the number of outbound links on the front page of my Samui Info and Weather blog. Although I miss the updated live bits that I could display on the front page, I will have a look at how this progresses and develops but for now I'm happy with my new page and shortly a few more pages will follow.
Monday, 22 February 2010
Can't believe it myself but it's true, just a tad bit over three years ago saw my first post on this blog on 16th February 2007; a welcoming message with a weather report.
The 18th February 2007 saw my first stand alone weather update!
My blog has changed quite a bit since my first attempts of blogging and a lot of visitors have come and gone since. Currently an average amount of 100 to 150 visitors per month visit this blog and if there's some rubbernecking to do like the 7-11 fire due to a car crashing into said 7-11 in Bang Rak in 2008 or the plane crash at Samui airport in 2008, visitors easily reach 600 to 800 or more per day.
It's been good and I still enjoy doing this, I actually have currently 4 blogs up and running and it may not be the end! A few more ideas for blogging are bubbling and just need to hatch. Have you already checked out my dive blog, my Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Thailand hotel recommendation blog?
All written from a personal perspective and/or personal experience with lots of good tips about either diving on and around Samui or your hotel choice on Samui and around Thailand.
Thanks for sticking around, I know there are some steady readers out there and welcome to all new readers and a big hello to all my fellow Thai and international bloggers that I met in the comfort of my living room sitting behind my keyboard! You guys rock!
More of the same; a blue sky with some clouds in it, it's looking like another warm and sunny day is shaping up over Koh Samui. Current temp at 7am is 27C.
Yesterday was hot and sunny. The max temp of 30C doesn't come close as to how hot it actually felt!
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Here's a very old Samui tradition that I happen to stumble over today. My wife asked me to bring our son to her Mum and Dad at Wat Plai Laem but if they weren't at the Temple or Wat, they would be at the sea. Good luck finding it and if you have problems call Dad!
After a couple of attempts to reach empty beaches, I finally spotted a group that looked like local Temple goers to me. They were gathered at this Sala with a Grand Dad and Grand Mum inside, overlooking the ocean and taking care of and securing the health and welfare of the Plai Laem village.
This Sala used to be a lot more up North on the beach but due to a lot of construction and a lot of Westerners using the beach to party, the sala was moved south to a quieter location and can be reached now to go direction beach at the waterworks in Plai Laem.
It's the same ol' same ol'; sunny, a few clouds and dry and hot. Current temp at 7am is 28C.
Yesterday was once more dry, warm and sunny. Whilst visiting the Thai Red Cross charity ride in Chaweng, I got sunburned rather quickly! Max temp reached 30C.
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Today at around 2pm at the Chaweng lake Pavilion the 2nd Thai Red Cross Charity Motorcycle ride took I went a bit early to take some pictures of the bikes and the gathering of men and women clad in leather and black T-shirts and to smell some burned rubber and gasoline fumes.
If this doesn't sound like a motorbike meet than I don't know what does. The weather was lovely and everybody seemed to be in a good mood and and thee was a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. There was a nice mix of Thai and Western bike riders and after last years successful ride it was nice to meet up again and see them taking on Samui roads for a 2nd year running!
It wouldn't be Thailand if there wasn't a Buddha blessing and although there weren't any monks around, these ladies took care of the good luck wishes.
A group picture of the Red Cross people, organisers and the Samui Predators chapter in front with some of the Samui Pirates on this picture as well.
It was time for a 'Gentlemen, start your engines!'
The first meters of this years ride. There will be a stop in Lamai for an hour or so to get a drink and a bite and they will end in Nathon at the pier where there will be a party with drinks, food and live music by Bob Color!
Later this week some more pix.
Friday, 19 February 2010
The Mango trees are heavily laden with loads of Mango's at our house in Plai Laem and they have to come down. Some of the trees are very high and if the ripe (or not so ripe) fruits fall down, they're most of the time damaged and can't be consumed or used otherwise anymore.
In Thailand the Mango is widely available and in order to get them out of the high tree tops, there are some nifty tools available, this long bamboo pole with net is just one of them. The net is attached to one end of the 3 to 4 meter long bamboo pole and has an iron frame but also two 'hooks' to loosen the mango from it's stem. In such way, the mango can be easily separated from it's stem and falls just a few centimeters into the net and you can haul the pole in and have a prefect and ideally ripe mango.The length of these is sometimes staggering, up to 4 meters, as can be seen in this picture.
Once more a blue sky is shaping up over Samui with a current temp at 7am of 28.2C.
Yesterday was hot and sunny with a max temp of 30C. There was a hard wind blowing and in the evening many dark clouds gathered but no rain was spotted by me.
Thursday, 18 February 2010
This week we went to register our daughter for her new school. Currently she's at a pre school, in Thai called Anubaan, she is in grade 3 out of 3 so she needs to go the 'real' school next school year.
We chose the Bophud school for her despite having one school around the corner at Wat Plai Laem
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
A near blue sky is shaping up above our house this lovely morning. Current temp at 7am is 27.7C.
Yesterday was sunny and hot, once more. How come you haven't booked your holidays to Samui yet or should you ask yourself, how come I'm not there right now? Max temp reached 30C.
Monday, 15 February 2010
It's slightly cloudy today but with still plenty of blue spots for a decent sun shower or sun bath. Current temp at 7am is 28C.
Yesterday the current IDC that I was teaching finished and later today the PADI IE starts at World Resort in Bophud.
Yesterday saw plenty of sunshine and it found it slightly hotter than previous days. Max temp reached 29.5C.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Saturday, 13 February 2010
The second of the three New Years that are celebrated in Thailand is happening right now; the Chinese New Year and that will be the Year of the Tiger.
We had our traditional Western New Year earlier this year and in April Songkran or the Thai New Year will blast over Thailand.
As already mentioned in today's weather update, very early on there was the sound of fire crackers going on all over the place and around our house. A habit that should ward off the evil spirits for a year.
At World Resort where I'm currently teaching an IDC there are many offerings at the various shrines located throughout the resort since the family that owns World Resort have a Chinese background and many original Samui family have also a Chinese background with most of the roots coming from the island of Hainan.
This is also a time of the year when many people travel around the country in order to visit relatives and friends.
Hazy with lots of blue waiting for the sun to burn the haze away. Current temp at 7am is 24.5C
Yesterday was warm and sunny for a change! February is definitely delivering the goods and the forecast for all of next week is just more sunshine! Max temp reached 30C
All around our house fire crackers are going off as part of the Chinese New year events, officially starting tomorrow.
Friday, 12 February 2010
Thursday, 11 February 2010
It's cloudy but it doesn't really look like rain and there's plenty of sunshine all day long, actually the sun shines brightly all day long, so far this month. Current temp at 7am is 28.5C, slightly warmer than usual around this time of the day.
Yesterday saw more clouds during the day than I expected in the morning but it was warm and sunny all day long with a max temp of 29.8C.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Monday, 8 February 2010
Sunday, 7 February 2010
It's partly cloudy with a curret temp at 7am of 28C.
There are not that many posts about other Samui related topics because I'm currently teaching an IDC again, see my diveblog. Later this month I will have more time to post about other topics again.
Yesterday was warm and sunny. Max temp reached 32C
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Some clouds are visible in a predominantly blue sky this morning. Current temp at 7am is 27.7C
Yesterday started out with an almost clear blue sky but during the day more and more clouds come into view, however never threatening to rain. Max temp reached 29.7C
Friday, 5 February 2010
A perfect blue sky is shaping up over land this morning with a current temp at 7 am of 27.7C.
Yesterday was nice and warm all day long although there was a shower very, very early in the morning in Chaweng and Bophud. Max temp reached 29.8C
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
A near perfect blue sky is showing off over Plai Laem this morning with more of this weather predicted for the next 7 days. Current temp at 7am is 24.7C
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Monday, 1 February 2010
Usually February is a nice month with plenty of sunshine and not too much rain.
The first week of this month looks like there's going to no rain at all with plenty of sun.
It's a also a fairly quiet month during which you may obtain some good deals on rooms since Samui is in low season. (Oops, my mistake! February seems to mingle in the high season months, especially due to the fact that Chinese New Year falls in February this year.)
Hope to see you around Samui shores!
February kicks off rather nicely with a blue sky shaping up although it's a bit hazy with some big clouds in the far distance. Current temp at 7am is 27.4C
Yesterday saw a lovely blue sky all day long with a max temp of 30C