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Monday, 24 April 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017


A day late but here we are nonetheless with the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017.
Yesterday I was doing my lsd or long slow distance run. Pretty much immediately after that three hour run I was off to the local hyperbaric chamber for work. After that it was shopping and taking care of the children and visiting the Samui Green Market at Six Senses. 
A busy day with not much time to update the blog, but today is looking different and here we are indeed.

It's almost 10am on a Monday morning and the sky is nice and blue with some clouds in it. Typical April weather and it looks like it will be sticky and hot, once more. Current temp at 10am is already at a whopping 33C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017; Ready for take off. One of Bangkok Airways' Boeing 737 planes is ready for take off at Koh Samui airport. There's a short cut route that leads around the Northern runway, where you can spot the action. Planes coming in and taking off and giving great photo opportunities when you have to wait for the road to be opened up again.

Last week saw partially cloudy to fairly cloudy skies and we even had a few raindrops mid week. The last couple of days and over the weekend it was blue skies galore however and the max temp went up to 35C!

The forecast for this week is looking great in case you're in search of sunshine. A few isolated clouds, no rain and plenty of sunshine is out and about. Get that sun lotion ready and enjoy Koh Samui at it's hottest!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two.

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned.

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Camille

Friday, 21 April 2017

9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017

9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017


It's on again, the 9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017 at the by now familiar location of Chaweng lake.
If you would like to see lot of cool big bikes, the 9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017 is the right location for you and the place to be.

I have visited the Samui Bike week in the early days but during recent years I wasn't always on Samui when the vent took place. However the bikes on display are truly amazing. Lots of choppers and customized bikes can be spotted. A feats for the eye, in coolness and color level f the various bikes. Black is a favorite color in general but many bikes actually have some cool paint or spray jobs done.

9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017

9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017

Make time to visit this 9th Samui Bike Week at Chaweng Lake, if you're on the island . It will be well worth your time and give you a couple of very cool photo shoot opportunities.


9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017

Hope to see you there, I will be on Koh Samui this year and am looking forward to go and check out the bikes again. 

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two.

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned.

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Camille

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th April – 16th April, 2017


It's Sunday morning and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th April – 16th April, 2017.
This Sunday morning is partially cloudy with a nice breeze and at 9.30am we have a current temp of 30C. It's looking like another hot day is in the making.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th April – 16th April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th April – 16th April, 2017; Last week there was a temple party at Wat Chaweng or Wat Sawang Arom. Here's a view on the beautiful white Bot with the full moon on top of it

Last week it was hot and sticky with hardly any rain at all, I don't recall seeing any rain at least where I was during last week. It was sometimes partially cloudy but it was also very humid. Temperatures ranged from 32C to 33C, so very solid.


Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th April – 16th April, 2017; Last week saw the Songkran festival around the island and all over Thailand, or the Thai New Years celebration. Here an action picture of Chaweng

The forecast for next week is looking good, sunny most days with the fresh breeze dropping and if you're lucky you find some quick and short tropical rain shower to cool things down a bit. April at it's best!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two.

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned.

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Camille

Friday, 14 April 2017

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng


It's hot and dry today, but that can't be said for Songkran 2017 in Chaweng yesterday. At least not the dry part! It was a lovely day with blue skies and hot, but by no means was it dry! The water fights were on all over the island as part of the Songkran tradition!

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; A view of the chaos in front of the Central shopping mall

During the morning I played a bit with our children but the afternoon the whole family moved over to Chaweng to join the festivities there. Around 2.30pm we arrived with some of our friends and soon met up with more friends and their children. We were a big group of around ten people when we were all together.

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; A foam party was very popular during the afternoon at Central shopping mall

Most of the time smaller groups split off from the main group though to enjoy certain areas of Chaweng. There was a good atmosphere in front of the Central shopping mall at Chaweng's beach road and the busiest part this year was without doubt at Bar Solo where crush barriers and security were deployed to keep the crowds in place and order.

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; The busiest part of town, in front of Solo Bar, with iron crush barriers to keep the crowds in place

It was busy as each year that I spent on Songkran on Koh Samui although it didn't seem to get really busy until around 4pm. In general I felt that it wasn't as busy in Chaweng as during previous years but there was a good atmosphere and the crowds were lined up all around the island, on the main road and all the smaller sois.

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; A very special gun, uncensored

There were plenty of special activities around the Central shopping mall in Chaweng, like the foam party and concerts later during the afternoon and evening.
The late hours saw lots of folk out and about in the bar areas of the island, both in Chaweng (Soi Green Mango and Soi Reggae) and in Lamai.

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; These masks were all the rage this year, they came in various colors and somewhere under the mask you can find our son

If you were on Koh Samui yesterday or in general in Thailand, I hope you enjoyed this years Songkran version! I'm really pleased that the water fights only take place during one day on Koh Samui but there are a few places around the country where two or three days is the norm. That's a little bit too much of a good thing for me!

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; Don't you just love the posing bit

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; Good old fashioned games, play it with your friends

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; Now where was that hotel that you booked?

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned.

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Camille

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd April – 9th April, 2017


The Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd April – 9th April, 2017 but first things first and that's today's update.

It's nice and sunny around Koh Samui this morning and a warm or rather hot day seems to be in the making. There are just a few isolated clouds in the sky so get that sun lotion out, whether you are on the beach today or on a trip around the island or on a boat for a snorkeling or diving trip! Current temp at 9am is 30C
This morning saw some rain though, around 5am, during my long Sunday morning run (26.6km in two and a half hours) for about half an hour and I enjoyed every minute of it during my run, since it cooled things down really nicely. Very enjoyable!

Don't miss out on on today's big event in Maenam where there will be a bike cross event all morning and into the afternoon.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd April – 9th April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd April – 9th April, 2017; Chaweng beach in front of Centara Grand Beach Resort. The sun is back and out and about and it's beach time, big time! Picture and all rights by Joe Clasby

Last week was as unusual for the start of the month of April as it can get! There was a lot of rain and plenty of flooded area around the island. By all means, not as bad as during the recent December and January floods, but they were very unusual. In all my 18 years now on Koh Samui I've only seen this before, and on a l\much larger scale back then, in 2011.
Since yesterday the sun is back again though and the weather has changed into a much more April like condition!

As a small welcome back celebration back home we had dinner at Kobori in Nathon yesterday and the Japanese food was up to the expected standard as always. Well worth checking out in either Nathon or Maenam.

All week long I was on Koh Lanta where we had sunny mornings and most of the time cloudy and rainy afternoons, also rather unusual for that time of the year on Koh Lanta.
The PADI IE went very well and all of my four candidates passed the exams very successfully.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd April – 9th April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd April – 9th April, 2017; The pier on Koh Lanta where all ferries to Koh Phi Phi and Phuket as well as in South bound direction, like Koh Lipe and into Malaysia arrive and depart each day.

Now here's what most of you are looking forward to, the weather forecast for next week. Well, to keep it to the point, it looks like it's going to be fab! Sunny skies and warm and hot days are ahead of us next week and no rain at all is predicted! 
Next Friday 14th April sees Songkran, if you are here on Koh Samui, an event not to be missed, and hard or impossible to miss. Enjoy it! 

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April


As we all know by now, there are Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April. The last couple of days saw unusual hard rain and this caused floods at the usual 'hot spots' around the island. Affected areas were in Chaweng; where the one way system starts, near the Centara Grand Beach resort and the market on the way to the ring road. Maenam had some flooding and other parts of the island to minor degrees.

This morning at 7am it is 27C and although dry, heavy clouds loom over Koh Samui and more rain is expected. Tomorrow morning and afternoon should see some rain again and come Saturday the weather should change and it should stop raining and the sun might be making a come back.
Hang in there, just a few more days.

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Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April; Flooded road near the Clock Tower square in Chaweng, where the one way system starts, two days ago.
Picture by Nick Whiting

This time around it wasn't as bad as the floods during December and January, but it's very unusual for this time of the year, which is supposed the driest and hottest time of the year, to have such hard and prolonged rain.

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April; Flooded roads in Maenam two days ago.
Picture by Kelli Vowels

The only time I can think of that it rained so hard in April was back in 2011, before the current drainage system was installed and the water stayed on the roads for around two weeks after it stopped raining.

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April; Near the start of the one way system in Chaweng, yesterday afternoon. Lots of the floods had receded already by that time
Picture by Noriego Darwin

After 2011 a new drainage system was installed and now the flash floods still take place but once the rain stops or slows down, the water disappears quickly.
The majority of the floods occur because the water has no direct natural run off route. Most run off routes to the ocean are blocked nowadays by buildings, mostly resorts and hotels. The price of progress?

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April; The damaged road in Choengmon was temporarily fixed and with the first signs of heavy rain immediately collapsed again. What's next, the second temporarily fix?
Picture by Mark Stevenson

Thanks for following the blog and I hope that you still had an enjoyable time on our island! Everybody suffers in these conditions, the locals as well as the people that planned a holiday to a sunny destination that turns out to be not sunny at all. Despite what the weather statistics tell you!

Like i said before, hang int here for just a few more days and hopefully the sun will return. 

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

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Camille

Monday, 3 April 2017

Next Samui Green Market is on 23rd April at Six Senses

Next Samui Green Market is on 23rd April at Six Senses


Our kind hosts at Six Senses Samui  are concerned about hospitality - we can't get hold of enough tents for vendors at such short notice, and the temporary car park is just a muddy puddle....quite messy, they report.
Even though it's due to clear on Sunday 9th April, the ground is still soggy and muddy, and we can't take the chance.
Six Senses Samui have kindly offered a new date for 23rd April


The Next Samui Green Market is on 9th April at Six Senses and it looks like it will be  great event, once more. This will be the second time that the Samui Green Market is welcomed by Six Senses Hideaway, the first time being end of August last year.

The setting is great, with great views over the Gulf of Thailand, shaded by trees and will be held at Sis Senses Samui Farm on the Hill. Besides the usual vendors, selling locally grown, locally sourced and locally crafted products (have you tried the French cheeses yet, delicious, or the bread for sale!!) there's also a goat farm, chickens, water recycling and more, all done with re-used materials and sustainability in mind.

It’s not hard to find, follow the signs from Big Buddha to Arayaburi and drive past that, and there’s a lot of parking space available. 
Please note the Samui Green Market will be open from 4pm to 7pm.


Next Samui Green Market is on 23rd April at Six Senses

Next Samui Green Market is on 23rd April at Six Senses

It's always a pleasure and enjoyable to visit the Samui Green market and I hope you will find the time to visit, last August it was very busy here!
Looking forward seeing you there!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two, 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned.

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens.

Camille

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th March – 2nd April, 2017


Here we are with  an update of last week, the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th March – 2nd April, 2017.

This morning it's very cloudy around Koh Samui and a strong breeze is blowing but it's dry at the moment but I won't be surprised if there will be some short but possibly intense showers later today. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Currently I'm on Koh Lanta, teaching a PADI IDC program and the weather here is in general lovely with blue skies and a hot sun in the morning but each afternoon clouds move in and the late afternoon always sees rain, for at least half an hour to an hour and sometimes for a couple of hours, just to turn sunny and hot the next morning again.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th March – 2nd April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th March – 2nd April, 2017; An overview of Big Buddha on Koh Fan early in the morning, when it's nice and quiet and very enjoyable, before the hordes of tourists come along with the daily tour trips around the island or on their own (mostly rented) wheels

Last week saw a nice week around Koh Samui with plenty of sunshine but also two very wet days. Lots of people immediately went into panic mode but people relax. Before we have a very unusual  situation like the floods in December or January, first of all it typically will require monsoon season, which it isn't right now and before floods in such a magnitude happen around Koh Samui, we need a couple of days with prolonged and/or non stop rain. Non of that applied to these two days, no reason to get upset or start panicking. 
Also, many people contacted me regarding the weather forecasts, these forecasts work with precipitations, with the slightest pro cent chance of rain or thunder, such an icon will appear. That doesn't mean at all that there will be rain or thunder, even sometimes regardless of the potentially high percentage listed. It's difficult to predict weather correctly a week in advance, let alone more than a week, so relax people.
April is supposed to be the hottest month in the year on Koh Samui, any rain is unusual but welcome, since it cools things down. 
Temperatures last week ranged from 29C to 32C, not a bad week at all, although we had two a-typical rainy days for this time of the year.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th March – 2nd April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th March – 2nd April, 2017; A view over the newly opened Siri Lanta bridge, early in the morning, around 8am, connecting the tow Lanta islands, Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi

The forecast for next week is looking ok-ish. As already explained, you would expect hot and sunny weather, which we will have. However, rather a-typical. there is some rain expected with short tropical shower like rain for today and tomorrow. Tuesday and especially Wednesday may be wet but after that it should be blue sky and hot sunshine galore.
Enjoy!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two, 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Welcome to April 2017

Welcome to April 2017


Despite it being 1st April today, it is indeed time to say Welcome to April 2017!

Usually April is the hottest month of the year around Koh Samui and the driest, although in recent years we actually had some unexpected rain at some days, and it seems especially during Songkran or Thai New Year which can be expected 14th April. In general though, April should be sunny and hot, period!

This year looks different though, since this morning the weather forecast that I use, has turned, and not for the better! Until Friday 7th April, it seems we may have rain every day, maybe Thursday 6th might be fairly dry during the daytime.
This is very unusual and we will see how this will turn out.

If it rains as much as is predicted right now, we may actually see some prolonged flash floods and some roads being partially flooded. I don't expect anything like the floods we had in December 2016 or in January, but rather a 'watered' down version, pun intended!

Hang in there, according to #45, climate change has nothing to do with it. Seriously though, I hope it will be storm in a water glass!

Welcome to April 2017

Welcome to April 2017; A bell tower, in-between two buildings at Wat Lamai

April should also see an increase in tourists visiting our lovely island, due to the already mentioned Songkran or Thai New Year festivities and Easter holidays in the Western world.
Sadly enough, Songkran will also go hand in hand with the deadly seven days around Thailand, when people move the area they work, back to their home and/or birth places and many, mainly motorbike accidents, will happen, and sadly, many accidents will be fatal. The Thai news papers keep track of the yearly carnage and updates will be available on my Facebook page.

Nonetheless, I hope you will enjoy your stay on Koh Samui during April and especially Songkran, an experience never to forget, especially if it's your first time but also if you're a return reveler!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two, 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Friday, 31 March 2017

Goodbye to March 2017

Goodbye to March 2017


It's the last day of the month of March 2017 and it's time to say Goodbye to March 2017.

This version of March was in the line of expectations of how a March around Koh Samui should be, sunny and warm and slowly starting to get warmer towards the end of the month and prepare us for the hottest month of the year; April.
We had plenty of sunny days with hardly any showers at all, expect for last Tuesday and Wednesday when we had rather unusual hard rain for two days at this time of the year.
We can easily file March 2017 version away as a nice month! Whoever was on Koh Samui during this month, I hope you enjoyed it.

Goodbye to March 2017

Goodbye to March 2017; A dragon at the bottom of the stairs at Wat Maenam or Wat Phu Khao Thong

Half of this month I was on the road, with a stint on Phuket and currently on Koh Lanta, both for PADI IDC programs that I teach.
One week, between my travels to Phuket and Koh Lanta, I was also working as an operator in the hyperbaric chamber on Koh Samui.

The night before I travelled to Koh Lanta I participated in the 5th version of the Koh Samui Midnight Run and I managed to come in second in my age group and sixth overall in the 10km race.

Now it's time to look ahead to April, where we can celebrate Songkran, the Thai New year, an event you don't want to miss, providing you're in Thailand. It looks I will be on Koh Samui, so hope to see you there, come 13th and 14th April!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two, 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille