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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th December –10th December, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th December –10th December, 2017 


Another Sunday morning, another half marathon done and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th December –10th December, 2017.

It's almost 10am and we have a partially cloudy sky over Koh Samui, the sun is breaking through and it's going to be warm today! Current temp at 10am is 28.8C. Expect higher temperatures for the  afternoon.

On Phuket, where I started my last PADI IDC program of the year earlier last week, it's blue skies all around with an occasional cloud in it. Current temp at 10am is already 33C and rising! High season weather is finally arriving here, although there are almost daily evening or night showers.

This morning I ran a half marathon as part of the Phuketon, a weekend chock full of running events. Out of 1959 participants I ended as 125th and I was 15th in my age group 50-59 out of 143 participants. I'm not in great shape with a 1:50 time and 5'09 pace but at the moment that's all I have!
A very nice event though and well organized!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th December –10th December, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th December –10th December, 2017; Big Buddha during last week and the sun is coming out again around Koh Samui

Last week saw plenty of rain again around Koh Samui with a few thunderstorms thrown as well. Friday was the only sunny day last week. The sun did occasionally break through towards the end of the week though. Maximum temperatures ranged 28C and 29C, nice and cool. A typical rainy season week with the occasional flash flood as well.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th December –10th December, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th December –10th December, 2017; Sunset over Kata on Phuket last week

Th forecast for next week is looking very good, blue skies and plenty of sunshine at least until Friday. During there may be some rain coming Samui's way again. Enjoy the sun while it lasts, it's not your typical rainy season weather.

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, 3 December 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th November –3rd December, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th November –3rd December, 2017 


It's Sunday morning and time to have a loom at the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th November –3rd December, 2017. 
It's cloudy over Koh Samui but there are some breaks in the cloud cover and a very weak sun is trying to pry through. Most likely there will be some rain though today. Current temp at 9am is 28.1C

I find myself back in Surat Thani, where I participated in a half marathon earlier today, which did not go that well. After 15 weeks of training I was aiming at a finish time of close to one hour and forty minutes but after ended with a time of just under one hour and fifty minutes. After 4 km a hamstring started to play up and I needed to slow down. Not too happy with the final result and the race over all but there's always a next time. Came in 'only' 11th in my age group out of 73 and 41st in gender out of 475 and 49th out 650 over all. 
It was and still is very cloudy over Surat and the last 3km of the race it was pouring down. Current temp at 9am is 26C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th November –3rd December, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th November –3rd December, 2017; The new place for families to gather at temple events events at Wat Plai Laem. Almost completed now.

Last week saw three out of seven as a dry day, which is not bad at this time of the year. There were some thunderstorms as well though and plenty of rain, with some flash floods at times. Max temperatures ranged from 27C to 32C

Next week the forecast predicts plenty of rain and strong wind until Thursday, which is fairly typical for this time of the year. After that it should ease down and the sun may pop out again for a bit.
Enjoy your stay on Samui nonetheless if you find yourself on our island!

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

Friday, 1 December 2017

Welcome to December 2017

Welcome to December 2017


It's the first day of the last month of this year and time to say Welcome to December 2017. On this first day of December we have left yesterday's storm behind us and surprise, surprise, the sun is out and about! Just like the picture below, except with possibly even less clouds! Current temperature at around 11am is 30.2C and rising.

This is not the weather to expect for the rest of this month though. December is usually a rather wet month, especially until around the middle of the month. The second may see improvements but that's not a guarantee.

Last year saw an extremely bad sample of rainy season during December. In general it will be fairly wet though and the first week of this month is not an exception, according to the forecasts. Good amounts of rain can be expected until Thursday this week.

Welcome to December 2017

Welcome to December 2017; The road near Samui Hot Club in Lipa Noi. This is the weather we are having today, but most likely this will not be the weather for the rest of this month!

It will be another busy month for me with a PADI IDC coming up on Phuket this Monday. Before that I will run the Surat Thani half marathon on Sunday 3rd December and the Phuketon half marathon on Sunday 10 December is on the schedule as well. This could turn out to be a big event with many participants,

Stay tuned for updates of this December month and when you're on the island, I do hope you enjoy your stay, despite the possible rain.

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, 30 November 2017

Goodbye to November 2017

Goodbye to November 2017


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

Today is actually at the tail end of a storm coming over Koh Samui and all day so far it has been raining with a thunderstorm just having passed us.
It has been raining all day long, sometimes harder and sometimes just a little bit. Flash floods have occurred at all the usual hot spots but will recede quickly, providing the rain stops or slows down.
Current temp at noon is 24.8C.

Goodbye to November 2017

Goodbye to November 2017; The flash flood is receding in front of Wat Plai Laem and will be gone soon, providing it stops raining.

This month was truly a rainy season month, with no rain during only five days this month! Every other day had rain in various degrees and amounts. Plenty of days there were flash floods around the island, but they disappeared almost as quickly as they popped up. The hard rain never lasted long enough to cause serious problems. Maximum temperatures ranged from 28C to 32C.

Goodbye to November 2017

Goodbye to November 2017; Sunset at Panagsama beach, near Moalboal in the Philippines where I spent most of this November

The start of the last month of this year is not far away, just a few hours before December 2017 kicks off and we can only hope it will not be a repeat of last years weather. The forecast for next week looks ok-ish, considering this time of the year, in the middle of the rainy season. Rain can be expected but nothing too serious. Around the 6th December another storm might us again, so let's see and wait to see what happens.

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, 26 November 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th November –26th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th November –26th November, 2017 


Early Sunday morning calls for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th November –26th November, 2017 . 

It's just before 8am and it's cloudy and windy around Koh Samui with a current temperature of 27.5C, but still dry at the moment. Most likely there will be some rain later during the day.

It's my last day at Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines and it's partially cloudy with a current temperature of 26C at 9am local time. Later this morning I will move over to Cebu City, stay there all day tomorrow and fly back to Koh Samui, via Manila and Bangkok on Tuesday.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th November –26th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th November –26th November, 2017. Wat Plai Laem, the Meh Guan Ihm statue, in-between rain showers earlier this month

Last week saw rain during each day around Koh Samui but no non stop rain or serious flooding occurred. Max temperatures ranged between 30C and 32C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th November –26th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th November –26th November, 2017; Things to see and visit around and in Moalboal, Philippines.

The forecast for next week shows more of the same, similar to last week, maybe with a bit more rain and a real nice thunderstorm towards the end of the week. The rainy season is here to stay for the next foreseeable time! 

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, 19 November 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th November –19th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th November –19th November, 2017 


It's Sunday morning, around 8.15am Samui time and there are scattered clouds above Koh Samui with a very bleak sun coming through and it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th November –19th November, 2017.

It looks like today might stay dry and we have a current temperature at 8.15am of 27.6C

I'm still in the Philippines, at Panagsama beach near Moalboal on Cebu island to be precise. It's partially cloudy here with the sun out and about and a current temp at 9.20am local time of 28C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th November –19th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th November –19th November, 2017; Hotel Ibis under construction in the middle of Chaweng, next to the Hard Rock cafe.

Last week saw rain at some stage during every day. Varying from a normal shower to some thunderstorms for good measure as well. Very typical rainy season weather around Koh Samui. Maximum temperatures ranged from 28C to 32C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th November –19th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th November –19th November, 2017; View from my breakfast table at the Lantaw restaurant in Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines.

The forecast for next week is also very typical for this time of the year, each day is most likely going to see some rain and occasionally a thunderstorm may pass over. Be prepared for some occasional flash floods but they should not hold on for too long. All in all nothing out of the ordinary for this time of the year.

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, 12 November 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th November –12th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th November –12th November, 2017 


It's late in the evening after a hard day's work but here is at last the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th November –12th November, 2017.
It has been raining pretty much all day long on Koh Samui although not very hard so no floods occurred. It's dark now and at 8.30pm it's 25.1C

I find myself back at Panagsama Beach in Moalboal on Cebu island in the Philippines, where I started my 150th PADI IDC program today. A nice jubilee!
It's also rainy season here and we had overcast all day long with just a few very light showers. We're an hour ahead of Thailand and it's also dark here with a current temp at 9.30pm of 24C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th November –12th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th November –12th November, 2017; The Bot at Wat Plai Laem earlier this week in the rain

Last week saw some pretty standard rainy season weather around Koh Samui. Only Friday saw a complete dry day and a nice visit from the sun as well, although it was mostly partially cloudy.
All other days saw from partially cloudy to cloudy days and there were a few rain showers, occasionally causing some floods. Especially the beginning of the week was hard, when Samui was sitting at the outskirts of a storm. Lots of rain and flash flood galore for a day or two before things went back to better conditions. Sometimes the sun was out but there were showers as well. From a tropical shower to a few times hard rain for an hour or so, but that was mainly during the night.
Max temperatures ranged from 27C to 32C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th November –12th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th November –12th November, 2017; View from the Lantaw restaurant at Panagsama beach in Moalboal, on Cebu island in the Philippines. This picture was take 3 years ago in may, different season and the sun was out. I just arrived yesterday and have been busy ever since, so didn't have time to take some pictures yet.

The forecast for next week is fairly standard rainy season weather with some rain predicted on most days. Tonight might see some hard rain in the morning but come next weekend, we may also see some sunshine again. Typical for this time of the year though, so enjoy all the sun that you can get!

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, 5 November 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th October – 5th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th October – 5th November, 2017 


It's Sunday morning, once more and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th October – 5th November, 2017. It's been a busy week and I've spent most of it in Khao Lak, with the PADI IDC finishing, the PADI IE being completes and PADI Instructor specialty diving done and dusted. Yesterday I arrived in Kamala, Phuket where I participated in the 1st Kamala mini marathon this morning an placed 5th in my age group.

First things first though and that's the current Sunday morning weather on Koh Samui. It's mostly cloudy with a current temp of 27.9C at 10am and a very strong wind blowing. Don't be surprised if later today there may a tropical shower or two. Fairly typical for this time of the year!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th October – 5th November, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th October – 5th November, 2017; The Plai Laem market, earlier last month. The green veggies on a string are sator, a Southern Thai veggie which I like a lot.

Last week saw plenty of clouds and a bit of wind, except for the night of 2nd to 3rd November when it rained all night long and the usual hot spots on Koh Samui had some flash flooding for a couple of hours, especially between 7am and 8am. Before noon the rain stopped though and the floods disappeared rather quickly. A fairly standard procedure this time of the year. As long as the rain doesn't last for more than a week, flash floods come and go quickly since the drainage systems aren't saturated.
Max temperatures during last week ranged from the usual 32-33C to 28C on the 2nd and 3rd.


Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th October – 5th November, 2017; Police patrol boat 813 in Khao Lak is still in the same spot as the Tsunami deposited it. More and more construction is going on around the monument.

The forecast for next week shows and predicts strong wind and plenty of rain on Monday to Tuesday night with a build up and phase out before and after. From Wednesday onward the wind settles in again although the occasional tropical showers will continue. As already mentioned, nothing unusual for this time of the year.


Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 30th October – 5th November, 2017; After the 1st mini marathon in Kamala on Phuket, where I ran into 5th spot in my age group. 9.5km in 46'40 or a 4'54 pace. One of the hilliest race routes a ever ran so far and to top it off, the finish was a 1km stretch on the beach. All for the price of one with no extra charge! Happy with my result, since Phuket always has some strong runner at the start line!

So, here we are, November has started and luckily the very strong storm that was predicted for the 2nd and 3rd November didn't happen, it all fizzled out in the end. Luckily enough. The rainy season has roared it's head though and do expect plenty of showers during this month with the occasional flood here and there. Hopefully scenes from last will stay away from us on our beloved island!

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

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Welcome to November 2017

Welcome to November 2017


It's the first day of this new month and here we go; Welcome to November 2017.

Today is very cloudy and a fair wind is starting to blow, increasing in strength throughout the day. Later during the day rain is expected to start come down and it's supposed to continue  to rain pretty much until and throughout Saturday. At 7am the current temperature is 28.2C

November is when the monsoon starts and it can get very wet around the island, with all associated issues that come along with this, like floods and power cuts, just to name a few.
Last year saw a nice November, with plenty of sun but also enough rain but the year before, 2015, saw almost non stop rain.

The forecast is not looking too good for the first week with some strong winds coming in over the next couple of days and plenty of rain.

Welcome to November 2017

Welcome to November 2017; Samui hot club, a clothes shop now located in the South of the island in Lipa Noi but it used to be smack down in the middle of Chaweng. Now it's about 10 minutes outside of Nathon if you drive direction Lamai.

We will also see Loy Kratong on Friday 3rd November, the very popular festivity around Thailand where you put a float in water. On Koh Samui typically at Wat Plai Laem or Chaweng lake. It will be my third year in total that I will celebrate this in Khao Lak.

Welcome to November 2017

Welcome to November 2017; The harbor in Thap Lamu where all the day trips and live aboard boats to the Similan islands, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, Richelieu Rock and the Burma banks leave. The pier offers more space to bigger boats than is just shown on the picture. Local fisherman also use this and other piers and the Thai Navy has their own pier just a few hundred meters away.

The first week of this month I will spend in Khao Lak and a day on Phuket and two weeks will be spend in Moalboal in the Philippines, which leaves little time at home. The weekly updates and any other interesting island developments or events will be resported about, as always.

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

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Goodbye to October 2017

Goodbye to October 2017


It's the 31st of October in the year 2017, late evening, just two more hours to go in this month and it's time to say Goodbye to October 2017.
It's late and dark around 10pm around Koh Samui and the current temp is 27.5C

Today was a busy day with an early rise since I was visiting the Similan islands for some deep diving PADI Instructor courses with one of my candidates of the current PADI IDC here in Khao Lak. Up early and back to my room late with lots of work waiting for me so the blog update got pushed back a bit.

Goodbye to October 2017

Goodbye to October 2017; Sunrise at Big Buddha, earlier this month

Nonetheless, here we are, with an update on the weather for this version of October 2017.
In my opinion it was an average October. Plenty of sunny moments, especially during the mornings, but also plenty of partially to cloudy skies and a fair amount of tropical showers with some thunderstorms thrown in for good measure. A fair mix of different weather conditions for a tropical island like Koh Samui.
What else to expect in October, pretty much weather like I just described.

The monsoon is lurking in the shadows though and the beginning of next month may be very wet!

Goodbye to October 2017

Goodbye to October 2017; Khao Lak main street, early morning, hardly any traffic at all before 7am

Looking forward to what November will bring next month. Stay tuned to this blog channel for steady updates.

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