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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Bangkok Airways Koh Samui half marathon

Bangkok Airways Koh Samui half marathon 

Come 2nd June this year, it's time for the Bangkok Airways Koh Samui half marathon. It will be run on the same course as last year. Start and finish will be in Nathon, near the Seatran pier. From here we will run towards the navy base in Lipa Noi and back with a 5am start.

There will also be a 10km at 6m and a 5km run at 06.15am. You can sign up at Thai Run until 30th April. 700.-THB for the half marathon, 550.-THB for the 10km and 500.-THB for the 5km race.

Bangkok Airways Koh Samui half marathon

Bangkok Airways Koh Samui half marathon 

 Each person who registers will receive an event t-shirt (with a great design this year) and a bib number. If you complete your race, you will also receive a medal. There will be water stations at approximately each 2km along the route.

Trophies for male and female categories (no nationality categories) 

21 km / 10 km 

trophies for each age category, subdivided into male and female (3 trophies for males, 3 trophies for females) 

18 and under, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 and over 

5 km 

overall (5 trophies for males, 5 trophies for females)

Bangkok Airways Koh Samui half marathon

Bangkok Airways Koh Samui half marathon 

The picture above show me at the start of last years event.

Last year I came in 2nd in my age category in 50 and up and 14th ll over. This year I'm looking for another top 3 finish in my age category. 

Bangkok Airways Koh Samui half marathon

Bangkok Airways Koh Samui half marathon 

The race routes for this year.

Am looking forward to this years event. Although I will already be in training for the Koh Samui marathon, come 15th September. I will be in my fourth week of training but it will fit in!
Hope to see you there, and if you see me, say hi!

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. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

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

 Camille

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th April 2019 – 14th April 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th April 2019 – 14th April 2019


Another Sunday morning and on the move but it's always time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th April 2019 – 14th April 2019.

The long Sunday morning run is in the can, no worries there. I'm on the move indeed, I'm off to Koh Lanta where I will start a PADI IDC tomorrow morning. 

It's nice and hot on Koh Samui. High humidity each day though and the current temperature at 11.30am is already 34C and rising. According to the website, it feels like 46C! No kidding.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th April 2019 – 14th April 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th April 2019 – 14th April 2019

Songkran 2019 in Chaweng in front of Central. It was interesting this year, since the road was partially blocked for traffic along Chaweng beach road. It reduced a lot of the action and excitement in my humble opinion. Still, plenty of fun was had and plenty of water was shed.

Last week didn't see a single drop of rain around the island. The maximum temperature reached 34C and it didn't go below 27C. April for sure is the hottest month of the year around Koh Samui.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th April 2019 – 14th April 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th April 2019 – 14th April 2019

We spent four days in Ao Nang in Krabi province early this week. Nice and relaxing times with the whole family. This is one of the sail fish related statues in and near Ao Nang. It's a fairly touristy destination but there are nice places and spots to be found.

Do we have a forecast for next week? Yes we do. Nice and sunny with possibly a tropical thunderstorm to cool things down for a bit. Enjoy your time on the island and don't forget to check out one of the options mentioned below.

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. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

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

Camille

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;1st April 2019 – 7th April 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;1st April 2019 – 7th April 2019


Sunday morning time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;1st April 2019 – 7th April 2019. Plenty of running has been done over the weekend on Samui! First of all last night the 7th Samui Midnight run, which I won in my age group 50+. Secondly, this morning, a 10km trail in Soi 1 in Maenam. After being in second spot, I took a wrong turn at around 7km and run 700 meters too far. As a result I had to turn around and get back on route. Lost my second spot and ended fourth in my age group 50-59. Did I ever feel last night's run and lack of sleep. Just one hour and a half I got clocked on the sleep-o-meter.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;1st April 2019 – 7th April 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;1st April 2019 – 7th April 2019

Wat Bophud last month during the temple party. A very nice and colorful decorated alley made out of umbrellas.

 Nonetheless, it's a sunny day out here on Koh Samui. At almost 11am it's already 32C and the temperature is rising. In Maenam, the trail runners of the 30km race are about to get to the finish. After a 5am start. Not my cup of cake but respect is due!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;1st April 2019 – 7th April 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;1st April 2019 – 7th April 2019

The first time I take first spot in my age group on Koh Samui. Last night at the 7th Koh Samui Midnight run. 5.2km in 22'23 minutes and a 4'18 pace. My fastest race to date.

Last week the maximum temperature has risen to 34C. On the other hand, the minimum temperature still had a whooping 27C.
Plenty of sunshine and hardly any rain at all. A typical April on Koh Samui start of the month.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;1st April 2019 – 7th April 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;1st April 2019 – 7th April 2019

Last week I was in Khao Lak for a PADI IDC and PADI IE. This is a beautiful stretch of beach, at the start of Khao Lak. It's taken from a big hill. On Youtube one can find videos of the 2004 tsunami, when on this beach people are swept away by the first wave. Never can shake that video when I pass this hill and look on the beautiful beach. As a matter of fact, I need to learn to take my fingers away from the new mobile camera!

For next week, the forecast is looking good. No rain predicted but plenty of partially clouded skies should be around. Enjoy your time on Koh Samui. The family and me will be off to Ao Nang in Krabi for a few days. Don't worry, we will be back for Songkran or the Thai New Year. You don't want to miss out on this celebration!

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. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

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

Camille

Monday, 1 April 2019

Welcome to April 2019

Welcome to April 2019


It's not a joke, it's the 1st April and welcome to April 2019.

The first half of the month is going to be busy. The first weekend will see big sporting events on the island.
Saturday 6th April at midnight will see the start of the 7th Koh Samui Midnight run.
The next morning, there's a 10km and 30km  trail run in Maenam, combined with mountain bike races.

Next weekend, Saturday 13th April will see the Thai New Year or Songkran celebrations. If you haven't witnessed that yet, a must see and experience event.

Other than that, April is also the hottest month on Koh Samui. Although, the last couple of years we also had a few showers during April, even on Songkran! Almost unheard of. The first April week looks good though, plenty of sunshine should be there to be enjoyed.

Today it's partially cloudy at 8am and 29C. Expect it to be hot with a fairly high humidity!

Welcome to April 2019

Welcome to April 2019

At Wat Bophud or Wat Bophuttaram, during the recent temple fair in March. You can put a one Baht coin in each of the cups and make merit!

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. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

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

Camille

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;25th March 2019 – 31st March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;25th March 2019 – 31st March 2019


Sunday morning and guess what, it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;25th March 2019 – 31st March 2019.

Koh Samui is nice and sunny with a partially cloudy sky. At 10am it's already 31C and rising. It feels a lot warmer already!

Although I'm teaching a PADI IDC in Khao Lak, this morning I'm on Phuket. I participated in a 10 mile race at Thanyapura. The Supersports 10 mile race. I finished 5th in my age category 50-59. This is a good result for Phuket, where there's always a strong field of runners.
Yesterday I participated in an afternoon beach run in Bang Sak, near Khao Lak. A busy weekend.
Here on Phuket it's fairly cloudy an also 31C
Within half an hour or so, I will be on my way back to Khao Lak.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;25th March 2019 – 31st March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;25th March 2019 – 31st March 2019

Laem Sor temple, near the pagoda, just a bit further down the road. Build in the shape of a boat.

Last week saw a nice week on Koh Samui. The weather was good, sunny and hot. Maximum temperatures ranged from 25C at night to 32C during the daytime. It felt a lot warmer though.
The Thai schools are now all on their summer holiday, so traffic should ease up for the next two months. Well, at least a little bit.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;25th March 2019 – 31st March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;25th March 2019 – 31st March 2019

My finish at this morning's 10 mile race on Phuket. 

The forecast for next week is looking good. Partially cloudy until Wednesday and full on sun possibly after that. Hot and hotter! Day by day! April has a splendid start it seems!
Next weekend I will be back on Koh Samui. I hope to see you on Saturday at the 7th Samui Midnight run and on Sunday morning at the trail run in Maenam.

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. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

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

Camille

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Goodbye to March 2019

Goodbye to March 2019


Just one more day to go but already time to say Goodbye to March 2019 on this blog.

It has been a good month, with plenty of sunshine. There were actually a few days of rain as well. They were needed and welcomed! At least by us residents. After six weeks of no rain, the wells start to run dry and rain is needed. Besides those few days with some rain, it was hot. Each day seemed to get hotter. Plenty of sunshine and as the picture below shows, also plenty of days being partially clouded.

All in all a very good month, kind of what you expect during March on Koh Samui. Not like eight years ago, in 2011. During that March Samui experienced some of the worst floods it ever had. Check one link here. Plenty of more links on this website or on my Samui blog Facebook page.


Goodbye to March 2019

Goodbye to March 2019

In the South of the island you can find Laem Sor Pagoda. This is a view of the back of the pagoda. Interesting island history to find here. There's a building with glass walls that houses the boat on which a monk landed on Koh Samui in the 1940's.

It was nice to spend time on Koh Samui, being home with the family this month. 

Event wise, it started with a half marathon in Surat Thani and will end with a 10 mile race tomorrow on Phuket. Right now I'm in Khao Lak teaching a PADI IDC. 

Next month will see the hottest month of the year on Koh Samui, April. This month will also bring Songkran, the Thai New Year.

Come Saturday to Sunday night 6th April, the 7th Koh Samui Midnight Run will take place. Start and finish at the Reggae pub in Chaweng. 
Early the next morning there will be a trail run in Maenam's Soi 1, the Soi where immigration is. A 5km, 10km and 30km trail run are on the menu. Hope to see you at either or both events!

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. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

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

Camille

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;18th March 2019 – 24th March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;18th March 2019 – 24th March 2019

Sunday morning and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;18th March 2019 – 24th March 2019. The long run has to wait until the end of the day, since I started teaching a PADI IDC today. You can find me in Khao Lak on Thailand's West coast.

It's partially cloudy today with a current temperature of 32C at 11am. It's going to get warmer, or hotter today! It feels already a lot warmer! 

Here in Khao Lak it's very similar, 32C at 11am under a partially cloudy sky.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;18th March 2019 – 24th March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;18th March 2019 – 24th March 2019

The Namuang waterfall. Always worth a visit, although now it hasn't rained for six weeks. The water cascading down is not a lot at the moment. It's great to swim in the pond though. 

Lo and behold, last week we actually had some rain! Monday saw a cloudy and wet day. What a relief it was. The fun didn't last too long though and the rest of the week was a steamer again.
Maximum temperatures reached 35C and the lowest temperature measured last week was 24C. That must have been very early in the day.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;18th March 2019 – 24th March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;18th March 2019 – 24th March 2019

Back in Khao Lak and that means a picture of the current state of the Rua 817. A wall is being build around the stranded boat. The tsunami memorial is still a very popular location in Khao Lak.

Next week should see some partially cloudy skies. There is a light chance of an occasional, tropical shower as well. Temperatures are rising gradually and we're closing in on April, the hottest month of the year.
Enjoy your time on the island and do go out and about. Explore, enjoy and see what Koh Samui has to offer.

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. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience.

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

Camille

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;11th March 2019 – 17th March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;11th March 2019 – 17th March 2019


Sunday morning with another long slow distance run done and dusted and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;11th March 2019 – 17th March 2019.

We're entering now the seventh week without rain. It's been hot again. Today will be no different, we have a nice and blue sky shaping up. Current temperature at 9am is 29C but it already feels much warmer.

Last week has been warm again. Maximum temperatures reached 34C and minimums were around 25C. 
Due to the general heat, I typically run very early, sometimes even in the dark, to beat the heat. I can feel the average temperature rising each week. My running watch also notes the slow but steady temperature increase. Week after week.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;11th March 2019 – 17th March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;11th March 2019 – 17th March 2019

Temple party in Bophud. No temple party in Thailand will be complete without lots of food. Loads of vendors are selling their respective meals on this temple party.

Not much change in the forecast for next week. Very unlikely to see some rain and mainly blue skies with some occasional partially cloudy days. The temperatures will keep rising, slowly but steadily. Enjoy your stay on the island and go out and about. Be active and have a look around what Koh Samui has to offer. Plenty of hidden gems in the forms of temples, small beaches and plenty of obvious and more touristy attractions and sights.

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. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

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

Camille

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th March 2019 – 10th March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th March 2019 – 10th March 2019


Sunday morning on our island, long slow distance run done and now it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th March 2019 – 10th March 2019.

It's partially cloudy at 8.30am and 27 C with the temperature rising! Don't forget to visit the Samui Green market later today, as of 3pm at Elysia Boutique Resort in Fisherman's Village!

Last week saw once more a cork dry week with plenty of sunshine. The general temperature is slowly rising. The afternoons can get very hot.
On the other, the dry spell Koh Samui is having at the moment, could do with a break. Water levels are dropping and some rain will be welcomed right now. Rain is actually needed!

Maximum temperatures reached 34C and the minimum last week settled around 24C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th March 2019 – 10th March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th March 2019 – 10th March 2019

Side walk construction is going on at our part of the island. This is in front of our, Since weeks it's been very dusty around our parts of the island.

Next week is looking very dry again. This equates to sunny days, especially today and tomorrow. Later during the week we get some partially clouded skies. Not much rain in sight though!

Enjoy your stay on the island. Get a tan and also don't forget to go and about and explore the island. There's plenty to discover.

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. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

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

Camille

Monday, 4 March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th February 2019 – 3rd March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th February 2019 – 3rd March 2019


A day late but here we are with the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th February 2019 – 3rd March 2019. The delay is due to a very busy Sunday yesterday on the mainland. It started out with a very early rise, so I could be at the start line for a half marathon in Surat Thani at 5am.
After that it was family time, we visited a nice market in Surat and Central Plaza and before you know it, it is time to get back to the ferry.

In case you wonder, the half marathon went well, I ended up as third in my age group. That was a good result, running 21km in 1 hour and 41 minutes.

Let's move to last week's weather though. It was splendid. The end of February was as good as the start of March. Sunny skies, sometimes with a few clouds and no rain. The temperatures are still very agreeable, although the afternoons slowly start to become warm.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th February 2019 – 3rd March 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th February 2019 – 3rd March 2019

The main entrance to Wat Phra Nha Lan in Maenam, on the ring road

Today, Monday morning 4th March, a thin cloud layer is hanging over Samui. The sun is working hard to break through though and the current temperature at noon is 30C but it feels a lot warmer already.

Last week temperatures ranged between 31C and 27C. Although these are the values that have been officially measured, most days it felt a lot warmer.

The forecast for next week is sunny with mostly blue skies, an occasional cloud and no rain. Hard work on the beach is called for!

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. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

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

Camille