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Saturday, 1 October 2016

Welcome to October 2016

Welcome to October 2016


Here at the Koh Samui info and weather we say 'Welcome to October 2016' for new new version of this month and the tenth recorded October on my blog.

October is a bit of a strange month! The weather can swing both ways, with a lucky year we can have nice and sunny weather, but since this month is so close to the start of the rainy or monsoon season in November, often times we are not so 'lucky' and have actually rather wet October months. Last year was not such a great weather month, with lots of rain but the start of this month looks very promising.

In general Koh Samui needs rain, since the water reservoirs have dried up and some parts of the island, including Plai Laem where we live, are experiencing water shortages and the local governments water pipe lines can't provide enough water to the population. Luckily enough we have a water well behind our house that hasn't let us down yet!

Welcome to October 2016

A lovely drone shot of Big Buddha on Koh Farn, always worth a visit when being on Koh Samui, a real land mark on the island

Almost half of this month I will be on Phuket and possibly at the end of the month I may be back there again as well, pending on work. 

This month will see the 3rd edition of the Mad Hatters run, exactly in a period when I'm back on Koh Samui, Sunday 16th October, with start and finish at Fisherman's Wharf, I'm planning on running the 5km distance, just like last year. however, this year not because I'm coming back from injury but rather because that same day, in the evening at 6pm, I will be running the Full Moon marathon on Koh Phangan.
Don't forget to visit the Samui Green market tomorrow at Elysia Boutique resort in Fisherman's Village, start around 3pm!

Am looking forward to this month, hope to see you drop by here and hope you enjoy your stay on Koh Samui if you're visiting.

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 1st October, 2016


Today's weather;

It's looking like it's going to be a nice and sunny day around Koh Samui today with a thin cloud layer in a partially cloudy sky over the island this morning. The wind has now almost dropped and it should stay very dry today. Current temp at 7am is 27C

At Kata on Phuket and around Thailand's biggest island, it seems that the rain is slowly disappearing again and the better and sunnier weather conditions are moving in again. This morning the sky is partially clouded with a thin cloud layer and some darker bigger cloud patches but it looks like it will stay dry and the sun is about to break through. Current temp at 7am is 27.6C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 1st October, 2016

A small spirit house or in this case a small sala on Soi 1 in Maenam, next to the road, where local people 'tam tambon' or make merit

Yesterday saw a dry and partially cloudy day around Koh Samui with the sun peeking out again and it was rather warm with a max temp of 33C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 1st October, 2016

Picture by Bill Levey
Today the vegetarian festival is in full swing around Thailand and Phuket is fairly famous for this festival. The preliminary rituals for the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, also known as the “Nine Emperor Gods Festival”, began yesterday (Sept 30) – the last day of the eighth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. I'm teaching a PADI IDC here on Phuket, so I'm not sure if I will be able to catch any of the spectacular processions or rituals, but if I can I will surely update the blog accordingly.
On Koh Samui this festival is also celebrated and you can find activities going on mainly in Nathon, as I blogged about a few years back, although that was during Chinese New Year celebrations

The forecast for the next ten days around Koh Samui is looking a lot better again. A lot less clouds and wind are predicted with plenty of opportunities for the sun to peek through and with only a rare tropical shower luring in the background. After next weekend the wind may pick up again. Great weather conditions for my sister's stay on the island, she arrived yesterday.

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Camille

Friday, 30 September 2016

Koh Samui marathon 25th June 2017

Koh Samui marathon 25th June 2017


As a runner, I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that next year there will be a Koh Samui marathon 25th June 2017. Although I wasn't planning on running that many marathons again, this may be a too good of an opportunity to let pass by and I may start training in due time for a marathon once more.

Koh Samui marathon 25th June 2017

Koh Samui marathon 25th June 2017

Currently there are not many details available, except for a date and that a marathon will be organised, but no location or route is known yet or if any other distances will be available, like a 10km and/or half marathon distance.

The Koh Samui marathon 25th June 2017 is part of the Bangkok Airways Boutique 2017 sponsored series. There are other running events that are also part of this series, ranging from ultra runs (Koh Chang in February), other marathon events (Chiang Rai in May) and a night run on Phuket on 12th August. It may be that more runs will be added, but also there I don't have certainty at the moment,

Organizer will be Teelakow, a company that organizes various running events throughout the year around Thailand, and so far have made a professional impression on the events that I participated in or are about to participate in, like the Full Moon marathon on Koh Phangan in two weeks time, 16th October 2016.

There will be more updates on this event, as soon as I find out about them, so stay tuned! 

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Camille

New immigration office on Koh Samui has opened on Soi 1 in Maenam

New immigration office on Koh Samui has opened on Soi 1 in Maenam


A brand new immigration office on Koh Samui has opened on Soi 1 in Maenam, finally replacing the two previous locations that I knew in Nathon, since the 17 years that I live here. Both of the two previous locations in Nathon, at opposite sides of the road, at the intersection to the Government hospital, where bursting in their seams with the work load they received day in and day out, week in and week out.

New immigration office on Koh Samui has opened on Soi 1 in Maenam

A brand new immigration office on Koh Samui has opened on Soi 1 in Maenam

The new immigration office, that opened it's doors almost two weeks ago at Soi 1 in Maenam, seems to be better equipped, or is at least more spacious than the previous locations in Nathon. It must be said though, that although the new building has been build over a very long time, it's still not completely finished, with cables and the likes still sticking out of walls or hanging down ceilings, all over public places. A quick reminder to not forget in what country we are.

The staff however, seem to be efficient and know what they are doing and in my yearly visa renewal they were friendly as well.

New immigration office on Koh Samui has opened on Soi 1 in Maenam

New immigration office on Koh Samui has opened on Soi 1 in Maenam

In front of the new immigration is a big restaurant/bar style place, for your drinks and possibly some small snacks and there's a short row of small buildings build, most likely to be rented out to places where you can make copies etc for your immigration paperwork that you need, but you forgot to make two copies of!

Hopefully this new building will do it's job for a long time coming and for many local expats, it's a blessing that the new immigration office moved to Maenam, since it's so much closer than having to go all the way to Nathon.

For all Koh Tao and Koh Phangan expats, coming in by car ferry, it will be a longer ride on Koh Samui to the new immigration office in Maenam but if they come in by Seatran or Lomprayah ferry, they will have a shorter trip to Maenam now.

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Camille

Goodbye to September 2016

Goodbye to September 2016


It's time to say 'Goodbye to September 2016' and to get down to the nitty gritty straight away, the weather during this September 2016 wasn't that great. Sure, we had sunny and warm days, especially in the beginning of the month but we also had our fair share of rain this month, more than an average September on file, since I started this Koh Samui info and weather blog back in 2007.

Goodbye to September 2016

The Meh Guan Ihm statue at Wat Plai Laem or Wat Laem Suwannaram, a very intriguing and fascinating statue and in my humble opinion the most beautiful temple to visit on Koh Samui and it happens to be our local temple, around the corner from our house

August and September have seen a big increase in jelly fish and box jelly fish incidents around Koh Samui but on the positive side, we also see that many hotels are now well aware of the problem and the staff acts in the correct way and thus can save lives.

Most of September I was back home on Koh Samui and just for the last week I left to teach a PADI IDC on Phuket and on the way over I ran my fourth full marathon distance in Khanom, smashing my personal best record by almost half an hour and now I am a sub four hour marathoner! I'm very pleased with this.

We enjoyed good meals at some of our fave restaurants on the island, including Juzza Pizza.

I do hope you enjoy reading my daily updates, please keep coming back and I'm looking forward seeing you al next month again, in October 2016!

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Camille

Next Samui Green Market Sunday 2nd October at Fisherman's Village

Next Samui Green Market Sunday 2nd October at Fisherman's Village


The next Samui Green Market Sunday 2nd October at Fisherman's Village and it's already upon this weekend! After a very successful one off location at Six Senses Hideaway Resort, it's now back to the Elysia Boutique Resort in Fisherman's Village with a 3pm start.

Next Samui Green Market Sunday 2nd October at Fisherman's Village

Next Samui Green Market Sunday 2nd October at Fisherman's Village

The Samui Mala who organize Samui Green Market, now every six weeks, are excited about how the Samui Green Market has grown in numbers and diversity. They have helped some young businesses get established in the community, and every new market sees new vendors and shoppers joining and every time there's something "more" or 'new' to attract our attention.

Next Samui Green Market Sunday 2nd October at Fisherman's Village

Next Samui Green Market Sunday 2nd October at Fisherman's Village

This month sees more vendors, new healers showing their stuff, as well as a loom from Isarn with a demonstration in traditional weaving. Come check it out as well as other home made, home grown products and food/ drinks including home made vegan ice cream and great chocolate. It's a fun place to network, meet others and advertise anything for the local community.

If I would be on the island, I most certainly would visit, but alas, I will have to wait another six weeks again, but I hope you will have a good time and enjoy your visit to the upcoming next Samui Green Market Sunday 2nd October at Fisherman's Village.

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th September, 2016


Today's weather;

It's partially cloudy over Koh Samui this morning with the sun trying very hard to break through and the sun may be successful once it heats up a bit more. There is also a fair bit of wind blowing today and I expect it to remain dry. Current temp at 7am is 27C

At Kata on Phuket we just had a very short but very hard shower but the rain clouds are moving on again and we actually have some blue spots and meager sunshine again at times. Current temp at 7am is 27.4C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th September, 2016

Sounds Club in Chaweng, near the Green Mango, one of the three main night clubs in Chaweng, very near to each other, Sounds, Green Mango and Solo Bar. Have you been to either one of them yet?

Yesterday saw a fairly sunny and warm day on Koh Samui except for the late afternoon when there was a rain shower moving over the island. Max temp reached 33C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th September, 2016

At Karon on Phuket, the beach road nearest to Kata, where you can find this football stadium, the building on the right is the long side and main entrance, but it has shops in it, mostly massage shops. The stadium is rather old and not very well maintained and there must be other, better maintained stadiums where Phuket's main football team plays, but I still need to find out where that stadium is

The forecast for Koh Samui for the next ten days looks good, the wind is decreasing in strength but is not completely disappearing and the sun should break through most days with a very rare tropical shower on odd days being an option.

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Camille

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th September, 2016


Today's weather;

There's a thin cloud layer over Koh Samui this morning but the sun is trying hard to break through and there's also a bleak sun waking up that might get the overhand today. There's a bit of a breeze but later during the afternoon this could turn into a very strong wind. Current temp at 7am is 27C

On Phuket it's looking drab again, with dark, grey clouds looming overhead and rain is in the air, although it's dry at the moment. Current temp at 7am is 25.7C

Yesterday I posted on my dive blog about the start of the current PADI IDC on Phuket, for which we have the third day starting this morning and a PADI IDCS Instructor course started already four days ago.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th September, 2016

In front of or possibly rather opposite Central Festival in Chaweng, at the Chaweng lake area or Phru Chaweng, many evenings you can find a bunch of car enthusiastics, showing off their custom made sounds an light systems in their cars. It can get noisy when they crank up the volume!

Yesterday saw a partially cloudy day with a nice breeze around Koh Samui and it stayed dry. Max temp reached 31C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th September, 2016

The small hill between Kata and Karon on Phuket, a busy through road with a lot of shops and restaurants, among others one of the two Blue Vanilla outlets on Phuket, the shop with Koh Samui roots since 2013

The forecast for the next ten days on Koh Samui very strong wind this afternoon and for tomorrow, after which the wind is supposed to drop but the clouds remain although we can have some sunny days.

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Camille

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th September, 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th September, 2016


Today's weather;

It is heavily clouded all over Koh Samui this morning but at the moment it's dry but there's a fair bit of wind. The heavy cloud layer should stay all day with possibly some rain during the afternoon. Current temp at 7am is 28C

On Phuket it looks very similar today, heavy cloud layers but dry, in contrast to yesterday, when we had rain all day long. Current temp at 7am is 26.9C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th September, 2016

The new immigration office on Soi 1 in Maenam, that opened last week Monday. It's a lot spacier compared to the previous two locations in Nathon but in typical Thai fashion, there are still lots of unfinished cables and other parts hanging around, inside the building

Yesterday saw a cloudy day over Koh Samui with some light rain at our part of the island but hard rain at other parts of the island. Max temp reached 31C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th September, 2016

A view over Kata on Phuket yesterday, when it was raining hard during the morning. Yesterday saw rain almost all day long, from hard to a drizzle

The forecast for the nest ten days on Koh Samui predicts cloud cover until Monday and a fairly strong wind until Saturday. After Monday it should clear up a bit and we may get some sunshine again.

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Camille

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th September, 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th September, 2016


Today's weather;

It's cloudy over Koh Samui with a little bit of rain thrown in and a few very small blue pockets. Most likely it will remain cloudy for the remainder of the day. Current temp at 7am is 27C

On Phuket in the Kata area we also have a very clouded and grey sky with plenty of early morning rain and it looks like it may stay like this for a while today. Current temp at 7am is also 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th September, 2016

This box jelly fish washed up on Bophud beach, in the North West part of Bophud beach yesterday. If you see one of these animals on a beach, don't teach them with your bare hands, the stingers from a dead box jellyfish can still shoot off their venom after around five years. Be careful when handling it and ideally burn the dead body

Yesterday saw a partially cloudy day over Koh Samui with a few bits of sunshine and it stayed dry. Max temp reached 32C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th September, 2016

A life guard on a Phuket beach is holding a bottle with a Portuguese man o'war or blue bottle jelly fish. They washed up on four Northern Phuket beaches, Layan, Nai Thon, Nai Yang and Mai Khao and which were consequently closed for one week to all public. There were also washed up box jelly fish found on the same beaches. Both jelly fish are potentially deadly, hence the closure of said beaches to all public, a wise decision (read the article here).

The ten day forecast for Koh Samui predicts strong wind until Friday night with heavy clouds until Monday, after this it should clear up and we might get to enjoy a lot more sunshine. Be aware of the chance for a relatively rare tropical shower.

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Camille