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Sunday, 29 March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd – 29th March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd – 29th March 2020

Another Sunday morning with a brand new Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd – 29th March 2020.
It's an update from a changed world. Covid 19 is going around the world and manifesting itself. With a lot of consequences and previously unheard rules. Different rules in different countries, all over the world.
Koh Samui is no exception. Tourists have more or less gone. Many local Thai people who lost their jobs have gone back home. Back to their southern provinces, like Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Chumpon, all the way up to the northern and Isaan provinces.
It's very quiet on Koh Samui. Many shops have been closed down, either by government decree. Like massage parlors, bars and the like. Other shops closed down because of lack of customers.
We can be in for a long haul. Tough and hard times are coming for many us. The first Covid 19 cases have been detected on Koh Samui. There are bound to be more. Be safe out there!

As for the weather, it's partially cloudy and the current temperature at 8.45 am is 31C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd – 29th March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd – 29th March 2020

Queue in Makro for buying face masks. One pack per person, per day, 4 masks for 10.-THB. This picture was taken yesterday, now there are also social distance markers. 300 packs pr day, until stock lasts.

Last week it was a nice, sunny and warm week. Maximum temperatures reached up to 33-34C. Minimum temperatures didn't drop lower than 23C

For next week, it's more of the same, sunny to partially clouded skies. Maybe a bit of a breeze to coll things down a bit. No rain in sight. The weather has been great this month on Koh Samui and it's surrounding islands. 

Be safe folks. Practice social distancing and wash your hands regularly. If possible, try to stay at home as much as you can.

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.

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned, once we're back to 'normal'. 

Camille

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th – 22nd March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th – 22nd March 2020

Sunday morning and welcome to the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th – 22nd March 2020.
We all woke up in a different world this morning. Are you also longing to that parallel universe where sports events, concerts and the like are still happening. Where self quarantine is a non existing issue.

I'm still running, but will most likely turn down the intensity of my training down a few levels.

Social distancing is still not very well understood here in Thailand. The country has more or less closed it's borders, without straight out saying so. However, in order to enter Thailand, as a foreigner you need a medical statement saying you're corona free, no older than 72 hours. Plus you need health insurance with at least 100,000.-USD coverage. Even Thai citizens need a medical statement that they are fir to fly and a letter from their embassy/consulate, stating they're Thai citizens. Whatever happened to passports?

In the meantime, live on Koh Samui goes on. Bars, movie theaters, gyms, massage parlors etc are all closed.
Supermarkets are open and well stocked. I haven't seen any panic buying, yet. The roads are very quiet though. Don't think many tourists are left. It will become increasingly difficult to leave the country very soon.

On Koh Phangan the first covid19 case in the Samui archipelago has been confirmed.

Interesting times are ahead of us. 

There's no social help plan in place, so it will be each to and for his own here. Everybody stay safe and only go out when you need to. Like for grocery shopping. Keep social distancing in place and keep washing your hands.

Now let's move on to the weather. Currently, at 11am, it's already 31C. Partially clouded and probably getting a little bit warmer.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th – 22nd March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th – 22nd March 2020

Parts of the Nathon government hospital are under construction. New wings are being build. Some have been completed already. Given the current Covid19 circumstances, this can't be done fast enough. Looking at all or most other countries in the world, Thailand may be in for some thing. Currently infection numbers are low, but hardly any tests are conducted in Thailand. Once the proverbial feces hits the fans here, it can become very interesting. Let's hope for the best.

All of last week was sunny. It's been splendid. Not a single drop of rain has been sighted by me. It was a mix of blue skies to partially clouded skies. Maximum temperatures hit 32C. All week long the minimum temperature didn't drop below 22C. Except for last night, it hit rock bottom with 21C.

Next week is looking gorgeous. No rain is predicted. We may have a lot of partially cloudy skies though. Nothing wrong with that. Stay safe everybody! Do drop in to check the situation on Koh Samui. I will post regular updates on the Koh Samui info blog Facebook page.

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. Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. Camille

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th March – 15th March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th March – 15th March 2020

It's Sunday morning an a call for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th March – 15th March 2020 is due.
The long run is in the can, 21.44km in 1:59.07 or a 5'33 pace. A slow and easy long distance run.

It's partially cloudy and warming up. Current temperature at 10am is 29C but it sure feels a lot warmer already. Might as well get ready for another hot and sunny day.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th March – 15th March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th March – 15th March 2020

Early this month, the two Makro shops on the island started to have fever tests. Upon entering the shop, a staff member will electronically check if your have a raised temperature or fever. So far there are no known Covid-19 cases on Koh Samui and it's archipelago. All shops, hotels, resorts and restaurants are suffering though due to the absence of many tourists. Hard times are ahead for many people around the world.

Last week was very hot. It was sunshine galore. Mostly blue skies and a blaring hot sun. 'De koperen ploert' as we call that in the Netherlands. Maximum temperatures reached around 34C. The minimum temperature got stuck around 24C. During my early morning runs, between 5am and 6am, I can feel the temperature is rising. A very warm week and it takes some getting used to. Especially considering that we just come out of our rainy and cool season.

For next week, the wind picks up again. which is nice and it will hopefully cool things down a bit. No rain is predicted, but a bit more cloud cover compared to last week. Hopefully it will be a bit cooler. 

The Covid-19 situation in Thailand is chaotic, to say the least. The government keeps back tracking an almost all decisions it makes. There's clearly no clear policy in place and it shows incompetence at the highest levels. The health minister had a racist rant against 'dirty' Europeans who spread the Covid-19 virus. Which he now denies. I
New measures are put in place each day, mostly to be overruled the next day. Not many are being tested which explains the low number of people of infected people. Stay wary, wash your hands and avoid busy places. Start you social distancing. 
Hard economical and financial times are ahead for many people around the world. Stay safe and healthy! Eat healthy food and get lots of sleep. Boast your immune system!

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. 

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

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

Camille

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd March – 8th March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd March – 8th March 2020

Sunday morning and we're ready for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd March – 8th March 2020. It's nice and sunny outside with the promise of a hot day in the making. Current temperature at 10am it is already 31C. It's going to be a real hot one today.

The long run for this Sunday morning is in the can and it was nice and cool, below 27C between 5am and 7am.


Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd March – 8th March 2020

View over the islands of Koh See Koh Haa, from the Intercontinental hotel's lobby area. Island four island five, literally translated. A very long time ago, I have dived around these islands, in the rainy season. That must have been around 18-19 years ago.

Last week was warm. Each day of the week seemed to be warmer that the previous day. Maximum temperature reached 31C. Most certainly it felt a lot warmer! In the beginning of the week the minimum temperature settled around 23C but later turing the week this moved up to 24C and 25C.

For next week it's looking hot. No wind, no clouds. Blue skies galore is predicted and it will get very warm to hot during the afternoons. Make sure to have coral friendly sun lotion when you apply it on the beach!
Do go out and about, you have the island more or less to your own!

The situation with regards to Covid-19 on Koh Samui. I haven't heard from any cases on Koh Samui. Makro has check when you enter, your temperature is measured electronically.
Many events have been cancelled in Thailand, the Buriram moto GP. Songkran, the Thai new years festival, has been cancelled nation wide. Many races and sport events have been cancelled, well into May already.
Other than that, it still is business as usual!

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. 

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

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

Camille

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Welcome to March 2020

Welcome to March 2020

March is a great month to visit Koh Samui and it surrounding islands. Typically the nice February weather continues into March. Maybe a few days with some rain, but no harm done! Lots of sunshine should be yours during this month. 
Especially now, with the Covid-19 virus, it feels like you have the whole island to yourself. Come and enjoy the quiet but still lovely beaches.

Welcome to March 2020

Welcome to March 2020

The Intercontinental hotel in Baan Taling Ngaam. This is in the quirt south-western corner of the island. One of the longest standing five start resorts on the island and still going strong. Luxury and leisurely lifestyle. It doesn't come cheap though! The picture has been taken on their pier. Asia’s longest over water wedding aisle with 140 meters long. In general, Baan Taling Ngaam is a very nice part of the island though. Certainly not as overdeveloped as the northern and eastern parts of Koh Samui. Beautiful scenery and a few things well worth visiting are in this part of the island.

Right now no events have been scheduled that are likely to be cancelled on Koh Samui. All walking street events are still happening on the scheduled days of the week. No other events where more than a 1000 people are expected are scheduled on Koh Samui. At least none that I'm aware of.

Looking forward welcoming you on the island and do enjoy your time here. Go out and about and discover what Koh Samui and the surrounding island have 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. 

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

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

Camille

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th February – 1st March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th February – 1st March 2020

It's Sunday morning and time to look at the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th February – 1st March 2020. 
No long run this morning, I needed to simulate a 5k race. I did and I did well. My second fastest pace on this distance. Certainly that makes me happy.

On to the weather though. At 10.30am it's 28C and the temperature is rising. This all under a partially clouded sky. A nice first day of the new month is in the making.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th February – 1st March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th February – 1st March 2020

Sunset, earlier this month near Big Buddha. This is taken on the road that connects Big Buddha to the main island. Every evening, when it's dry and a sunset is in the making, dozens of people meet here. They sit or stand next to the road. Lovers, photographers, families, all kind of people gather each time to enjoy a lovely sunset here.

Last week it was dry again. February 2020 ended on a good note. Maximum temperature reached 31C. The minimum temperature dropped to 22C a few times over night. A good week and what can be expected this time of the year.

For next week, the forecast looks good. The nice and cool breeze stays on. However, no rain is predicted! A lot of partially cloudy days are predicted though. This means that there should also be plenty of sunshine. Enjoy your stay and don't forget to go out and about. Explore the island! Experience all the good and nice things Koh Samui and it's surrounding islands have 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. 

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely!

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

Camille

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Goodbye to February 2020

Goodbye to February 2020

We have arrived at the last day of this month, hence, time to say Goodbye to February 2020. It's also a Leap Day. A fairly rare occurrence that only happens every four years.

This February was nice but not as good weather wise as previous years. Especially the third week of this month saw almost one week long, rain showers each day. The last week was a mix of partially to fully clouded skies, laced with sunshine as well. However, last week there was no rain.
A good February, not an outstanding February in the Samui archipelago.

I was happy to be at home this month. Except for a short trip to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Our first ever visit to this sparkling city. We enjoyed it a lot and are looking forward to be able to visit again. 

Goodbye to February 2020

Goodbye to February 2020

Empty shop space in Chaweng for rent. All around the island more and more empty shopping places, restaurants or other real estate is up for sale or rent. Tourism numbers were already dropping due to the high Thai Baht exchange rate, before January this year. With the Covid-19 virus, things have gotten a lot worse. Everybody in Thailand working in the tourism industry feels the impact. Even outside the tourism industry people start to feel it. Many shops, restaurants etc can't make enough money to pay the rent anymore. February is usually one of the busiest months in the year. This year it has been below average.

It's time to start looking forward, to March 2020. If you're on the island, enjoy all things Koh Samui has to offer. You have all of the island almost to yourself!
I'm off to visit my Mum and my sister and her family, who will be here for a week! Eight people who decided to continue their holidays and we will make the most out of 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. 

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

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

Camille

Monday, 24 February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th February – 23rd February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th February – 23rd February 2020

A day later than usual but here we are with the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th February – 23rd February 2020. It's Monday morning and I had a sever cold over the last couple of days. Nope. no reason to worry, no coronavirus for this blogger. Koh Samui is coronavirus free.
Having said that, there was no long slow distance run yesterday, instead, I spent a lot of time in bed over the weekend.
Nonetheless, we have a blue sky over Koh Samui, with a few clouds in it. Current temperature at 10.30am is 28C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th February – 23rd February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th February – 23rd February 2020

Road construction is going on at Chaweng beach road. This one year project aims to put all cables underground. A great project and hopefully it will improve the scenery along the beach road. On this picture, cables are being laid underground. I still wonder if the project will be completed within the one year prediction, but I hope the result will look good! This is at the corner of Timmy's Tailor and the Mercure Chaweng Tana hotel.

Last week saw a few showers on almost every day. There was still plenty of sunshine as well. Most showers were short but some were harder and lasted a bit longer. During my service as a wedding celebrant, we had one wedding last week that had a bit of rain during the ceremony.
Maximum temperatures reached 31C but it was mostly a bit cooler. Due to the clouds and occasional rain, most of the time it was around 29C.
The minimum temperature was mostly 23C with a drop to 22C occasionally two nights ago.

The forecast for next week is looking better. A nice breeze all week long. There is no rain predicted but a tropical showers, fast and hard can always happen.
Enjoy the island, it's quiet and relaxd at the moment. Be careful if you drive a car or motorbike and do go out and about and explore.

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. 

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

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

Camille

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th February – 16th February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th February – 16th February 2020

Sunday morning, once again time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th February – 16th February 2020. The Sunday morning long slow distance run is in the bag. The sun is out and the temperature is rising!
Currently, at 11am it is already 29C and the quicksilver is rising. Get ready for a hot day and have sun lotion at hand.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th February – 16th February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th February – 16th February 2020

A begging monkey at Big Buddha on Koh Samui. Right next to the Big Buddha statue. If you face the statue, to the left, almost behind the statue.

Last week saw a nice week around the island. Plenty of sunshine and just two days with some isolated drops of rain. Only last Sunday saw some real rain. The maximum temperature got up to 31C. On the other hand, the minimum temperature got stuck at 23C.

It was also my first visit ever to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. Firstly, a PADI meeting was in the cards. Secondly, I took my wife and our youngest daughter along. Thirdly, we scheduled a leisure day to explore some parts of the city.
To top it off, we had very cheap flights from Surat Thani airport and a nice suite near the city center. 
In short, we enjoyed Kuala Lumpur a lot and look forward going back and explore more. Especially some of the food options!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th February – 16th February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th February – 16th February 2020

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at night. A must see when in town. A very enjoyable city. Hope to be back sooner than later.

For next week plenty of blue skies and sunshine are predicted and expected. However, Tuesday may see some hard rain and Wednesday may still see a shower or two or three. Next weekend we may see some rain again.
Enjoy the island when you're here. It's quiet and enjoyable, due to the coronavirus. Don't be put off, all is fine and it's business as usual. Just a lot less people around to 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. 

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

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, 9 February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd February – 9th February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd February – 9th February 2020

Sunday morning on the ferry to the mainland and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd February – 9th February 2020. We're on our way to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. For the first time I will be visiting this city. My wife and our youngest daughter are also in the travel party. On Tuesday I will visit a mandatory PADI update.
Cheap flights with Air Asia from Surat Thani make travelling appealing. Hence, we're on the ferry on our way to Surat Thani airport.

Under a partially clouded sky we're leaving Koh Samui. Current temperature at 8.30am is 27C and rising.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd February – 9th February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd February – 9th February 2020

The Hainan temple in Nathon. After all these years living on Koh Samui and visiting Nathon, this is the first time I visit this temple. A small but very enjoyable Chinese temple well worth a visit. The statue has a resemblance to the big statue at the Hainan temple in Hua Thanon.

Last week was a nice week. Sunny to partially clouded skies, not a single drop of rain and warm to fairly warm at times. Maximum temperatures reached 31C, although it felt most of the time a lot warmer. The minimum temperature reached 21C during the night time.

The coming week looks good. The wind should pick up on Tuesday and Wednesday. Not too much cloud cover and hardly if any rain at all. Enjoy your time on Koh Samui. 
It's quiet on the island, the corona virus is having an impact. The Chinese New Year has finished yesterday, but there are hardly any Chinese tourists left on the island.
Live goes on however, and so far Samui is virus free!

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. 

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

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