Sunday, 2 August 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th July – 2nd August 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th July – 2nd August 2020

The end of another week and here's the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th July – 2nd August 2020.
My long run is in the can. 16.5km in 1 hour and 30 minutes. This coincides with my first full week of training for the Samui trail come 18th October. A 12 week training program.

It's cloudy this morning and we have a current temperature of 29C at 9.30am. A fairly strong wind is blowing. However, not as strong as last night when supposedly a small storm raged over Koh Samui. The result can be seen below, a Raja car ferry sunk.

The maximum temperature last week reached 34C in the beginning of the week. The minimum temperature reached 23C towards the end of the week. There were also quite a few showers. Nonetheless, we also had plenty of partially cloudy days and moments. Once the sun came out, it was hot and humid!
A very typical week for this time of the year though.

Covid19 keeps chipping away as well on the island. I see more and more shops being closed.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th July – 2nd August 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th July – 2nd August 2020

Seven people are missing after a cargo ferry travelling from Koh Samui capsized on Saturday night. 
The ferry, operated by the Raja Ferry Co, got into difficulty at around 10pm as it headed to Donsak pier. The ferry was carrying a 10 wheel trailer, 3 garbage trucks and two pick up trucks. It wasn’t immediately clear exactly how many people were on board. Thairath on Sunday said a total of 9 people had been rescued while 7 others were still missing. Officials said a full investigation will be launched into the incident but it is likely the ferry got into difficulty in strong waves. Supposedly this happened near Koh Si Koh Ha, 5km from Nathon pier, opposite Baan Taling Ngam.

Today and tomorrow there's strong wind and the occasional shower. Throughout the week the wind will lose strength. However, Wednesday and Thursday might see quite a bit of rain.

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Welcome to August 2020

Welcome to August 2020

First day of a new month and it's warm welcome to August 2020. This month still deals with a bit of a rainy season for or around Koh Samui. Nonetheless, we also have plenty of sunny days during this month. Beware, we have a rocky start scheduled for this month. Plenty of strong wind and a few showers until mid next week!

No big events are schedule during this month. It's still all under Covid19 pandemic rules. The Thai borders are still closed. No tourists are arriving and it's felt pretty hard around Koh Samui. No wonder considering that Koh Samui is pretty much depending on tourism. Domestic tourism is the 'new normal' now and is heavily promoted. This goes hand in hand with tremendous discounts on hotel fees and also air travel prices.

Welcome to August 2020

Welcome to August 2020

Sweets or ขนม (Khanom) at Laem Din market in Chaweng. It's business as usual at this and many other markets around Samui. It's fairly busy each day, considering the Covid19 circumstances.

Where ever you are, stay safe and we're looking forward to be able to welcome you again as soon as possible.

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Friday, 31 July 2020

Goodbye to July 2020

Goodbye to July 2020

Here we are at the end of this month and it's a Goodbye to July 2020. It's partially cloudy and 31C at 10.30am.
First off all, this July was rather nice. Slightly above an average July on Koh Samui I would say. Secondly, we also had plenty of hot and humid days. Partially clouded or blue skies during many days. Thirdly, we also had our share of showers. However, not as much as a typical July can have around our archipelago. In conclusion, a nice July we had.

We had two very long weekends this month. Firstly at the start of the month. Secondly at the end of the month. Both weekends saw an influx in local tourism. The hotels that are actually open, seem to have done good business over these two weekends. It's not replacing the typical July or August busy period. However, given the circumstances, it's a start. For most shops, bars, restaurants, hotels and the like, 2020 is most likely a write off. Let's hope that around December the borders will open up again. This will hopefully allow for a recovery of the local and Thai economy. 

Goodbye to July 2020

Goodbye to July 2020

Many times I already mentioned on this blog, that plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and the like had to close down. Due to Covid19 and the lack of tourists. Now we can also see the 'unthinkable' happen. Some of the 7-11 franchisees are starting to close down. This 7-11 is located in northern Chaweng. There are a few hotels nearby. However, there's also a Family Mart and a Mini Big C next to it. With the lack of tourists, this particular outlet is not able to survive and closed it's doors. Permanently it seems.

Covid19 still has a grip on the island though. The best we can do is to look forward for better times at the horizon.

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th July – 26th July 2020

 Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th July – 26th July 2020

Sunday morning and here we are with one more Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th July – 26th July 2020.
The long slow distance Sunday morning run is in the bag. I'm at the end of 3 weeks being back into running again. A 16km run was on the menu this morning. Nice and sweet.
At 10.20am it's partially cloudy and 31C. A nice and fairly hot day is in the making. Time to hit the beach later this afternoon. How about Choengmon beach? Our favorite beach in our neck of the woods. First however, we need to wait a bit for the sun to cool down a bit.

Last week the maximum temperatures hit 34C just one time. 2 days ago to be exactly. The rest of the week it was either 32C or 33C. On the other hand, the minimum temperature didn't drop below 24C.
A few days we saw some rain, especially in the beginning of the week. However, many times I saw dark clouds over the inland. There surely was some more rain around the island. Not in the Plai Laem area though.
With plenty of sunshine, it was a nice July week. Fairly average I would say for a July week on Koh Samui.

Covid is still wreaking havoc on the island though. Although there may be a slight increase in domestic tourism over this long weekend, during the week it's crazy quiet around the island. More and more shops are up for rent. Plenty of people are still moving back to their homes on the mainland. There's also no immediate sight when borders will open again. The emergency decree has been extended for another month.
On the other hand, students are staging demonstrations at the moment. Not only in Bangkok but in various other cities as well. Worthwhile to keep an eye out on to see where this leads to.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th July – 26th July 2020

 Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th July – 26th July 2020

Low tide in Nathon. In the background a Seatran ferry is passing by on it's way to Don Sak. To the right Nathon pier can be seen.

For next week, the forecast predicts a bit more rain during the coming week. Tuesday morning and Friday may see an increase in wind as well. Is the summer rainy season about to start?

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th July – 19th July 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th July – 19th July 2020

Here we are, another Sunday morning and the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th July – 19th July 2020.
It's been my second week of full running again. This week I increased my weekly mileage from 44km to 55km. This morning I ran a 14km route. Slowly I'm getting back on track and it feels good.

It's just before 10am and it's already 33C. Just like yesterday it's already very hot this early in the morning. 

Last week saw a few showers but towards the end of the week the temperature rose and it was very hot.
The maximum temperature last week reached all week long 33C. That is except for Friday when it reached 35C. The minimum was all week long 24C. With another exception, Monday and Friday night it dropped to 22C,
Another nice week and not so typical for the current mild rainy season. Actually better than average i would say.

The effects of Covid are still being felt around the island. Although we now are 99 days Covid free in a row, there's still no tourists around. People are still leaving the island to live on the mainland, where it's cheaper for them. More shops are still closing down. On the other hand, hotels start to slowly open up again. Domestic tourism is heavily promoted. Thailand's most famous blogger, Richard Barrow, is currently visiting Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th July – 19th July 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th July – 19th July 2020

Behind the Plai Laem market, late in the afternoon. The sun is already going down and it is hot. This was yesterday. A beautiful sunset is in the making,

For the up and coming week, the forecast looks really good. A few mild early morning showers and hardly any wind. This should make for some great sunny and hot days. Wish you were here and you wish you were here! Looking forward to a time when it's safe to ease the travel restrictions. For the time being, hardship is on the menu with no income for many people with stakes in the tourist industry. 

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th July – 12th July 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th July – 12th July 2020

Sunday morning and here we are with the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th July – 12th July 2020.
Have done my first longish run again, after a bit more than a month having struggled with an injury. Today's 11km felt good. Especially after a full week of running.

It's 30C and slightly overcast this morning at 11am. Occasionally the sun peaks out. Nice and cool-ish.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th July – 12th July 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th July – 12th July 2020

Last week school started for all of our children again, This is the school for our youngest. It's her first year in the 'big' school. Very conscientious social distancing rules are in place. Firstly, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer. Secondly, get your temperature checked. Thirdly, get a sticker, stating you've done the two previous steps. Last but not least, chairs are set up with 1.5 meters distance to each side. School classes are halved, one week school, one week off. Face masks are mandatory. 

Last week saw a a fairly typical week for a July around Koh Samui. Firstly, only a little bit of rain. Secondly, plenty of partially clouded skies. Last but not least, some hot afternoons as well, with the sun breaking through. The maximum temperature last week did hit 35C in the beginning of this week. The rest of the week saw temperatures reaching 32C and 33C on a regular base. The minimum temperature dropped on a regular base to 23C. Mostly it was 24 or 25C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th July – 12th July 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th July – 12th July 2020

Last week diving at Sail Rock. On the way in a speedboat. Koh Phangan's coast line is in the back ground.

For the forecast of this week, expect some tropical showers. Starting today. The wind might pick up this afternoon but drop again for the rest of the week. Another typical July week seems to be in the making.

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th June – 5th July 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th June – 5th July 2020

July 2020 first Sunday and we're back with the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th June – 5th July 2020.
This morning it was nice and sunny. Now, around 9.30am it's mostly cloudy and a bit of rain is in the air. I am not surprised if we see a tropical shower this morning. Current temperature is 31C. in an hour we set off for some fun diving at Sail Rock. All the three PADI IDC candidates from the June PADI IDC here on Koh Samui, passed their PADI IE exams. We do have three new PADI instructors on the island.

Last week we had typical weather for this time of the year. A bit of sunshine. A bit of rain. A bit of partially clouded skies. The maximum temperature reached 34C during one day last week. The minimum was surprisingly for half an hour 21C last week. Once more time it dropped to 22C and the rest was 23C or warmer during the night time.

©Camille Lemmens2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th June – 5th July 2020

Tambun or merit making on top of Big Buddha. Thai people love making merit. Many temples in Thailand are visited to do exactly this. A lot of times money donations are also made.

We have a very long weekend. Monday and Tuesday are days off and all government offices and banks and the like are closed. Thai New Year or Songkran is also celebrated on 7th July, however without a water festival. All due to the Covid19 pandemic.

For next week, the forecast is looking very good. Some rain is predicted for Tuesday and Saturday. The rest of the week may see an occasional tropical shower but also plenty of sunshine.

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Welcome to July 2020

Welcome to July 2020

Here we are, 1st July and it's a warm welcome to July 2020. It's partially cloudy and the sun is playing around. It's warming up at 9.30am with a 31C temperature.

Typically July brings plenty of hard wind. Moreover, this is accompanied by plenty of rainy days. Tropical shower galore! During a Koh Samui July, half or slightly more days during this month may have these tropical showers. Next week looks very dry though.Later in the month it may catch up with us.

Due to Covid19, there will be extra Songkran holidays in July. However, most importantly, Songkran is not to be celebrated! That's a very unique situation in Thailand. Firstly, Songkran was postponed from April to July. Secondly, now it's completely forbidden to celebrate That new year, this year!

Welcome to July 2020

Welcome to July 2020

A new building is being completed at Wat Bophud. It's a school building. However, I'm not quote sure what kind of school. Possibly a school for monks. It's a big building though. It's located near the entrance.

Looking forward seeing you out here again. Just nit sure right now when that will be. As things look like right now, international arrivals are probably not likely until September or October. Hang in there, we wish you were here!

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Goodbye to June 2020

Goodbye to June 2020

Alas, it's the last day of this month and we say goodbye to June 2020. The last two weeks have been fairly typical for a Koh Samui June. Plenty of tropical showers. However, there are also sunny days with mostly partially cloudy skies. No surprise, after all, June is known for it's mild rainy season weather.

Covid19 still makes a big impression on the island. Firstly, many empty shops are up for rent. Secondly, lots of people went back to their homes. It's cheaper there, no rent to pay and possibly you can grow some vegetables and/or fruit. International travel is not in the immediate cards, so no tourists spending any money. Hotels are allowed to open. However, the question rises, for whom?
Domestic travel is the main focus at the moment. Most restrictions have been lifted. Nonetheless, the emergency decree is still in place. The government seems to fear the possibility of demonstrations. This is one way of prohibiting them.
Big events are also a 'no go'. No races to run for me. Travel is possible though, within the country. By car, plane or boat. All services and routes seem to be operating.

Goodbye to June 2020

Goodbye to June 2020

Wat Bophud has these very colorful and nice statues. Go and have a look, when you face the big sitting monk on the boat, they're on the right hand side.

This week, the roads can get a bit busier. The Thai schools start again. Lots of children that will need to go to school. By motorbike or by car.

Yesterday I completed a PADI IDC. A rather unique set up for this one! First we completed presentations online. After that, we met on Koh Samui and I conducted the live part. This all in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak! the 2nd and 3rd July will their PADI IE, the examination. Soon we should have 3 brand new instructors on the island!

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd June – 28th June 2020

 Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd June – 28th June 2020

Good morning and welcome to the  Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd June – 28th June 2020. We're almost at the end of another month. 

Last week the weather was typical of the minor rainy season we have right now. Firstly, plenty of partially and cloudy days. Secondly, also plenty of tropical showers. This Sunday morning, it's cloudy but dry. However, the roads are wet from last nights rain.
The current June 2020 PADI IDC has moved to Koh Samui. This after we completed the online learning experience. Today open water dives are scheduled. We're diving again!

Current temperature at 8am is 28C. Rather cool compared to other weeks.
Maximum temperature last week reached 34C at the beginning of the week. The minimum was mainly 24C, except at the end of the week when it dropped to 23C.

Covid19 is at a very low infection rate. Firstly, Thailand didn't have a local infection since 33 days. Secondly, Koh Samui and Surat Thani province are well in the 75 days range. The only infections at the moment seem to come from people returning to Thailand.
The borders more or less remain shut though. International arrivals are now allowed as of 1st July for a limited range of people. Business people and persons with Thai spouses can now return again.
The emergency decree has been extended for another month, into July.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd June – 28th June 2020

 Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd June – 28th June 2020

 The markets are open since a while again. The food on display is the same as always. Thai curry paste is still available in large quantities! Spicy and colorful as always! Thailand remains Thailand.

The forecast for next week looks fairly good. Today and tomorrow there's a chance of another tropical shower or two. After that, we should see some more sunshine again.
Hang in there and hopefully, very soon, we will be able to welcome you again on our lovely island

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille