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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd – 28th May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd – 28th May, 2017


It Sunday and time to look at the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd – 28th May, 2017.
It's been a fairly good week, with only two days of rain, Thursday and Friday and not to forget this Sunday morning!
It's been dry ever after with even the sun peaking out again during the afternoon and a max temp of 32C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd – 28th May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd – 28th May, 2017; A beautiful picture of a Buddha statue at Wat Chaweng, also known as Wat Sawang Arom, inside the Bot. The Bot is the temple's most important building and this particular building is completely painted white, which looks kind of spectacular and impressive.

Monday and Tuesday I was diving from Phuket, to finish off PADI Specialty Instructor training with Glenn, one of my recent PADI IDC candidates on the May Phuket IDC who was also successful during the recent May PADI IE on Phuket.
A picture of our dives can be seen below.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd – 28th May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd – 28th May, 2017; A single barracuda patrolling the wreck we dived early this week at Raya Noi's Bai 1, near Phuket.

The forecast for next week is looking good. May will soon come to an end, only two more days to go. Most days of next week it will be partially cloudy with an occasional tropical shower and possibly some stronger wind come next weekend.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th – 21st May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th – 21st May, 2017


It's Sunday and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th – 21st May, 2017.
We're already at the late afternoon part of the day and it's partially cloudy with sometimes the feel of rain coming up. Current temp at 5.30pm is 32C and it's humid!

Currently I'm still a few more days on Phuket, before I return to Koh Samui on Wednesday. The candidates of the May 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' just completed their PADI IE exam and are now brand new PADI Instructors!

Weather wise it was less glorious last week with plenty of rain and wind here, currently it's mostly cloudy with a temp of 30.7C at 5.30pm

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th – 21st May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th – 21st May, 2017; Cable spaghetti in Chaweng. These are phone cables and not electricity, however, they still can cause problems. A few days prior they caught fire and caused a real 'mini' hassle! This was at the beginning of the month.

Last week was a very typical May week around Koh Samui, with a couple of dry and sunny days with partial cloud cover but there were also a couple of days with thunder storms and rain. Max temperatures ranged in between 32 and 34C. 

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th – 21st May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th – 21st May, 2017; Phuket 'old' town, at the corner of Thalang Road and Soi Romannee. In this soi you can find the best ice cream parlor of Phuket, in my humble opinion.

The forecast for next week is looking good, a lot better than previous weeks of this this month. Hardly any rain, a few isolated tropical showers, no wind and partially clouded skies. It seems like it will be a good week for a May on Koh Samui. Go out and enjoy!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens.

Camille

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th - 14th May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th - 14th May, 2017


We're going to have a look at the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th - 14th May, 2017.
First we're going to have a look at today's weather though and it's fairly cloudy but the sun is peeking out a bit. Current temp at 7.30am is 26C although it feels a bit warmer, but it's most likely not going to be as warm as yesterday.

Currently I'm on Phuket, conducting the May 2017 PADI IDC, and the weather here is much worse. Since my arrival there was plenty of rain and only yesterday and the day before saw the sun come back out again. Next week is supposedly going to be a very wet week here! Current temp today is 26.5C under a fairly sunny sky.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th - 14th May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th - 14th May, 2017; Behind the Green Mango in Chaweng, the road that leads next to the Central Festival, below the Chaweng lake area

Last week and at the same time the first week of May 2017, was a bit of a mixed bag and rather typical for an average May on Koh Samui. We had some sunshine and overall it was warm but we also had plenty of rain and a few thunderstorms. The max temperatures ranged from 32 to 34C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th - 14th May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th - 14th May, 2017; Thalang road in Phuket town, just before sunset

The forecast for next week is looking good, Mostly partially cloudy skies with an occasional shower but towards next weekend, starting Thursday late afternoon, some more tropical rain showers might show up and the wind might pick as well.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two.

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens.

Camille

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 1st - 7th May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 1st - 7th May, 2017


At last, here's the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 1st - 7th May, 2017. Due to travelling to Hat Yai for a a wedding and computer problems, I couldn't update any earlier. 

It's already almost at the end of the week by now but here we are, at last. It's partially cloudy on Koh Samui and there was some early morning rain with some more rain last night as well. Current temp at 9am is 30C

Currently I'm on Phuket for the May 2017 PADI IDC, which started yesterday and we have a drizzle this morning with a rather cool current temp of 25.9C at 9am.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 1st - 7th May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 1st - 7th May, 2017; The Hard Rock Cafe on Chaweng beach road

Last week it was hot and humid with max temperatures between 34 and 36C. We also has some light rain a few times. Typical tropical showers with some light to hard rain but for a very short moment only. Like a rather typical May week I would say.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 1st - 7th May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 1st - 7th May, 2017; At the wedding in Hat Yai. All the 'wedding girls' which is mainly family members of my wife, are lined up to greet and accompany the groom to his bride.

This week has been warm and hot again with a bit of rain as well and the forecast predicts more of this until after the weekend.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two.

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens.

Camille

Monday, 1 May 2017

Welcome to May 2017

Welcome to May 2017


It's Mayday and a good opportunity to say Welcome to May 2017. The month of May usually carries over part of the nice and sunny April weather, without the heat of April though.
Last year we had a rough ending of the month of May with strong winds but the previous three year were lovely.
May can also bring plenty of rain, which cools things down a little bit, something we can use after the last three scorching hot April weeks. Rain is mostly in the form of tropical showers, short but hard, but can also be a bit longer in some rare cases.

The forecast for the first May week this year is looking good though. Towards next weekend expect plenty of cloud cover though.

Welcome to May 2017

Welcome to May 2017; A suspended bridge at the end of Soi 5 in Maenam, near a nice and big waterfall, the Tan Rua waterfall. There's a platform and a restaurant for some snacks and cold drinks. Zip lines are also available for some added excitement

There are also a few events to look forward to this month. The Samui bike weekend is this coming weekend at Chaweng lake, the Samui Regatta will be held between 20th and 27th May and 28th May will see the mini marathon or 10km race in Nathon.

I do hope you will enjoy this May month on Koh Samui and do keep checking in for updates on weather and things to do around our lovely Koh Samui.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens.

Camille

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Goodbye to April 2017

Goodbye to April 2017


Just as this is also the last day of the week, it's also the last day of the month and that means that it's time to say Goodbye to April 2017.

The start of the month was very strange and very unusual for April. There were thunderstorms and floods a plenty during that first April week of 2017! The second time this year and the third time within five months. In all fairness, it wasn't as bad as during the December 2016 or January 2017 floods, but they did attract attention. Plus, as already mentioned, they were rather unusual floods for this time of the year!

After that first week, the weather turned nice quickly though and it was back to normal almost overnight. Especially last week the heat was turned up with max temps reaching 35C

Goodbye to April 2017

Goodbye to April 2017; Temple party at Wat Na Phra Lan in Maenam, next to the Lompraya pier. A small and quiet party of what once used to be one of the more influential temples on the island

The big event this month was Songkran or the Thai New Year celebrations. A good time was had in Chaweng with the family and it was busy.
For food we visited the usual suspects, Kobori, excellent Japanese food in Maenam and Nathon. Juzza Pizza was also on the list in Fisherman's Village and some awesome pork sateh and 'rad na' at Dcheed 2 at the ring road in Chaweng.

Here's to Goodbye to April 2017 and bring May 2017 on, as of tomorrow! See you all next month.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two.

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens.

Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th April – 30th April, 2017


Here's the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th April – 30th April, 2017, the last week of this month of April 2017.
We're just past midday today, with a slightly cloudy sky and hot temperatures, current temp right now is 33C

The day started really early, at 3am with a 4am two and a half hour long slow distance run, as part of my 15 week training plan for the up and coming Koh Samui marathon on 25th June 2017. At 3.30am that day you can find me at the start line of this marathon. The race course covers my weekly training runs! A home run indeed.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th April – 30th April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th April – 30th April, 2017; Sunset over Bang Rak bay earlier this week

Last week saw a nice and wet Monday, with surprisingly a bit of rain. Most other days have been sunny, but with partial cloud cover as well. It was sticky hot each day though. Max temp reached 35C last week.

Next week, the first May week looks very promising and very similar to this current last week. Sunny with partial cloudy skies. Get that sun lotion out and enjoy Koh Samui's beaches and atmosphere.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Thursday, 27 April 2017

16th Samui Regatta from 20th to 27th May 2017

 16th Samui Regatta from 20th to 27th May 2017


It's showtime again soon for the 16th Samui Regatta from 20th to 27th May 2017. The Samui Regatta is slowly but surely becoming an institution on Koh Samui, although in my book, still a bit of an event for the elite.

The event is proudly hosted by Centara Grand Beach Resort - Samui, which is widely regarded as the "Home of the Samui Regatta".

16th Samui Regatta from 20th to 27th May 2017


16th Samui Regatta from 20th to 27th May 2017

The Regatta is organised by Regattas Asia in conjunction with the Samui Yacht Club Regatta, under the auspices of the Province of Surat Thani, the Sports Authority of Thailand, the Municipal of Koh Samui, the Tourism Association of Koh Samui, The Tourism Association of Thailand, the International Sailing Federation and the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand.

The Regatta has 4 key objectives:

Increase tourists to the island of Koh Samui.
Increase awareness and participation in watersports in Asia.
Establish Koh Samui as a leading Sailing Destination
Support youth education and sporting activities on the island.
Starting with just 11 boats, mainly made up of beach catamarans, the event gained a reputation for offering great hospitality and competitive sailing.

16th Samui Regatta from 20th to 27th May 2017

16th Samui Regatta from 20th to 27th May 2017

The fleet has now grown into one of the most competitive in Asia and is now placed as the final event of the prestigious Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship. Crowning the 2016/2017 Asian Champion Skipper and Crew at the last night Awards and Gala Dinner. Held at Centara Grand Beach Resort.

Despite these challenging economic times, the event has grown every year to become a truly international event with around 500 competitors joining in annually from over 22 different countries. Generating an estimated 30 million baht worth of media coverage and over 18 million baht into the local Koh Samui economy annually.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Monday, 24 April 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017


A day late but here we are nonetheless with the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017.
Yesterday I was doing my lsd or long slow distance run. Pretty much immediately after that three hour run I was off to the local hyperbaric chamber for work. After that it was shopping and taking care of the children and visiting the Samui Green Market at Six Senses. 
A busy day with not much time to update the blog, but today is looking different and here we are indeed.

It's almost 10am on a Monday morning and the sky is nice and blue with some clouds in it. Typical April weather and it looks like it will be sticky and hot, once more. Current temp at 10am is already at a whopping 33C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017; Ready for take off. One of Bangkok Airways' Boeing 737 planes is ready for take off at Koh Samui airport. There's a short cut route that leads around the Northern runway, where you can spot the action. Planes coming in and taking off and giving great photo opportunities when you have to wait for the road to be opened up again.

Last week saw partially cloudy to fairly cloudy skies and we even had a few raindrops mid week. The last couple of days and over the weekend it was blue skies galore however and the max temp went up to 35C!

The forecast for this week is looking great in case you're in search of sunshine. A few isolated clouds, no rain and plenty of sunshine is out and about. Get that sun lotion ready and enjoy Koh Samui at it's hottest!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two.

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens.

Camille

Friday, 21 April 2017

9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017

9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017


It's on again, the 9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017 at the by now familiar location of Chaweng lake.
If you would like to see lot of cool big bikes, the 9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017 is the right location for you and the place to be.

I have visited the Samui Bike week in the early days but during recent years I wasn't always on Samui when the vent took place. However the bikes on display are truly amazing. Lots of choppers and customized bikes can be spotted. A feats for the eye, in coolness and color level f the various bikes. Black is a favorite color in general but many bikes actually have some cool paint or spray jobs done.

9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017

9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017

Make time to visit this 9th Samui Bike Week at Chaweng Lake, if you're on the island . It will be well worth your time and give you a couple of very cool photo shoot opportunities.


9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017

Hope to see you there, I will be on Koh Samui this year and am looking forward to go and check out the bikes again. 

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two.

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille