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Monday, 5 December 2016

King Bhumibol's first birthday remembrance

King Bhumibol's first birthday remembrance 


Today is Father's Day around Thailand, in coordination with the late King Bhumibol's birthday and today is the King Bhumibol's first birthday remembrance after he passed away.
It's a national holiday today, meaning that all banks, schools and local government buildings are closed.

King Bhumibol's first birthday remembrance

King Bhumibol during his only visit to Koh Samui in 1962

Today is also the first official act of the new King Rama X to audit over the ceremonies for his Father and there will be ceremonies all over Thailand to commemorate the late King.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 5th December, 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 5th December, 2016


Today's weather;

The rain continues around Koh Samui and this morning there's a constant rain/drizzle. The roads start to flood slowly again and the end of the rain today isn't in sight, copious amounts of rain are still to come down today with hardly any breaks. The wind has slowed down though but there are various minor landslides around the island because the constant rain and floods. Current temp at 7am is 27C

At Kata on Phuket it's cloudy but dry with the sun try to break through the cloud cover but without much success at the moment. Maybe later today. Current temp at 7am is 25.3C

Yesterday the PADI IE for December on Phuket was completed very successfully by my three candidates and they all three passed with very good scores and are now PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors!

Today I'm out on the boat to the Raya islands and tomorrow via Khao Lak back to Koh Samui, where I hope to arrive late in the evening.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 5th December, 2016

A funny and interesting phenomena, during floods many cars lose their license plates. There seem to be hot spots, like here near the Bophud traffic lights, were more than usual amounts of license plates are lost and the people that lve near those places or find them in general, hang them up for display, so you can claim your license plate again. I saw similar things happen with things that people lose whilst driving motorbikes, the lost item (a school unfirm hat, a shoe, you name it) is hung up for public display, so if you go looking for it, you can easily see it and get it back.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 5th December, 2016

Bear The Wharf at Fisherman's Village this morning

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 5th December, 2016

Picture and all rights by Joe Clasby
One fo the 'hot pots' on the island near Zico's and the Centara Grand Beach Resort, where the road is very low and water has nowhere to escape to

Yesterday saw a dry morning after an almost completely dry night which gave the water an opportunity to flow away and normalize the situation again. The afternoon saw more rain agian though but not as torrential as the previous day. Some roads started to fill up again though but not as dramatic as the floods on 3rd December. Max temp reached 30C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 5th December, 2016

Kata beach on Phuket, yesterday afternoon under a nice sunny sky, busy with plenty of people enjoying the flat oceans and the beach

The forecast predicts plenty of rain for today and tomorrow but the breaks seem to start by Wednesday. Still cloudy days but not as much rain as currently and recently and it will give the island time to recover from this onslaught. It was brutal but Koh Samui managed to cope and so far without power cuts, which is nice and rather unusual.
Hang in there for two more days and things should be getting back to 'normal'. 

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 4th December, 2016


Today's weather;

It's surprisingly dry around Koh Samui this morning, in total contrast to the predictions. The wind is still blowing hard but all night and all morning so far it hasn't rained which allows the flooded roads to drain the water and make Koh Samui a little bit more accessible. Current temp at 9.45am is 27C

At Kata on Phuket it was dry all morning until around 9am when hard wind and rain all of a sudden appeared. Current temp at 9.45am is 25.4C

The current PADI IE for December 2016 on Phuket for the November-December IDC candidates is about to finish later this morning, probably just after noon. Updates will follow! Yesterday went like clockwork for them, they passed three parts of the exams with flying colors and very high scores; exams, classroom presnetation and confined water.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 4th December, 2016

A stranded and most likely also a flooded car opposite Big C on the Chaweng part of the ring road. It was mayhem yesterday around Koh Samui as the picture above and yesterday's post about the floods showed and proofed. Today a lot of the water levels should have receded since all night and sofar today, it hasn't rained although lots of torrential rain has been predicted for today.

Yesterday saw a very rare situation around Koh Samui with all roads being flooded after an all nighter and all day period of torrential rain. The ring road had at least 60 cm of water pretty much everywhere and at some locations even more. The ring road between Maenam and Nathon was blocked off and closed and many other roads and parts of the island were flooded. That was a big 'hello, did you miss me' slap on the back from the monsoon. At Samui airport there were plenty of delays but eventually all planes could take off and land.Max temp reached 26C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 4th December, 2016

Building at Phuket Rajabath University near Phuket town on Phuket, where I ran a 10km race this morning, or rather 9.45km in 41'45.4 minutes or a 4'25 pace which was enough to win in my age category, the first time that I ever have won a race in my age category. Due the rather unusual age category classifications, the guy who won last week in my age group, now ran in the 46-50 age group and I ran in the 56-up age group.

The forecast predicts lots of hard wind and torrential rain again for today and part of tomorrow, after which it should relax for a few days with Friday possibly hard rain again. This was intense but hopefully it remained like that just for the one day and we don't have any follow ups.

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Flooding on Koh Samui

Flooding on Koh Samui


Today there was some serious Flooding on Koh Samui today despite the new drainage system. After an afternoon, night and day of torential rain, the sewer and drainage system just can't deal with the amounts of water anymore.
The pictures show un unusual situation for Koh Samui and as soon as the rain stops. the water will most likely be able to drain away within a few hours, however, currently there's no sign of the rain stopping soon.

Flooding on Koh Samui

Picture and all rights by Maii Sonnekus
Flooding on Koh Samui; In front of Big C on the ringroad near Chaweng is always a hot spot for floods but this time around it seems worse compared to other years

Part of the problem is the pollution around the island, a lot of garbage seems to be blocking sewer systems and drain holes. Sadly this is a common problem all year round but specifically plays up in a situation like this.
Some raods have been closed off and this afternoon it was not possible to reach Nathon if you were coming from Maenam. The new drainage system being constructed on the hill between Bang Po and Nathon was generating too much waste water with no place to go!

Flooding on Koh Samui

Flooding on Koh Samui; The situation in Bang Rak earlier today. All bikes are swept off their feet so to say

The Thai Meteorological Department has issued a warning announcement for all of the South, including Surat Thani province, of which Koh Samui is a part of.
All small boat traffic like dive and snorkel boats have ceased to operate until after the weekend although the big ferries between Koh Samui and Donsak are still operating. Some flights were delayed at Samui airport.

Flooding on Koh Samui

Flooding on Koh Samui; In front of the Imperial Boathouse in Choengmon this morning

Koh Samui and te South is making the national news with a big article in the Bangkok Post and very sadly a 6 year old child drowned on mainland Surat Thani in Kanchanadit.

Flooding on Koh Samui

Picture and all rights by IamAir Orapin
Flooding on Koh Samui; Maenam beach, high waves and a strong wind

The rain was predicted, however that it would end up like this is what probably not many people would have expected! Batten the hatches and stay safe folks. Hopefully the electricity will keep hanging in there and there will be no power cuts. So far so good!

Flooding on Koh Samui

Picture and all rights by Rob Batchen
Flooding on Koh Samui; Koh Samui as seen from the ferry between Donsak and Koh Phangan this morning, covered under clouds and rain showers

More updates tomorrow but right now the forecast for tomorrow shows that the torrential rain is going to continue all night and all day tomorrow, Sunday, and no easing up until Monday afternoon at the earliest.
Stay safe!

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 3rd December, 2016


Today's weather;

It's grey and it's pouring down with a steady rain flow on Koh Samui this morning with a strong wind blowing in as well. Pretty much all small boat services have ceased operating until at least Monday. It may keep raining all day long, if the forecast is half way correct for today. Monsoon at it's finest! Current temp at 6.30am is 24C

At Kata on Phuket we have a heavyly clouded sky but it's dry at the moment but I do expect some rain at some stage later today. Current temp at 6.30am is 25.2C

Yesterday we completed the PADI IDC for November-December 2016 on Phuket with the PADI IE starting early this morning and the exams should be completed shortly after noon tomorrow.

Tomorrow might see a late update since I plan to participate in a 10km race at Rajabath University in Thalang on Phuket, which will most likely keep me busy until 10.30-11am

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 3rd December, 2016

Picture and all rights by Anan Craipan
High water in Fisherman's Village yesterday almost flooding the road. There were many gutters and drain holes covered by waste and garbage around the island which made it difficult for the water to drain away, causing plenty of flash floods all around Koh Samui yesterday evening

Yesterday saw strong winds and plenty of rain around koh Samui, especially during the evening and night a lot of rain came down accompanied by some thunderstorms. Max temp reached 30C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 3rd December, 2016

A gasoline pump for 91 gasoline, which is used in motorbikes, along the roadside in Kata on Phuket. Besides regular gas stations you can also find plenty of households that have a little stand with bottled gasoline. You can find this all over Thailand. The bottles hold 91 or 95 gasoline in 0.7 litre bottles. It's more expensive compared to a regular gas station but can be a saviour if you're in dire needs of gasoline

The forecast for the next seven days on Koh Samui is not looking good. The predicted monsoon has reached Koh Samui in full force and the weekend may be a non stop wet affair with strong wind. Small boat traffic will not be going on and all of next week looks like more rain but a lot less wind will be heading Koh Samui's way. Dig in and hold on, this may last for a week or two, but hopefully not for much longer.

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 2nd December, 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 2nd December, 2016


Today's weather;

It's dark over Koh Samui this morning but it's surprisingly still dry with a strong wind, but it looks like the predicted rain might come at any stage later today. Current temp at 7am is a stunning 29C 

At Kata on Phuket it's not only dark but wet as well, we just has a downpour a few moments ago but it's dry again at the moment. Current temp at 7am is 27C

The current PADI IDC on Phuket has been completed and an update should follow later today.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 2nd December, 2016

A concrete (dry) water basin with a Buddhist story at Wat Plai Laem, one of the many statues on display at the tmeple grounds.

Yesterday saw a surprisingly dry day around Koh Samui with only some rain during the morning although the wind picked up. Max temp reached 31C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 2nd December, 2016

The pink bus at Chalong pier on Phuket

The forecast remained the same, plenty of raina nd strong wind is expected over the next seven days. The monsoon has arrived, now we need to see how it plays out in real life.

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

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

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


Today's weather;

It's cloudy and wet around Koh Samui this early first December 2016 morning, just as predicted. There already was some hard rain last night and very early during the morning and more rain is expected today. Current temp at 7am is 28C

At Kata on Phuket we have a cloidy sky but it's dry and hopefully it stays that way, most likely the cloud cover will start to break up once the sun starts to heat up. Currentt emp at 7am is 27,7C

Today we will be on the boat all day enjoying our PADI IDC open water training dives around the Raya island and I expect to be back around 7pm after a three dive day trip. We won't leave the harbour until 9am at the earliest though, nice and easy and comfortable.

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

Picture and all rights by Joe Clasby
Chaweng lake yesterday afternoon under a nice, partially cloudy sky at the end of a lovely day. Today the weather has changed and it's wet with plenty of more rain to come during the next week,

Yesterday saw a lovely day around Koh Samui, possibly the last one for a while to come. There was plenty of sunshine and it war warm and dry. Max temp reached 32C

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

Do you like to eat Thai curries? These are the pastes that the Thai curries are made of, each curry it's own taste that gives it it's unique taste and color, This picture was taken at Kata Market on Phuket but each town or village has it's own markets where you can find these curry pastes. The pastes are mady fresh each day or a new batch is made when the old batch is finished or sold out. Here are selections of red-, yellow-, penang- and coconut curries for sale, usually a green curry or masaman curry paste can also be found.



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Welcome to December 2016



It's 1st December and we can say 'Welcome to December 2016', usually the wettest month of the year around Koh Samui and this month doesn't seem to become an exception. Lot's of rain and strong wind is predicted for the first week of December 2016.
December is in the middle of the rainy season and usually we have rainy weather until about halfway through the month, except last year the rain lasted almost until the end of the month.
This year it may be best to be prepared for a wet first half of the month, what happens during the second half remians to be seen, it's too early right now to predict.

Welcome to December 2016

Welcome to December 2016; At the foot of the Meh Guan Ihm statue at Wat Plai Laem or Wat Laem Suwannaram, around the corner of our house. One of the most interesting or possibly the most interesting temple of the island when it comes down to statues and buildings to be checked out. Well worth a visit once on the island.

Right now I'm on Phuket for a few more days before for a few days back home to Koh Samui and on 8th December I will take a ferry to Koh Phangan again, where I will be until shortly before Christmas.

Wishing you an enjoyable festive month and who knwos, maybe you find yourself back on Koh Samui, if so, enjoy and do keep checking into this blog for updates on weather and things to do around Koh Samui.

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

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

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


Today's weather;

It's partially cloudy around Koh Samui this early in the morning although that may change in the course of this morning with rain supposedly on it's way and we're talking monsoon quality rain, meaning a lot and non stop! This has been predicted since a few days and today might see the start of this years rainy season. Current temp at 7am is still at a very nice 28C

At Kata on Phuket it seems that they're gearing up for the high season and the weather is looking good with mostly blue skies and a few isolated clouds. Yesterday there was a nice and cool wind blowing but that seems to have disapeared again. Current tmep at 7am is 27.6C

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

Chaweng bech yesterday in front of Centara Grand Beach resort, not your typical view of the beach during November with nice and sunny weather and no waves to speak of! Hope you enjoyed it.

Yesterday saw a lovely day around Koh Samui with very untypical November weather, it was sunny and warm all day long just towards the end of the day time light some clouds moved in but it stayed dry and the max temp reached a stunning 33C, keeping in mind that we're in November and on koh Samui!

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

Yesterday's sunset over Kata on Phuket, saying goodbye to a warm and sunny day with the high season about ready to start up here on Phuket.

The forecast is sticking to it's prediction and the monsoon is about to knock on Koh Samui's pretty hard. If the forecast is correct, we will see the arrival of rain later this morning around the islandnand it will stick around for at least the enxt seven days, bringing in real monsoon like conditions with rain pretty much all day long and a stiff breeze or at times very hard wind. It may be difficult to get your laundry dry in these conditions. Hang in there, batter the latches and tomorrow could see a very wet start of December 2016!

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Goodbye to November 2016

Goodbye to November 2016


It's time to say Goodbye to November 2016 since this month is walking on it's very last legs with just one more day to go. 
It was a very good month. considering that we could have been in the middle of the monsoon period. As expected, there was indeed a fair bit of rain, but nothing like a monsoon period can be with non stop rain for a couple of days in a row. From that point of view it was a real good month and we had more sunshine than I would expect in general during November, especially the last couple of days have been real nice.
That is about to change though and later today we may get a real monsoon or rainy season weather pattern with rain non stop over about a week. December may start tomorrow on a very wet foot!

Goodbye to November 2016

Goodbye to November 2016 with a lovely November sunset on one of Koh Samui beaches. This may well be near Big Buddha, where I know that there is such an unusually shaped coconut tree.

This month saw me only at home for about a third of the month, with the beginning and end of November being on Phuket for various PADI IDC programs.

When I was home we went to the newly opened Kobori Japanese Restaurant in Nathon and enjoyed once more excellent Japanese food.

Am looking forward already to the last month of this year 2016, December and the first couple of days will still see me on Phuket, just to go home for a day or two and than move over to Koh Phangan for a PADI IDC there, before Christmas I should be home again tough and be able to spend time with the family.

Stay tuned and keep checking in, goodbye for now though but hope to see you back next month, browsing through the pages!

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