Wednesday 31 March 2010

Goodbye to March 2010

Goodbye to March 2010

This years March was nice. It started out really good with fantastic hot and sunny weather and towards the end we received some well needed rain. Typical tropical showers, just as Samui is nearing severe draught problems.
Overall a very good month, weather wise.
This in contrast to the 2008 version which saw a very wet early March and more in line with last years 2009 March.

Work wise I had some fantastic diving in Pattaya in early March, first I was teaching an Instructor level Wreck Specialty and than we went on a very exciting Wreck exploratory trip.
I also posted about vintage scuba diving adds which proved to be a very popular post and maybe one to check out!
This Pattaya trip was combined with a family holiday and we did some fun stuff in Pattaya itself but also went on to Bangkok's Dream World, an amusement park which the kids loved!

Food wise I went to a couple of usual suspects and all time faves here on Samui, like take away from the ebst Indian restaurant on the island; Haveli and how about some ass kicking Sateh at Dcheed 2?

On to a new topic that I would like to touch on at the end of each month, other blogs that I follow or like in any way.
First off, I started a new blog myself and it's in its infancy stage right now, it's a blog about Samui Holiday rental Villas. This one will grow over time with some real nice villas for rent, a great alternative if you're either travelling with a bigger party or your family.

Blogs I like are amongst others; Behind the Mango Juice, in which Martyn looks at various aspects of licing in Thailand. He's got a great post up about the Red shirts that are currently staging protests in Bangkok.
In Phuket there's Jamie's weather blog, always good to see how Phuket's fairing and I posted about his weather blog already almost a year ago.
Mike is having a look at various aspects of living in Thailand by means of his My Thai Friend blog based in Prachuap Khirikhan, worthwhile checking out.
Malcolm is retired in Thailand and loving it, check out his blog to get an insight in rural Thai live near Kanchanaburi.
A link to my home country the Netherlands is done by a female Indian expat who now lives in Rotterdam and blogs away about the Netherlands from her perspective in Orangesplaash.

Ok, that's it for this month, see you again in April, with the Thai New Year or Songkran festival coming on strong!


31st March, 2010

Today's weather;

It looks much nicer today and there's bits and pieces of blue sky in the air again. Current temp at 7am is 26.2C at this last day of March.

Yesterday started out dark and wet but that only lasted for about half an hour and afterwards it was clouded bu no rain any more during the rest of the day. Max temp reached 29.5C


Tuesday 30 March 2010

30th March, 2010

Today's weather;

A dark sky is watering Samui down and it's real, hard rain and it feels good! Current temp at 7am is 26.7C

Yesterday saw a lovely and sunny (and very warm!) day. Max temp reached 32.8C and there was just a tiny bit of rain early in the morning.


Monday 29 March 2010

29th March, 2010

Today's weather;

Cloudy and wet, it just rained a little bit. The rain is really good for Samui and will help the water ground levels around the island, especially with the hottest month of the year coming up in April. Current temp at 7am was 26C.

Yesterday saw plenty of rain during the morning and early afternoon but it dried up during the afternoon. Max temp reached 29.2C.


Sunday 28 March 2010

28th March, 2010

Today's weather;

Overcast this morning but not as dark as yesterday. Current temp at 7am is 28.5C.

Yesterday saw dark clouds during the morning and early afternoon which rain and drizzle all the while, which was nice and well needed for Samui. The later afternoon saw brighter clouds move in and it remained dry for the rest of the day. Max temp reached 29.8C


Saturday 27 March 2010

27th March, 2010

Today's weather;

It started out as the average day as we're used to in the last couple of months with some clouds and plenty of blue, That was around 7am. Now around 8.30am there's a dark clouded sky and a bit of rain came down already. Current temp at 7am is 29.4C

Yesterday was once more hot, until 5pm, that's when the sky darkened and we had some rain, YES, rain! It was lovely. It cooled down a little bit and max temp reached 31.5C


Friday 26 March 2010

Driving in Thailand

Driving in Thailand

It can be a real challenge, especially if you're not used to Thai rules and more importantly, the unofficial rules that you just need to pick up on. A lot of these unofficial rules can come in very handy and there's a website where I found a lot of good info, so sit down and kick back and have a good read with sometimes a possible smile on your face but keep in mind, this is how it is out there;

Rules & Regulations

  • Drive on the left side of the road
  • The legal age for driving cars is 18
  • The legal age for riding a motorcycle up to 110cc is 15; 18 is the legal age for riding a motorcycle over 110cc
  • It is compulsory for a driver to have their driving licence and a copy of the vehicle registration document (Blue Book, Lem Tabian)
  • Valid Thai or International Driving Licences are accepted
  • Every vehicle must have a tax sticker, which has to be renewed annually at the local Department of Land Transport Office(DLT)
  • Every vehicle must have at least third party compulsory motor insurance, which has to be renewed annually at the local Department of Land Transport Office (DLT)
  • It is compulsory to wear a seat belt in the front seats of a carFines for not wearing a seatbelt can be paid at the local police station
  • Blood-alcohol limit is 0.5 mg
  • Speeding fines must be paid at the local police station
  • Vehicles with red registration plates are not permitted to drive at night
  • From 7 May 2008 a driver may only use a mobile cellular telephone with a handsfree system

Other things to take into account when driving in Thailand:
  • Flashing of headlights by other vehicles is a warning signal meaning "get out of my way" and does not indicate "you may make your manoeuvre", as it does in some Western countries
  • Drivers of larger vehicles may assume that smaller vehicles will give way
  • Always check for motorbikes when opening car doors on the side of the road as they frequently travel up the inside space between the road and the pavement
  • It is not obligatory for children's car seats to be used
  • Anyone wishing to change the colour of their car must inform the DLT who will change the details in the registration book
  • A frequently used method of warning road users of a breakdown in the road ahead is to cover the road with tree branches

Traffic signs

Traffic signs - warning and regulatory - are in Thai. They may have English translations below the Thai names.

Roads in Thailand range from multi-lane freeways around Bangkok to tiny lanes (soi's). Frequently-used roads in the provinces are often four lanes. 
There is continual investment in upgrading or building new roads throughout Thailand making road works commonplace although frequent heavy rains means they can deteriorate quickly. Road works are not always clearly marked or lit at night. Some road markings can be worn badly and care has to be taken.
Road signs may have English translations below the Thai names.

There are more motorcycles than any other vehicle type on Thai roads. Only a very basic test is required before a motorbike licence is issued and there are many accidents involving motorbikes; the figures for motorcycle deaths in Thailand are extremely high.
  • Motorcycles are required to have a tax sticker and 3rd party insurance
  • It is compulsory for the rider to wear a helmet and have a motorbike licence
Car drivers in Thailand should be prepared for some or all of the following to occur when driving near motorbikes.
  • Riding on the wrong side of the road
  • Ignoring stop signs
  • Riding with many passengers
  • Cutting across the front of a car without looking
  • Not indicating direction of turning
  • Quickly riding across the front of oncoming traffic at lights
Drink Driving (DWI/DUI)
The legal blood-alcohol limit in Thailand is 0.5 grams of alcohol per litre of blood. However, for drivers that have held their licence for less than five years the limit is 0.2 grams per litre of blood. Drivers caught over the legal limit are heavily fined and may be imprisoned or required to do community service. The government is trying to reduce drink driving and breath testing stops are becoming more common.
On average 7.5 people are killed for every 10,000 vehicles on Thailand's roads, amounting to around 14,000 deaths annually in a typical year. National holidays are when drink driving is at its highest, with as many as 600 deaths during the three-day "Songkran" festival. Drivers should take extra care at these times.

Hope this was some useful information, be careful out there!


26th March, 2010

Today's weather;

There's a a blue sky shaping up and it looks like another very hot day. Current temp at 7am is 26.2C.
Today there's a freak wind storm expected late in the afternoon starting around 1pm with it's crescendo around 7pm.

Yesterday was once more very hot. Max temp reached 31.4C


Thursday 25 March 2010

Food on Wheels; Mobile drinks and naam kaeng sai

Mobile drinks and naam kaeng sai

If you have been to Thailand before, you know that food, at pretty much any given time of the day or night, is never really far away. A brand new player in this field are the 24 hour shops like 7-11 and Family Mart that pop up seemingly everywhere.

Today however, on a visit to the local Makro near Chaweng I noticed a more old style drink provider. This pick up trip has been modified and is now selling (soft) drinks and naam keang sai.

Naam kaeng sai is literally a frozen ice block from which ice is shaved off with a grater or rasp, which presents the naam kaeng, Thai for ice. The sai means with and the twist is just that, a very sweet syrup is added on top of the shaved ice and this is your naam kaeng sai. Cool and simple.

It's very popular with kids but in the current tropic temperatures that Samui is enduring, plenty of grown ups enjoy a cold bit of sweetened, shaved ice as well. It also seems that the vendor picked the right location at Makro's, namely next to the motorbike parking lot.

This old, seemingly beaten up pick up, is one of the great things about Thailand, which makes living so nice here. If you look around, there are plenty of similar vehicles like this, selling all kind of drinks and food. Most will be smaller and be either hand pushed or side mounted on a motorbike, some are bigger, there are pick up's out there that sell soup and who knows what, in much better shape than this one.

I like this one though, probably because it is battered up and it represents something that is slowly dying out.


25th March, 2010

Today's weather;

A very nice blue sky rules over Samui this morning. Current temp at 7am is 26C.

Yesterday saw a very hot day with a max temp of 32C. These maximum temperatures are taken in the shade and sometimes don't really express how hot it really was during the day time.


Wednesday 24 March 2010

24th March, 2010

Today's weather;

A near blue sky is ruling above our house in Plai Laem. Current temp at 7am is 28.3C.

Yesterday was very hot, a lot warmer than the max temp of 30.5C implies.


Tuesday 23 March 2010

23rd March, 2010

Today's weather;

A nice blue sky has shaped up with some white fluffy clouds in it. Current temp at 7am is 29C.

Sunset over Bang Rak a few days ago
Yesterday saw plenty of sunshine and a very warm day. Max temp reached 31.5C

Monday 22 March 2010

22nd March, 2010

Today's weather;

Partly cloudy with plenty of blue sky to be spotted and a current temp at 7am of 29C. It looks like another hot day!

Beach scene at Laem Sor Chedi

Yesterday was hot and sunny with a max temp of 31.2C


Sunday 21 March 2010

Laem Sor Chedi, part 2

Laem Sor Chedi, part 2

It's been 2 and a half years when I wrote part 1 and the long wait was not intentional but just happened. Earlier in January this year we visited Laem Sor's Chedi again and this time the construction was completed which was going on during our earlier visit.

The road sign that indicates where the Chedi and Pagoda are is easily overlooked, so keep your eyes open when you're on the road in that part of the island.

Now in full glory and with Buddha images and sculptures in all places, it's a nice view and look. When we were visiting there was a small ceremony going on and a tent was set up in front of the chedi with Buddha images.

Very nice was the room with the boat inside, about 100 meters away from the chedi. The room was now filled and the boat surrounded with small boats, for good luck.

There's now also a wax image inside the big boat of the the monk sailed the original boat during World War II from Surat Thani to Samui.

Whilst on a trip around the island this is a beautiful and quiet place to stop and enjoy the scenery of the chedi, the pagoda on top of the hill (which I still haven't visited) and the Temple or Wat that is in the jungle nearby and it has a free entrance.


21st March, 2010

Today's weather;

It's fairly cloudy but warm. Current temp at 7am is 29.2C.

Yesterday saw once more a warm and dry day. Max temp reached 30.5C.


Saturday 20 March 2010

20th March, 2010

Today's weather;

Plenty of blue's out there today with a current temp at 7am of 28.3C
The wind has been fairly strong the last couple of days though, which makes for nice waves on the beach and cools things off a bit.

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day with a max temp of 30.8C


Friday 19 March 2010

19th March, 2010

Today's weather;

A lot less cloudy than yesterday this morning with the sun peeking out early in the day. Current temp at 7pm is 28C.

A quick follow up on my post with our garden in bloom pictures from a few days ago, here's a picture of one of our mango trees heavily laden with young mango fruits.

Yesterday saw lots of overcast all day long but no rain. Max temp reached 31C.


Thursday 18 March 2010

18th March, 2010

Today's weather;

It's cloudy with small pockets of blue sky and warm! Current temp at 7am is 29.2C.

Yesterday saw plenty of overcast all day long but it stayed dry in my neck of the woods. Max temp reached 31.5C.


Wednesday 17 March 2010

Oil on Samui beaches

Oil on Samui beaches

Messages on Thai web forums about Lamai beach being covered in oil and an sms message portraying the same problem on Chaweng Beach made me decide to have a look for myself today.

The sight I encountered wasn't very pretty. The picture above shows small black pellet kind of debris all over Chaweng's beach which are oil based. After I left the beach I had a hard time cleaning my flip flops of the oily substance that was sticking to my flip flops and I upon touching those pellets it was not easy to clean my hands.
It's very sad to see a syringe among the debris as well, one of a few that I noticed today on a short stretch of beach.

Besides the oil based debris, some stretches of beach, as here in front of Al's Resort, there was also a lot of general debris. On either side of this resort the beach seemed to be a lot cleaner and the general debris was a lot less.

Here a closer look at what kind of debris was on the beach, various kind of shoes were strangely enough represented rather well.

The Tessabaan is looking into the Laem Sor area of the island, at the South Western corner of Samui since apparently that's where the oil is coming from. If there are any updates I will let you know.


17th March, 2010

Today's weather;

There's a bit of overcast with plenty of blue to show for and a current temp at 7am of 29C. It's going to be another hot day.

Yesterday saw plenty of clouds when the day started out but during the day it became more blue almost by the hour. Max temp reached 32.4C


Tuesday 16 March 2010

16th March, 2010

Today's weather;

A blue sunny sky is shaping up over Samui and it seems that we're fully back to the same weather that has prevailed pretty much for the last 6 months. Current temp at 7am is 26.2C

Yesterday was warm and dry. Max temp reached 30.8C


Monday 15 March 2010

15th March, 2010

Today's weather;

A partly cloudy sky with plenty of blue reigns over Samui this morning. Current temp at 7am is 26.7C and the internet connection works like clockwork again!

Yesterday saw a nice warm and sunny day. Max temp reached 30.5C

The situation in Bangkok is looking better than expected at the moment with the red shirt movement not getting anywhere near the amount of people that they expected for their demonstrations, maybe a hundred thousand showed up so far instead of the 1 million expected.
They did however give the current Abhisit government an ultimatum to resign by midday today.
At the moment it looks like the red shirt protest may just fizzle out and it may be the last we heard about Thaksin. Today will tell us a lot more.


Sunday 14 March 2010

14th March, 2010

Today's weather;

A very late update, 12 hours later than usual, simply because the Surat Thani based server of my internet provider was down all day long. Anyway, I'm back online and it's 29.5C at 7pm aftr a lovely, sunny day.

Yesterday was dry and sunny with a max temp of 31C.


Saturday 13 March 2010

Our garden is in full bloom

Our garden is in full bloom

And here are some pix to enjoy it. The garden was already blooming but a day and a half of rain definitely helped and caused a bit of a mini explosion.

One of the many orchids, they come in a wide variety of colours

Shompoo or Rose apple, if you treat them right, with giving it sugar water etc the fruits end up being really juice and sweet, our two trees are heavy loaded

Beautiful purple flowers but I don't know their name

Definitely mango season!

A lotus in full bloom

Moo Nang in Southern dialect or Kalin Pling in proper Thai, a sourish fruit

Kanoon or jackfruit

Hope you enjoy the pix.


13th Mach, 2010

Today's weather;

It's partly cloudy but there's plenty of blue sky to be seen again. Current temp at 7am is 28.4C.

Yesterday saw plenty of sunshine again on Samui and wherever I went there was no rain. Max temp reached 30.4C.

Yesterday was also the first day of a weekend of protests lead by the 'red' shirts against the current government, in Bangkok the expected turn out was marginal but tomorrow the masses are supposed to come in form the Northern and North eastern provinces and more than 1000.000 people are expected to demonstrate. This seems like former PM Thaksin's last chance.


Friday 12 March 2010

Aroy Restaurant in Chaam

Aroy Restaurant in Chaam

During our recent family and work outing to Pattaya we stopped over in Chaam for a night. A couple of years ago, my wife and me stopped over in Hua Hin but we didn't really warm up to Hua Hin and last time we were travelling we just peeked into Chaam, after stayed overnight in Prachuap Kirikhan and we decided to stay in Chaam one day.

Well, that day came last week, we stayed overnight and we enjoyed it.

One of the guests in our hotel, who happened to be also Dutch, recommended Aroy restaurant to us, stating it was well priced and big portions were served. This sounded good so we had a look.

The place is easy to find, coming from the beach road, go to the Narathip road, the main road leading into Chaam and walking or moving away from the beach, it's at the first street to your left about 300 meters into this street on your right hand.

The restaurant is decorated in a nice way with all sorts of clocks and it gives the place a nice feel to it.

It was also full, with a lot of Thai people eating there which is always a good sign. The plates were indeed big with lots of food on them and the prices were very good indeed. If I would live in Chaam I'm sure I would eat there plenty of times. I had a pork chop with potaters and vegetables for 120,-THB, excellent value!

I can definitely recommend Aroy restaurant for it's cosy atmosphere, big servings and real good value!


12th March, 2010

Today's weather;

It's cloudy but the sun starts to peek through again. It looks the rain has ceased again for the time being. Current temp at 7am is 27.5C

Yesterday saw rain in the morning, a long dry spell during the day and it started again with some showers around 4pm. The forecast looks dry again for the next couple of days.
Max temp reached 30C


Thursday 11 March 2010

11th March, 2010

Today's weather;

Overcast with rain! Who could of thought of that! Last night saw some storms rage over and plenty of rain came down. Current temp at 7am is 29C.
The forecast looks dry again though after today.

It's nice to have some rain so the water wells can recover slightly, it will take a lot more rain to fill them up again, I'm afraid.

Yesterday saw overcast in the morning and even some blue skies but after lunch the clouds took over again and in contrast to my believe that there would be no rain, it started actually to rain a few times. Small showers lasting 10 minutes or so each time. Max temp reached 30.4C


Wednesday 10 March 2010

10th March, 2010

Today's weather;

It's overcast time this morning but I've got a hunch feeling that there will be no rain today. Current temp at 7am is 29C.

The draught is becoming more and more of a problem. All major hotels on Samui (and smaller ones as well) have water trucks delivering water each day. Now my parents in law, just a few hundred meters down the road don't have any clear water from their well anymore and come to us for a shower. So far our well never run dry, I wonder how we will do this year.

There's a small reason to celebrate today since this is 1500th post on this blog!

Yesterday saw clear skies and a max temp of 31.3C.


Tuesday 9 March 2010

9th March, 2010

Today's weather;

It's partly cloudy with a current temp at 7am of 28.6C.

Yesterday saw blue skies with sometimes some overcast and it was very hot. Max temp reached only 31C


Monday 8 March 2010

8th March, 2010

Today's weather;

How about a near perfect blue sky whilst back on Samui! Current temp at 7am is 27.5C

Yesterday saw blue skies all day long and warm temperatures with a max of 32.1C.


Sunday 7 March 2010

7th March, 2010

Today's weather;

A near perfect blue sky is shaping up over Surat Thani, where we spent the night. Diamond Plaza, where we usually stay was fully booked so we moved to a different place which actually turned out to be very nice as well. Current temp at 7am is a merely 21C.

Yesterday saw sunshine all the down from Pattaya to Surat with a max temp in Surat Thani of 38.8C it was hot everywhere, every time we stopped and even in the car we had to crank on the aircon!


Saturday 6 March 2010

6th March, 2010

Today's weather;

A partly cloudy sky has formed overnight over Pattaya. Current temp at 7am is around 26C.

Today we will be making our way back to Koh Samui with an overnight stay somewhere on the road.

Yesterday was a lovely in Bangkok whilst we visited Dream World with a bit of overcast so it wasn't that very hot, just like in Pattaya around 34C as a max temp.


Friday 5 March 2010

Dream World, Bangkok

Dream World, Bangkok

Today we left by now familiar sights of Pattaya for a trip to Thailand's best known amusement park; Dream World in Bangkok near the old Don Muang airport. With free flowing traffic it's about an hour and a half trip from Pattaya. Their website explains pretty straightforward how to get there.

The park is fun and our kids, now 7 and 4 loved it but the pricing structure is rather strange. For Westerners there's one price that probably includes all rides, but is a rather expensive price compared to the Thai rates. Having said that, the Thai rates are confusing, you can get a simple entry ticket and pay for every ride you want to take in the park an additional fee between 20,- and 120,-THB or for about twice the price you get a ticket that will get you once in almost everything or for a bit more you can get a visa that will get you unlimited in everything or so you think!
Some of the rides, like the new Sky Coaster and the tremendously popular Snow Town are not included in any ticket and are as much as 180,-THB per adult. We paid more for our party to get into Snow World than the initial entrance fee was!

The park is split up in 4 parts, Dream Plaza, Dream Garden, Fantasy Land and Adventure Land. You can walk everywhere easily, it's not that big. being a Friday today, there were loads of schools on a day trip and I guess that in the weekend the families come out. Be aware that the park opens around 10am but most of the rides won't open until 11am.

Some of the popular rides like Space Mountain and Grand Canyon had long waiting lines of an hour around 2pm. It may pay off getting there early!

A very popular ride is also this Super Splash, a classic in most parks where there's plenty of sunshine.

The Sky Coaster was cool, it took me about 20 minutes to get on the ride, which lasts about a minute and 40 seconds, Asia's first hanging coaster. It was a very good ride!

Snow Town was already and it's immensely popular since it must about the only place in all of Thailand where snow can be experienced. It's a great sight to see all the Thais (especially the Thai girls in their skirts, legs exposed) freeze their respective butts off in the freezing hall temperature and they love it! My kids went berserk in there and my 4 year old son went 3 times on the ride as pictured above in the video.

A great day was had by all and the kids were already making plans when we would return! Having said that, if you've experienced Western style amusement parks, Dream World is good and lots of fun but it's not gonna hold up with a good quality Western park. Still not a reason to skip it! We will be back!


Ang Sila, home of 'clocks'

Ang Sila, home of 'clocks'

Yesterday we visited the village of Ang Sila, a few kilometers off Chonburi city and just under an hours drive from Pattaya.

What makes this little village so special is that they sell 'clock' and 'sahk' or in English, mortars and pestles.

The stone used for these mortars apparently is found in this region and from all over Thailand people come to buy them.

The shop we visited had a couple of hundred on display and most of them were half the price compared to what you pay for them in Samui. They also export them all over the world and they quadruple in price easily, if not more.
They carried them in all sizes, from very small to seriously big ones, maybe half a meter in diameter.

They had various desgins on display and my Mum in law bought 5 of them, for her sisters and friends and my wife bought also one.

They also had a white stone variation and what I really liked were the square mortars, since they're rather unusual.

Once more one of these unexpected little finds in Thailand. We were rather late in visiting Ang Sila, after 6pm but apparently there's also a 'clock' or mortar museum which was closed when we visited but which I would've loved to visit!


5th March, 2010

Today's weather;

A blue sky with an occasional cloud in it watches over Pattaya this morning. Current temp at 7am is 26C.

We're off to Bangkok today to visit Dream World, an amusement park, which will get our children excited.

Yesterday saw blue skies and hot temperatures in Pattaya. Max temp reached around 32C.


Thursday 4 March 2010

Family time in Pattaya

Family time in Pattaya

Since two days I'm done now with diving and it's time to spend some time with the family in Pattaya and yesterday we went to Pattaya Underwater World. A relatively small walk through with lots of fish in their aquariums though. The children had a blast, running from one place to the other and looking at the fish.

Here's a guitar shark and there were plenty of other sharks like Leopards and black tips amongst others.

We were lucky to be bale to witness the feeding and a diver got in the water with a big bucket of fish meat which caused a feeding frenzy and was fun to watch.

Than it was on the the road between Pattaya and Jomtien to visit Pattaya's Big Buddha.

Near Big Buddha is a smaller temple and a Thai Navy memorial where you can have this lovely view over Pattaya.

Today we went to Central Festival Pattaya where much to the delight of my son an Ultraman show was scheduled. For us adults, it's always nice to shop in a nice air conditioned mall especially if it's so hot outside

More family things are scheduled for tomorrow, so stay tuned.


4th March, 2010

Today's weather;

An almost clear blue sky looks out over Pattaya this morning with a current temp of 26.4C at 7am.

Yesterday saw plenty of sunshine and hot temperatures with a max temp of 32.5C in Pattaya.

Glad the diving was over, after 3 days back to back I needed a bit of a rest!


Wednesday 3 March 2010

3rd March, 2010

Today's weather;

It's cloudy in Pattaya this morning but no sign of rain! Current temp at 7am is 26C.

Sunset over the Gulf of Thailand near Pattaya

There was no update on yesterday's weather since I was participating in an exploratory wreck dive trip in the Gulf of Thailand for which we left at midnight and we didn't come back until 9pm last night. A review can be read on my dive blog.

The weather was magnificent though with sunshine all day long and we had a max temp of 33.5C.


Monday 1 March 2010

Welcome to March 2010

Welcome to March 2010

March is usually a nice enough month, last year saw a lovely month of March with sunny weather pretty much all month long and 2008 saw a bad start of March but halfway through the weather turned around and it started to brighten up.

It's the month preceeding April, typically the hottest month of the year on Samui, so the closer you get to April the more likely the weather is going to be good in March.

The forecasts look good for the first week this month and the draught is keeping on!

First off, we're still in Pattaya for the remainder of this week for more wreck diving followed by a few family holiday days so you will keep receiving updates from our adventures here first!

Thanks for checking in and hope to see you soon on Samui!!


1st March, 2010

Today's weather;

Pattaya is having a nice blue sky this morning with a current temp of 26C at 7am.

Pattaya beach around Soi 4

Yesterday Pattaya experienced a warm and sunny day with a max temp of 33.5C. Not bad!

We also completed the first day of wreck diving successfully with another one following today.