Wednesday 30 June 2010

Goodbye to June 2010

Goodbye to June 2010

Here we are again, gathering around the last bits of this month and waving goodbye to it.

The weather was good this month, there was plenty of sun filled days during this month but there was also, at last, some rain. Especially the middle towards to end of the end of the month saw some much needed rain coming down on Samui. Overall it was a very warm month though.
It's interesting to see how my archives grow and I can look back at reports for a warm and sunny 2009, a similar 2008 and a wet 2007 version with only a dry stretch in the middle of the month.

The other thing I'm happy about this month is that the Netherlands football team made it to the quarter finals of the current World Championships in South Africa, although I'm not too happy about the way they did it, with rather boring football. Next opponent is Brazil, if the team can win that game, I see some serious possibilities for winning the cup this time around.

Last but not least, a look at some other Thai related blogs that I enjoy reading which can be found on my blog roll;

The first one in alphabetical order is Martyn's Beyond the Mango Juice, who in the right spirit of this World Championship football month wrote about a football stadium he visited in Udon Thani. Visiting football stadiums is something I like to do as well, my list of football stadiums is relatively small but includes Saigon, Hanoi, Phnom Phen and Guatemala City just to name a few exotic ones. Excellent post!

Next in line is a very interesting blog about the administrative subdivisions of Thailand - history, current news, facts hardly found in English, reviews of corresponding books, the Wikipedia coverage of these entities...I present you; Changwat, Amphoe, Tambon. Andreas puts lots if time and effort in this blog and he has most certainly something to show for, a very interesting blog indeed.
One post this month deals with district levels and the rules of the categorization of districts into small, medium and large, and which authority is responsible for this. Mind boggling and very interesting, or did I say that already?
Andreas also has a blog which he named 'My Unseen Thailand' which is also absolutely worthwhile checking out, although he's seemingly running out of blogs to write. The name tells it all!

On to my brother or sister site, Jamie's Phuket weather blog. Jamie writes good posts and has a big mofo of a camera and he shot some nice Thai girl pix in his latest post about the low season weather in which he also visits the 2nd Kathu village street culture festival. That must be where the picture come from.

Mike at My Thai Friend talks about an everlasting danger in Thailand, your neighbours and what great plans they may come up with, like opening a Karaoke bar next to your place in paradise! There's a little what will or can protect you in case one of your neighbours come up with this in their eyes most likely brilliant idea! TIT or This is Thailand in full swing. Thanks for the post Mike.

Malcolm, just looking at you in that hammock makes me feel like visiting you straight away. Being retired looks very promising this way! As a matter of fact, Malcolm is retired in Thailand and loving it, no wonder! He comes up with a post that tells you everything about coconuts that you always wanted to know but never dared to ask. As always, a pleasure to read.

Lawrence lives in Phana, a small town in the lower Northeast (Isan) of Thailand. He wrote two great posts about Lao PDR, not really about Phana his time around but of great interest to me with some nice pictures of the Plain of Jars or PDJ and the Hmong, the original people that lived there. Thanks for the posts Lawrence.

Another seemingly Dutch blogger, Siam Rick can be found in Canada but blogging away about Thailand and Asia. He has some interesting facts and stats about a bloggers life and the hits and misses you can have with blogs.

The new kid on the block is Bonsoong, a Thai blogger who isn't whatever people say he is. I like that! One of his posts was about a Thai fish on Chaam beach. Check it out!

That's it folks, more next month.


30th June, 2010

Today's weather;

The clouds are breaking over Samui and it looks like the sun may be out and about today. Current temp at 7am is in the high twenties Celsius.

Yesterday saw plenty of sunshine during the afternoon and it remained dry. Max temp reached the mid-low thirties Celsius.


Tuesday 29 June 2010

Very low water around Koh Samui

Very low water around Koh Samui

This year the low water around Samui seems to have found a new low, so to speak. During the 11 years that I've been here now, I've seen some low tides, especially around this time of the year, but this year seems to be taking the stroedel.

Around Nathon, where I took these pictures, the water recedes a lot each year but now the water also recedes at places that usually stay covered in water.

The Thai people love the low tide and go out in masses to look for various kinds of shells ('hoy'), octopus ('waai') and small fish. My mother in law said the other that it was the first time in her life that she could just pick up small fish from the beach near Plai Laem that were caught out by the low water. This made for some good deep fried fish for our son!

Here's another picture of Nathon with the pier and an incoming ferry in the background. You could almost organise soccer games on these vast amounts of space!


29th June, 2010

Today's weather;

Once more a cloudy sky is ruling over Samui in the morning. That may soon be over! Current temp at 7am is 26.8C

Yesterday saw overcast pretty much all day but no rain wherever I wentalthough there must've been some pour down last night, looking at the wet spots on the road this morning. Max temp reached 32.7C

The Netherlands football team is now set up to meet Brasil this coming Friday. Oranje seriously needs to turn on the style if they want to progress to the semis!


Monday 28 June 2010

Update on the speed boat collision between Koh Phangan and Koh Samui

Update on the speed boat collision between Koh Phangan and Koh Samui

An update from the Bangkok Post today by Supapong Chaolan, interesting is that one of the boats was exactly the same boat that flipped over in January 2005 when they tempered with the steering cords;

SURAT THANI : At least 40 people have been injured in a head-on collision between two speedboats carrying tourists taking part in a full-moon party on Koh Phangan.
The collision happened about 12.30am yesterday in waters between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

The force of the impact severely damaged the two speedboats and threw passengers into the water.

They were left stranded in the sea before being rescued by marine police and passing speedboats. There was heavy rain and strong winds when the accident happened.

Twenty-nine injured passengers were sent to Bangkok Samui Hospital, six were admitted to Ban Don International Hospital on Koh Samui and five to Thai International Hospital Koh Samui.

Ten foreigners _ three Britons, five Australians, one Ukrainian and one Singaporean _ were among the injured.

One speedboat, Phummipat 59, was carrying 23 tourists who were returning from a full-moon party on Koh Phangan to Koh Samui.

It collided with another speedboat, Sawasdi Chalermchoke Nawa5, which was taking 39 passengers from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan. The Sawasdi Chalerm choke Nawa5 is owned by Sea Beach Tour and Transport Co.

Preecha Chorsuwannachart, a passenger on board the Sawasdi Chalermchoke Nawa 5, said the boat travelled at high speed and did not have its signal lights switched on.

Mr Preecha, who is a member of the Nonthaburi provincial administration organisation, said the boat collided with the other boat, throwing passengers into the sea.

Weeraphan Phetchara, who was driving the Phummipat 59, said he did not see the signal lights of the other boat before the collision.

Thuenjai Phetcharat, who runs Phetcharat Marina Co which owns the Phummipat 59, said the company has accident insurance to cover passengers. They will each receive 100,000 baht.

She said she is willing to bring the driver of the Phummipat 59 to police for questioning.

Police said the licence for the Sawasdi Chalermchoke Nawa 5 has expired and not been renewed and it also has no insurance documents.

The Sawasdi Chalermchoke Nawa 5 capsized on Jan 25, 2005, while taking tourists from a full-moon party on Koh Pha-ngan. Fifteen passengers drowned in the accident. Police said the boat sank because it was overloaded.

28th June, 2010

Today's weather;

Once more heavy clouds are hanging low over Samui and sunshine doesn't seems to be a real option today. Current temp at 7am is 27.8C

Yesterday saw merely overcast and occasionally a watery sun tried to peak through the clouds. In the evening it rained again. Max temp reached 31.5C


Sunday 27 June 2010

27th June, 2010

Today's weather;

It's cloudy and it looks wet outside with a current temp of 26C at 7am.

Yesterday saw a very hot day, not necessarily with a lot of sunshine though. Max temp reached 34.7C.

Last night I started watching the Uruguay vs South Korean game but decided to get some sleep during half time, around 9.45 local time. Around 10am or shortly after , a storm developed with thunder and lighting and strong winds and lots of rain! Around the same time, two speedboats collided trafficking people to/from the full moon party in the Bang Rak area. Over 30 ambulances and lots of police and bystanders came out and apparently around 30 people have been rescued sofar (last report last night). If the boats were full, another 40 or so are unaccounted for. I'm sure there will be a death toll on this accident (unconfirmed reports mention up to 11 as of last night), due to the low viz at the time being and people being intoxicated when they hit the water. I'm sure there's more to follow on this story.

It's the second time a speedboat accident happens during a Full Moon Party, the other taking 16 lives on 25th January, 2005. At least this time around all passengers being fished out of the water and arriving at land, were wearing life jackets.

An update on the accident by the Nation reveals that 39 people were rescued and two are still missing and that the accident occurred around 11.45pm on route to Koh Phangan.

For the record, I slept through everything, the storm, the thunder and all ambulances possibly passing by our house, no doubt with screaming sirens


Saturday 26 June 2010

26th June, 2010

Today's weather;

There's overcast hanging over Samui this morning but it looks like the sun may burn it's way through later today. Current temp at 7am is 28.2C

Yesterday saw sunshine all around, all day long and it was hot! Max temp reached 34.7C


Friday 25 June 2010

25th June, 2010

Today's weather;

A mixed bag rules over Samui with plenty of blue sky but also clouds. Current temp at 7am is 27.3C
Last night was the first I had to set my alarm in order to wake up to see the Dutch team at 1.30am local time. They won but their play needs to drastically improve if they want to progress.

Yesterday saw sunshine and nice, warm weather over Samui and Koh Tao. Max temp reached 34C. Guess this made Alex happy or more likely his wife!

The PADI IE went over really well on Koh Tao!


Thursday 24 June 2010

24th June, 2010

Today's weather;

Koh Tao has a nice and sunny start to the day and it looks like the weather will improving for thenext couple of days. Current temp at 7am is 28C.
To the early risers and readers of my blog, internet connection just got back on again on "The Rock" aka Koh Tao.

View of Mae Haad harbour, anybody in for diving?

Yesterday saw clouds in the morning with short bursts of sunshine, around 3pm though both Koh Tao and Samui had a lots of rain and Tao had a storm to go along with it. Later in the evening it dried up. Max temp reached 33.3C


Wednesday 23 June 2010

23rd June, 2010

Today's weather;

Koh Tao is under a grey cloud layer with a current temp at 7am of 28C and strong wind.

Yesterday saw merely clouds over Koh Tao and the afternoon also had some rain. Max temp reached 32.3C


Tuesday 22 June 2010

22nd June, 2010

Today's weather;

A fairly heavy cloud layer is covering Samui today, I wouldn't be surprised if there's some rain today. Current temp at 7am is 27.2C
In a few moment I'll be off to Koh Tao for a few days, to give moral support to my IDC candidate during her PADI IE.

Yesterday saw some watery sunshine trying to break through the cloud cover, especially during the morning. The afternoon showed some greyer skies though and a few areas experienced rain, pending where you were around the island. Max temp reached 31.6C


Monday 21 June 2010

The Picnic Basket in Bang Rak, the second coming

The Picnic Basket in Bang Rak, the second coming


After earlier reports about Paul, the owner of the Picnic Basket in Bang Rak wanting to sell his business, he's come around from that idea and since a couple of weeks he is open again.

Keep in mind that the new opening times are from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 4pm. Well done Paul, I'm sure a lot of people are happy about this and it gives Paul a bit of a live as well!

After having conducted an EFR Instructor course next door at the local hyperbaric chamber, me and my student had lunch at Paul's and I had the always lovely Chicken and Mushroom pie with mash and veggies and a good old English gravy.

Ania, my student had this massive and juicy chicken burger with french fries. The food is as good as always!

Paul and his current staff.

If you're craving for some good quality English style food, the Picnic Basket is the place to be!


21st June, 2010

Today's weather;

A thin layer of overcast covers Samui's sky this morning but I wouldn't be surprised if this will be burned away by the sun at some stage. Current temp at 7am is 28.1C. Later today, during the afternoon maybe some rain?

Yesterday saw a dry day with bits and pieces of sunshine breaking through the overcast. Max temp reached 33.7C but there's some strong wind blowing over the island.


Sunday 20 June 2010

20th June, 2010

Today's weather;

The sun is out and about again this lovely morning on Koh Samui, a nearly blue sky is ours! Current temp is 27.9C

Yesterday saw overcast with some occasional sunshine. Max temp reached 33.3C without rain.

After the Netherlands football team was the first team to qualify for the current WC, they're now the first team to progress to the next round!


Saturday 19 June 2010

19th June, 2010

Today's weather;

Samui is covered in clouds again. It doesn't look like the sun is easily going to break through this cover, at least not until the afternoon. Current temp at 7am is 27.7C

This evening, 6.30pm local time, I will be watching the second game of the Dutch team in the World Cup versus Japan with a bunch of Japanese friends. That's going to be fun!
After the Spanish, French, German and English performances, I rather be in the Argentinian side of the points after tonight's game. It sure will make for fireworks in some of the last group stage games I would imagine.

Yesterday saw mainly overcast with a few sun beams and also a bit of drizzle later on in the day. Max temp reached 32.2C


Friday 18 June 2010

18th June, 2010

Today's weather;

Clouds hover over Samui but it looks like it's going to clear up later today and it's dry right now and it looks like it's staying that way today. Current temp at 7am is 26.8C

Yesterday saw rain during pretty much all morning but around noon the sun broke through and it stayed sunny for the rest of the day., Max temp reached 31.5C


Thursday 17 June 2010

17th June, 2010

Today's weather;

A dark and cloudy sky formed over Samui this morning. Sure looks like we will experience some rain today later during the afternoon. Current temp at 7am is 27.9C

Chaweng Beach yesterday afternoon in front of Al's Resort

Yesterday started out with a cloud cover but soon the clouds disappeared and the sun was out all day long. Max temp reached 34.3C


Wednesday 16 June 2010

16th June, 2010

Today's weather;

Grey clouds are like sitting ducks over Samui with an occasional blue opening. Current temp at 7am is 28C.

Yesterday saw rain twice, around noon and around 5pm, good for the island but I guess Alex, one of my readers would prefer a bit more sun at the Centara.
Max temp reached 32.3C


Tuesday 15 June 2010

15th June, 2010

Today's weather;

It's cloudy over Samui and rain could be part of the menu today. The sun had some feeble attempt to lift the cloud cover, so far to no avail. Current temp at 7am is 26.5C.

Yesterday saw the Dutch team win their first game at the World Championships football, despite a mediocre display. Those points are secured!

Weather wise it was hot and sunny all day, despite a mini shower early in the morning in Chaweng.
Last night it started to rain with a power cut as result during pretty much the whole time the Italian game was on. Max temp reached 33.1C.


Monday 14 June 2010

14th June, 2010

Today's weather;

A blue sky with a few thin clouds in it rules over Samui this morning. Current temp at 7am is 28C.

At last, tonight the Dutch team will play vs. Denmark. Can't wait for it to get 6.30pm local time!

Yesterday was sunny and hot all day long with a max temp of 32.5C


Sunday 13 June 2010

13th June, 2010

Today's weather;

Samui boasts a blue sky with some haze in it, looks like a hot one today! Current temp at 7am is 27.2C

Yesterday was hot! Although there was a drizzle around noon in Chaweng during the lunch break of my current IDC, the remainder of the day was hot. Max temp reached 31.5C


Saturday 12 June 2010

12th June, 2010

Today's weather;

The blue skies are back over Samui with a current temp at 7am of 26C.

Today is also the kick off for another IDC. Get regular updates on my dive blog.

Yesterday saw a mixed bag of overcast and blue skies, changing all the time over Samui and in the evening we actually got some rain, which caused the satellite signal to cut out during the opening match of the WC!
Max temp reached 32..6C


Friday 11 June 2010

11th June, 2010

Today's weather;

Samui is slightly cloudy again this morning although there seems to be more blue in the sky than previous mornings. Current temp at 7am is 28.2C

Today the World Championship Football will start at last, I hope you all enjoy it.

Yesterday saw mostly a cloud covered sky with strong wind.Max temp reached 31.5C


Thursday 10 June 2010

10th June, 2010

Today's weather;

It's very cloudy and grey over Samui this morning. Some rain may be hopefully in the cards later! Current temp at 7am is 27.5C

Tomorrow at last the World Championship football will start, can't wait for a couple of weeks of good football! Here's an excellent calendar.

Yesterday saw a fair bit of overcast but also plenty of blue sky. During the late evening it was drizzling a bit but you could easily walk between the drops and nothing got really wet. Max temp reached 33C


Wednesday 9 June 2010

9th June, 2010

Today's weather;

Samui has it's current morning cloud cover although the sun isn't out as during previous days. Today's cover seems thicker than usual. Current temp at 7am is 28C.

Yesterday was very hot, period. Max temp reached 35.1C, although there was a nice wind during the late afternoon.


Tuesday 8 June 2010

Double Dutch, a slightly different memory of Samui

Double Dutch, a slightly different memory of Samui

Two Dutch friends of us run since a few years a shop inside the Big Buddha complex and since recently also at the parking lot of Hin Ta Hin Yai in Lamai.

What they offer inside their shops is a friendly atmosphere where you can find some out of the usual trodden path souvenirs, mainly in the form of various sized Buddha statues in wood or bronze.

Their newly opened shop in Lamai has some very atmospheric lightning design and makes the shop appear very pleasantly. Many contemporary Asian art designs can be purchased here besides a wide variety of Buddha statues and figurines.

They offer any size statue, from very small to rather big and their prices are very gentle and competitive. Kees runs the shop in Lamai and Hans rules over Big Buddha.

Kees and Hans

This is at the entrance of their Big Buddha store, their original store. Many of their ideas were blatantly taken over by their neighbours and copies of their shop can be found all over the Big Buddha area.

A view on their Big Buddha store, with a little sitting area/bar (non alcoholic drinks only) with a neat sitting area outside where I took the picture.

If you're looking for a souvenir or something out of the ordinary, Double Dutch is a good place to have look at and enjoy their display.


8th June, 2010

Today's weather;

Samui's sky sees some partly cloud formations with plenty of blue spots. Current temp at 7am is 28.2C. It looks like another hot day is shaping up.

Yesterday started out with overcast but during the day the sun broke through and it was fairly warm once more.
Max temp reached 34C.

Yesterday I also went an a trip around the island with a friend and near the Magic garden we had a look at the durian trees and they just started to grow new fruits. The picture above shows some of the baby fruits. Durian is one of my fave fruits nowadays but it took some warming up before I started to like them!


Monday 7 June 2010

Building a well on Samui

Building a well on Samui

After yesterdays post about the drought in our garden, here's a post on how we actually get our water on Koh Samui.

Since a year or two, the government has put water pipes in the ground that are supposed to deliver water to the majority of houses, mainly if your house located near one of the major roads on Samui.

The current drought however has already disrupted this water delivery for over a couple of months in many areas and especially in the Chaweng area.

My wife's youngest sister had a problem with water delivery and her parents decided it was time to put a well in for the youngest daughter.
These wells are hand dug and take a week or two to build, pending on the local water levels and how deep the well has to be.

As can be seen in the picture above, it's a fairly simple construction with some build in sun cover.

Since our and the younger sisters houses are build on the slopes of a hill, the water levels aren't too deep and they hit water at relatively shallow depth, the reflection of the water shows clearly in the picture.
They will still dig deeper though and somebody will have to get in there and put the baskets in the water and mud to get the bottom dug deeper.

The pulley looks simple but is very effective. The hook will have a bucket attached to it and inside the well somebody will fill the buckets all day long.

This is the fortification of the actual well, once they have finished digging the concrete circle parts will be lowered into the well to prevent it from collapsing.

Like in the tunnels of the 'Great Escape' movie, loads of sand need to be disposed of and in Plai Laem it's slightly easier than in the movie, it's just heaped up behind the well construction site.

Some 9 years back these wells went for around 30.000,-THB, nowadays they range between 40 and 50K, pending on the depth the well needs.

Our well hasn't dried up since we had it build, I can only hope for the younger sister that she will be as lucky, but looking at the water ground level of her well, it looks like she will be just fine.


7th June, 2010

Today's weather;

The sky over Samui is covered by clouds this morning although there are some blue bits and the sun is working hard to show it's face. Current temp at 7am is 27.5C

Yesterday saw at last some rain around 4pm, for about half an hour we had some rain and drizzle after which it was great to run/jog a bit, in cooler air than usual. Still plenty of sunshine yesterday though.
Max temp reached 31.5C


Sunday 6 June 2010

Drought in our garden

Drought in our garden

That's just our garden, unfortunately all of Koh Samui is suffering. The wells are running dry around the island and the Government water supply has dried up a while ago already.

This years rainy season didn't materialize and although it made for good turnover in the tourist industry during unusual months, now the invoice is being presented.

This papaya tree has dried up, due to the lack of sufficient water, the leaves are just hanging about and the fruits have shrunk in size or are non existant.

This papaya tree has been helped out of it's misery and it just tumbled over, not being able to carry it's own weight anymore, let alone any fruits. Just about three months ago, our garden was in full blossom, including these papaya trees.

The banana trees are also having a hard time and they can't carry the weight of a cluster of bananas and tumble over. Really a sad sight.

Here's another banana tree that toppled over, I'm not sure if the banana's will actually keep growing. So far they're still green and haven't been rotting, although the trees toppled over a good two to three weeks ago.

Besides this some trees are losing all their leaves and things in general just turn brown all over our garden. There are some plants that still blossom so there's still some colour around.

I can only hope we get some continual rain soon, just an hour or two per day for a couple of days in a row. That would be nice.

Besides the drought we are experiencing also very high temperatures which causes a coral bleaching problem in the local waters around Samui and Koh Tao. The local water temperatures are an average of 2 to 3 degrees higher than usual.


6th June, 2010

Today's weather;

Samui is experiencing some overcast this morning. Current at 7am is 28.3C.

Today it's 66 years ago the Normandy landings happened, better known as D-Day.

Yesterday saw a mere blue sky with occasional clouds drifting by and a max temp of 34.7C. It was hot!
There was a trace of rain on a few parts of the island but I didn't experience any rain around the Plai Laem area.


Saturday 5 June 2010

5th June, 2010

Today's weather;

Back on Samui again and it's good to be back!

Samui has a nice blue sky with some small clouds scattered around it but with bigger clouds looming out over the ocean. Current temp at 7am is 28C.

Yesterday saw a warm and hot day in both Pattaya and Koh Samui. Max temp reached 35.3C.

Coming back was an interesting experience when it came down to landing on Samui airport. With last years crash still fresh on my mind, we first circled around for 15 minutes due to strong winds and our first landing attempt was aborted due to strong side winds, my first aborted landing attempt and a wise decision by the pilot in my humble opinion, since the plane was rocking a bit.
The second attempt succeeded however and a good 50 minutes later than scheduled it was home sweet home again.


Friday 4 June 2010

Amari Nova Platinum, Pattaya

Amari Nova Platinum, Pattaya

During my recent stay in Pattaya, we, my student Sunil and myself, stayed at the Amari Nova Platinum in South Pattaya.
The reason for our visit was a wreck dive trip for some Instructor level speciality training, which we completed earlier this week.

Swimming pool

The Nova Platinum is ideally located, near the famous Walking Street and main entertainment area and shopping opportunities.
This Pattaya hotel has 78 guestrooms, featuring a 32” flatscreen television, a DVD player, free wireless Internet access and an array of modern facilities. Guests will enjoy a tropical garden, a large swimming pool, a jacuzzi and water slide plus there's a small gym as well, next to the pool.

A second building has already been completed and a third building will be completed with in 3 months. This newest building will have a pc in each room.

For great deals on this hotel I can highly recommend using the Agoda booking page. Enjoy your stay in Pattaya.


4th June, 2010

Today's weather;

Later today I'll be heading back to Koh Samui but for right now I'm still in Pattaya looking out from the great Amari Nova Platinum at a blue sky with a few clouds in it. Current temp is 29C at 7am.

Yesterday saw a very warm day in Pattaya although there was cloud cover almost all day. Max temp reached 33.5C

Samui saw once more a very hot day with a max temp of 35.5C


Thursday 3 June 2010

3rd June, 2010

Today's weather;

After a bit of a sleep in today, here's Pattaya's weather update for the day, bringing you a nice blue sky and a current temp at 10am of 32C.
We're enjoying the Amari Nova Platinum, highly recommended if you like to stay in South Pattaya and Walking Street.

Tomorrow it's off to Samui again, for more home made updates.

Yesterday saw a warm and sunny day around Pattaya with a shower at 9pm, bringing with it a very nice cool down effect. Max temp reached 33.7C

Samui saw another nice and hot day with a max temp of 34.7C


Wednesday 2 June 2010

Welcome to June 2010

Welcome to June 2010

June is usually a good month for enjoying some sunny days. If 2010 continues the way it serves us this year in the weather department, it will be time to pack your bags and enjoy your really good bargains in Thailand. Especially after the tumultuous May month in Thailand.

It will be warm and sunny although you may have the chance of a nice shower which will cool down things.

My archives for the last three years show that 2009 saw a good June, 2008 being slightly wet and 2007 being a rather unusually wet month, something we could actually do with, looking at the draught we're having this year.

My dive activities look like low activity, but keep checking my dive blog, I will have updates and if you like to book hotel rooms in Samui or the rest of Thailand or anywhere else in the world really, please use my hotel recommendation blogs, you'll help me out with maintaining all of my blogs by the commissions I make through your bookings as long as you start on my blogs. Thanks in advance!

One thing to look forward to in this coming month is the World Cup football games in South Africa. Being a cloggie, the Oranje or Dutch team are my faves!

Hope to see you often on my blogs and I most certainly hope to be able to welcome you in Thailand, there are lots of good folk still in Thailand that are not interested in rioting!


2nd June, 2010

Today's weather;

Pattaya City is already warm very early in the morning with a blue sky and thin clouds all over it. It looks like a hot one is in the making. Max temp at 7am is 29.5C.

View from Pattaya pier, on the way out to the dive site

Yesterday saw plenty of sunshine and a warm day with a max temp of 33C in Pattaya. The diving has been completed now and it's time for some relaxation and shopping.

Samui was like a steaming sauna yesterday, with a max temp of 36.2C.


Tuesday 1 June 2010

1st June, 2010

Today's weather;

A blue sky with some fluffy skies rules over Pattaya today. It looks like another nice and warm day again with a current temp at 7am of just below 29.5C.

Max temp yesterday was over 34.2C.

Koh Samui was hot with a max temp of 34.9C and there was a drizzle of rain at one point.