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Friday, 28 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th February, 2014

Today's weather;

It's blue sky galore on Samui and the last day of February this year promises to be a sunny affair making this years edition of February another excellent month when it comes down to weather conditions on and around Samui. Current temp at 7am is 26.5C

On Gili Air in Indonesia the sun is also out in full force and is about to wipe out the last remains of clouds. Current temp at 8am local time here is 26C
Yesterday started out nice here but during the afternoon clouds moved in and around 5pm we had some rain showers for about an hour, exactly the time when I was underwater for a dive on the local house reef.

Gili Air, Indonesia

A small souvenir shop on Gili Air in Indonesia, using parts of an old, fallen apart boat to advertise their business

Yesterday saw another warm and mainly sunny day around Koh Samui with a max temp of 32C

The forecast predicts sunny skies for the next 7 days with the going down but picking up again by mid week next week. Enjoy the sun!

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Camille

Goodbye to February, 2014

It's that time of the month again, time to say goodbye to the 2104 edition of February.

To immediately get down to the facts, it's been a great month for weather, just like most or rather all recorded February months on file here on this Samui weather blog. 
It's been mostly sunny and warm and there was hardly any rain at all, except for an occasional and rather rare shower. It's warm but not as warm as during April for instance.February is actually the perfect month to be on Samui.

It's been a busy month for me as well, work and travel wise! At the beginning of the month I arrived back from a PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia and a bit over a week ago I find myself back here teaching another PADI IDC program.

The weekends I was at home we went to the mainland where I ran a race in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Prachuap Khiri Khan. We also spent a lot of time getting passports sorted for our children at the Surat Thani passport agency, which turned out to be a bit of a hassle due to the current protests in Thailand, but we managed to get it sorted.

Wat Racha Tamaram, Lamai

Wat Racha Tamaram near Lamai or better known as Wat Sila Nguu by the locals. It was almost 8 years since I last visited

The time I spent this month on the island, we also had some good food and one restaurant I like to highlight is Kobori, a new Japanese restaurant in Maenam. Excellent food and well worth a visit!

Enjoy this last day of February and it's time to start looking forward to March on and around Koh Samui.

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Camille

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Don Muang airport, Bangkok

After being out of action for a few years, since the new Suvarnabhumi International airport opened it's doors in 2006, Don Muang airport in Bangkok has re-opened it's doors and gates in 2012 again as a low cost airline hub. 


The outside

Since I fly to Bali with Air Asia, since last year I've been using Don Muang again, with it's extremely conveniently Amari hotel located next to the highway that separates the two buildings but with a walk way over said highway that connects the two buildings. The flight to Bali leaves at 6am which leaves me without a direct connection from Koh Samui.

Don Muang International airport, Bangkok

Departures, currently with Air Asia, Nok Air and One-Two-Go

Don Muang brings back some great memories since it was the first port of arrival for many of my earlier Thailand trips. The first shock of heat, the first smells, the first moments of excitement of being back where all down down the gate bridges at Don Muang.

Don Muang International airport, Bangkok

The way to International departures, the passport control

Seeing the airport back now, after having used Suvarnabhumi for a few years, it's hard to imagine how this relatively small airport was capable of handling the millions of visitors it received each year. Renovation and upgrading plans are in the making accordingly.

Don Muang International airport, Bangkok

The departures concourse

One of the drawbacks of this airport is it's location, Suvarnabhumi has easier access to downtown Bangkok by car and train system and is also just about a bit over an hour away from Pattaya.
Don Muang on the other can only be conveniently reached by taxi or car.

Don Muang International airport, Bangkok

Tax free shopping

Don Muang International airport, Bangkok

The golf court, taking from a taxiing airplane

One of the unusual things with this airport is that next to taxi lanes of the planes, there's a golf court. It's funny to see people, caddies and equipment are moving around when you look out of your plane window. I don't know of any other airports around the world that have this.

Don Muang International airport, Bangkok

The luggage belt, welcome to Thailand

It's good to have Don Muang back in action. My personal inconvenience and probably other peoples as well, is the travel time and logistics of transferring between the two airports.
It puts Bangkok in the league of major cities world wide with at least two active international airports.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th February, 2014

Today's weather;

On Koh Samui it's fairly cloudy this morning but I expect the sun to break through and shine on like the last couple of days. Current temp at 7am is 26.7C

On Gili Air in Indonesia there's a near blue sky and it looks like we will have a warm day here. Current temp at 8am local time is 26C

Gili Air, Indonesia

Tourist information center on Gili Air, Indonesia; at your service

Yesterday saw a sunny an warm day with a nice breeze and a max temp of 31C

The forecast is still predicting blue skies for the next 7 days with the wind blowing on and off.

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Camille

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th February, 2014

Today's weather;

On Koh Samui the sun is about to heat and squash any remains of clouds in the sky. Current temp at 7am is 26.7C

On Gili Air in Indonesia where I currently still am, and where the current PADI IDC reached it's half way mark, it's partly cloudy this morning with a current temp at 8am local time of 25C

Gili Air, Indonesia

General view towards the harbor area on Gili Air in Indonesia

Yesterday saw another nice and warm day Samui but it still was fairly windy. Max temp reached 31C

The forecast is looking good, the next 7 days should see almost plain blue skies and less wind! Better have your sun lotion at the ready!

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Camille

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 25th February, 2014

Today's weather;

The sky around Koh Samui is blue with just a few clouds in it and a current temp at 7am of 26.7C. It's windy though.

On Gili Air in Indonesia we have a lovely, near perfect blue sky and a current temp at 8am local time of 25C

Gili Air, Indonesia

Children playing and swimming on Gili Air in Indonesia

Yesterday saw a warm and sunny day around Samui with a max temp of 31C 

The forecast is showing sunny skies and after the weekend the wind should decrease.

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Camille

Monday, 24 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th February, 2014

Today's weather;

Koh Samui has a nice blue sky to offer this early in the morning with just a few fluffy clouds complementing the view. Current temp at 7am is 27C

On Gili Air in Indonesia we're already on the fourth day of the current PADI IDC nad we have a a beautiful sunny morning with a few scattered clouds. Current temp at 8am local time is 24C
Yesterday we had a nice and sunny day until the late afternoon when there were a few raindrops.

Gili Air, Indonesia

A beautiful morning on Gili Air's harbor 

Yesterday saw a nice and warm day around Samui with a fairly strong wind and some clouds during the afternoon. Max temp reached 31C

The forecast i showing strong wind for today but as of tomorrow the wind is toning down with occasional bursts of strong wind. For the net 7 days it should be very sunny!

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Camille

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd February, 2014

Today's weather;

The sun is about to come out on Koh Samui on a partly cloudy Sunday morning with a fair bit of wind. Current temp at 7am is 27C

On Gili Air in Indonesia it's fairly cloudy and the sun has a hard time burning holes in the clouds. Current temp at 8am local time is 25C Yesterday we had some rain during the afternoon between 4 and 6pm

Sunrise over Gili Air and Lombok in Indonesia

Sunrise over Gili Air and Lombok (in the background) in Indonesia

Yesterday saw a warm and windy day around Samui with a max temp of 31C

The forecast is predicting more wind for today and tomorrow with the wind taking it easy again come next weekend. It should be mostly sunny all week long though.

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Camille

Samui Beach-Bike Festival 24-25, 2014

There will be a bicycle event on Samui in late May. During the weekend of 24th and 25th May a Beach-Bike festival will be held. There's a website/forum that talks about this event here but it's in Thai but it looks like it will be at Chaweng lake.



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Camille

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 22nd February, 2014

Today's weather;

On Koh Samui it's cloudy this morning but I would expect it to clear up later today. Current temp at 7am is 27C

On Gili Air in Indonesia, it's slightly cloudy but the sun is already peaking out. Current temp at 8am local time is 26C
Yesterday we started a brand new PADI IDC here on Gili Air.

Gili Air, Indonesia

One of the new baruga's in front of Oceans 5 dive resort on Gili Air in Indonesia

Yesterday saw a nice day around Samui during the day time but in the evening it rained a few times. Max temp reached 31C

The forecast is looking good for the next 7 days with mostly sunny skies and with a moderate amount of wind.

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Camille

Friday, 21 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 21st February, 2014

Today's weather;

On Koh Samui we have a nice blue sky with a few scattered clouds and a strong wind. Current temp at 7am is 26.8C

On Gili Air in Indonesia, where I'm about to start a PADI IDC in the next hour, it's also sunny with blue skies. Current temp at 8am local time is 25C

Areal shot of Gili Air in Indonesia

A beautiful areal shot of Gili Air in Indonesia with Lombok in the background

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day around Koh Samui with a max temp of 31C

The forecast predicts a fairly strong wind for the next 7 days with mostly sunny skies.

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Camille

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 20th February, 2014

Today's weather;

Another day of traveling and another late update. Today I traveled from a sunny Bali to a sunny Gili Air in Indonesia. Current temp at Gili Air at 1pm local time is around 29C

On Koh Samui it was slightly cloudy this morning but now, around noon it's hot and sunny with a current temp of 29C

Gili Air, Indonesia

The pier at Gili Air in Indonesia; welcome back!

Yesterday saw a nice and fairly sunny around Koh Samui with a max temp of 31C

The forecast looks good for the next 7 days with mostly sunny skies, a fairly strong wind and possibly a rare shower.

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Camille

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 19th February, 2014

Today's weather;

It's partly cloudy around Koh Samui with a current temp at 10am of 27.4C

I find myself back in Bali, after a very early start today in Bangkok. Tomorrow I will be on my way over to Gili Air, where I will start an IDC on 21st February.
In Sanur it's cloudy and it just rained, current temp at noon local time is 24C

Sanur, Bali

A cloudy sky in Sanur on Bali in Indonesia, just before it started to rain around noon

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day around Koh Samui with a max temp of 31C

The forecast shows almost no wind today but than it will pick up again until after the weekend with possibly even some rain over the weekend.

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Camille

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Food on Wheels; Mobile Family Mart

After a month rest in the Food on wheels series, we're back with some good and new pictures. It does become more difficult after a few years to find original vehicles that sell food. But this month we're good again!

In Bangkok and Pattaya these mobile Family Mart vehicles can be spotted.

Mobile Family Mart

The mobile Thai Family Mart vehicle

There's a tough battle in Thailand for the size of convenience stores that Family Mart and 7-11 offer around the country and it seems that 7-11 is just about everywhere, followed at a short distance by Family and these two are followed by various smaller outlets. 
The Family Mart mobile version in Thailand is new though, Central FamilyMart Co., the operator, says the new store format is aimed at boosting its customer base as well as enhancing its brand.

“The mobile unit is also a marketing weapon as it’s an efficient transit media to attract customers’ eyes,” said Central FamilyMart Co CEO Nath Vongphanich back in August 2013.

Mobile 7-11 in Japan

Mobile 7-11 in Japan

In the meantime, here's the Japanese mobile 7-11 version of which I reported already last time in this series. Makes you wonder if there ever will be the need for a mobile 7-11 in Thailand, since they're almost on every corner around the country!

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 18th February, 2014

Today's weather;

Koh Samui has nice blue skies today with a few scattered clouds. Current temp at 7am is 26.7C and it's good to be back home gain, although it's only for a day, later this evening I will be on my way to Bangkok and tomorrow morning I'm boarding for Indonesia again, where I will start once more a PADI IDC.

Ocean in Nathon

The 'ocean boulevard' in Nathon, with a view on the old pier

Yesterday saw clear skies over Surat Thani all day long but once we got near Samui there were a few clouds, Max temp reached 31C

The forecast shows a strong wind all week long, only Tuesday may have a dip and all this under mostly sunny skies.

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Camille

Monday, 17 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 17th February, 2014

Today's weather;

It's nice an sunny around Koh Samui with a current temp at 7am of 27.2C

On our way back from Prachuap Khiri Khan, we planned to stay overnight in Surat Thani and give it another try at the passport office. We checked with them on Thursday and were told that the first 100 people would get served that same day. At 6am we were at the office which opened at 8am and we got our tickets for today. We need to go back after noon because there was a technical problem last Friday and these people are being served in the morning. It's our turn in the afternoon.
It's blue skies here with a current temp at 7am of 21.5C

Queue at Surat Thani passport office

Queue at Surat Thani passport office around 7am

Yesterday was cloudy when we left Prachuap Khiri Khan but near Chumphon it started to clear and in Surat Thani it was blue skies all  around Max temp on Koh Samui reached 31C yesterday.

The forecast predicts mainly sunny skies for the 7 days with the dropping after tomorrow but picking up again around next weekend.

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Camille

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 16th February, 2014

Today's weather;

We're here in Prachaup Khiri Khan, where I finished a half marathon this morning under fairly cloudy conditions, which was great for the race. Current temp at 7am is 24C

On Koh Samui it was a bit of a mixed bag this morning, partly cloudy but the sun was breaking through. Temp at 7am was 26.9C


A small bay next to Prachuap Khiri Khan were we cruised around yesterday. very nice and relaxed natural surroundings at Prachuap, well worth a visit

Yesterday saw a nice day around Samui with a max temp of 31C, we travelled all morning and first part of the afternoon to Prachuap Khiri Khan and had mainly sunny skies with a few scattered clouds.


During the Prachuap Khiri Khan half marathon this morning I finished 6th in my age category and in a second personal best time of 1:57'04.2

The forecast for Samui didn't change much, today there may still be a fairly strong wind but between Tuesday and Thursday it will be nice with hardly any wind, come Friday the wind might pick up again and we should have mostly sunny skies.

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Camille

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 15th February, 2014

Today's weather;

For the third time in one week we found ourselves back on the Seatran ferry, bound for the mainland. Tomorrow I'm planning to run a half marathon in Prachuap Khirikhan, a place we're been to 6 years ago and quite honestly, it's a bit further away than I remember it to be! It's going to be a long day of travelling.

The sky over Koh Samui is a bit of a mixed bag, mostly blue skies but there are some clouds hanging around. Current temp at 7am is 26.8C

Samui bound ferry

Two Samui bound ferries

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day with a fairly strong wind. Max temp reached 32C

The forecast predicts mainly sunny skies with the wind about to recede come Tuesday but the wind may be back come next weekend.

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Camille

Friday, 14 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 14th February, 2014

Today's weather;

It's Macha Bucha day today, which coincides with Valentines day this year. This is one of the four biggest Buddhist festivals in Thailand and all day long no alcohol sales are allowed around the country.

The sky over Koh Samui is partly cloudy with a current temp at 7am of 26.9C

South of Lamai

A bay South of Lamai, with a view from Wat Racha Tamaram or Wat Sila Nguu as the locals call it

Yesterday saw clouds during the morning but a near blue sky during the afternoon. Max temp reached 31C

The forecast predicts mostly blue and sunny skies for the next 7 days but the wind is still here and can be fairly strong over the weekend. Come Tuesday the wind should lay off.

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Camille

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 13th February, 2014

Today's weather;

Koh Samui has a blue sky again this morning but there's also plenty of cloud cover around the island and over the ocean. The wind has definitely picked up today. Current temp at 7am is 27C, the cool and crispy mornings seem to be over.

Tomorrow is not only Valentines Day but also a very important Buddhist festival; Macha Bucha day.

Run over snake

A run over snake in front of our house. This snake was about a meter long, the injuries can be seen on the snake's side

Yesterday saw a sunny and nice day with a max temp of 31C

The forecast predicts a bit more clouds until the weekend and strong ind but come Tuesday the wind may drop again and sunnier skies may pop up again.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 12th February, 2014

Today's weather;

It's a late update because I had an early morning run around Chaweng lake with Samui Runners Club and just got back home and out of the shower. 
It's blue skies though around Koh Samui with some fluffy clouds in it and a current temp at 9am of 28C. The wind has most certainly picked up again, this won't make the boat operators around the island too happy and be careful out on the beaches!

Ghost Road, Bang Rak

A big fertility statue at the Ghost Road near Bang Rak

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day with a max temp of 31C

The forecast shows sunny skies but with a strong wind for the next seven days.

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Camille

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 11th February, 2014

Today's weather;

It's nice and blue again although parts of Southern Koh Samui are covered under a big cloud. We're on our way to Surat Thani to get a passport for our youngest one. The passport office just re-opened yesterday, after a prolonged closure due to the Bangkok protests, so it may be very busy today. right now we're still on the 6am ferry. Current temp at 7am is 25.6C

Seatran ferry

On the Seatran ferry on our way to Surat Thani, the South of Koh Samui is covered under a big cloud

Yesterday saw a nice and warm around Samui with a max temp of 31C

The forecast still shows blue skies but the wind should pick up tomorrow with a strong wind over the weekend.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Monday, 10 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 10th February, 2014

Today's weather;

It's a nice blue sky again over Koh Samui this morning with a current temp at 7am of  23.7C

Buddha statue in Nakhon Si Thammarat


Yesterday saw blues skies all day long over Samui and also during our trip back home from Lan Saka where we stayed at the Loy Chalet resort. Max temp reached 32C

The forecast keeps predicting nice and sunny days but come Tuesday afternoon there seems to be some stiff wind coming Samui's way.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 9th February, 2014

Today's weather;

We're in Lan Saka, where the sky is nice and blue and the sun is just about to heat up. Current temp here at 7am is around 21C and we just returned from Rajabath Uni of Nakhon Si Thammarat, where I participated in a 10.5km run in 52'28.6 which is 1 minute faster compared to last year.

On Koh Samui it should be very similar conditions, although there may be a cloud or two with a current temp at 7am of 23.2C

Rajabtah Uni area, Nakhon Si Thammarat

Rajabath Uni area, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Amphoe Muang with a big Buddha statue against at the foot of Mahachai Mountain, where I ran a 10.5km race this morning at 6am

Yesterday saw blue and sunny skies all day long and we had a pleasant drive over to the mainland. Max temp on Samui reached 30C


With my son before the start, my son ran a 3.5km fun run

The forecast remains nice and sunny although come Tuesday afternoon, the wind may pick up a bit.

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Camille

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 8th February, 2014

Today's weather;

It's nice with blue skies around Koh Samui and the sun should break through any moment. Current temp at 7am is 22.5C

We're off to Lan Saka on the mainland, where I will run a 10.5km race tomorrow at the Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabath Uni, a race in which I participated last year as well.

Sunset at Wat Bophud

Sunset at Wat Bophud or it's official name; Wat Bo Phuttaram

Yesterday saw a partly clouded sky all day long but it was nice and warm nonetheless and there was plenty of sunshine to enjoy. Max temp reached around 30C

The forecast is still looking good with plenty of blue and sunny skies for the next 7 days although come Tuesday, the wind might pick up again. Be careful of Samui beaches! There are rip currents out there!

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Friday, 7 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 7th February, 2014

Today's weather;

It's slightly more cloudy over Koh Samui this morning with a current temp at 7am of 26.4C

Ban Nakai road

Quiet end hilly road in the South of the island, near Ban Nakai

Yesterday saw another sunny day with a max temp of around 29C

The forecast still looks splendid with still a full week of sunny days ahead of us, possibly there may some increase in wind around Tuesday.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Reggae Pub 26th Year anniversary on Koh Samui, 12th February 2014

After last years massive celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Reggae Pub in Chaweng, the clock keeps ticking and next week it's time to celebrate already the 26th anniversary of the Reggae Pub on Wednesday 12th February!


Musical guests include 'Thai Dern Len', 'Bob Color' who knows how to get a party going, 'Super Smile' and 'Big Root' plus a fireworks show.
A Samui institution and still going strong! Happy Birthday and enjoy the evening!

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 6th February, 2014

Today's weather;

It's blue skies again over Koh Samui, with a tad bit of clouds thrown in. Current temp at 7am is 26.3C
Today the update is a bit later since I did a hill run in Chaweng and just got back home again.

Central Festival, Chaweng

About 7 more weeks and Central Festival in Chaweng will open it's doors, the countdown is on!

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny blue sky over Koh Samui, all day long with a max temp of 31C

The forecast predicts nice and sunny days for the next 7 days, enjoy!

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Camille

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 5th February, 2014

Today's weather;

It's blue and sunny again around Koh Samui this morning. Current temp at 7am is 24.5C

Provincial court and prison in Maret

The provincial court and prison in Maret, South of Lamai

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day with blue skies all day long. Max temp reached around 30C

The forecast for the next 7 days looks splendid, sunny skies are ahead of us!

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Kobori, Japanese restaurant in Maenam, first visit

After having been to two test tasting events for Kobori, as reported earlier, it was at last my first visit to Kobori, after they opened just a few days ago. I was not on Samui when they opened but took pretty much the first opportunity to visit and that was yesterday

Kobori restaurant entrance

Kobori restaurant, the entrance at the walking street area in Maenam

The restaurant is located in Maenam, at the red lights, if coming from Bophud, take a right, into the street where the ´walking street´is each Saturday in Maenam. It´s just over half way down the road or soi on your right hand side. 

Kobori restaurant panko deep fried salmon

Panko deep fried salmon, our kids loved it

We ordered a lot of food and we finished it all! We were hungry and we enjoyed the food and the great things I find about Japanese food, is that you can eat a lot but the food is ´light´and it does not stuff you like other cuisines may do.

Kobori restaurant sashimi

Sashimi, medium sized, with 4 different kinds of fish, which change every day, pending on availability. We had squid, needle fish, crocodile fish and flounder

One of the things we ordered was the nice, medium sized assortment of sashimi, very fresh and you never know what will be on the menu, since the market decides what is available. Very tasty indeed.

Kobori restaurant sushi roll salmon

Salmon sushi roll, prepared at your table, heated with a hot flame, by chef Kobori himself, absolutely delicious

This is one of my favorites and I already had this during one of the test tastings and I enjoyed it so much, that I ordered it again! The combination of the hot salmon and cool rice is indeed delicious.

Kobori restaurant sushi roll salmon

The finished salmon sushi roll

I think I can keep eating this salmon sushi roll non stop! It´s a nice touch how the sushi roll is prepared at your table!

Kobori restaurant chicken teriyaki roll

Chicken teriyaki roll, delicious and unexpectedly crispy

Very nice was this other sushi roll, a chicken teriyaki variation and there was something crispy on top of it, which made it stand out and become something to remember for the next time!

Kobori restaurant sake

Anyone for Sake? Art least 10 different kinds of sake are available, a delicious plum wine and Asahi, a Japanese 'dry' beer, besides all the standard Thai beer. No shortage of alcohol!

Kobori, Teppanyaki pork hamburg steak

The Teppanyaki pork hamburg steak

We also had 3 different Teppanyaki or sizzling hot plates. One was with thin sliced pork, one was with saba fish and one was with a ´hamburg´as they say in Japan or better known as a hamburger in the rest of the world. They all came with different sauces and were very tasteful. There are in total 9 different Teppanyaki meals on offer! Dig in, once the sauce is gone 'into' the vegetables, it will be hard to leave anything on your plate!

Kobori restaurant mango panna cotta

Mango panna cotta, also available in coconut and green tea taste

Besides the lovely mango cotta panna, we also had two salads, one with papaya and one with seaweed. Overall a lovely meal and very satisfying, we will be back for more servings!

Kobori restaurant interior

The contemporary and effective interior with lovely hard wooden tables and chairs

The interior is looking nice, lovely hard wooden tables and chairs or rather banks to sit on with big tables on one side and a couple of smaller tables on the other side and outside. 
Kobori is open every day of the week except on Monday, that's when they close. Currently opening times are between 6pm and 10.30pm but sooner or later, lunch time openings will be announced as well.
It's the only Japanese restaurant in that area and it's well worth checking out!

A quick reminder about the name Kobori; it originates from a story set in World War II and involves a love triangle between a Thai couple and a Japanese Navy officer, stationed in Thailand. It's been filmed multiple times and made into TV series various times, with well known Thai 'super stars' playing he lead roles, like Bird McIntyre.

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 4th February, 2014

Today's weather;

It's blue around this morning around Koh Samui with a current temp of 25C at 7am.

Coconut trees near Ban Nakai

Coconut trees near Ban Nakai in the South of the island, near Sweet Sisters cafe

Yesterday saw a blue sky all day long and it was warm, definitely in contrast to a 'cold' (19.5C) and crispy morning. Max temp reached 31C

The forecast looks splendid, sunny days are predicted for the next 7 days ahead ahead of us.

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Camille

Monday, 3 February 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 3rd February, 2014

Today's weather;

It's nice and blue outside, the sky over Koh Samui. Current temp at 7am is 19.5C

It's good to be back home again for the next two weeks or so, before I take off once more for Gili Air in Indonesia.

Bangkok, Don Muang airport, golf court

Bangkok, Don Muang airport, where there's a golf court directly next to the run way!

Yesterday saw a sunny day over Samui with a max temp of 30C

The forecast is looking good with plenty of sunshine over the next 7 days.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille