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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Goodbye to October 2015

It's the last day of October 2015 and it's time to say 'Goodbye to October 2015'.

The weather during this October was not great. Plenty of cloudy and rainy days, in my opinion more than usual for an average October. Sure there were some sunny days but there was also plenty of rain and especially towards the end of this month it looked like the rainy season had already started.
I would rate this October as slightly below par!

Goodbye to October 2015

The box jelly fish beach signs, in English and Thai languages, that will be used around Koh Samui, with a test phase in Lamai first

Other news around Koh Samui has the tragic dead of a 20 year old German girl due to a box jelly fish incident at Lamai beach earlier this month in the headlights. This triggered a lot of initiatives, through official channels and private efforts, like my presentations on awareness and prevention about box jelly fish. All these efforts can be found under this 'box jelly fish' label.

Our stay at Zazen boutique resort & spa last weekend was a highlight for our family and we enjoyed every moment of that.

Restaurant reviews of Artizen tables & deli and Nadimos, Lebanese restaurant were also posted this month.

Still an enjoyable month for me, since I got to spend it at home, with my family. Later today I'm off to Surat Thani, where I'm planning to run a half marathon tomorrow morning, after which I will drive to Khao Lak to start a PADI IDC there on Monday.

Thanks for visiting my blog this month and I look forward being able to welcome you next month, November 2015!

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st October, 2015

Today's weather;

How blue and sunny yesterday's morning sky over Koh Samui was, how grey and wet it is gain this morning. It just stopped raining and no blue anywhere in sight for the time being, although it may clear up later today. Current temp at 7am is 25C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st October, 2015

The exit gate from Big Buddha on to the main road

Yesterday saw a lovely day, almost all day long sunshine, except for a short shower during the afternoon. Other parts of the island may have had much more rain and at different times. Max temp reached 31C

The forecast is actually looking fairly good for this time of the year. The next ten days promise a mixed bag of cloudy and sunny moments but every day may have one or more showers.

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Friday, 30 October 2015

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th October, 2015

Today's weather;

It's looking really good this morning, with a nice blue sky hovering over Koh Samui and it looks it may well stay this way for the whole day. A drastic change from the rain over the last couple of days.Current temp at 7am is 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th October, 2015

Flash flood in Bang Rak and around the island yesterday after the afternoon shower

Yesterday saw a nice morning and early afternoon, with plenty of blue spots in the sky, in-between the clouds and it felt warm. Around 3pm there was a massive shower though that caused plenty of flash floods around the island. In the early evening we had another shower. max temp reached 32C

The forecast has changed, for the better! A lot less clouds are predicted for the next ten days with possibly a lot more sunshine to come but still the possibility each day of having showers.

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud

Yesterday saw me conduct a box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud. It was the same presentation that I already conducted last week at various other locations around Koh Samui.

This presentation saw staff from various departments of Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa attend the presentation. From beach boys to management staff, almost all departments were represented.

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud

Group picture of the staff who participated in the box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud

With 25 participants, the presentation was well attended and once more, I had a captive audience who were interested and interacted well during the presentation with some good questions and observations and they walked away with new acquired knowledge and know how in the field of box jelly fish history in the Samui archipelago and Thailand, how to deal with box jelly fish incidents including the importance and function of using vinegar (that it doesn’t take the pain away but that vinegar stops more stinging cells from firing off their venom, it neutralizes the nematocysts) and we also discussed box jelly fish prevention methods.

In total 25 staff of Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa attended the presentation.

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud

The Zazen staff that participated in the additional CPR training

After the initial presentation, 12 staff members continued with additional CPR training. It will be no surprise that various beach boys participated in this additional training, but also restaurant staff, spa staff and house cleaning staff participated.

The correct procedures for administering CPR and ventilations were introduced, explained and demonstrated to all participants and each attendee was given the opportunity to practice until they had it right. For some that was immediately and others needed a few extra chances to get it right. In the end everybody managed to get the job done though and thus ended a busy and interesting day.

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud

Zazen staff during the CPR training

In the morning I attended a box jelly fish training presentation in Nathon, organized by the ‘Tessabaan (Koh Samui municipality) and the afternoon saw me conducting a Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud. 

Thanks to Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa for giving me the opportunity to conduct this training, it seemed that the staff enjoyed the training and walked away with new and important knowledge and hopefully they will now know how to deal with a box jelly fish incident.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th October, 2015

Today's weather;

It's cloudy over Koh Samui and at the moment it' dry. I do expect rain later today and it should remain cloudy all day long. Current temp at 7am is 24C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th October, 2015

The boat from  Wat Kiriwongkaram in Baan Taling Ngaam that is part of the Rua Chak Phra festival, this is the only boat that still needs to be pulled by hand power, it's not motorized and made of hard wood. It's a beauty! Yesterday plenty of boats were all over the island, causing a traffic jam or two.

Yesterday saw a dry morning, we were in Nathon all morning for a box jelly fish presentation by Dr Lakkana at the Tessabaan, and if on cue, the first raindrops came down at noon. By that time it was already raining very hard at the north eastern corner of the island. There were various hard showers throughout the afternoon, evening and night all over the island. Max temp reached 32C

The forecast hasn't changed that much, tomorrow and Saturday may see some sunshine, but back to cloudier skies after that. Expect rain during all days, in various quantities. The rainy season has started.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Box jelly fish training at the Tessabaan in Nathon, day 2

Today saw another day of Box jelly fish training at the Tessabaan in Nathon, day 2. After yesterday's training to medical staff from around the island, including doctors, nurses and Rescue staff at the 'Tessabaan' or the Koh Samui Municipality, this was day and round 2!

Box jelly fish training at the Tessabaan in Nathon, day 2

Dr Lakkana in action during her presentation this morning at the Tessabaan

The two days of training were initiated, organized and sponsored by the Tessabaan. Dr Lakkana, one of the two Thai box jelly fish experts, was invited to attend various meetings to discuss and improve effective box jelly fish measures around the island and to conduct the training presentations.
Besides being one of Thailand's box jelly fish experts, she is also a member of a Thai Box jelly fish work group from the Thai Bureau of Epidemiology.

Box jelly fish training at the Tessabaan in Nathon, day 2

Khun Chanchai Janworachaikul MD, Director of Koh Samui Hospital and Dr Lakkana talking about the life guard system or network around Koh Samui that they are strong believers in and they try to establish such a system or network for Koh Samui beaches

The members of the Box jelly fish work group have visited Koh Samui various times already, the first time, 5 years ago, earlier this year in August and earlier this month. Whenever possible I try to meet up with the work group when they visit Koh Samui, to exchange ideas and learn new things.
Dr Lakkana was also on Koh Samui last year as a guest of the THA (Thai Hotel Association) chapter Koh Samui, and conducted box jelly fish training for hotel staff around the island and the THA is trying to have Dr Lakkana back in January 2016 for more hotel staff training.

Box jelly fish training at the Tessabaan in Nathon, day 2

Dr Lakkana and myself with the new sign that will be distributed around Koh Samui beaches, with text in English and Thai. I'm holding a sample vinegar pole

Today's box jelly fish training at the Tessabaan in Nathon, day 2 was a general presentation about box jelly fish and Portuguese man-of-war, that covered many aspects, like the way the nematocysts or stingers of the box jelly fish work, pictures and descriptions of many real life box jelly fish incidents and prevention ideas and modules at other locations in Thailand and how to deal with box jelly fish stings.

Box jelly fish training at the Tessabaan in Nathon, day 2

Dr Lakkana and myself with a life guard beach chair

Today also saw the introduction of a life beach guard system, that needs to be set up around Koh Samui's beaches. Khun Chanchai Janworachaikul MD, Director of Koh Samui Hospital is a strong believer in such a system and spend a good amount of time explaining the benefits of having life guards on the beaches around the island.
Life guard chairs, vinegar first aid poles and educational warning signs will be installed at Lamai beach (with life guard on duty).  If this works, this model will be expanded to other beaches on the island. There will also be a final uniform color design, a unique design and this will be standardized.
Today's box jelly fish training at the Tessabaan in Nathon, day 2 saw a lot of Lamai hotel manager/owners, HR association, life guards and jet ski staff attend. There were about 50 attendees.

Box jelly fish training at the Tessabaan in Nathon, day 2

1669, the nation wide, 24 hour on duty emergency number to call in case of incidents or accidents. You call this number anywhere in Thailand and after explaining where an incident or accident happened, the operator will dispatch the nearest Rescue team and have them come to the scene of the incident

My wife and myself attended both events that were conducted at the Tessabaan by Dr Lakkana. We had to leave around noon because I had to conduct a box jelly fish awareness presentation at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud during the afternoon.

As you can see, a lot of initiatives are being taken and progress in the field of awareness, prevention and training has been made with many different layers of people on Koh Samui that work around Koh Samui beaches or may become involved with  victims of box jelly fish stings.

A very productive couple of days indeed, with thanks to the Tessabaan and Dr Lakkana and all people involved to make this happen.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th October, 2015

Today's weather;

It's cloudy outside and currently it's dry around Koh Samui with a few isolated blue spots among the clouds. During the afternoon there may be a few light showers. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th October, 2015

Small fishing at Big Buddha, the big lights on the extensions, that will swing out to the side once at the dive site, indicate that this boat is after squid or 'plaa meuk'

Yesterday saw a lot of rain, it rained almost non stop, with a few breaks here and there. Max temp reached 27C

The forecast predicts clouds until Friday afternoon, after which we may experience some sunshine, by Monday the clouds should be back again but rain in various strengths can be expected every day for the next ten days.

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Rua Chak Phra Festival 4-12 November in Nathon

The Rua Chak Phra Festival 4-12 November in Nathon is one of the events you don't want to miss if you're on Koh Samui during that week. 

It's a very interesting event with loads of Rua Chak Phra's on display in Nathon. To get an idea what this is all about, check out this link from last year's event.

Rua Chak Phra Festival 4-12 November in Nathon

Basically all the temples around Koh Samui will have a Rua Chak Phra. The word Rua in Thai means boat, Chak means to pull and Phra means monk. There will be cars dressed up like boats that are pulled around in the neighborhood of each temple in the week leading up to the Festival in Nathon. In the olden days the pulling was done by man power but nowadays this is done by tractor or car/pick up 

The floats look fantastic, very colorful and some are real pieces of art! There's one completely made out of hard wood and this one can still be pulled by man power, very impressive.

Don't be upset of all of a sudden there's a bit of a traffic jam in your hood, it may well be a Rua Chak Phra being shown off.

In the week from 4 to 12 November, all boats or floats will be gathered in Nathon and are on display, a great moment to witness some local folklore and an absolute fantastic opportunity to make some amazing pictures. You have been warned, now don't miss out on this!

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Box jelly fish instructor trainer presentation on Koh Samui

Today there was a 'Box jelly fish instructor trainer presentation on Koh Samui', conducted by Dr, Lakkana Thaikruea, one of the leading box jelly fish experts in Thailand, and member of the Thai Box jelly fish work group with whom I've met a few times already, starting 5 years ago.

Box jelly fish instructor trainer presentation on Koh Samui

Box jelly fish instructor trainer presentation on Koh Samui

Tomorrow there will also be an all day long training schedule for life guards around Koh Samui beaches. Both days are being organized by the Tessabaan or the Koh Samui municipality and the meetings are taking place at the Tessabaan buildings in Nathon.

Box jelly fish instructor trainer presentation on Koh Samui

Dr. Lakkana in action in the conference room at the Tessabaan in Nathon

Today's presentation was aimed at doctors, nurses and ambulance staff from the various hospitals around the island and for Rescue workers. With Dr. Lakkana's charming and informative presentation style, she had a captive and interested audience and many notes were made and questions asked by the audience and answered by her.

Box jelly fish instructor trainer presentation on Koh Samui

Khun Chanchai Janworachaikul MD, Director of Koh Samui Hospital

Khun Chanchai Janworachaikul MD, Director of Koh Samui Hospital was also among the attendees and he spoke as a speaker about tomorrow's meeting, which is an initiative of him, a life guard that will be called into life, to guard the beaches around Koh Samui.A very good and long overdue initiative indeed!

Box jelly fish instructor trainer presentation on Koh Samui

Khun Lakkana's very cool T-shirt 

These are just one of the initiatives that are happening around Koh Samui at the moment and shows that the box jelly fish threat is taken seriously. Once all planned activities and plans have been executed, I can only hope they will remain in place, active and on a regular base reviewed and upgraded when needed.

The THA (Thai Hotel Association) chapter Samui is still planning to have Dr. Lakkana back in January for further hotel staff training and a meeting with General Managers of hotels on the island and I keep my presentations going steady, with another one scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud.

A good start seems at least to have been made!

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th October, 2015

Today's weather;

It looks like we can officially welcome the 2015 rainy season on Koh Samui. It's grey and wet with plenty of rain already pouring down this morning. It's dry right now but could start any moment again and more can be expected during the day. Current temp at 7am is 25C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th October, 2015

Yesterday's morning storm moving in after our breakfast at Zazen Boutique Resprt & Spa in Bophud

It was still a bit of a mixed bag yesterday, it started out early in the morning with some blue spots in the sky and shortly after an early breakfast, our children played in the pool. This we had to cut short though since the first drops arrived and soon we had a good and long shower from around 9.30am onward. The afternoon was dry again but in the early evening it started to rain very hard again and throughout the night we had rain and thunderstorms, going in to the early morning. Max temp reached 29C

The forecast is looking like what you may expect during the rainy season, plenty of cloud cover, with some easing up between Friday and Monday but during all days you can expect rain in various degrees of strength. The rainy season seems to be here,a s already mentioned in my opening phrase of this post!

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th October, 2015

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui has some blue spots but there are plenty of thick and heavy white clouds around as well. The clouds may take over later today or even this morning and I do expect rain. Current temp at 7am is 28C

It's our last morning of our stay at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa and we had and still are having a fab time. In a moment we're off to enjoy the great breakfast buffet. Have read here about our stay, with another update to come later today.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th October, 2015


Yesterday saw a lot more sunshine that I expected in the morning and a lot less rain than predicted. We had a shower just before noon and in the very early evening. The rest was a combination of bits of sunshine and cloudy skies. Max temp reached 31C

The forecast predicts heavy cloud cover until Thursday along with some fairly heavy rain at times, specifically Thursday. From Friday onward the clouds may ease off but the rain won't. The rainy season is knocking on the Koh Samui door.

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud

This weekend we are enjoying a sat at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud. It's not our first visit here, here you can read a review of a visit to their restaurant back in 2007, one of my very first reviews on this blog, during one of the very first months since I started the blog. We have been back a few times and enjoyed the restaurant, but we never stayed here before. Now, Alexander and Ti, the owners and managing directors, were so kind to invite us for this weekend's stay.

As it happened to be, last week my wife and me also celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary, so the invitation couldn't have come at a better time.

Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud

The reception

Immediately upon arriving you feel at ease and are taken care of by the very friendly staff at reception. There are two separate lounges where you can wait for all the check in procedures to be taken care. A welcoming drink is offered and everything went very smoothly and before you know it, the friendly staff (did I mention this already?) shows you the way to your room, with the suitcases following within moments and you get a tour of the resort and the restaurant. Very efficient and very friendly.

Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud

The bed in our Garden Villa, very welcoming with a few nice little touches like a welcome note and the towel folded as an elephant

There we were in our Garden Villa, a 65 square meters big villa, with two extra beds for the children an a baby cot for our two year old baby girl. Today we had the baby cot taken out, since our baby girl sleeps with us in our big bed. This is in typical Thai style and it makes you wonder how we managed ending up with 3 children. Although, that's a different story.

Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud

A Garden Villa from the outside

Our Garden Villa is lovely, the picture shows the big king size bed with lots of pillows to chill out. There's a very inviting and relaxing Moroccan Lounge with a large day bed (which now was turned into a bed for one of our older children), making you slow down and enjoy your stay at this Boutique Resort.

Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud

The view from our room

The Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud is truly Boutique! This can be found back in many different ways and loads of small details that make your stay here extra memorable and enjoyable. How about a silk dressing gown with silk indoor slippers in the room and there's a also a chess game for you in the room and I'm writing this review with the help of the very fast wifi throughout the resort and this all comes besides the usual amenities you would expect, like a very well stocked fridge, a 32" flat screen TV with 30 channels, an electricity adapter, hair dryer, safe, a private balcony with sun-beds and table, an open-air outdoor Balinese bathroom with hot tropical rain and hand showers and lots more.
The only thing that we miss in our rooms, is the bidet sprayer or shower in the bathrooms, a very typical Thai institution when it comes down to bathroom utilities. We're so used to this as a Thai family and we find it surprising that they're not available. Western visitors to the resort probably would not miss this utensil at all, unless they lived for prolonged times in South East Asia. It's however a minor inconvenience which we will surely and easily survive!

It's all there and presented with an eye for detail and to really make your stay memorable and enjoyable and so far we're having a great time.

Besides the Garden Villa's there are also 5 Beachfront Deluxe Bungalows and 10 Garden Deluxe Bungalows. As I said before, with only a 25 luxury Villa's and Bungalows, it's indeed 'Boutique' and a quiet getaway.

Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud

Zazen restaurant with 'Le Salon de Ti' on the second floor

Near the beach you can find the 'heart' of the resort, the restaurant area, with upstairs 'Le Salon de Ti' for an afternoon high tea or to enjoy the Dilmah Tea Bar with a choice of 23 hand-picked fine tea varieties but also a whole new range of amazing tea-based cocktails. Dilmah is a world renowned tea brand from Sri Lanka.

Zazen Restaurant is famous throughout Samui island for its deep, romantic atmosphere and delectable East Meets West cuisine from master chef, Matthias. A dinner review will follow soon.

In this area you can also find the 'Rouge Lounge & Bar' with a view over the ocean and the beach for pre and post dinner drinks with a huge selection of 30 wines by the glass and an extensive wine list numbering over three hundred wines, on display in a freshly created glass cellar and cocktails from a range including exclusive surprises and many specialties.

The Wine cellar of Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud is located under ground with the ceiling fo the cellar made out of glass, which gives you the opportunity to look into the cellar from above. The cellar holds 900 bottles of wine with another 200 bottles of white wine and ros├ęs being kept in fridges. For more interesting facts about wine tastings, their range of corkscrews, the wine list and more, please follow this link.

If you're a cigar aficionado. there's also a humidor which offers one of the biggest selections of cigars on the island with over 60 different cigars ranging from Cubans over Dominicans to Honduran fine quality cigars, well stored and taken care of.

Thai cooking classes can also be followed here and are a lot of fun with a very practical learning curve!

Something that also caught our eye, is another small detail that makes a stay here so enjoyable is the grooming and friendliness of the staff. All the female staff was absolutely taken with our 2 year old daughter, which was a pleasure to experience.

Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud

Le Spa Zen, the entrance

Alex and Ti also invited us to a Thai massage in their 'Le Spa Zen' and I love a good Thai massage and the masseuses at 'La Spa Zen' definitely know how to to give you a proper and relaxing Thai massage. You have the choice of eleven different traditional massages and treatments, five different body scrubs, four different body wraps, four different facials and eight different hand and foot care treatments. This alone can keep you busy for the duration of your stay.

Before the massage you are asked to fill out a short questionnaire that will help the masseuses to give you a massage or treatment the way you like and prefer it, light, medium or strong but it also inquires about any special preferences or body parts that need extra attention. Our massage was excellent and an hour flew by, it could have gone on for another hour at least! Right now, once this post has been completed, me and my wife are actually off for another Thai massage and one more hour of pure relaxation. 'Le Spa Zen' is a very important part of the resort and it's concept and once here, you better not miss out on one of their treatments! Check out the menu here.

Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud

Part of the breakfast buffet

We had dinner last night at the restaurant and it was delicious. A write up will follow soon and this morning we were back in the restaurant for breakfast. Still full from yesterday's dinner, it was hard to choose from all the inviting breakfast offerings. The Zazen  breakfast buffet ranks easily among my top breakfasts I had the privilege of enjoying so far. As already mentioned before, more eye for detail and small surprises make me already look forward to tomorrow morning. How about dried dates, figs, cranberries and apricots, walnuts, almonds and pumpkin and sunflower seeds, home made rye bread, sparkling wine, a wide range of eggs in almost any style you wish, Asian food options, Belgian waffles, Parma ham and Emmental cheese and yogurt with various different cereals, home made jams. The list goes on. Simply delicious and very enjoyable and tasty.

Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud

The beach front early in the monring

As you can see, we're having a very hard time indeed! It's time to get ready for another Thai massage treatment. It's a dirty job but somebody's gotta do it and I am volunteering for this one!

By far Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud is the best family-run boutique resort on the island and we can highly and warmly recommend it.

Please check the links below to book your own stay at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud;


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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 25th October, 2015

Today's weather;

The haze seems to have disappeared this morning over Koh Samui and we actually have some blue spots in the sky, in-between the clouds. Current temp at 7am is 28C
Later this morning and during the rest of the day I do expect plenty of rain.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 25th October, 2015

The beach at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa yesterday, under a light haze. We're having a very good time here during our stay-cation and I hope to write an update later today

Yesterday started out cloudy and around 11am we had a good rain shower. After that it cleared up though and remained dry for the rest of the day and we even had some sunshine. Max temp reached 31C

The forecast for the net ten days from today through to Thursday, plenty of clouds, the wind picks up and also plenty of rain is in the sky waiting for us. However, come Friday, the cloud cover is about to ease up although there still may be showers over the island. It looks like the early days of the rainy season have arrived.

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Camille

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th October, 2015

Today's weather;

There's a solid cloud cover over Koh Samui this morning and there's also a bit of haze still around. Not as much as two days ago though. It will most likely remain cloudy with possibly some rain later today. Current temp at 7am is 26C

Later today we're off for a two day weekend stay at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa in Bophud for a nice staycation, so expect some updates from there.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th October, 2015

The coconut crew under way. Monkeys like this one get trained to climb in the coconut trees and take down the coconuts

Yesterday saw a cloudy day with some prolonged rain between around 11am until 2pm. Max temp reached 32C

The forecast predicts more wind and rain with cloudy skies until net Friday. Over next weekend it may clear up and we may have sunnier skies. It looks like the first signs of the rainy season have arrived though.

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Camille

Friday, 23 October 2015

Nadimos, Lebanese restaurant in Bang Rak

Earlier this week I had dinner with a friend at Nadimos, Lebanese restaurant in Bang Rak. Recently they moved location, they can now be found at their new location inside the Petcherat pier. For my previous review, please look here.

Nadimos, Lebanese restaurant in Bang Rak

The sign at the Bang Rak beach road, in front of Petcherat pier

It was my first visit after they changed location and for my friend it was an introduction to the Lebanese kitchen. 
I've been a fan of Lebanese food since the late eighties, when I discovered this food in West Berlin, where I lived at the time being. It has been very hard to find good Lebanese food on the island and some places opened and closed again, but it looks like Nadimos is here to stay and they offer real genuine Lebanese food.

Nadimos, Lebanese restaurant in Bang Rak

Our starter, a mixed cold mezze plate, including; hummus which are pureed chick peas, sesame sauce and lemon juice; motaball (or babaganoush) which is an eggplant puree, sesame oil and lemon juice; tabouleh, chopped parsley, diced tomatoes, crushed wheat & lemon oil dressing; falafel, a crunchy crocket of beans served with sesame sauce and labneh which is soft white cheese, fresh mint and olive oil

We ordered a mixed starter, the above pictures cold mezze mixed platter and a mixed BBQ mixed platter, pictured below. The food was good and I really enjoyed the various cold mezze's and the BBQ platter. In all fairness, my friend wasn't as taken away by the foo as I was. I guess he needs some practice!

Nadimos, Lebanese restaurant in Bang Rak

Mixed BBQ platter with 2 lamb skewers, very tender chicken and lamb sausages. 

All the food is halal prepared and there are lots of vegetarian options available.

I can recommend a visit to Nadimos, although it was a bit pricey in our opinion, the total bill came to 1,500.-THB without alcohol.
There are resident discount cards available which entitle you to 10% discount on consecutive visits.
Opening times are from 7am to 11pm and delivery is from 11am to 11pm. Call 077 484 622

Check out their Facebook page or their website, that includes their three Bangkok outlets as well, where Nadimos' story started.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd October, 2015

Today's weather;

It's cloudy today over Koh Samui but it seems that the majority of the haze from the last two days has gone again. I expect it to remain cloudy all day long with possibly a shower before noon. Current temp at 7am is 28C

Today is a public holiday in Thailand, in honor of Chulalongkorn Day.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd October, 2015

Sunrise at Wat Plai Laem, picture taken 12th October during Thaa Yai

Yesterday saw mostly a cloudy day but it stayed dry. Max temp reached 33C

The forecast predicts until early tomorrow morning and the remainder of the weekend might be sunny but from Monday onward a mix of cloudy skies, a few bright and sunny moments and plenty of showers might sweep over Koh Samui, seemingly a prelude to the rainy season.

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Chulalongkorn Day

23 October of every year is a national holiday in Thailand as it marks “King Chulalongkorn Day" or known in Thai as "Wan Piyamaharaj Day". It is the memorial day of the passing away of King Chulalongkorn, otherwise known as King Rama V. King Chulalongkorn led several major reforms in Thailand, for example in the areas of Thai educational system, military affairs, State Railway and Slave Liberation Act without bloodshed in Thailand.

Chulalongkorn Day

King Chulalongkorn or Rama V

A real good description of who King Chulalongkorn or Rama V was, can be found at the website of the Thai Embassy in Singapore, here.

During this official Thai holiday, all official institutions like banks, government buildings and offices, schools and so on will be closed.

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 22nd October, 2015

Today's weather;

The sin is out in the sky over Koh Samui but we can't enjoy it because the haze is back. Yesterday you could just about see Koh Phangan through the haze, this morning it should not possible to spot our neighboring island at all. It's difficult to predict how this will develop during the day but most likely the haze will stick around. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 22nd October, 2015

This is the cleaning of Chaweng lake, as reported a few days ago. There's so many plants that it took a few days extra to clean all the plants in front of the klongs.

Yesterday saw a nice and partially sunny day that was clouded a bit by the haze coming back again to visit our island. Max temp reach 33C

The forecast predicts a decrease in cloudy skies each day until Saturday and from Sunday onward we may experience clouds and rain until the end of the month.  

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation at Miskawaan in Maenam

Today I gave two box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation at Miskawaan in Maenam, one in the morning to a group of twelve persons and one in the afternoon to a group of twelve persons. All 24 participants at the box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation at Miskawaan in Maenam work at Miskawaan. This is a private villa rental group with 11 villas for rent. Check their website out here.
Ans it's not done yet, this evening I will conduct one more presentation for Koh Samui's dive community and it looks like this may see another twenty or more people attend. Kore to follow on this later.

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation at Miskawaan in Maenam

The morning group

Both presentations consisted of a power point presentation covering the history of box jelly fish in Thailand and specifically the Samui archipelago. Both groups were very inquisitive, interested and interactive. A treat for me, the presenter! A lot of information was given and gladly received. A lot of misconception was cleared and a lot of questions were answered.

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation at Miskawaan in Maenam

The afternoon group

After the presentations, we practiced CPR on two mannequins that I brought along and it was very useful practice and for most participants the first exposure to CPR training.
Besides copious amounts of vinegar being used on box jelly fish wounds, CPR can be a life saver with a box jelly fish in injury, since you can have a cardiac arrest due to the venom.
Both groups also had lots of fun during this practice and we repeated each skill until everybody did it correctly, including 30 compressions and 2 ventilations.

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation at Miskawaan in Maenam

CPR training in progress

Congratulations to Miskawaan for taking the time out for their staff to have this important training. A good initiative and as a result your staff is now trained to help with and when box jelly fish related accidents occur.

Box jelly fish treatment flow chart

After the sad and unfortunate death of a 20 year old German tourist due to box jelly fish injuries on Lamai beach, there's a lot happening on Koh Samui behind the scenes to prevent box jelly fish incidents, raise awareness about box jelly fish and train people on how to deal with box jelly fish incidents and injuries, including presentations by myself. If you're interested to have a similar presentation for your company, hotel or resort, please get in touch with me for more information.
Since over 10 years I'm active on Koh Samui, trying to raise awareness about box jelly fish, in cooperation with Thai experts from the Thai Bureau of Epidemiology.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 21st October, 2015

Today's weather;

There's a cloud layer over Koh Samui this morning but I do expect a little bit of blue skies later today, after noon and it should stay dry. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 21st October, 2015

These signs can be found along many roads around Koh Samui. The signs state say that on 5th December, HM King Bhumibol's birthday, there will be yellow plants all over the island, in honor to HM King Bhumibol.

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day all day long until around 5pm, when clouds moved in and soon we had a first heavy shower, followed by more showers during the evening. Max temp reached 33C

The forecast predicts a mix with partially cloudy skies and sunshine until Sunday, from Monday onward we may expect cloudy skies and plenty of rain. It looks like the rainy season or monsoon is coming down on us towards the end of this month.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 20th October, 2015

Today's weather;

This morning sees mostly skies over Koh Samui but there's a hazy layer and some big white fluffy clouds in the sky as well.  It should stay like that all day long although there may be a shower at some stage. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 20th October, 2015

A shortcut road at the Northern end of the Samui airport landing or take-off strip in Bang Rak, This dirt road finds it way around the landing strip. At each side there are barriers, that are manned by airport staff and the barriers are closed when an airplane takes off or lands.  

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny morning, followed by a cloudier afternoon. It stayed dry though, all day long and max temp reached 32C

The forecast eased up a bit until Monday, fairly sunny skies with an occasional shower and next Monday we can expect heavier cloud formations with more chance of showers.

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Monday, 19 October 2015

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 19th October, 2015

Today's weather;

We have a nice, mostly blue sky over Koh Samui this morning, with a few clouds in it. Later during the ay we may get some more clouds moving in. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 19th October, 2015 

Chaweng viewpoint, these are the only two spirit statues left, they are the original statues. A lot of people brought their broken spirit statues or new statues to this locations in order to commemorate relatives who were killed in road accidents or in other ways in that (general) area or on that exact spot. It's very noisy there, since most Thais passing on their bikes or in their cars will honk their horn a few times Now it's all cleaned up and no other statues can be found here. I wonder if they keep it cleaned up like this or if new statues will 'creep' in again over time. You can find places like this all over the island and Thailand.

Yesterday saw a nice day, a bit of sunshine at times but mainly cloudy and some showers during the late evening and night. Max temp reached 31.5C

The forecast predicts mostly cloudy skies with a break between Thursday and Saturday. Outside of these three days, you can occasionally expect tropical showers and/or thunderstorms.

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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Artizen, tables & deli

Recently we visited Artizen, tables & deli, located in the greater Bang Rak area, near the arrivals area of Samui airport. It's Chef Jonny's baby and he created a lovely place where you can get good, mostly organic food in a nice and relaxed atmosphere.

Artizen, tables & deli

Assorted appetizers

We visited Artizen, tables & deli the last Sunday of the month and without knowing it, we were in for a 'Lazy Sunday BBQ'. We made a reservation the day before, but unfortunately the Thai staff didn't alert us to this fact. We decided to stay and enjoy the BBQ and we didn't regret it, but it's something you may want to check out, if it's alone for the price difference with the regular menu.

Artizen, tables & deli

The deli table

The restaurant area at Artizen, tables & deli is rather big, with an inside and outside area, with the latter being really nice on sunny days and it gives you a good view on the garden, where a lot veggies are cultivated and grown that are used in the food that you order.

Artizen, tables & deli

Assorted sesame & mirin vegetable rice paper rolls

The selection of food that was offered was good, with plenty of choice, including various salads, the rice paper rolls pictured above, a Tom Yam soup, mashed potatoes and more. There was also some excellent fresh bread and plenty of oils and sauces to choose from; truffle oil, basil oil, balsamic vinegar, chilli sauces, chutney and a few more.

Artizen, tables & deli

Part of the salad bar

As part of the BBQ you also get to choose from Kurabuta pork chops, sausage and /or pork loins or you can have a mi of these selections. The meat was really good and barbecued on the spot by Jonny. He has at least three different sausages and they're really good, I can recommend his Indian sausages.

Artizen, tables & deli

Assorted fresh bread

We had a nice afternoon, with good food but it was a lot of food as well, another thing you may want to consider if you visit the last Sunday of the month. Especially for us non English, a Sunday roast style BBQ can be a bit overwhelming.

Artizen, tables & deli

The barbecued meat section

It will be interesting to go back and try the standard menu, this carries also a few interesting items that I would love to try. There will be a link to Artizen's website at the end of this post, where you can find a link to the menu as well.

Artizen, tables & deli

Chef Jonny at the BBQ, owner of Artizen, tables & deli

Artizen was also represented at the recent Samui green market, where they were selling deli products, another reason to check out Artizen and pick up some good deli products.

Artizen, tables & deli

The Lazy Sunday BBQ menu at Artizen, tables & deli

I can recommend a visit to Artizen, tables & deli. Most of the food is organic and comes straight out of the garden on the premises. Monday and Tuesday they're closed, but you can make reservations at 086 944 9674 or visit their website at www.artizensamui.com 

Artizen, tables & deli

Hydroponics

Artizen, tables & deli

Artizen, tables & deli garden

Hope you enjoy your meals here!

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