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Monday, 31 October 2016

Goodbye to October 2016

Goodbye to October 2016

It's time to say Goodbye to October 2016 and the big news this month was of course the passing away of King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the age of 89 years. He was the ninth monarch of Thailand from the Chakri Dynasty as Rama IX and he has reigned since 9 June 1946, a total of 70 years and 126 days which at the time of his death, made him the world's longest-serving head of state.

The whole country went into morning and a one month period of mourning has been declared during which all events around Thailand were cancelled and/or postponed. There will also be a one year mourning period, during which Thai people will wear either black or white clothes and although tourists aren't expected to wear similar clothes during this one year mourning period, it will be appreciated if they still will wear sombre or dark colored clothing.

Goodbye to October 2016

Goodbye to October 2016; A quote by the late King Bhumbol Adulyadej

From a weather point of view, the first two weeks of October were very nice with plenty of sunshine and nice all around conditions. The third week has already a bit more rain leading into the last week of this month which showed signs of the approaching monsoon or rainy season with lots of rain. In general not a bad month for the weather and it looks like next month we will see the start of the monsoon season.

All the races I had scheduled for this month were either postponed, like the Run to Give or Mad Hatter run and will now take place Sunday 27th November and I will try to run this race now on Phuket, where I should be and unfotunately the Koh Phangan full moon marathon was cancelled alltogeher.

My sister visited as well, but I only managed to see her and her husband towards the end of her stay and we had a great dinner at Kobori, the Japanese restaurant in Maenam, almost every month we go out for dinner there.

Although November is supposed to be the rainy season, I am looking forward to this month, since it allows for great running conditions. The start of a few months with not so hot temperatures, ideal to run faster compared to the warmer or hotter months. 
The other part to look forward to is actually the rain! Koh Samui needs rain since the ground water levels are dropping and need some filling up!

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