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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Goodbye to May 2016

Goodbye to May 2016


It's the end of the month and time to say 'Goodbye to May 2016', and it turned out to be a very unusual May month.

The first 3 weeks we had terrific weather, as part of the heatwave that embraced Thailand, we had lovely weather and many people actually thought it was too hot.
Until the 19th May it stayed dry like a cork for almost 6 weeks in a row and much needed rain was welcomed that day. Now we had a storm pattern covering the almost the whole of the South East Asian area affect Koh Samui, with some very strong but short storm like wind gusts, accompanied by some rain.
All in all the wind and storm like conditions turned out to be not anywhere near as bad or as strong as predicted but the wind blew long and hard enough to affect small boat traffic. This caused among other dive and snorkel boats having to cancel their trips and for the once who didn't cancel, there was a lesson to be learned on 26th May when one speed boat capsized and four out of 36 people drowned.
There was also a big fire raging near the makro and shooting range area on the ring road in Bophud, when rubbish being burned was spread by the wind and the flames were reaching higher than the coconut trees. Luckily nobody got injured and no housed were damaged.

The last couple of days the weather has been improving again and the wind has almsot completely run out of air. It's sunny and the start of June should be just fine and sunny.

Goodbye to May 2016

A view from the Seatran car ferry pier towards Nathon town

For me it was a busy start of the month with a PADI IDC on Phuket until the middle of the month and I had 4 running races, including two half marathons in which I competed tis month, with very good results to show for, a new personal best in the half marathon and I won trophies in all four races, 

Now it looks like I will be home for all of June, with a visit of my sister coming up and this coming weekend the Cancer Care run on Saturday 4th June and the Samui Green Market on Sunday 5th June.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st May, 2016

Today's weather;

There's a thin cloud layer over Koh Samui this morning and the sun is popping out and I expect it to possibly become a sunny and warmday again with no rain in sight. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st May, 2016

Big Buddha seen from the back,this picture was aken from a boat entering a pier in Bang Rak 

Yesterday saw a mostly cloudy day and it stayed dry in our part of the island although it may have drizzled in some parts of the island. Max temp still reached a respectable 33C

The forecast sees the clouds moving out by tomorrow morning and we should have nice and sunny days ahead of us with a very slim chance of rain and if at all, nothing more than a tropical shower.

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Monday, 30 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th May, 2016

Today's weather;

It's cloudy over Koh Samui this early in the morning and it most likely will remain fairly cloudy today. It's dry and the wind is about to disapear. Current temp at 7am is 28C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th May, 2016

The new bus station in Nathon early in the morning, it's located at the road towards the Government Hospital

Yesterday saw a dry and warm day again with the last remains of wind blowing over the island. Max temp reached 34C

The forecast is looking good again for the next ten days, the wind should be more or less gone and come Wednesday, the sun should break trhough again and we have a couple of nice and sunny days. There are very slim chances of rain over the enxt ten days, at best a tropical shower. Enjoy!

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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th May, 2016

Today's weather;

There's a hazey cloud cover over Koh Samui and the last bits of wind are about to blow over the island today. Currenttemp at 10am is 31C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th May, 2016

Lipa Noi beach next to the Raja Ferry pier

This morning I am in Hat Yai under a mostly cloudy sky with a current temp at 10am of 30.2C I participcated in the 10th Internation Hat Yai marathon and I ran the half marathon. For more info, see my proud picture below.
I got down here by bus and am taking the 11.30am bus back to Koh Samui.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th May, 2016

Hat Yai early in the morning returning to my friends home after the 10th International Hat Yai half marathon race

Yesterday saw another windy day with a partially cloudy sky and a max temp of 32C


10th Hat Yai International Marathon, I participated in the half marathon and ran a new personal best, 21.21km in 1:47'56 and placed 5th in my age category, in a strong field. Hapy days down on Hat Yai!

The forecast the last bits of wind and clouds going into today and this night with the sun popping out again afte tomorrow. I don't expect any rain either, it's sunny times again in the making. Enjoy!

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Saturday, 28 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th May, 2016

Today's weather;

It looks like a very blue sky is about to shape up over Koh Samui this monring with just a few scattered clouds in it and the wind seems to have momentarily calmed down. Current temp at 6am is 28C

A very early weather udate today because I'm leaving for Hat Yai by bus, where I'm planning to run a half marathon tomorrow morning. It's been a very long time since I travelled by bus in Thailand.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th May, 2016

The main building at Wat Plai Leam or Wat Laem Suwannaram

Yesterday saw a strong wind blowing inland but surprisingly it was under a partially clouded sky and at some stage during the afternoon it was even mostly blue. In other words, it was warm leaning towards hot again yesterday. As another surprise, it did rain during the evening, around 8pm we had a few showers. Max temp reached 34C

The forecast predicts one last peak of strong wind come tomorrow afternoon and by Wednesday the sun should be back again, We also should have seen pretty much the last of the rain for the coming next ten days.

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Friday, 27 May 2016

The next Samui Green Market will be on 5th June @ Elysia, Fisherman's Village

The next Samui Green Market will be on 5th June @ Elysia, Fisherman's Village


It's that time of the month again and it's time for the next Samui Green Market will be on 5th June @ Elysia, Fisherman's Village which is a Sunday and starts round 3pm until late.

This edition will be very children friendly, even more than usual, so come and visit and bring the kids along.

The Next Samui Green Market will be on 5th June @ Elysia, Fisherman's Village

The Next Samui Green Market will be on 5th June @ Elysia, Fisherman's Village

Great breads can be bought and lot of organic food and associated items will be for sale. Expect Sweet Sisters to be there along with plenty of other green food producers from around the island.
Please bring your own shopping bag and just don't bring any plastic bags or plastic in general.

The Next Samui Green Market will be on 5th June @ Elysia, Fisherman's Village

The Next Samui Green Market will be on 5th June @ Elysia, Fisherman's Village

Hope to see you there, it's well worth a visit and a great effort is put up by the organizers. Let's make Koh Samui greener and more eco friendly and enjoy the organic food.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th May, 2016

Today's weather;

There's a solid cloud cover over Koh Samui this morning and I expect it to stay like this, without too much sun and possibly some hard rain during the late afternoon, when the wind drops a bit. Current temp at 7am is 29C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th May, 2016

One fo the classroom buildings at Plai Laem school

Yesterday saw surprisingly enough some sunshine at times and although I didn't experience any rain personally, there may have been other parts of teh island that did experience some rain. The wind was blowing very hard though, all day long, Max temp reached 30C

Sadly enough it is thought that two tourists died when a speedboat capsized yesterday near Nathon at Laem Khai.

The forecast is looking on the up, the wind should have fizzled out come Tuesday and the first appearance of the sun may be around, with more sunshine to come later next week. All in all the stormy weather was not as bad as initially predicted.

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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Wat Bophud sitting monk statue ceremony

Wat Bophud sitting monk statue ceremony


It's already two days ago the at Wat Bophud sitting monk statue ceremony happened. I've been too busy running around and doing other things to report about. But here we go now, I have found time to report about what I found and saw.

Wat Bophud sitting monk statue ceremony

Wat Bophud sitting monk statue ceremony; The sitting monk as seen from a frontal view, with the entrance below. This was a nice surprise to me, that you can actually enter the structure and wlak up to the deck of the boat, where the monk is sitting

Unfortunately we didn't see the placement of the monks 'heart' in to the statue, since I had to transfer my visa into my new passport at immigration office in Nathon. We just caught the very tail end of the ceremony, where the location of the heart was being cemented closed and painted black, just like the rest of the statue.

Wat Bophud sitting monk statue ceremony

Wat Bophud sitting monk statue ceremony; A view from the side, which clearly shows the boat structure fo the building

It was a big event with many guests and locals alike and it's really a shame to have missed it. A real surprise for me was to find out that you can actually enter the boat or building. There's a small bridge over the water leading to the inside of the building and of course this had to be checked out.

Wat Bophud sitting monk statue ceremony

Wat Bophud sitting monk statue ceremony; Pictire of the sitting monk taken directly in fornt of him, on the upper deck of the boat or building

Once you enter there are a few items on display to revere the original monk and some Buddhist amulets were for sale. Since this ceremony went on for a couple of days, there were amulates dedictaed to each specific day.
Than on the left, after entering, are stairs leading yu to the upper deck and you almost stumble into the sitting monk upon entering.

Wat Bophud sitting monk statue ceremony

Wat Bophud sitting monk statue ceremony; The right foot of monk, covered in coins and being washed by the local people, I assume for good luck. Some people also put water on tehir head after having washed or splashed the foot

On this deck there are plenty of Buddha statues on display, under a roof and you have a great, close up view of the monk statue and the temple behind you. Well worth a visit and good for some great pictures.

Wat Bophud sitting monk statue ceremony

Wat Bophud sitting monk statue ceremony; the main tent for the 'important' people, attending the ceremony, as seen from the upper deck of the statue or building

Do stop by once you're in the neighbourhood for a visit, it's a unique building on Koh Samui and it's nice to see and possibly take some pictures.
As already mentioned, well worth a visit and a nice Buddhist addition to the island's cultural heritage.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th May, 2016

Today's weather;

It's mostly cloudy around Koh Samui but the sun is peaking through a little bit. The wind seemed to have slowed down but is still very strong once I got outside of our house compound. Hopefully it stays like this and I expect it to remain dry today. Current temp at 7am is 28C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th May, 2016

Hin Laad waterfall in Nathon, the lowest part of the waterfall, a quiet area with the Suanthamma Temple next to it

Yesterday saw a dry day with even the sun poking it's nose through the cloud layers and it remained dry. A lot nicer day it turned out to be than predicted. Max temp reached 32C
The predicted storm wasn't as bad as expected after all.

The forecast is looking a lot nicer again, still a fair bit of wind and cloudy skies should be expected until early June, when the weather is supposed to turn and the sun may come out again.

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 25th May, 2016

Today's weather;

It's cloudy and there's just a little bit of wind around Koh Samui and it may well rain a little bit later on during the morning. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 25th May, 2016

A beached boat in front of the Government Hospital in Nathon, but nothing too worry about, this wasn't due to the storm but rather due to the low tide

Yesterday saw a cloudy and wet day. There was hoever no hard rain but it mostly drizzled all day long, with some dry periods inbetween. The wind played it's role as well but was not as strong as I expected from the predictions. Max temp dropped drastically to 29C, the first time this month below the thirthy degree treshold.
We had two more powercuts which was rather annoying, atlhough thry didn't last as long this time, An hour and a half was the longest power cut, but it was between 9pm and 10.30pm.

The forecast predicts the wind to slow slightly down after today with still plenty of cloud cover and plenty of rain or drizzle to come until 1st June. From this day on there may be a change in weather and the sun might come out again.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th May, 2016

Today's weather;

It's cloudy, it's wind and the rain is ready to hit the ground all around Koh Samui this morning and it most likely wil stay this way with possibly a few storm like wind gusts thrown in for good measure later during the day. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th May, 2016

Plai Laem early this morning in front of our house

Yesterday saw a mixed bag of weather types passing the scenery. We had an early morning shower shortly after 7am, followed by partially cloudy skies with plenty of sunshine and it was actualy warm, a lot warmer then I ever expected it to be. By 1.30am, we had a storm like wind gust followed by rain pass by and shortly after this, around 2.30am we had a power cut which lasted for ten hours, until 00.30am. It was mostly dry and the wind dropped again afte the storm like wind gust. Max temp still reached 34C due to the monring heat and sunshine.

The forecast chanfed a little bit, the four day stretch of stormy wind gusts has been repalced by stormy wind gusts just for today. A little bit of rain is expected today and more tomorrow after which there should be a lul in rain downpour but the wind remains until 31st May with some rain showers. The first of June may see a drop in wind and rain only to pick up again on the second.
The soup is never eaten as hot as when it's served it seems. There's still plenty of wind to come but the storm like conditions seem to have mostly gone.
Smaller boat traffic will most likely be stopped for a couple of days but I see no problem for the bigger car ferries.

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd May, 2016

Today's weather;

It's cloudy and dry at the moment but there is not much wind at the time being around Koh Samui, early in the monring. The wind should be about to pick up though and it might stay dry but remain cloudy today. Current temp at 7am is 29C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd May, 2016

Maenam near Dan auto, looking towards Bophud

Yesterday saw a cool morning but the afternoon was hot again with some occasional sunny moments and it remained dry all day long. There was a strong wind all day long. Max temp reached 34C

The forecast predcits the stormy weather to hit as of tomorrow, actaully coming in already tonight, all the way down to Sunday, Expect cloudy skies, strong, storm like wind and plenty of rain. Tomorrow in a week it may start to slow down again and become slightly better again.

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Sunday, 22 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 22nd May, 2016

Today's weather;

It's cloudy around Koh Samui and the wind has already picked up essentially. It might still stay dry today although rain is in the air. Current temp at 7.30am is 28C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 22nd May, 2016

Stormy wind followed by hard rain yesterday at hour house in Plai Laem and around the island at various times of the day, causing powercuts

Yesterday saw an unexpected strong wind, storm like shortly before 2pm, directly followed by half an hour of very hard rain, causing powercuts around the island. The island needs the rain but the ground is so dry it can't handle such large amounts of water and flash floods are the result. Max temp reached 33C

The forecast hasn't changed much, the Samui Regatta which started yesterday couldn't have asked for more wind! As of tomorrow we should have storm like winds for four days in a row accompanied with plenty of rain. It's going to be interesting, with respect to flash slooding and powercuts around the island, plus any colleteral damage caused by the storm.
Until the end of the month it should stay stormy and wet, time to pull up the hatches!

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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Visakha Bucha Day 2016

Visakha Bucha Day 2016


Yesterday saw Visakha Bucha Day 2016 around Thailand and since 1996, if a holiday falls on a weekend, the following working day is observed as a compensatory non-working day, subject to Thailand's Cabinet declarations. In other words, this years Visakha Bucha Day 2016 was on a Friday so no compensation day but a long weekend.

This day commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition and is celebrated outside of Thailand as well, among others in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar and various other places around th eworld.

Visakha Bucha Day 2016

Visakha Bucha Day 2016

The decision to agree to celebrate Vesākha as the Buddha’s birthday was formalized at the first conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists held in Sri Lanka in 1950, although festivals at this time in the Buddhist world are a centuries-old tradition. The resolution that was adopted at the World Conference reads as follows:

That this Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, while recording its appreciation of the gracious act of His Majesty, the Maharaja of Nepal in making the full-moon day of Vesak a Public Holiday in Nepal, earnestly requests the Heads of Governments of all countries in which large or small number of Buddhists are to be found, to take steps to make the full-moon day in the month of May a Public Holiday in honour of the Buddha, who is universally acclaimed as one of the greatest benefactors of Humanity.

On Vesākha Day, Buddhists all over the world commemorate events of significance to Buddhists of all traditions: The birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Gautama Buddha. As Buddhism spread from India it was assimilated into many foreign cultures, and consequently Vesākha is celebrated in many different ways all over the world. In India, Vaishakh Purnima day is also known as Buddha Jayanti day and has been traditionally accepted as Buddha's birth day.

In 1999, the United Nations resolved to internationally observe the day of Vesak at its headquarters and offices.

Buddhist celebrations like this typically are celebrated on the full moon day. This means that the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan is not happening until today, like a couple of times per year.

There was another wien tien at our local Wat Plai Laem, or walk around the temple, as part of the celebration.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 21st May, 2016

Today's weather;

It's cloudy over Koh Samui and I expect the sky to remain covered today. The wind has already picked up a little bit compared to previous days but is nothing compared to what is suppsoedly about to come. Current temp at 7am is already 30C

Today the Samui Regatta will start which is already in it's 15th season.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 21st May, 2016

View over Big Buddha from the ocean when approaching the piers in Bang Rak

Yesterday saw a during most time of the day a cloudy sky over Koh Samui with some sunny moments but especailly when the sun was blocked by the clouds, the sun beams still come through and you want to be careful not getting a sun burn. Max temp reached 34C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 21st May, 2016

Haad Rin on Koh Phangan where the Full Moon Party will take place tonight, after yesterday's real full moon day, was a Buddhist holiday with Visaka Bucha Day

The forecast hasn't changed that much now and the wind and rain are about to move in, Monday should be the start and storm like winds are about to visit Koh Samui until Wednesday accompanied with some heavy rain on Monday evening and most likely a constant rain before and after. Thursday the wind and the rain should ease up but it will still remain very cloudy.
It looks like the end of May is going to be a bit rougher and wet.

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Friday, 20 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 20th May, 2016

Today's weather;

It's fairly cloudy over Koh Samui this monring but it may clear up a little bit during the afternoon. Current temp at 6.30am is 28C
Today I'm off diving at Sail Rock, before the strong winds take over next week and some of the boat trips may be forced to cancel their services temporarily.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 20th May, 2016

Big Buddha overlooking the small island of Koh Fan where it stands, facing the main island of Koh Samui

Yesterday saw sunshine during the monring but clouds moved in during the afternoon and at some locations around the island it rained, albeit not on our part of the island, the North Eastern corner. Max temp still reached 34C, it felt very warm indeed.

The forecast is changing subtly with the predicted strong wind and rain moving back a day, every day. It is possible that this may continue and we won't have a stormy couple of days but at this moment I think it's not very likely, but you never know.
Right now heavy cloud layers will prevail for the next ten days but the strong wind is now not supposed to start until Monday and last until Thursday, accompanied with rain. After this stormy period, it should remain cloudy and windy with more rain to come.

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 19th May, 2016

Today's weather;

There's a thin cloud layer covering the sky over Koh Samui this morning but the sun is trying hard to peek through. Current temp at 7am is 29C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 19th May, 2016

The sitting monk at Wat Bophud seems almost to be ready. Next week there will be a big ceremony, hopefully I can post about it

Yesterday saw a bit of a mixed bag around Koh Samui when it comes down to the weather, mostly cloudy but occasionally the sun shone through. Max temp dropped a bit and reached 33C

The forecast is not looking too good for the next ten days. The heatwave is about to get kicked out and as from Sunday strong winds may blow, sometimes even reaching storm like strengths, accompanied by heavy cloud cover and plenty of rain. A difference almost of day and night.
Enjoy whilst it lasts!

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 18th May, 2016

Today's weather;

It's fairly cloudy over Koh Samui this morning and it looks like most of the day will remain like this. Current temp at 7am is 28C but it already feels like 34C!

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 18th May, 2016

Fishing boat moored at the Seatran pier in Bang Rak

Yesterday saw a mostly cloudy sky over Koh Samui all day and it looked like it rained in the Western part of the island, when I arrived by ferry, there were wet roads and puddles on the road on that part of the island. Max temp reached the by now almost routine 34C.

The forecast did change, big time this time around. It will remain like today for the next three days, including today. As from Saturday storm like wind is supposed to hit Koh Samui with ehavy cloud layers and plenty of rin.
The heatwave is playing it's last hand over the next coming days and a different weather pattern will show up.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 17th May, 2016

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui is still a bit hazy this early in the monring and there are a few clouds out and about. It may remain fairly cloudy today. Current temp at 6.30am is 29C

An early update today since I want to hit the road back to Koh Samui as early as posible.

On Phuket we a cloudy sky but it's dry at the moment. Current temp at 6.30am is a cool 26.4C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 17th May, 2016

In front of DAN Auto in Maenam, looking toward the police station and the new PEA (Provincial Electricity Authority) building

Yesterday saw once more a nice and warm day with a max temp of 34C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 17th May, 2016

Yesterday's sunset over Phuket, as witnessed on the dive boat, coming back into Chalong harbor

The forecast has changed again and that change in weather coming in over the weekend is the culprit. Into the weekend it may be fairly cloudy at times with the chance of a quick and short tropical shower but come the weekend, heavy cloud layers are supposed to move in as of Tuesday a strong wind is around. Chances of rain are increased during this period.
It looks like the current heatwave may come to end around or shortly after next weekend.

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 16th May, 2016

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui has overcast this monring and the sun for the time being is at the back burner and it looks like it may stay like this for the remainder of the day. Current temp at 7am is 29C

On Phuket we had a very successful PADI IE yesterday for my candidates and they apssed all exams with flying colors.
The sky over Phuket doesn't look so good though and there's plenty of clouds but it's dry. Current temp at 7am is 27.1C
Today I will be diving again from the boat and teach some PADI Specialty instructor courses. Tomorrow it's back home to Koh Samui again.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 16th May, 2016

Making merit or 'tamboon' at Wat Lamai

Yesterday saw another hot day around Koh Samui and the maxt temp reached 34C, still relentlessly warm each day with a relative high humidity.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 16th May, 2016

Sunset on Phuket last week taken from the dive boat, today we will be on the dive boat again

The forecast has changed slightly again and until next weekend we should see loads more of cloudy skies, specifically around and after next weekend. There's an odd change of a tropical shower, but nothing too serious and after next weekend we may see some strong wind for a day or two. 
The expected change of weather is happeniong but at  very slow rate.

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 15th May, 2016

Today's weather;

A lovely blue sky is beaming over Koh Samui this morning and it looks like another hot day is in the making. Current temp at 9am is already a steaming 33C

On Phuket on the other hand, we have a very cloudy sky over Kata and I just got back from a mini marathon run in the Kathu area, where it was also very cloudy. On my way back to Kata, there was hard rain in Patong and gradually it eased up and when I reached Kata the rain had already stopped. Flash floods are expected at various parts around Phuket island. Current temp at 9am is 27C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 15th May, 2016

Plai Laem, one of the hills I use on one of my running training routes

The PADI IE on Phuket is in full swing and yesterday my candidates passed three out of four segments with flying colors and very high scores. Later this morning I will join them on Kata beach, where they currently are conducting their Open Water dive segment of said PADI IE.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 15th May, 2016

Evening view over Kata on Phuket from the East Inn Yama resort

Yesterday saw once more a very warm day around Koh Samui with a max temp of 34C, the heatwave is holding on just a little bit longer.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 15th May, 2016

Rotary Phuket South Charity run in Kathu, Phuket, 5th in my age group, 10.2km in 48'36.8 or a 4'45 pace

The forecast has changed again, slightly for the better. Until next weekend we have mixed cloudy days, sometimes a bit less, some days a bit more and an occasional tropical shower is possible. Come next weekend, heavy cloud layers move in and the wind might pick up and a greater change of showers but not as heavy as was predicted yesterday.
It looks that slowly the heatwave is about to move on.

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Saturday, 14 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 14th May, 2016

Today's weather;

Good morning and welcome to a cloudy sky looming over Koh Samui this morning and it may remain fairly cloudy for the rest of the day. Current temp at 6.30am is already 30C

Here on Phuket, where I will still be for a few more days and where the PADI IE (Instructor Exam) will start today for my candidates, after we completed the EFR Instructor course yesterday it's also looking fairly cloudy with a current temp at 6.30 of 28.1C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 14th May, 2016

The Seatran car ferry pier in Nathon

t was another hot day around Koh Samui yesterday although the max temperature 'only' reached 34C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 14th May, 2016

The big pool at Kata Big Rock on Phuket where I conducted the confined water training training of the recent PADI IDC on Phuket and where today the confined water segment of the PADI IE will take place

The forecast has changed again a bit, until next weekend it's fairly to mostly cloudy but as of next weekend there should be a very strong wind, almost storm like, especially on Sunday but with currently a lot less predicted compared to yesterday's prediction. The hot temperatures are not about to drop though for the time being.

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Camille

Friday, 13 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 13th May, 2016

Today's weather;

It's Friday and it's the 13th and a nice blue sky is shaping up over Koh Samui this morning and it looks like another hot day is in the making. Current temp at 7am is 30C

On Phuket we completed the current May 2016 PADI IDC yesterday and the students are ready to tackle the PADI IE, starting tomorrow.
We have a slightly hazy sky here in Kata on Phuket this morning, but yet yesterday it was a blue sky from around noon onward and it was hot! Current temp at 7am is 29.7C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 13th May, 2016

Can't wait to get back home to Koh Samui and see how the development of the sitting monk at Wat Bophud is progressing. This picture is from about three weeks ago.

Yesterday was sunny and hot around Koh Samui. The max temp dropped by one degree Celsius yesterday and got stuck at 35C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 13th May, 2016

A structure used to light fire crackers. This can be done for various reasons, for good luck for instance or when you want to make merit at the temple. This is at Wat Kitti Sangkharam in Kata on Phuket

The forecast is about to change a little bit. Up to the weekend of the 21st May it's going to be fairly cloudy and we should be able to enjoy a nice breeze at times, but that weekend of the 21st a strong wind may come up and we might have some strong showers during that weekend as well.

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Camille

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 12th May, 2016

Today's weather;

Another sunny day is in the making over Koh Samui with a few scattered clouds out and about and it looks it will stay that way all day long, possibly with no clouds at all once the sun heats up. Current temp at 7am is 30C

On Phuket we're having a slightly hazy sky over Kata but it looks that once the sun heats up here we may have some sunny skies and a warm day ahead of us. Current temp at 7am is 29C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 12th May, 2016

The daily bus between Surat Thani and Koh Samui after embarking the Seatran car ferry pier in Nathon, waiting at the pier to pick up it's passengers

It seems hardly possibly, but yesterday was even hotter than previous days and at this moment was the hottest day on record for Koh Samui so far this year with a max temp of 36C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 12th May, 2016

Chalong harbor on Phuket, snorkel trips are under way with catamaran boats, the current state of the art boats for such trips it seems

The forecast is predicting slightly cloudier days starting this weekend, still with a nice breeze at times and with a tropical shower possible as well.

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Camille

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

X Terra Samui, Off Road Triathlon 25th September 2016

X Terra Samui, Off Road Triathlon 25th September 2016


There has been a lot of talk about over a few years already but now at last it will happen; the X Terra Samui, Off Road Triathlon 25th September 2016 on Bophud beach by AMA Events.

Just like the Ironman brand name for triathlons, the X Terra is the same well known brand name for off road triathlons.


X Terra Samui, Off Road Triathlon 25th September 2016

Koh Samui will be a great location for such an event and it will be an excellent addition to the islands sports calendar.

Registration will open soon and information can be found on this website from AMA events.

So far there will be two distances to choose from;

X Terra Samui, Off Road Triathlon 25th September 2016 on Bophud beach
Sprint distance: 750m swim, 15km MTB, 6km trail running
Standard distance: 1.5km swim, 35km MTB, 10 km trail running

XTERRA ครั้งแรกในประเทศไทย
เอเอ็มเอ ภูมิใจเสนอ XTerra Samui การแข่งขันไตรกีฬาแบบออฟโรดครั้งแรกในประเทศไทย
วันที่ 25 กันยายน 2559 ที่ เกาะสมุย ติดตามความคืบหน้า 
การเปิดรับสมัครเร็วๆนี้
ข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 11th May, 2016

Today's weather;

It's nice and sunny and warm around all of Koh Samui with a current temp at 5pm of 33C

The reason today's update is late, is because I am just back form a field trip with all staff from PADI CDC 'Dive Asia' on Phuket and we went to Thanbok Khonaree national park in Krabi province.

On Phuket it's partially cloudy this late during the day, at 5pm with a current temp of 32.3C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 11th May, 2016

Bophud school is building new classrooms on the former football ground. Both of our children will start next week in different schools their next and new school year

Yesterday saw once more a very hot day around Koh Samui with a max temp of 35C. That heatwave is not thinking of leaving just right now.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 11th May, 2016

Than Bok Khorani National Park, Tambon Ao Luek Tai, Amphoe Ao Luek, Chang Wat Krabi where we were yesterday and this morning

The forecast for the next ten days has not changed a lot, mostly partially cloudy skies with at times a nice breeze and not much chance of a shower. It looks like it will stay hot for the a few more days or weeks.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 10th May, 2016

Today's weather;

A nice blue sky is about to reveal itself this early morning over Koh Samui and it should once more stay nice and sunny around the island. Current temp at 6am is already at 29C

On Phuket we have a cloudy sky shaping up with a current temp at 6am of 28C
This morning I will set off on a company trip to Tanboke National Park water falls in Krabi province near Ao Leuk. Will be back again tomorrow afternoon and expect a late weather update. 

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 10th May, 2016

Bang Rak bay on a sunny day

Yesterday saw a very warm day again and the current heatwave doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Max temp reached 34C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 10th May, 2016

Big Buddha on Phuket during sunset as seen from Chalong harbor

The forecast for the next ten days hasn't changed that much, it should be sunny and warm to hot until the weekend. Over the weekend heavy cloud layers may move in and maybe there will be a tropical shower but not a lot of rain. Temperatures are expected to remain stable.

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Camille

Monday, 9 May 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 9th May, 2016

Today's weather;

It's not as cloudy as the forecast predicted, it's actually fairly sunny around Koh Samui this morning and hopefully it will stay that way today. Current temp at 7am is 29C

On Phuket it's a bit hazy and partially cloudy, the sun is peeking through but at the moment still halfheartedly. Current temp at 7am is 30.1C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 9th May, 2016

Guan Yu temple in Phang Ka in the South of Koh Samui

Yesterday saw once more a warm and partially sunny day around Koh Samui with a max temp of 34C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 9th May, 2016

Evening snacks in Kata on Phuket, all kinds of barbecued food on sticks or some dried squid, a prime sample of food on wheels!

For the next ten days we should have a light breeze at times, mostly partially cloudy skies and occasionally some heavier clouds moving in. It looks like the 15th Samui Regatta that is scheduled to start the 21st May, may end up with some nice breeze or wind.

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Camille