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


Today's weather;

It's very wet on Koh Samui and after the very hard early morning rain, it's still raining now but not as hard anymore. The rain is expected to last for all morning with possibly a drier afternoon. Current temp at 7am is 25C

At Kata on Phuket we have a very heavy cloud cover but it's dry although it wouldn't surprise me if we get some rain during the day. Current temp at 7am is 26.1C

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

Big Buddha on the small island of Koh Farn, reacable by a paved causeway nowadays. It's a very touristic attraction and hundreds of people visit each day. This in turn also attracted a lot of shops on the small island, ranging from two ice cream shops, to some combined restaurant and souvenir shops and lots of 100% souvenir shops. It's still a great place to visit, since the Big Buddha is an impressive 12 meter high statue with a stunning view over the Bang Rak bay, all the way over to Bophud. 

Yesterday saw a lot of rain during the morning hours around koh Samui but the afternoon had also a little bit of sunshine again. Max temp reached 30C

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

View over Patong on Phuket, coming over the hill from Karon. Patong is the most touristic part of Phuket, where you can find the most hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, touts, shopping malls and also the famous nightlife in Bangla Road. On the othert hand, there's also a stunningly beautiful beach there, since ther must be a reason why everything and everybody flocked together here. Usually it's a part of Phuket that I try to avoid, but for the current two week teaching period of the October PADI IDC on Phuket, I have to go here every day and it's a differnt experience compared to Kata, where I stay when on Phuket.

The forecast for the next ten days on Koh Samui changed a little bit and for the better. By tomorrow aftenoon the clouds should start breaking up a bit and we may have partially clouded skies with occasional tropical showers. For the time of the year not too bad at all, it beats non stop all day rain, like the monsoon period can have sometimes. It does look though that the rainy season has arrived on Koh Samui.

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Sunday, 30 October 2016

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


Today's weather;

It's raining over Koh Samui this morning and there's supposed to be lots more of rain during the rest of the day. Today is likely to be a typical monsoon day with rain all day long. Current temp at 7am is 25C

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

A view over Koh Samui from up in the mountains. Great nature to be found there with spectacular views

At Kata on Phuket we have heavy cloud cover and I wouldn't be surprised if at some stage today we will have rain again. Current temp at 7am is 26.1C

The current October PADI IDC on Phuket has reached it's half way mark here and we're in the thickst of it! Going strong and keeping at it!

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

Yesterday the flooding and aftermath was a lot worse in Patong and Phuket Town on Phuket, than I initially thought. The night before last night, at 4am it was total mayhem after torrential rains for hours on an end and there were massive floods around Patong, especially the Bangla Road area with water run off rom th surrounding mountains. When I made my way from Kata to Patong yesterday morning, all roads were mud flooded and there were a few minor landslides along the way as well. It was absolute mayhem and more rain is predicted for the next couple of days

Yesterday saw thunderstorms and rain around Koh Samui with plenty of rain although not nearly as bad as compared to Phuket yesterday. Max temp reached 28C

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

Yesterday the Grand Palace in Bangkok was opened to mourners to pay respect and say farewell to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Last night there was also rain and thunder above Bangkok which resulted in this beautiful picture of the Grand Palace by Charlinee Thirasupa

The forecast predicts plenty and hard rain today and plenty for tomorrow as well but not as hard as compared to today. The clouds may ease up for a few days although tropical showers are still likely and towards next weekend more rain is expected. It seems that the monsoon is about to start.

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Saturday, 29 October 2016

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


Today's weather;

It's cloudy over Koh Samui this morning, rain is in the air and there should be plenty of to come today and it was raining last night or this monring as well. Current temp at 7am is 27C

At Kata on Phuket it's also cloudy, once more, after two or three nice and sunny days. The wind has more or less disappeared though, so the beaches look nice again, without the long waves rolling in. Current temp at 7am is 25.1C

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

Fisherman's Village beach, about two weeks ago, when the weather was gorgeous around koh Samui. The picture is taken in front of 'the Wharf'

Yesterday saw a clpudy with a few rain showers over Koh Samui and a max temp of 31C

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

The roundabout in Karon on Phuket, an iconic landmark that can't be missed when travelling the Karon beach road. Durimg my training runs I pass this very often, it's just past my half way mark on my most regular run.

The forecast shows plenty of rain for today around koh Samui and for the next two days. Mid week it might ease up again with partially clouded skies but come next weekend, the rain might be back in full force. Slowly it seems we are moving towards the rainy season.

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Friday, 28 October 2016

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

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


Today's weather;

It's fairly blue over Koh Samui this morning with just a few clouds in the sky and it looks like it will be a nice and sunny day and it may get warm. Current temp at 7am is 27C

At Kata on Phuket we have a hazy sky but as soon as the sun starts heating up here, I expect a sunny sky as well. Current temp at 7am is 26.7C

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

Near our house in Plai Laem, a shirt is wrapped around a tree, to cover a fruit and protect it from being eaten by birds. Have you ever seen anything like this before? Most of the time Thais seem to use plastic bags to cover the fruit and not clothes, like here, This looks rather funny.

Yesterday saw a nice and warm day around Koh Samui and it stayed dry all day long  Max temp reached 33C

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

The Bangla boxing stadium in Patong, Phuket. Muay Thai is very popular among Thais and many foreigners alike and each weekend it's watched on tv and bets are made, mostly by men. Boxing stadiums can be found in many tourist destinations and there are plenty of muay thai schools and centers that seem to attract many Westerners

The forecast didn't change much, as of tomorrow clouds should move in again with lots of rain during Sunday and Monday, it might clear up after that for the rest of the week but come the first November weekend, it's clouds and rain again.

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Camille

Thursday, 27 October 2016

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

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


Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui this morning looks nice, with mostly blue parts but also a few clouds in it. There may be a short shower during the morning but the sun is out to play today! Current temp at 7am is a nice and cool 24C

At Kata on Phuket we also have a mostly blue sky with a few isolated clouds in it and I expect it to be get sunny and hot here! Current temp at 7am is 26.1C

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

Picture and all rights by Joe Clasby
Chaweng beach yesterday, lovely and flat surface, almost as flat like a mirror. Enjoy it whilst it last since during November, the monsoon may start on Koh Samui and the wind will change and Chaweng beach may have big waves. For the time being however, it's fantastic. Be careful though and swim fully clothed, be aware of box jelly fish around Samui's popular beaches.

Yesterday saw most of the day a nice day with some sunshine and a few clouds but during the afternoon there was also a downpour for about half an hour. Max temp reached 30C

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

Karon beach on Phuket yesterday, since a few days the weather has changed on Phuket and there's less wind and the waves aren't as big and threatening anymore, Soon the wind will have dropped completely here and the beaches of Phuket will look flat like a mirror again. However, until that time, it's important to observe the Phuket Life Guard guidelines and check the colors of the flags. Red flags mean 'don't swim', abide by these flags, since each year people drown at Phuket and along Thailand's beaches in general because they don't take the warning signs serious. As recent as this weekend, when a Chinese tourist drowned at Patong beach

The forecast for Koh Samui did change overnight. Tomorrow may be the last of a nice. warm and partially sunny day for a few days to come. Over the weekend heavy cloud layers are supposed to move in loaded with plenty of rain and towards the first November weekend, more rain and a bit of wind are expected to hit Koh Samui shores. Is that the start of the rainy or monsoon season after all?

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Camille

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Next Samui Green Market is Sunday 13th November at Fisherman's Village

Next Samui Green Market is Sunday 13th November at Fisherman's Village


The next Samui Green Market is Sunday 13th November at Fisherman's Village at the Elysia Boutique Resort and starts around 3pm. The six week rhythm is well kept in place and it's time to get you goodies again, like real good bread and other kinds of healthy food. Don't forget to bring your own non plastic bags.

Next Samui Green Market is Sunday 13th November at Fisherman's Village

Next Samui Green Market is Sunday 13th November at Fisherman's Village

Besides the shopping options, there are also always some other things to do, but at this stage no details are available yet, but most likely there will be music and things to do for children.

Next Samui Green Market is Sunday 13th November at Fisherman's Village

The Samui Green Market designed reusable vinyl banners for the Samui Green Market​ three years ago, and they are still using them. Thanks to Monticha and Benjaphon Iamvatcharin​ for creating the logo and donating the banners.

Looking forward to be back on Koh Samui by then and visit the next Samui Green Market is Sunday 13th November at Fisherman's Village! Hope you can make it too.

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


Today's weather;

This morning looks nice over Koh Samui with a partially cloudy sky but some parts of the island may have some rain this morning or later on today. Current temp at 8am is 28C

The PADI IDC that I'm team teaching on Phuket started yesterday and on Phuket we have a slightly clouded sky this morning with a few blue spots but it looks like things are clearing up again here after a few days of hard wind and lots of rain. Current temp at 8am is 27.2C

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

King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Koh Samui in 1962, the only visit to Koh Samui that he ever made, to the best of my knowledge


Yesterday saw a nice and fairly warm and dry day around Koh Samui with a max temp of 33C
Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th October, 2016

King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Rawai beach on Phuket back in 1959. A time during his reign when he travelled a lot and visited many cities and villages around the country.

The forecast remained stable for the next ten days on our island, which translates into partially clouded skies on most of the days with some tropical showers thrown in, especially come this Sunday and Monday it may get wet,

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

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


Today's weather;

On Koh Samui we have a very hazy early morning sky but there's already plenty of blue sky to be spotted. It's expected to be a fairly sunny and dry day today. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Today I'm back on Phuket. Although there was some good and nice weather when I was back on Koh Samui, the last couple of days the monsoon or rainy season came back with a vengeance here. This morning it's also heavy cloud cover and last night saw some storm pass over. Current temp at 7am is 25.8C 

Today I start to team teach a big PADI IDC with a fellow PADI Course Director and old friend of mine. 

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

Big Buddha at Koh Farn, a small island connected by a causeway. Big Buddha was build in 1972 and is 12 meters high. The Big Buddha sits in the Mara posture, with the left hand’s palm up resting on the lap and the right hand facing down, the fingers hanging over the knee and grazing the ground. It depicts a time during Buddha’s journey to enlightenment where he successfully subdued the temptations and dangers thrust at him by the devil-figure Mara by meditating and remaining calm. The pose is a symbol of steadfastness, purity and enlightenment.

Yesterday saw a nice and warm day around Koh Samui, until around 4pm when a very heavy tropical shower passed over. Max temp reached 32C

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

A mosque near Panwa on Phuket. The South of Thailand has a fairly large Muslim population and mosques can be found at many locations, not always as big as this one. In general the Buddhist and Muslim Thai population live together in peace, except for the three Southern provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat where an insurgency has been going on for decades.

The forecast for the next ten days hasn't changed that much. The wind has now mostly gone, cloud cover should clear up a bit and there will be occasional showers. Fairly typical for this time of the year before the monsoon season kicks off.

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Monday, 24 October 2016

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

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


Today's weather;

It's cloudy over Koh Samui with still a fair bit of wind and it looks like it will stay mostly cloudy today, with the sun possibly breaking through occasionally but I expect it to stay dry. Current temp at 8am is 28C

This morning I'm in Surat Thani town, en route to Phuket. We had dinner with a whole bunch of old school friends of my wife and early morning I drove my family down to the ferry, back to Koh Samui. In an hour or so I will hit the road again and drive down to Phuket.
It's grey and wet in Surat Thani with a current temp at 8am of 25C

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

That's us yesterday, waiting at the Seatran port in Nathon, to board a ferry heading for Donsak on the mainland. Sailing was smooth and there were no waves to speak of.

Yesterday saw a partially cloudy day over Koh Samui with the win slowing down a bit and it stayed dry all day long. Max temp reached 33C

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

The Saan Lak Mueang or city pillar in Surat Thani town. Lak mueang (หลักเมือง) are city pillars found in most cities of Thailand. Usually housed in a shrine (ศาลหลักเมือง) which is also believed to house Chao Pho Lak Mueang (เจ้าพ่อหลักเมือง), the city spirit deity. They are held in high esteem by their citizens. 

The forecast for Koh Samui and the next ten days is looking good, especially this time of the year. The wind should be dropping each day no and by tomorrow afternoon it should pretty much have gone. Most days are expected to be cloudy to partially cloudy with some tropical showers towards next weekend. The monsoon that looked like it had arrived, seems to be still relatively far away.

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

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

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


Today's weather;

It's mostly cloudy this morning over Koh Samui with an occasional crack in the cloud cover for a small slice of blue to be spotted. There's also a very strong wind blowing but it's dry and expect it to remain dry today. Current temp at 7am is 27C

In a moment we're off for the day to Surat Thani and tomorrow I will continue my travels to Phuket, to assist a friend and fellow PADI Course Director in a big PADI IDC Course

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

A stunning site yesterday at Sanam Luang in Bangkok, where well over a hundred and thousand people, plus a symphonic orchestra played and sang the Thai national anthem in honor of the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away ten days ago today. Transportation to Thailand's capitol in order to pay respect to the King is a major undertaking at the moment and hundreds of buses and minibuses are being mobilized to bring people to Bangkok and in the city itself they have taken museum buses out of the museums so they're able to deal with the masses that need transportation inside the city

Yesterday saw a very strong wind blowing all day long around Koh Samui under a cloud covered sky but it remained dry all day long and max temp reached 30C

The forecast for the next ten days will see the strong winds fizzle out by Tuesday and for a few days we may see some sunnier skies again. Around next weekend there should be plenty of rain starting to come down and maybe, just maybe this could be the monsoon season starting to knock on Koh Samui's door.

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

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


Today's weather;

It's heavily clouded this morning around Koh Samui and there's a very hard wind blowing, partially with a storm like strength. After my early morning run, I was partially covered in sand, blown up by the wind. Rain  is very likely later today and the current temp at 7am is 27C

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

One of the many 'Rua Chak Phra' vehicles on the road, this time in Bang Rak. All the temples around the island bring out their 'floating boats' and drive them around the various parts of the island. It's also happening on the mainland and it's an annual event.
This festival celebrates the official end of the annual three-month Buddhist Rains retreat (Phansa). The Chak Phra Festival literally means the procession of hauling the Buddha images.

Yesterday saw a cloudy day and although it remained dry in our parts of the woods, there was rain around other parts of the island. Max temp reached 31C

The forecast didn't change much for the next ten days. Very strong wind until Tuesday with storm like wind gusts today. From Wednesday onward the wind, the clouds and most of the rain should have gone.

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Friday, 21 October 2016

Box jellyfish on Chaweng Beach

Box jellyfish on Chaweng Beach


This recent Monday this beautiful but very dangerous species of a Morbakka box jelly fish species was caught on Chaweng beach in around 80 cm of water. Potentially this species can even be lethal.

A day later two more samples of the same Morbakka box jelly fish species were caught again at the middle of Chaweng Beach.

Box jellyfish on Chaweng Beach

Box jellyfish on Chaweng Beach; Morbakka box jelly fish

The box jelly fish season is not over yet and caution is urged when swimming at the Koh Samui beaches, especially at the East and Northern beaches. The season typically runs from August to December or January. However, that doesn't mean that outside of the 'season', there will be no box jelly fish around. Chances of an encounter are already very low but are even lower out of season.

Box jellyfish on Chaweng Beach

Box jellyfish on Chaweng Beach; Morbakka box jelly fish

Most of the hotels around Koh Samui now have awareness and prevention measures in place. As already mentioned, chances of being stung are low but it's good to be aware and know what to do in the unlikely event you witness a box jelly fish incident.

At Lamai beach there are now beach and life guards located and all other beaches should have warning signs erected and hotels and resorts should have vinegar stations on the beaches with plenty of vinegar back up. There's a very pro-active attitude among the hotels and local government on Koh Samui, of which I regularly made updates and posts on this and my dive blog.

In case of a box jelly fish sting, be aware of the following guidelines;

-make sure that the rescuer is safe from toxic jelly jellyfish

-bring the injured person out of the sea to a safe place (like the beach or boat)

-call for help or call 1669. Stay with the injured person because they can become unconscious within minutes

-calm down the injured person, to prevent more toxic stingers from firing off

-DO NOT RUB THE WOUND

-check for live signs, if needed give CPR (when unconscious) and treat the affected body parts with plenty of vinegar (DO NOT USE FRESH WATER)

If no vinegar is available, use soft drinks.

This post is to help you to be aware when you witness a box jelly fish incident. Help your self by wearing stinger suits or full body protective clothing.

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

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


Today's weather;

It's partially cloudy this morning over Koh Samui this morning with plenty of smaller blue spots. There's still a fairly strong wind blowing and although it may get fairly sunny today, during the afternoon or evening it looks like there may be more rain again. Current temp at 7am is 27C

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

HM King Bhumibol in a speedboat on his way to Koh Samui in 1962, the only time he visited our island, as far as am aware of. His various children visited Koh Samui on various occasions. The eldest daughter (formerly HRH) Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya was in the Chaweng Swensens about ten years or more back and his son Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was here various times. The other two daughters may have visited Koh Samui, but I'm not aware of it.

Yesterday saw a cloudy day all day long with at times clouds, heavy with rain. The rain didn't start however until around 4.30pm when there was about half an hour of hard rain and some drizzle for a while afterwards. Max temp reached 32C

The forecast for the next ten days remains stable and is looking good. Over the weekend heavy clouds are expected with possibly a storm tomorrow, on Saturday and some rain. Come Wednesday, the clouds, wind and rain should have gone and it may get warm, nice and sunny for a few days. The monsoon season still seems to be relatively far away and so far this October has been rather nice.

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

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


Today's weather;

It's cloudy over Koh Samui this morning with just a very rare blue spot in the sky although today's prediction forecasts partially clouded skies, so maybe later today the cloud cover breaks up a bit. The wind has dropped down a bit and the current temp at 7am is 28C

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

Picture and all rights by Joe Clasby
Arriving on Koh Samui by air and coming in over Plai Laem, this is the view if you sit on the left side of the plane and have a window seat. The Wat Plai Laem or Wat Laem Suwannaram complex can clearly be seen with all of it's big statues of Meh Guan Ihm and the sitting fat man and buildings. Big Buddha is just out of this picture.

Yesterday saw a partially clouded sky with heavier clouds towards the end of the day and early evening, during which we had  a few isolated drops of rain where we live in Plai Laem but other parts of the island may have had more rain. Max temp reached 31C, a nice temperature.

The forecast for the next ten days has had a slight change again, although mostly remains similar to previous predictions.  It should be partially clouded today and tomorrow with a change over the weekend with strong wind, storm like again, at times, to fizzle out by Tuesday and be nice and partially sunny with all wind pretty much gone. During this whole ten day period, no more than just an occasional tropical shower is to be expected, also during the coming weekend.

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Camille

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

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

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


Today's weather;

It's mostly cloudy over Koh Samui but there are also some blue spots and it should clear u during the remainder of the day and more sunshine could be ours today. The wind should have slowed down a bit today but is out in a fairly strong power and no rain is expected. Current temp at 7am is 28C

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

The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the only recorded visit to Koh Samui in 1962 or 2505. Greeting people on one of Koh Samui's beaches

Yesterday saw a warm but cloudy day with some hard rain, at last, around 7pm yesterday evening. Max temp reached 31C

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

Royal urn Mourners will be allowed to pay their respects to the royal urn in the Grand Palace in Bangkok from Friday 28 October The body of King Bhumibol is in a coffin nearby. This will be another occasion when many Thai people will want to take the opportunity to pay their respect to the late King Bhumibil Adulyadej

The weather forecast for the next ten days has changed a bit, a lot less is now predicted and come next Tuesday the wind should have pretty much gone. During this ten day period it's supposed to be partially cloudy and besides some tropical showers, no real rain is expected. The island's drought is continuing. 

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

A visit to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) in Panwa

A visit to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) in Panwa


Already a bit over a week ago a paid a visit to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) in Panwa. The Phuket Marine Biological Center or PMBC is located at the Phuket Aquarium premises and it's a bit of a way out from the rest of Phuket but for me it was well worth the extra mile since it was also a great opportunity to meet Khun Somchai Bussarawit, Marine and Coastal Protected Area Management Specialist and the first marine biologist in Thailand to study box jelly fish, since around 2008.

A visit to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) in Panwa

A visit to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) in Panwa; The entrance at exactly the same location as Phuket Aquarium. A bit out of the way but it comes with a lovely boulevard leading up to the entrance and a great view over the ocean

The Phuket Marine Biological Center is a Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Institute and is part of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources and funded by the Thai government.
There are four research institutes of the PMBC, one in Samut Sakorn (near Bangkok). one in Rayong, one in Songkla, one in Chumpon and the main institute on Phuket itself.

A visit to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) in Panwa

A visit to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) in Panwa; One of the many box jelly fish species that are preserved. This species is a morbakka, often found in Thai waters.

It was interesting sitting down with Khun Somchai, discussing ways how we can help each other, since I have a non scientific background, but am very interested and aware of what is going on with box jelly box fish in Thailand and to a degree, in surrounding countries. 

A visit to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) in Panwa

A visit to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) in Panwa; Portuguese Man'O war on display. They were recently found on Northern Phuket beaches and are still showing their original blue colors, showing how 'fresh' they are. The Portuguese Man'O War has so far not been sighted on the Gulf of Thailand.

With the surrounding countries, there's a challenge for Khun Somchai, since no other South East Asian or Asian country at the moment seems to be so involved in box jelly fish research as Thailand. Recently a first meeting with participants from among other China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia have met, but there are more countries that deal with box jelly fish in the region that hopefully will get involved more in the (near) future, like the Philippines.

A visit to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) in Panwa

A visit to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) in Panwa; With Khun Somchai Bussarawit, Marine and Coastal Protected Area Management Specialist and the first marine biologist in Thailand to study box jelly fish, since around 2008.

From my end I am looking into how I can get the dive community become more aware and involved in the box jelly fish situation in Thailand. Right now I'm following up on some of the discussions and ideas that came up when talking to Khun Somchai.

A visit to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) in Panwa

A visit to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) in Panwa; In front of one of the building s of the Phuket Marine Biological Center or PMBC, in this specific building some of their collected species are on display

As you can see, there's a lot of research going on about box jelly fish in Thailand and a lot goes on behind the scenes, like at the PMBC. It was a very interesting opportunity to get to know Khun Somchai and see the facilities at the PMBC. Hopefully this will all bear fruit in the future!

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

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


Today's weather;

This morning the sky over Koh Samui is cloudy and it looks like there may be some hard rain during the afternoon. There's a fairly strong wind blowing at the Western and Northern side of the island. Current temp at 7am is 27C 

If you plan on visiting Big Buddha today, the whole Koh Farn island on which Big Buddha is located, will be all day without electricity.

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

This mourning set up is what I saw yesterday at the Makro outlet at the Chaweng ring road. Many organizations will have similar displays and you can also sign a condolence register, hence the chair, so you can sit down and sign the register. 

Yesterday saw a nice day, with the clouds at some times during the day time breaking open for short periods of time, allowing the sun to shine through. However, some parts of the island experienced thunderstorms, although the Plai Laem area where we live stayed dry. There was a nice wind blowing all day long and max temp reached 33C

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

More and more practical tips on how to behave, what to do and now how to dress come out and about. This is a good chart on how to dress during the mourning period and my be helpful to many people who aren't sure of what is or isn't acceptable or good form to wear. This chart is also available in Thai language.
Other Government guidelines now mentioned that it's fine to open bars and nightlife venues again, but without music and it also stated that sporting events can go ahead again.

The forecast for the next ten days around Koh Samui changed slightly. The storm like winds seem to have disappeared, but there are still strong winds to be expected until next week Monday to Tuesday night, with occasionally some hard rain. The last week of the month might be a lot nicer and sunnier again.

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Monday, 17 October 2016

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

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


Today's weather;

It's very cloudy over Koh Samui this morning and it looks like rain is in the air, although the prediction is that the rain will not reach us before the late afternoon. We can use rain, lots of rain, since Koh Samui is having a drought period. We also have a light breeze which should turn up a lot during the evening. Current temp at 7am is 27C

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

The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej visiting Koh Samui back in 1962 or 2505 with Queen Sirikit at his side. This is the only time I know of that the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej visited Koh Samui

Yesterday saw a very warm day in a partially cloudy sky with a light breeze and it stayed dry. Max temp reached 33C

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

The swimming pool near the beach at the Tongsai Bay Hotel, where my sister and her husband just stayed for two weeks and where her son is completing an internship as part of his studies. One of the longest standing high end resorts on Koh Samui. Currently they are having construction which leads to reduced room rates, maybe the one time chance to be able to stay here?

The weather forecast for the next ten days over Koh Samui predicts an increase in wind, at times even storm like conditions until next Monday with some heavy but relatively short showers. Come Tuesday next week it all should slow down and the wind should pretty much disappear and we may have the sun coming back again.

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Recommendations regarding Mourning Period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Recommendations regarding Mourning Period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej


Here are some very good Recommendations regarding Mourning Period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, partially advised by the TAT or Tourist Authority of Thailand.

In a very short version, be respectful of and towards the Thai people and the whole nation dealing with their loss and their mourning, during the one year mourning period that has been announced including a one month period during which all entertainment events have been postponed or cancelled.

Right now, it's first of all very important to point out that everything is happening very peaceful although if there are things that are inconveniencing you, maybe that no alcohol is served for a few days and that entertainment venues, disco's and bars are closed, keep in mind that's it's temporarily.

Recommendations regarding Mourning Period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Recommendations regarding Mourning Period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The following link is well worth reading, it is the official version of the TAT or Tourist Authority of Thailand, check it out here. Please read up, inform yourself and act accordingly.

Here is the full text;

Thailand is now in an official period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

In this regard, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like all visitors to Thailand to continue with their travel plans as normal. Furthermore, kindly be advised of the following:
• Many Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but if possible, they should wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public.
• Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour.
• Tourist attractions will be open as usual with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as they will be the venue of the Royal Funeral Rites.
• The Government has asked for the cooperation from the entertainment venues; such as, bars and nightclubs to consider the opening of their business operations during this time. The decision will be made by the individual owners.
• Most of the traditional and cultural events will be taking place as usual, although the celebrations may be changed for appropriateness as a mark of respect, or the events may be dedicated to the memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
• All transport, banks, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual.
• The related authorities have stepped up safety and security measures for all Thais and visitors to facilitate their travelling around the country.
• For any enquiries, please contact our TAT domestic offices or Tel.: 1672.

TAT would like to thank all visitors for their understanding and supporting Thailand during this period of time.

Tourism Authority of Thailand
14 October 2016 at 16.00 hrs.

Here's a link by TAT, with the latest updates on cancelled, postponed events and status of popular tourist attractions, please check here.

Here's a link that explains how the Funeral Rites for King Bhumibol Adulyadej are expected to proceed, check the link here. It has been 70 years ago that Thailand had to say goodbye to a King, so it's a rather unique event, just as this mourning period is.

Hope this helps for now, keep an eye out for any updates, through my blog and many other social media outlets that deal with this issue and topic. Thanks.

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


Today's weather;

It's a very nice day around Koh Samui, a slightly hazy sky with plenty of blue in it and not too many clouds with a nice breeze. I expect to remain dry today. Current temp at 10am is already 32C

A very late update today since I started with a half marathon distance training run, 1:57'24.4 over 21.41km or a 5'28 pace, just in case you're interested (or not) and than after I took a shower it was straight off to Fisherman's Wharf for a breakfast goodbye meeting with one of the Samui runners, who is leaving back to Russia for six to nine months.

Today should also have seen the 3rd Mad Hatters run which is postponed and new dates are still to be announced and the Full Moon Marathon on Koh Phangan, which has been cancelled, just like today's Full Moon Party. This should have been the first time that I would have run two races on one day, but it's not to be, for the time being.

These are just a few of the cancelled or postponed events, due to the one month mourning period, announced in Thailand.

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

The late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Koh Samui back in 1962 or 2505, visiting local monks. This is the only visit the late King made to Koh Samui, that I know of. Recently a set of pictures was posted on Facebook and they fit perfectly in the current mourning period for the late King

Yesterday saw a nice, partially sunny and partially cloudy day with a good breeze and a max temp of 33C and it stayed dry around the island. The drought is not getting better!

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

The beach at Fisherman's Village in Bophud this morning, Nice and sunny with a very calm ocean

The forecast for Koh Samui's next ten days keeps changing slightly at the moment. Some afternoon rain is expected tomorrow and Tuesday and from Wednesday to next weekend a very strong wind is due, possibly with storm like conditions at times and light rain just before and during the weekend.

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

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


Today's weather;

It's partially cloudy around Koh Samui with some bigger and smaller blue patches in the sky and there's a fair bit of wind but it should stay dry. Current temp at 8am is 29C

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

The late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej visited Koh Samui back in 1962 or 2505 according to the Thai calendar. Yesterday I found a whole set of pictures from his visit online, from which I knew only one or two pictures.

Yesterday saw a cloudy but dry day with a fair amount of wind. Although it stayed dry in our part of the island, other parts had some rain during the afternoon or evening. Max temp reached 32C

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

Yesterday thousands of people came out to pay respect to his late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej when his body was transported from Siriraj hospital to the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The streets were packed with grieving Thai people, all dressed in black or white clothes.
Mourning is going to last for a one year period and all 'entertainment' events for the next month have been cancelled or postponed throughout the country

The forecast for the next ten days around Koh Samui and it's surrounding islands has just changed slightly. It should stay mostly cloudy until next weekend, with the wind picking up as of Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by an occasional tropical shower. Next weekend should see a very strong wind blowing around the island but the cloud cover should be easing up.

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