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Sunday, 13 October 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th October – 13th October 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th October – 13th October 2019


Here awe are again, Sunday morning and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th October – 13th October 2019.
The Sunday run is in the bag and the sun is out!

It was cloudy to partially clouded earlier this morning. However, the sun is taking over control. It's getting more blue by the minute almost. Current temperature at 11am is 30C and rising. It feels a lot hotter outside, once you're in the sun.

Last week saw plenty of nice sunny to partially clouded days. However, towards the end of the week we saw some showers. Starting Thursday afternoon. Yesterday it was dry and sunny at Plai Laem all day long. However, our oldest daughter had to go to the Navy camp in Lipa Noi. The King's daughter was visiting and releasing turtles. Once she got back she mentioned that it rained there.
Maximum temperatures last week ranged from 35C in the beginning of the week to 23C a few times during the night time.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th October – 13th October 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th October – 13th October 2019

New signage at Central Festival in Chaweng. A great and popular photo opportunity.

The forecast for next week is not looking that great. We're getting to the half way mark of this month and that can lead us to some foretastes of the rainy season. The current typhoon, Hagidis, that is or was battering Japan, is rubbing off on Thailand now. That includes Samui. Tomorrow we get a very short but harsh storm spot between 10am and 1pm. Lots of rain during that period as well. Let's see how accurate this prediction will be.
The rest of the week will see some hard rain as well. Not on all days, mostly towards the end of the week. Possibly including next weekend.


Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th September – 6th October 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th September – 6th October 2019

Sunday morning, time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th September – 6th October 2019.

Long run is in  the bag. I'm glad to be back in training again. Goal is the half marathon come 15th December in Surat Thani. Today was an easy hour and a half run. In the last 600 meters I run off my feet by a dog! The dog was running next to a motorbike, following his owner. He didn't see me and despite evading moves by myself, he hit me full on and swept my legs away. Lucky for me it was on the side of the road and I landed face first in the sand. Very lucky for me that I did not have a single scratch. 

On to the weather though, it is partially cloudy this morning. The current temperature at 9.45am is 29C. It looks like a nice day in the making, not too hot but most likely dry.

Last week saw some great weather. All week long sunny skies and lots of sunshine. It was warm but not 'stupid' warm or rather hot as for instance in April. The overall temperatures are dropping and makes for agreeable days. As long as it stays dry. Dry it was this week. Wherever I was on the island last week, I didn't spot a single drop of rain.
Maximum temperatures reached 34C in the beginning of the week. The minimum temperature barely hit 23C. A nice start of the month indeed.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th September – 6th October 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th September – 6th October 2019

Khow Tanim or the Magic Garden in Baan Namuang. My last visit was almost two months ago. Check it out, it is an interesting place to visit. This is one of the many statue clusters that can be found there.

The forecast for next week is looking great. The weather of this week continues to hold on. Hardly any wind, few clouds and plenty of sunshine. The overall temperature shouldn't be too hot though. October continues to keep up good appearances.
Enjoy your time on our island or in the Samui archipelago next week!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

 Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Welcome to October 2019

Welcome to October 2019

It's the first of October and we say welcome to October 2019. 

The month of October on Koh Samui is usually still a fairly nice month, if we talk weather. However, it is also the month before our rainy season starts. It's really a transitional month weather wise.

The last two years October was ok. Early on during the month still plenty of sunshine. Later during the month, more and more rain starts to show up. Or rather, falls down. Three years ago it seemed the rainy season had already started by the end of the month.

This month I do expect rain, it's just hard to say when. Towards the end of the month is the safest bet though. 
The first week of this new month, the forecast looks good. Let's see how far we can carry this. 


Welcome to October 2019

Wat Plai Laem is around the corner of our house. It's also a beautiful temple, one of the most beautiful on the island, just in my humble opinion. Many buildings and statues. Lovely statues as well! One of these statues is a massive, big, sitting man. You may want to call it a Buddha maybe. This statue is surrounded by four smaller statues, depicting Indian style deities. This is one of these four statues. Ganesh! This deity  is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom.

There are not that many events on the island that I am aware of this month. So come and enjoy a much more quiet and tranquil Koh Samui and it's archipelago. Go out and about and maybe one of the activities on offer here suits you.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Monday, 30 September 2019

Goodbye to September 2019

Goodbye to September 2019

It's the last day of the month and time to say Goodbye to September 2019.

Although there were some nice and sunny days throughout this month, there were a few rainy days as well.
We even had two days with serious flash floods. All in all not as good as an average September but still ok. 

Goodbye to September 2019

Goodbye to September 2019

At Wat Plai Laem two new buildings are being constructed. The two buildings are meant to keep the bodies of deceased people in them until the cremation ceremony can start. They are very Chinese style looking. It seems the temple has plenty of money to keep constructing new buildings.

There were also two running events this month. One was the trail and half marathon event during this years edition of the Samui Festival. I ran the 5km race and managed to get 4th spot in my age category. There were plenty of other events throughout Samui during the Samui Festival. Including music live shows.
A week later was the 6th edition of the Run to Give or Mad hatter charity run. Here I placed 2nd in my age category. 

Now it's time to look forward to the start of October. See you next month!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

 Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 21st September – 29th September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 21st September – 29th September 2019

We're at the end of the week again and it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 21st September – 29th September 2019.
This morning I completed my first long slow distance run since over two months. It all went well and my next running goal will be the half marathon in Surat Thani come 15th December.

Today the weather is great. A mostly blue sky with almost no wind. The temperature at 11am is a nice 29C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 21st September – 29th September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 21st September – 29th September 2019

Yesterday the two week Thaa Yai came to an end. The deceased that were welcomed two weeks ago, have been sent on their way again until next year. Here is part of the food offered to the monks at the Wat Plai Laem temple. The amount of food being offered should keep them going for at least a week or more! Lots f big buckets and pots and pans have already been filled to the brim and are not to be seen in this picture.

Last week was anything but the way it was predicted. Plenty of cloud cover and showers. Friday morning we also had a massive thunderstorm pass over. This one caused immediate flash floods at the usual spots. Most of the flash floods were gone again within an hour and a half at most.

Maximum temperatures reached 32C just once, early last week. Most of the week was in the high twenties. The minimum temperature reached 23C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 21st September – 29th September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 21st September – 29th September 2019

Some of the offered food to the monks. This is mainly fruit and khanom or sweets. The fresh food, the curries and rice and such are portrayed on the picture above.

The forecast looks good once more. Hardly any clouds or wind are predicted for next week. There may be some tropical showers though. Short but possible hard showers. Enjoy your time on the island and get in touch if you're up for some of the trips on offer.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th September – 22nd September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th September – 22nd September 2019

It's Sunday morning and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th September – 22nd September 2019.

This morning our family participate in the 6th Run to Give - Mad hatter run at 'The Wharf' in Fisherman's Village. In the 10km race I came in second in my age category of 50+ and 12th all over. My time was 46'19 with a 4'38 pace. That's ok considering I'm only back in training since three weeks. After pretty much not having run for a month.

The weather today is rather cloudy. This morning it stayed dry but around 8am a drizzle started, continuing to the current 11am time. Current temperature is a nice and cool 27C. Love it like that!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th September – 22nd September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th September – 22nd September 2019

The 'amphur' building in Nathon. Kind of like the town hall or districts office. Amphur's are the second level administrative subdivision and make up the province. There can be a few Amphur's or districts in a province. 

Last week saw a few very windy and cloudy days with some showers at the beginning of the week. The sun broke through later during the week, for clouds and rain or rather a drizzle make it's comeback today. Maximum temperature just about reached 33C yesterday afternoon. The minimum temperature got stuck at 22C

For next week the forecast is looking really good. Possibly some more rain today but tomorrow possibly cloudy with light rain. The rest of the week however should be very nice and sunny! Crank out the sun lotion and enjoy Koh Samui's beaches and sight seeing attractions. Soak in the sun and enjoy!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

 Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

 You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th September – 15th September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th September – 15th September 2019

Sunday afternoon, and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th September – 15th September 2019.
It's a cloudy afternoon and at 1pm the current temperature is a cool 29C.

This morning I participated in the Samui Festival running event. The 5km race was on my schedule and I came in 21nd all over and 4th in my age group 50-59 years! Despite having a very fast 4'19 pace per km, I was a bit surprised that I didn't fare any better in the rankings. However, having said that, the first 3 in each age category for all distances, received price money. That surely brings out the freaks, so to speak. 
Next week at the Wharf, a charity run, will only see local Samui runners.

There was also a cycling event this morning, which caused a few traffic jams around the ring road! All in all, a great event, well organized and fun to participate in.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th September – 15th September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th September – 15th September 2019

Last week we had some hardcore flash floods Monday and Tuesday afternoon. All hell broke loose and the usual hot spots flooded in no time. Above you can see a picture Bang Rak on Tuesday afternoon. Each day, just after an hour or so, the water levels dropped again. No worries there. The next day was also nice, when all the mud turns into dust!
The rest fo the week was surprisingly nice. Partially cloudy to sunny.
Except for last night when it rained again. Yesterday may have seen a shower or two around the island as well.
Maximum temperatures reached 34C. The minimum got stuck at 22C


Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th September – 15th September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th September – 15th September 2019

Yesterday morning, Saturday, saw the yearly Tha yai event in the temples around Samui. This is at Wat Plai Laem.

For next week we have a forecast of strong wind and tropical showers until Wednesday. Come Thursday it should clear up again nnd we should be able to welcome the sun again.

Hope you will have a grand time if you're on Samui this week! Enjoy what the island has to offer!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

 You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

 You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience.

 Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned.

 Camille

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd September – 8th September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd September – 8th September 2019

Sunday morning and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd September – 8th September 2019.
It's nice and sunny outside and at 10am we already have a current temperature of 31C. And rising! It's looking like a warm day is in the making. Clouds are opening up and moving out of the way for a nice blue sky.

This week was nice. We also had a few showers during the morning mainly, but mostly partially clouded skies with warm days.
Maximum temperatures reached 33C during the last two days. Minimum temperature reached 22C early last week. A fair start into the new month.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd September – 8th September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd September – 8th September 2019

A new structure has been erected or build at Hua Thanon's ocean side. There's lots of parking space and it connects to the local market. Especially the seafood market is well known around the island for it;s freshness. Well worth a visit if you make a trip around the island. In Hua Thanon you can also see many original Hainan style local houses. 

The forecast for next week is looking good. Monday might be wet but most other days should have partially clouded skies as a minimum. The wind has completely disappeared, so it might get hot.
Come next weekend, first of all we will have the Samui Festival activities. Including the various running races on Sunday. Secondly, the wind is about to pick up. Maybe a cool day's running lies ahead of us. 
Hope to see you next Sunday in Nathon for the Samui Festival runs. 
If you're on the island this week, go out and about. Enjoy the predicted nice weather.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Monday, 2 September 2019

Welcome to September 2019

Welcome to September 2019

It's that time of the month again and we can say a well meant Welcome to September 2019. This month typically carries on the nice and good weather from August. A lot of times it's even better compared to August.
The first couple of days may be windy and with some rain. However, the first weekend of this brand new month looks just splendid. Hardly any clouds and plenty of sunshine.

Welcome to September 2019

Welcome to September 2019

One of the many different statues you can find at the Magic Garden. Towering high above the island, in the middle of durian plantations, you can find the Magic Garden. Turn into the road opposite Wat Khunaram and follow the road up the mountain. Signs will guide you to find the right way. Well worth a vist. First of all for the stunning views from above during the ascent. Secondly, to actually visit the Magic Garden itself.

This month will also two great running events. First of all the one on 15th September. This is part of the much bigger 'Samui Festival' This festival will rage over the island for a couple of days. With live music, a bicycle event, running events and much more.
Secondly come 22nd September the '6th Mad Hatter run'. Unfortunately both events are sold out.
Hope to see you there!

If you're on the island this month, a good choice! Enjoy the island, it's surrounding islands and hopefully good weather. Plus all we have to offer so you feel welcome here.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th August – 1st September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th August – 1st September 2019

It's another Sunday morning on Koh Samui and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th August – 1st September 2019.
This morning it was raining but soon the clouds parted and the sun broke through. Currently we're enjoying a partially clouded sky and the sun is beaming. The temperature at 11am is 28C
A nice last August 2019 Sunday is in the making. 

Last week saw some strong wind but not much rain. At least not in Plai Laem, our northeastern corner of the island. It was a nice last August week.
Maximum temperatures reached 35C yesterday. The rest of the week was a lot cooler though. Minimum temperature reached 21C, also yesterday.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th August – 1st September 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th August – 1st September 2019


One of the two mummified monks on Koh Samui. This mummified monk is located at Wat Kiri Whongkaram in Baan Taling Ngaam. A more out of the way and quiet temple in the south eastern corner of the island.

The forecast for next week, the first September week of 2019, is looking good. Partially cloudy with some strong winds at times until Thursday. Occasionally some rain can be expected as well during this time frame. However, as of Friday it should turn really sunny and warm again.
Enjoy September on the island, a good time to be here. Go out and explore the island and have fun doing so. Be safe on the roads and enjoy the island.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Goodbye to August 2019

Goodbye to August 2019

The end of the month had arrived and we're about to say Goodbye to August 2019.
This August was a nice month indeed, when we look at the weather. In the beginning of the month there was some strong wind and a few showers. Overall though, a lot less rain than expected or predicted. This was followed by plenty of sunshine and warm days in the second part of the month.

Overall a nice month, pretty average I would say for an August in the Samui archipelago. It all balanced out nicely. The first half of the month not as great, the second really good.

Goodbye to August 2019

Goodbye to August 2019

Have you already found the 'Samui love station' in Nathon? It's located pretty much at the beginning of the Seatran pier. If you're looking at the pier, at your left hand side. It's a fun set up where you can get some good Samui 'souvenir' or remembrance pictures. Have a look and get some shots or selfies. Whilst you're there, go and explore Nathon. It's a lovely old city with plenty of photo genetic opportunities. Some good restaurant for lunch or dinner can be found here as well.

There was the first Lamai Charity run. A well organized running event that will hopefully be followed up next year. Samui can do with a few more events like this.
I was lucky to be able to participate, since I had a few injuries to look after. Not my best performance but considering the circumstances. it was ok. After the finish I bumped into David, an avid follower of this blog. Hope to see you again David, at that moment I was pretty much out of breath!

It's time to heat up for September. A short intro to next month will be posted in a day or two. Stay tuned!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

6th Mad Hatter or Run to Give race at the Wharf on 22nd September 2019

6th Mad Hatter or Run to Give race at the Wharf on 22nd September 2019

It's a bit late but here's to the 6th Mad Hatter or Run to Give race at the Wharf on 22nd September 2019.
The distances on offer are 2km, 5km and a 10km race. The application fee is 450.-THB. For this you get a BIB and a T-shirt. Trophies for the first 3 places in each age category. Hurry up since they're almost sold out. 
There's are also prices for wearing the best hat. Hence this race on Koh Samui is also known as the Mad hatter run.
It's always a lot fun to participate in this race. A well organized race and they have lots of tombola prices. Well worth your time and effort.

The only time I couldn't make was in 2016. As an alternative I ran the Phuket version at Bang Wad Dam.
This run is held at various cities throughout Thailand. The Marriott hotels organize it. On Koh Samui that are the 'W', 'Renaissance', 'Le Meridien', 'Sheraton', 'Ritz-Carlton' and the 'Vana Belle Resort'.

This year I'm just coming back from an injury. As a result it will be a real challenge to get a podium spot in my age category of 50-59 for the 10km race. It is only my second time that I participate in the 10km race on Koh Samui. The fist was back in 2014 during the first edition. I should run a lo faster compared to my result back than.

6th Mad Hatter or Run to Give race at the Wharf on 22nd September 2019

6th Mad Hatter or Run to Give race at the Wharf on 22nd September 2019

Looking forward to be racing again. Looking forward seeing many friendly faces at the start line of the various distances. If you see me, don't be shy and say hi!
See you at the Wharf.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 



You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience.

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th August – 25th August 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th August – 25th August 2019

Sunday morning in Surat Thani and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th August – 25th August 2019.
It's cloudy but dry and the current temperature at 7.30am is 29C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th August – 25th August 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th August – 25th August 2019

It's durian season! We're in the midst of it. Nowadays I love durian, especially the Mong Thong variation. In my ealry days in Thailand, I thought they smelled horrible, and I barely tasted them. Nowadays, when I smell them, I want to know where they are so I can indulge in them. There's a reason they're called 'king of the fruits'! How about you, do you like durian? Or do you think they smell like rotten shoes? This picture was taken at the Maenam morning market. Well worth a visit by the way!

Last week saw a very nice week when we talk about the weather. Lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. In the north eastern corner of the island where we live, we didn't really have any rain. Other parts of the island might have had some rain yesterday.
Maximum temperatures last week got up to 35C on Wednesday. Tuesday night the minimum temperature last week dropped to 21C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th August – 25th August 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th August – 25th August 2019

A sop in downtown Surat Thani city. It's near the Tapee river on a Sunday morning market. Plenty of 'pinto' for sale. This is how you take food on the road, to the temple, to work or you name it and it stays warm. Nice walk through the narrow sois and look at all the Chinese style shops.

For next week we're looking at lots of strong wind, especially towards next weekend. Plenty of tropical showers are also predicted. It might get fairly wet during this last August week of the year. Hopefully we will get a little bit of sunshine in as well. Nonetheless, the island needs the water to stock up ground water levels.
If you are on the Samui archipelago, enjoy your time! There is plenty of things to do and explore!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th August – 18th August 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th August – 18th August 2019

Sunday morning once more and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th August – 18th August 2019.
Against all odds, I did run the Lamai Charity fun run this morning. The fully monty or distance over 11.6km. I haven't run since two weeks, due to injuries and my time wasn't the best. Still felt good to race again though.

Today is partially cloudy with the sun breaking through most of the time. Nice and warm but not too warm or hot. Current temperature at 10am is 29C.

Last week saw a very nice week around Koh Samui. There was some relatively strong wind at times but nothing to get worries about. The rain kept mostly away from the Plai Laem area in the north eastern corner of the island where we live. Only Friday afternoon saw a short and strong shower. Maximum temperatures last week reached 35C, just one day though. The minimum temperature dropped one night to 22C.
A much better week than originally predicted.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th August – 18th August 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th August – 18th August 2019

The music combo at the Tarnim Magic Buddha Garden. It's been 10 years since I visited here. It's high up on the mountains. Nicely cuddled in between big durian plantations. Especially this time of the year, you drive through the durians that literally hang over the roads sometimes. The Magic Garden is a place well worth visiting. We were lucky that we caught the garden between two big mountain car trip groups. It was quiet when we were there. You have to time it!

For next week you might as well get the sun lotion out. Hardly any wind, almost no rain. The prediction is looking very good. Hope you enjoy your time on the island. Go out and have a look what Samui has to offer!
There's always time to hang out at the beach! Stay safe and enjoy!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 5th August – 11th August 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 5th August – 11th August 2019

Good morning and welcome to the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 5th August – 11th August 2019.
It's cloudy and the very strong wind of the last two days has passed. There's still strong wind but not storm like anymore. It's currently 30C at 10.30am and very occasionally the sun peaks through a cloud hole. 

Last week saw very strong winds around the Samui archipelago. Culminating on Friday and Saturday with almost storm like conditions. Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday morning saw some very strong wind. Earlier last week saw a few fast and furious storms pass through as well. Surprisingly, during all this time, there was not that much rain. A lot less than I expected.
Maximum temperatures reached 35C on Thursday. The minimum hit Thursday night as well with 21C.
Luckily we only had one time a power cut at our house. With this kind of weather it can easily happen that a tree or tree branch hits an electricity cable with all electrical consequences!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 5th August – 11th August 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 5th August – 11th August 2019

Plai Laem, just outside of our house, during one of the many storms last week. Dark skies, strong winds but surprisingly very little rain. You can see how the coconut tree leaves are going in one direction. Caused by the strong wind.

For next week the forecast predicts still a few days with strong wind. Specifically Thursday may rock the boat a little bit. Rain can be expected, but just like last week, not too much. Most likely short, tropical showers. Hard, short and fast.

Don't forget next weekend, on Sunday 18th August, the Lamai charity run. It's sold out by now.

Do enjoy your stay on the islands and be careful, it is box jelly fish season again. Sightings have been reported from Lamai and Maenam beaches.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th July – 4th August 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th July – 4th August 2019

Sunday morning and as each weekend, time check the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th July – 4th August 2019.
It's the first August 2019 weekend and the weather has changed. It's mostly cloudy and the sun tries hard to break through. Until now, without great success. Current temperature at 9.45am is 30C

Last week saw a real change in weather. We had two short but very hard storms come through. One on Friday afternoon and one on Saturday morning. The Friday storm resulted in a 3 hour power cut in Plai Laem! Two very intense storms indeed. On the other hand, as already mentioned, they were short.
There's a strong wind though, in general. Last weeks maximum temperature reached 33C. The minimum got stuck at 21C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th July – 4th August 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th July – 4th August 2019

Outside the Plai Laem market, two boats waiting to be fixed or repaired. This is behind the fish market part. The Seatran pier is in the background. Many people refer to this market as the Bang Rak market. It is the Plai Laem market though. Plai Laem starts after the bridge.

The forecast for next week is not looking too great. Plenty of strong wind to come with an occasional shower. As of Wednesday also lots of rain and even stronger wind. A storm is making landfall on Vietnam this week and we're on the outskirts. It may be a wet week on the island but I hope you will still enjoy our island!
Maybe time to catch a movie (don't forget to stand up when they play the national anthem at the start of the movie!). Another may be to visit an escape room and try to get out!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Welcome to August 2019

Welcome to August 2019

Here we are, at the start of a brand new month and we can say welcome to August 2019.
August around the Samui archipelago should be nice and sunny. Not so during the last couple of years. There was plenty of rain usually for half of the month. The sun should come out during August and warm things up. Let's cross our fingers.
Today it's partially cloudy with big chunks of blue sky. The current temperature at 10am is 31C.

The forecast for the first week of August doesn't look that great though. A tropical storm is about to make landfall within a day or two in Vietnam. This will cause stormy and rainy weather in Northern and Central Thailand.
The islands will get their share as well, on the outskirts of this storm. Very strong wind is predicted  as of Sunday. There will or should be more than just a shower as well. Let's hope things calm down again during the second August week.

Welcome to August 2019

Welcome to August 2019

Choengmon beach earlier this week. It was already getting late but a beautiful , cloudy sky appeared. It was surprisingly busy, mainly with Thai people and their families and kids hanging out. The kids playing in the water, the parents looking on from the beach. Other Thai groups were doing what Thai people seem to do best, eating and drinking!

Come 18th August, there's the Lamai charity run. The race is already sold out. Although I signed up for this race, I won't be able to participate. My marathon race date has been changed. Consequently my training schedule doesn't allow for this race. Too bad but come 8th September, I should be all fired up for a full marathon in Lan Saka. This is on the mainland, near Nakhon Si Thammarat.

First things first though. Koh Samui and the surrounding islands should get busier again. The European summer holidays are in full swing. Enjoy your stay on the island and don't forget to go out and about. Experience Samui's culture and sights!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Goodbye to July 2019

Goodbye to July 2019

Another month gone and time to say Goodbye to July 2019. Here on this last day of July 2019, we have a cloudy sky and a current temperature of 30C. 
The majority of the month was a lot better though, if we stick to the weather. First of all there was plenty of sunshine with many blue skies Secondly, we saw some partially clouded skies as well. Last but not least, we had a little bit of rain as well. Not anywhere near what a 'normal' or average July bring sin around the Samui archipelago though.
It was a great July weather wise. Way above average.
Almost paradoxical, Samui and the surrounding islands need the rain. Drought is a potential problem and usually July fills the ground water reservoirs up a bit. So let it rain!

Goodbye to July 2019

Goodbye to July 2019

For me it was goo to be home during this month. Spent time with the family and helped out around the house. We have construction going on, so all help is needed and welcome in our household at the time being.

Am looking forward to August right now. It looks like the islands will get some well needed rain during next month's first week. Let's hope we can find the right balance between sunshine and rain next month. 

See you back in August!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd July – 28th July 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd July – 28th July 2019


Good morning on this Sunday during which we check the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd July – 28th July 2019!
It's Sunday morning, which also means my long run is done. Today 'only' 21.4km. My preparation for the Lan Saka marathon come 8th September is going fine. Fully according to schedule so far! Am crossing my fingers it stays like that!

This morning it's partially cloudy. The sun may break through in full force later today. Current temperature at 9am is 29C.

Last week still saw nice weather, most of the week. At last there were a few showers. They are badly needed. The rain that is! On the other hand, there was also still enough sunshine and mostly the afternoons were very warm. Maximum temperature last week stopped at 35C. The minimum temperature reached 21C.
July is almost coming to an end and it has been a very nice, warm and dry month so far!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd July – 28th July 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd July – 28th July 2019

Fresh seafood at the Plai Laem market. This market is well worth a visit, not too big nor too small. Lots of fresh produce to be seen and had. Each day around 5pm it's absolute chaos, due to the parking situation.

The forecast fr next week is interesting. July should end like most of this month, fairly warm and possibly, maybe a tropical shower. Come August 1st, the wind should pick up. This should come together with rain. A predication we had a couple of times during July, but the rain hardly materialized. We'll see what will happen during next week.

Either way, enjoy your stay on the island!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th July – 21st July 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th July – 21st July 2019

Welcome to a late Sunday morning and as always, time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th July – 21st July 2019.It's almost 11am and the sun has broken out since the early morning. During my long run, 32.2km today, 
it was cloudy until the sun started to rise. The clouds disappeared and the sun started to heat things up. Current temperature right now is 32C

Last week still saw mostly good weather. Sure, there were a couple of showers, but nothing too serious. And by far not as much as the island needs to top up the ground water levels. It has been a much better than average July up to this week.
Maximum temperature last week reached 34C. The minimum got stuck at 22C, during the night.
Most afternoons were very cloudy and some of them had showers with an occasional thunderstorm. This varied around the island.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th July – 21st July 2019

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th July – 21st July 2019

View over Bang Rak bay from Big Buddha. This is the view if you walk the stairs all the way up at Big Buddha. At the actual Big Buddha statue. Lovely view, refreshing breeze most of the time and a close up look at Big Buddha!

Next week is looking very good! Lots of sunshine, all the wind has gone and a shower may be your lucky number! Enjoy your stay, it looks like an awesome weather week is ahead of us.
Do go out and about, explore and enjoy but be safe on the roads!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 

If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 

You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

You may also opt for a very special dinner experience at The Thai Experience. Behind closed doors, reservation only and a very enjoyable and well worthwhile way of spending an evening on Samui. Authentic Thai food and a great atmosphere. Can highly recommend this experience. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille