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Sunday, 29 March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd – 29th March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd – 29th March 2020

Another Sunday morning with a brand new Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd – 29th March 2020.
It's an update from a changed world. Covid 19 is going around the world and manifesting itself. With a lot of consequences and previously unheard rules. Different rules in different countries, all over the world.
Koh Samui is no exception. Tourists have more or less gone. Many local Thai people who lost their jobs have gone back home. Back to their southern provinces, like Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Chumpon, all the way up to the northern and Isaan provinces.
It's very quiet on Koh Samui. Many shops have been closed down, either by government decree. Like massage parlors, bars and the like. Other shops closed down because of lack of customers.
We can be in for a long haul. Tough and hard times are coming for many us. The first Covid 19 cases have been detected on Koh Samui. There are bound to be more. Be safe out there!

As for the weather, it's partially cloudy and the current temperature at 8.45 am is 31C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd – 29th March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 23rd – 29th March 2020

Queue in Makro for buying face masks. One pack per person, per day, 4 masks for 10.-THB. This picture was taken yesterday, now there are also social distance markers. 300 packs pr day, until stock lasts.

Last week it was a nice, sunny and warm week. Maximum temperatures reached up to 33-34C. Minimum temperatures didn't drop lower than 23C

For next week, it's more of the same, sunny to partially clouded skies. Maybe a bit of a breeze to coll things down a bit. No rain in sight. The weather has been great this month on Koh Samui and it's surrounding islands. 

Be safe folks. Practice social distancing and wash your hands regularly. If possible, try to stay at home as much as you can.

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! 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned, once we're back to 'normal'. 

Camille

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th – 22nd March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th – 22nd March 2020

Sunday morning and welcome to the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th – 22nd March 2020.
We all woke up in a different world this morning. Are you also longing to that parallel universe where sports events, concerts and the like are still happening. Where self quarantine is a non existing issue.

I'm still running, but will most likely turn down the intensity of my training down a few levels.

Social distancing is still not very well understood here in Thailand. The country has more or less closed it's borders, without straight out saying so. However, in order to enter Thailand, as a foreigner you need a medical statement saying you're corona free, no older than 72 hours. Plus you need health insurance with at least 100,000.-USD coverage. Even Thai citizens need a medical statement that they are fir to fly and a letter from their embassy/consulate, stating they're Thai citizens. Whatever happened to passports?

In the meantime, live on Koh Samui goes on. Bars, movie theaters, gyms, massage parlors etc are all closed.
Supermarkets are open and well stocked. I haven't seen any panic buying, yet. The roads are very quiet though. Don't think many tourists are left. It will become increasingly difficult to leave the country very soon.

On Koh Phangan the first covid19 case in the Samui archipelago has been confirmed.

Interesting times are ahead of us. 

There's no social help plan in place, so it will be each to and for his own here. Everybody stay safe and only go out when you need to. Like for grocery shopping. Keep social distancing in place and keep washing your hands.

Now let's move on to the weather. Currently, at 11am, it's already 31C. Partially clouded and probably getting a little bit warmer.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th – 22nd March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 16th – 22nd March 2020

Parts of the Nathon government hospital are under construction. New wings are being build. Some have been completed already. Given the current Covid19 circumstances, this can't be done fast enough. Looking at all or most other countries in the world, Thailand may be in for some thing. Currently infection numbers are low, but hardly any tests are conducted in Thailand. Once the proverbial feces hits the fans here, it can become very interesting. Let's hope for the best.

All of last week was sunny. It's been splendid. Not a single drop of rain has been sighted by me. It was a mix of blue skies to partially clouded skies. Maximum temperatures hit 32C. All week long the minimum temperature didn't drop below 22C. Except for last night, it hit rock bottom with 21C.

Next week is looking gorgeous. No rain is predicted. We may have a lot of partially cloudy skies though. Nothing wrong with that. Stay safe everybody! Do drop in to check the situation on Koh Samui. I will post regular updates on the Koh Samui info blog Facebook page.

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

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th March – 15th March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th March – 15th March 2020

It's Sunday morning an a call for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th March – 15th March 2020 is due.
The long run is in the can, 21.44km in 1:59.07 or a 5'33 pace. A slow and easy long distance run.

It's partially cloudy and warming up. Current temperature at 10am is 29C but it sure feels a lot warmer already. Might as well get ready for another hot and sunny day.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th March – 15th March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th March – 15th March 2020

Early this month, the two Makro shops on the island started to have fever tests. Upon entering the shop, a staff member will electronically check if your have a raised temperature or fever. So far there are no known Covid-19 cases on Koh Samui and it's archipelago. All shops, hotels, resorts and restaurants are suffering though due to the absence of many tourists. Hard times are ahead for many people around the world.

Last week was very hot. It was sunshine galore. Mostly blue skies and a blaring hot sun. 'De koperen ploert' as we call that in the Netherlands. Maximum temperatures reached around 34C. The minimum temperature got stuck around 24C. During my early morning runs, between 5am and 6am, I can feel the temperature is rising. A very warm week and it takes some getting used to. Especially considering that we just come out of our rainy and cool season.

For next week, the wind picks up again. which is nice and it will hopefully cool things down a bit. No rain is predicted, but a bit more cloud cover compared to last week. Hopefully it will be a bit cooler. 

The Covid-19 situation in Thailand is chaotic, to say the least. The government keeps back tracking an almost all decisions it makes. There's clearly no clear policy in place and it shows incompetence at the highest levels. The health minister had a racist rant against 'dirty' Europeans who spread the Covid-19 virus. Which he now denies. I
New measures are put in place each day, mostly to be overruled the next day. Not many are being tested which explains the low number of people of infected people. Stay wary, wash your hands and avoid busy places. Start you social distancing. 
Hard economical and financial times are ahead for many people around the world. Stay safe and healthy! Eat healthy food and get lots of sleep. Boast your immune system!

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! 

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

Camille

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd March – 8th March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd March – 8th March 2020

Sunday morning and we're ready for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd March – 8th March 2020. It's nice and sunny outside with the promise of a hot day in the making. Current temperature at 10am it is already 31C. It's going to be a real hot one today.

The long run for this Sunday morning is in the can and it was nice and cool, below 27C between 5am and 7am.


Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd March – 8th March 2020

View over the islands of Koh See Koh Haa, from the Intercontinental hotel's lobby area. Island four island five, literally translated. A very long time ago, I have dived around these islands, in the rainy season. That must have been around 18-19 years ago.

Last week was warm. Each day of the week seemed to be warmer that the previous day. Maximum temperature reached 31C. Most certainly it felt a lot warmer! In the beginning of the week the minimum temperature settled around 23C but later turing the week this moved up to 24C and 25C.

For next week it's looking hot. No wind, no clouds. Blue skies galore is predicted and it will get very warm to hot during the afternoons. Make sure to have coral friendly sun lotion when you apply it on the beach!
Do go out and about, you have the island more or less to your own!

The situation with regards to Covid-19 on Koh Samui. I haven't heard from any cases on Koh Samui. Makro has check when you enter, your temperature is measured electronically.
Many events have been cancelled in Thailand, the Buriram moto GP. Songkran, the Thai new years festival, has been cancelled nation wide. Many races and sport events have been cancelled, well into May already.
Other than that, it still is business as usual!

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! 

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

Camille

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Welcome to March 2020

Welcome to March 2020

March is a great month to visit Koh Samui and it surrounding islands. Typically the nice February weather continues into March. Maybe a few days with some rain, but no harm done! Lots of sunshine should be yours during this month. 
Especially now, with the Covid-19 virus, it feels like you have the whole island to yourself. Come and enjoy the quiet but still lovely beaches.

Welcome to March 2020

Welcome to March 2020

The Intercontinental hotel in Baan Taling Ngaam. This is in the quirt south-western corner of the island. One of the longest standing five start resorts on the island and still going strong. Luxury and leisurely lifestyle. It doesn't come cheap though! The picture has been taken on their pier. Asia’s longest over water wedding aisle with 140 meters long. In general, Baan Taling Ngaam is a very nice part of the island though. Certainly not as overdeveloped as the northern and eastern parts of Koh Samui. Beautiful scenery and a few things well worth visiting are in this part of the island.

Right now no events have been scheduled that are likely to be cancelled on Koh Samui. All walking street events are still happening on the scheduled days of the week. No other events where more than a 1000 people are expected are scheduled on Koh Samui. At least none that I'm aware of.

Looking forward welcoming you on the island and do enjoy your time here. Go out and about and discover what Koh Samui and the surrounding island have 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! 

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

Camille

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th February – 1st March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th February – 1st March 2020

It's Sunday morning and time to look at the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th February – 1st March 2020. 
No long run this morning, I needed to simulate a 5k race. I did and I did well. My second fastest pace on this distance. Certainly that makes me happy.

On to the weather though. At 10.30am it's 28C and the temperature is rising. This all under a partially clouded sky. A nice first day of the new month is in the making.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th February – 1st March 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th February – 1st March 2020

Sunset, earlier this month near Big Buddha. This is taken on the road that connects Big Buddha to the main island. Every evening, when it's dry and a sunset is in the making, dozens of people meet here. They sit or stand next to the road. Lovers, photographers, families, all kind of people gather each time to enjoy a lovely sunset here.

Last week it was dry again. February 2020 ended on a good note. Maximum temperature reached 31C. The minimum temperature dropped to 22C a few times over night. A good week and what can be expected this time of the year.

For next week, the forecast looks good. The nice and cool breeze stays on. However, no rain is predicted! A lot of partially cloudy days are predicted though. This means that there should also be plenty of sunshine. Enjoy your stay and don't forget to go out and about. Explore the island! Experience all the good and nice things Koh Samui and it's surrounding islands have 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!

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

Camille

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Goodbye to February 2020

Goodbye to February 2020

We have arrived at the last day of this month, hence, time to say Goodbye to February 2020. It's also a Leap Day. A fairly rare occurrence that only happens every four years.

This February was nice but not as good weather wise as previous years. Especially the third week of this month saw almost one week long, rain showers each day. The last week was a mix of partially to fully clouded skies, laced with sunshine as well. However, last week there was no rain.
A good February, not an outstanding February in the Samui archipelago.

I was happy to be at home this month. Except for a short trip to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Our first ever visit to this sparkling city. We enjoyed it a lot and are looking forward to be able to visit again. 

Goodbye to February 2020

Goodbye to February 2020

Empty shop space in Chaweng for rent. All around the island more and more empty shopping places, restaurants or other real estate is up for sale or rent. Tourism numbers were already dropping due to the high Thai Baht exchange rate, before January this year. With the Covid-19 virus, things have gotten a lot worse. Everybody in Thailand working in the tourism industry feels the impact. Even outside the tourism industry people start to feel it. Many shops, restaurants etc can't make enough money to pay the rent anymore. February is usually one of the busiest months in the year. This year it has been below average.

It's time to start looking forward, to March 2020. If you're on the island, enjoy all things Koh Samui has to offer. You have all of the island almost to yourself!
I'm off to visit my Mum and my sister and her family, who will be here for a week! Eight people who decided to continue their holidays and we will make the most out of it!

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! 

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

Camille

Monday, 24 February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th February – 23rd February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th February – 23rd February 2020

A day later than usual but here we are with the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th February – 23rd February 2020. It's Monday morning and I had a sever cold over the last couple of days. Nope. no reason to worry, no coronavirus for this blogger. Koh Samui is coronavirus free.
Having said that, there was no long slow distance run yesterday, instead, I spent a lot of time in bed over the weekend.
Nonetheless, we have a blue sky over Koh Samui, with a few clouds in it. Current temperature at 10.30am is 28C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th February – 23rd February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th February – 23rd February 2020

Road construction is going on at Chaweng beach road. This one year project aims to put all cables underground. A great project and hopefully it will improve the scenery along the beach road. On this picture, cables are being laid underground. I still wonder if the project will be completed within the one year prediction, but I hope the result will look good! This is at the corner of Timmy's Tailor and the Mercure Chaweng Tana hotel.

Last week saw a few showers on almost every day. There was still plenty of sunshine as well. Most showers were short but some were harder and lasted a bit longer. During my service as a wedding celebrant, we had one wedding last week that had a bit of rain during the ceremony.
Maximum temperatures reached 31C but it was mostly a bit cooler. Due to the clouds and occasional rain, most of the time it was around 29C.
The minimum temperature was mostly 23C with a drop to 22C occasionally two nights ago.

The forecast for next week is looking better. A nice breeze all week long. There is no rain predicted but a tropical showers, fast and hard can always happen.
Enjoy the island, it's quiet and relaxd at the moment. Be careful if you drive a car or motorbike and do go out and about 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. 

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

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

Camille

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th February – 16th February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th February – 16th February 2020

Sunday morning, once again time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th February – 16th February 2020. The Sunday morning long slow distance run is in the bag. The sun is out and the temperature is rising!
Currently, at 11am it is already 29C and the quicksilver is rising. Get ready for a hot day and have sun lotion at hand.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th February – 16th February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th February – 16th February 2020

A begging monkey at Big Buddha on Koh Samui. Right next to the Big Buddha statue. If you face the statue, to the left, almost behind the statue.

Last week saw a nice week around the island. Plenty of sunshine and just two days with some isolated drops of rain. Only last Sunday saw some real rain. The maximum temperature got up to 31C. On the other hand, the minimum temperature got stuck at 23C.

It was also my first visit ever to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. Firstly, a PADI meeting was in the cards. Secondly, I took my wife and our youngest daughter along. Thirdly, we scheduled a leisure day to explore some parts of the city.
To top it off, we had very cheap flights from Surat Thani airport and a nice suite near the city center. 
In short, we enjoyed Kuala Lumpur a lot and look forward going back and explore more. Especially some of the food options!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th February – 16th February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th February – 16th February 2020

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at night. A must see when in town. A very enjoyable city. Hope to be back sooner than later.

For next week plenty of blue skies and sunshine are predicted and expected. However, Tuesday may see some hard rain and Wednesday may still see a shower or two or three. Next weekend we may see some rain again.
Enjoy the island when you're here. It's quiet and enjoyable, due to the coronavirus. Don't be put off, all is fine and it's business as usual. Just a lot less people around to enjoy it!

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 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, 9 February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd February – 9th February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd February – 9th February 2020

Sunday morning on the ferry to the mainland and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd February – 9th February 2020. We're on our way to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. For the first time I will be visiting this city. My wife and our youngest daughter are also in the travel party. On Tuesday I will visit a mandatory PADI update.
Cheap flights with Air Asia from Surat Thani make travelling appealing. Hence, we're on the ferry on our way to Surat Thani airport.

Under a partially clouded sky we're leaving Koh Samui. Current temperature at 8.30am is 27C and rising.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd February – 9th February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd February – 9th February 2020

The Hainan temple in Nathon. After all these years living on Koh Samui and visiting Nathon, this is the first time I visit this temple. A small but very enjoyable Chinese temple well worth a visit. The statue has a resemblance to the big statue at the Hainan temple in Hua Thanon.

Last week was a nice week. Sunny to partially clouded skies, not a single drop of rain and warm to fairly warm at times. Maximum temperatures reached 31C, although it felt most of the time a lot warmer. The minimum temperature reached 21C during the night time.

The coming week looks good. The wind should pick up on Tuesday and Wednesday. Not too much cloud cover and hardly if any rain at all. Enjoy your time on Koh Samui. 
It's quiet on the island, the corona virus is having an impact. The Chinese New Year has finished yesterday, but there are hardly any Chinese tourists left on the island.
Live goes on however, and so far Samui is virus free!

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 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, 2 February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th January – 2nd February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th January – 02nd February 2020

Another Sunday morning, another long slow distance run done and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th January – 02nd February 2020.

There's light cloud cover over Koh Samui. At 8am it's already 28C. Get ready for a nice and warm day.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th January – 2nd February 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th January – 2nd February 2020

Chaweng lake is having some construction work done. Around the whole lake the Tessaban, or island government, is making a jogging road. Great initiative and this is a very popular place for local and foreign visitors who like to jog. 

Maximum temperatures last week remained solid at 31C. The minimum was at 22C. Only yesterday, Saturday saw some rain. A nice week around the Samui archipelago.

Next week is supposed to have a nice breeze, partial cloud coverage and no rain.

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. 

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

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, 1 February 2020

Welcome to February 2020

Welcome to February 2020

A new month rising and Welcome to February 2020.

This is usually about the nicest month to be on Koh Samui and the surrounding islands. The weather is very stable with typically lots of sunshine and not much rain. The first week of the month should be just like that. Maybe some cloud coverage but not much rain.

It's going to be interesting to see if the corona virus is going to have an impact on Koh Samui, the surrounding island and Thailand in general. It's quite possible that tourism worldwide will be restricted, due to limited plane movements. Let's hope for the best. Despite the alarm bells that are ringing everywhere, at this moment, the mortality rate is around 2%, pretty standard for an average flu. I'm crossing my fingers that sooner than later the all clear will be given.

Welcome to February 2020

Welcome to February 2020

Behind the Plai Laem market, yesterday afternoon. A very nice view during sunset.

In the meantime, if you are on the island, enjoy the scenery, the hipefully good weather and everything else that Samui 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 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

Friday, 31 January 2020

Goodbye to January 2020

Goodbye to January 2020


It's already time to say goodbye to January 2020. The last day of the first month in this new decennial  is here.

This has been a great January. Yes, we had a few showers during the month, but nothing too serious. Most days have seen partially cloudy to sunny skies. In my opinion a much better than average January around the Samui archipelago.

It was also a busy month for me. Firstly I conducted a PADI IDC program on Koh Lanta. I do this in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC center 'Blue Plant Divers'.
Secondly, I participated in two races this month. To clarify this, two half marathons! The first one was in Trang on Sunday 19th January. Here I ran a new Personal best on the half marathon distance. In the rankings I was 5th in the age group 50-59.
A week later I ran another half marathon race at Rajjaphraba dam. My first race in the 60+ age category. With 5 minutes ahead of the second runner in my age group, I won that age group. On top of that I was 15th all over. Certainly happy running times.

Goodbye to January 2020

One day there's nothing and the next day this small statue of a three headed snake popped up next to the road. To be more precise, at the Thanon Bond Kai Tambon. Also known as ghost road. Not sure what this is meant to be though! 

On a different note, it was relatively quiet around Koh Samui this month. Yes, the New year celebrations were busy. However the Chinese New year celebrations were a lot quieter due to the corona virus. It's going to be interesting to see how that pans out. Koh Samui may suffer, just like other popular Chinese tourist destinations by various travel bans.

Thanks for following the blog though! I hope I can welcome you back on a regular base! Enjoy your stay on the island. This about the best time of the year to visit our lovely 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. 

Join me in a private dive trip with yours sincerely! 

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, 26 January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th January – 26th January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th January – 26th January 2020

Here we are again with time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th January – 26th January 2020. Last Sunday of this month, January 2020 and it's sunny and hot! At 10.30am it's already 29C and the quicksilver is climbing.

We're on the road again. A family outing to Rajjaprabha dam near Surat Thani. This morning I ran my second race and second half marathon of the year. For the first time ever I ran in the 60+ age group. I nailed it with a victory in a time of 1:46'30 or a 4'52. This is on a very hilly course. I ended up 15th overall out of 275 participants. A good result, a good race and a good start to the Sunday!
It's warming up here. After a very nice cool early morning, we're now around 31C already.
Off to some shopping in Surat Thani.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th January – 26th January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th January – 26th January 2020

View from Sandalwood luxury villas. Very high up on the mountain, between Chaweng and Lamai. View of Plai Laem straight ahead. 

Last week was another nice week around the Samui archipelago. The first couple of days we had early morning showers. However, plenty of sunshine each day. Maximum temperature reached 31C last week. On the other hand, the minimum temperature dropped once to 21C bit was fairly steady at 22C and 23C.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th January – 26th January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th January – 26th January 2020

Rajjaprabha dam at sunset. Yesterday evening.

The Chinese New Year week is busy on Koh Samui and the surrounding islands. However, next week looks grand. Until Sunday 1st February, strong wind and some showers are in the making. 
Enjoy this busy week and let me know if you're interested in some of the options I offer.
Happy new year and welcome to the year of the rat!

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 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, 19 January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th January – 19th January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th January – 19th January 2020

Sunday morning and the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th January – 19th January 2020 is calling.
Koh Samui has a partially clouded sky, a nice bit of wind and a slight chance of some tropical showers later today. Current temperature at 10am is already 28C.

After having spent all of last week on Koh Lanta, I do find myself back in Trang this morning. After yesterday's last day of diving, I ran a half marathon this morning in Trang. The Tuntieng half marathon, which I ran last year as well. This year they got the distance right; 21.16km. I ran it in 1:37'55 or a 4'37 pace, in case that means anything to you at all. It's a new personal best and I'm well chuffed with that!
The weather in Trang is sunny and at 10am the current temperature is 28C. Soon I will hit the road, back to Koh Samui.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th January – 19th January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th January – 19th January 2020

A traditionally build house in Hua Thanon. According to Hainan style houses. Hainan is an island in the South Cina Sea. It's China's most southern point and some of the very first Samui settlers/residents were from Hainan. 

Last week saw a nice week. Monday and Wednesday saw some isolated showers. The rest of the week saw sunshine under a blue to partially clouded sky. A nice week for early January around the Samui archipelago. Keep it coming! 

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th January – 19th January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th January – 19th January 2020

The Chom View hotel on Koh Lanta in Krabi province. This is the second hotel on Koh Lanta that I've seen, that has many statues in it's garden. Strange but kind of funny and fascinating.

The coming week is looking good again. A nice bit of wind until Wednesday with a possible tropical shower. Nothing too serious though. There should be enough sunshine next week as well. Time to enjoy your time on the island and have a look around. Explore but drive carefully!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th January – 19th January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th January – 19th January 2020

The clock tower in down town Trang. A city mark, near the railway station.

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 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, 12 January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th January – 12th January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th January – 12th January 2020

Another week with a brand new Sunday morning and time to check the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th January – 12th January 2020.
I find myself still back on Koh Lanta though, for another week.

In the meantime, back on Koh Samui the current temperature is 27C. The sky is almost completely blue with an isolated cloud in it. It could well be a very warm day, since it's only 730am.

At the same time, Koh Lanta has a current temperature of 25C at 7.30am. I just completed a very nice long Sunday morning run. 22.6km in two hours.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th January – 12th January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th January – 12th January 2020

 Wat Kanuram, near Lamai. This is the most known place to see a mummified monk on Koh Samui. A very interesting concept during which monks could predict their death. Which a special diet they would be mummified once they died.

Last week the weather on Koh Samui was good, most of the week saw partially clouded to sunny skies. Except on Wednesday when there was some rain.
Maximum temperatures last week crawled up to 32C. The minimum temperature, however, dropped down to 21C on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday. Still, a good week weather wise and the nice start to the new year is continued.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th January – 12th January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th January – 12th January 2020

On my work on Koh Lanta. Each morning I walk along this small soi (street), next to the klong (river) to work. This is in the most northern tip of Koh Lanta Yai, in Ban Saladan. This is the busiest and biggest village on the island.

The forecast for next week is looking good. Monday and Tuesday probably has some stronger wind and some wind. The rest of the week should be fairly sunny! A good time to be here and enjoy the relaxed island life Koh Samui has to offer.
Hope you're here to enjoy this! The beaches, the ocean and the weather plus everything else that Samui 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 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, 5 January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;30th December 2019 – 5th January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;30th December 2019 – 5th January 2020


The first Sunday morning of the new year and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;30th December 2019 – 5th January 2020. It's almost 9am and I'm on a sunny Koh Lanta in Krabi province. Yesterday i started the first PADI IDC of the year here. This morning I completed the first long run of the year. 21.55km in 2 hours. Everything seems to be on schedule so far!

On Koh Samui we have a nice blue sky with an occasional fluffy cloud in it. Current temperature at 9am is 28C and rising.

On Koh Lanta we have 29C in a very similar blue sky!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;30th December 2019 – 5th January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;30th December 2019 – 5th January 2020

The end of the Seatran ferry pier in Nathon. Ready to board the ferry to Don Sak. My first road trip of the year will bring me all the way to Koh Lanta in Krabi province.

Last week saw a fairly nice week. Surprisingly enough, there were some showers on new years eve. The first days of January saw also an occasional shower, However, since yesterday it has been dry and sunny. Maximum temperature reached 31C last week. The minimum dropped to 22C just once, a few times 23C and mostly it got stuck at 24C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;30th December 2019 – 5th January 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update;30th December 2019 – 5th January 2020

Early morning on Koh Lanta. The new bridge connecting Koh Lanta Yai and koh Lanta Noi. Basking in the early morning sun beams.

The forecast for next week is looking fine. Maybe some showers from Thursday onward. However, the sun should never be far away. A good start to the year!
Enjoy the island. It's quite busy, so be careful on the road.

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 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, 1 January 2020

Welcome to January 2020

Welcome to January 2020

It's the first day of the New Year and even decade, certainly time to say welcome to January 2020.

January usually is a nice month around the Samui archipelago. Although we're supposed to be in the dry season, January can still have a few showers. However, this should be your typical shower. Short but hard.
On the other hand, last year we narrowly escaped typhoon Pabuk! Especially early on in the month there's a higher chance of rain. The last 3 years we actually had more rain than average. Still, according to statistics, we should have an average of 11 days during a typical January on Samui with rain! Check out my 'weather statistics page'.
In this vein, we had a few showers yesterday, during new years eve!

Welcome to January 2020

Welcome to January 2020

 Wat Ratchathammaram or Wat Sila Nguu in Hua Thanon, but near Lamai! This is the  the "BOT" (โบสถ์), which is the finest building where monks are assembled for religious rites (สังฆกรรม) such as morning and evening prayers or ordination. It is the most sacred part of the temple. This Bot has a very distinct red color and is easily recognizable. You can see it from street, when you pass by. Check this link out when this Bot was still under construction in June 2008.

Having said all that, it looks however, that the first week of this new year looks rather nice. Today we may have some strong wind and a few showers. The rest of the week should see plenty of sunshine. A great start to the month, year and decade!

Come 3rd January, I will be off direction Koh Lanta, for my first PADI IDC of the year. I am planning to run 2 half marathons, but both on the mainland. One in Trang and one at the Rajjaphraba Dam. Respectively on 19th and 26th January.

In the meantime, enjoy your stay on the island and most certainly a Happy New Year to you all!

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 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