Sunday, 5 July 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th June – 5th July 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th June – 5th July 2020

July 2020 first Sunday and we're back with the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th June – 5th July 2020.
This morning it was nice and sunny. Now, around 9.30am it's mostly cloudy and a bit of rain is in the air. I am not surprised if we see a tropical shower this morning. Current temperature is 31C. in an hour we set off for some fun diving at Sail Rock. All the three PADI IDC candidates from the June PADI IDC here on Koh Samui, passed their PADI IE exams. We do have three new PADI instructors on the island.

Last week we had typical weather for this time of the year. A bit of sunshine. A bit of rain. A bit of partially clouded skies. The maximum temperature reached 34C during one day last week. The minimum was surprisingly for half an hour 21C last week. Once more time it dropped to 22C and the rest was 23C or warmer during the night time.

©Camille Lemmens2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th June – 5th July 2020

Tambun or merit making on top of Big Buddha. Thai people love making merit. Many temples in Thailand are visited to do exactly this. A lot of times money donations are also made.

We have a very long weekend. Monday and Tuesday are days off and all government offices and banks and the like are closed. Thai New Year or Songkran is also celebrated on 7th July, however without a water festival. All due to the Covid19 pandemic.

For next week, the forecast is looking very good. Some rain is predicted for Tuesday and Saturday. The rest of the week may see an occasional tropical shower but also plenty of sunshine.

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Welcome to July 2020

Welcome to July 2020

Here we are, 1st July and it's a warm welcome to July 2020. It's partially cloudy and the sun is playing around. It's warming up at 9.30am with a 31C temperature.

Typically July brings plenty of hard wind. Moreover, this is accompanied by plenty of rainy days. Tropical shower galore! During a Koh Samui July, half or slightly more days during this month may have these tropical showers. Next week looks very dry though.Later in the month it may catch up with us.

Due to Covid19, there will be extra Songkran holidays in July. However, most importantly, Songkran is not to be celebrated! That's a very unique situation in Thailand. Firstly, Songkran was postponed from April to July. Secondly, now it's completely forbidden to celebrate That new year, this year!

Welcome to July 2020

Welcome to July 2020

A new building is being completed at Wat Bophud. It's a school building. However, I'm not quote sure what kind of school. Possibly a school for monks. It's a big building though. It's located near the entrance.

Looking forward seeing you out here again. Just nit sure right now when that will be. As things look like right now, international arrivals are probably not likely until September or October. Hang in there, we wish you were here!

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Goodbye to June 2020

Goodbye to June 2020

Alas, it's the last day of this month and we say goodbye to June 2020. The last two weeks have been fairly typical for a Koh Samui June. Plenty of tropical showers. However, there are also sunny days with mostly partially cloudy skies. No surprise, after all, June is known for it's mild rainy season weather.

Covid19 still makes a big impression on the island. Firstly, many empty shops are up for rent. Secondly, lots of people went back to their homes. It's cheaper there, no rent to pay and possibly you can grow some vegetables and/or fruit. International travel is not in the immediate cards, so no tourists spending any money. Hotels are allowed to open. However, the question rises, for whom?
Domestic travel is the main focus at the moment. Most restrictions have been lifted. Nonetheless, the emergency decree is still in place. The government seems to fear the possibility of demonstrations. This is one way of prohibiting them.
Big events are also a 'no go'. No races to run for me. Travel is possible though, within the country. By car, plane or boat. All services and routes seem to be operating.

Goodbye to June 2020

Goodbye to June 2020

Wat Bophud has these very colorful and nice statues. Go and have a look, when you face the big sitting monk on the boat, they're on the right hand side.

This week, the roads can get a bit busier. The Thai schools start again. Lots of children that will need to go to school. By motorbike or by car.

Yesterday I completed a PADI IDC. A rather unique set up for this one! First we completed presentations online. After that, we met on Koh Samui and I conducted the live part. This all in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak! the 2nd and 3rd July will their PADI IE, the examination. Soon we should have 3 brand new instructors on the island!

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd June – 28th June 2020

 Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd June – 28th June 2020

Good morning and welcome to the  Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd June – 28th June 2020. We're almost at the end of another month. 

Last week the weather was typical of the minor rainy season we have right now. Firstly, plenty of partially and cloudy days. Secondly, also plenty of tropical showers. This Sunday morning, it's cloudy but dry. However, the roads are wet from last nights rain.
The current June 2020 PADI IDC has moved to Koh Samui. This after we completed the online learning experience. Today open water dives are scheduled. We're diving again!

Current temperature at 8am is 28C. Rather cool compared to other weeks.
Maximum temperature last week reached 34C at the beginning of the week. The minimum was mainly 24C, except at the end of the week when it dropped to 23C.

Covid19 is at a very low infection rate. Firstly, Thailand didn't have a local infection since 33 days. Secondly, Koh Samui and Surat Thani province are well in the 75 days range. The only infections at the moment seem to come from people returning to Thailand.
The borders more or less remain shut though. International arrivals are now allowed as of 1st July for a limited range of people. Business people and persons with Thai spouses can now return again.
The emergency decree has been extended for another month, into July.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd June – 28th June 2020

 Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd June – 28th June 2020

 The markets are open since a while again. The food on display is the same as always. Thai curry paste is still available in large quantities! Spicy and colorful as always! Thailand remains Thailand.

The forecast for next week looks fairly good. Today and tomorrow there's a chance of another tropical shower or two. After that, we should see some more sunshine again.
Hang in there and hopefully, very soon, we will be able to welcome you again on our lovely island

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th June – 21st June 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th June – 21st June 2020

Here we are back with the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th June – 21st June 2020. At almost noon it's 32C and partially cloudy. It's fairly humid as well.

Last week saw a few showers. Mostly during the late evening, evening or night. Especially in the morning the sun tends to be out. Maximum temperature reached 34C. During the last three days it ranged between 33C and 34C. Before that it topped at 32C. The minimum quicksilver reading was fairly steady around 24C.

Thailand is now entering phase 5 of the easing of the lock down. Apparently bars can open today or at least very soon again. Koh Samui and the province of Surat Thani did not have a covid19 case since over 70 days now.
The prospect of tourists returning to the island or Thailand in general looks bleak though. International flight arrivals may not be allowed until 1st September. It's not sure right now who will be allowed to enter. A lot of speculation but nothing concrete is available at the moment. It does look however that the emergency decree might stay a bit longer. More and more it looks like the Christmas period may be the first time we see some form of tourism being restored. It remains a guess how the government expects people in the tourism industry can make a living.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th June – 21st June 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th June – 21st June 2020

The Tuesday market opposite the regular market in Plai Laem. Next to the bridge to Bang Rak. It's open again and it is busy! Social distancing is not on anybody's mind! Should it be after being 70 days covid free on the island? We did buy some food for takeaway and enjoyed it at home.

The prediction for next week is similar to the last few weeks. Mostly partially cloudy. This will be laced with a few tropical showers, mainly in the afternoon or evening.

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th June – 14th June 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th June – 14th June 2020

Welcome to the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th June – 14th June 2020.
It's fairly cloudy outside and a bleak sun is trying to break through the clouds. The current temperature at 10am is 31C

Two days ago I started a PADI IDC. That in itself is not so special. However, it is special because I'm currently allowed by PADI to teach the theory part online. Due to the current Covid19 pandemic. The live part of this PADI IDC will be during the last week of June. On Koh Samui! For the first time in five years, I teach an IDC on Koh Samui again. The PADI IE will be on 2+3 July. Also on Koh Samui.

Last week saw a few very hot days, due to the humidity. We also had had a few showers though. Some fairly hard. This in turn caused a few flash floods at the usual locations. Yesterday the quicksilver hit 35C during the afternoon. During the rest of the week, it regularly hit 34C. The minimum temperature last week reached 22C. Just during one night. Mostly it was 23-25C. Yesterday evening we had a strong storm blowing over. Hard rain and strong wind.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th June – 14th June 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 8th June – 14th June 2020

Last week I visited Central Festival for the time after it opened again. All shops seem to be open but it was very quiet. Hardly any customers walking around. I visited to change money at a bank. To my big surprise, exchange services are not available due to Covid19. This makes me really wonder why money can not be exchanged in order to beat Covid19? Inquiring minds wonder.

For next week, the prediction shows us partially cloudy skies with a few showers. This Sunday afternoon and tomorrow can be fairly wet!

On the Covid19 front, firstly the curfew will be lifted tomorrow. Secondly, restaurants can serve alcohol again. However, on the other hand, the emergency decree will remain in place and all borders remain shut. There's a bit of controversy going on, for many things are closed to foreigners. Wat Pho in Bangkok but also bus travel is prohibited for foreigners. To fight Covid. All nice and dandy, but all foreigners in the country have had the same exposure to Covid as Thai people. No tourists are allowed to enter. Many people talk about blatant racism. I leave it up to you how you see this.

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 1st June – 7th June 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 1st June – 7th June 2020

Sunday morning and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 1st June – 7th June 2020. It's 11am and it's partially cloudy. Currently the sun is out, but before that it was more cloudy. Current temperature is 31C. As expected by now, it's also very humid.

Last week saw a very typical June week. A bit of rain here and there. Some hard tropical showers were part of the week. On the other hand, there was also sunshine. Combined with the humidity, it was hot and sweaty! The maximum temperature reached 35C early in the week. Most of the time it reached 33C to 34C. However, it's interesting how during a late afternoon tropical shower, the temperature dropped from the lower thirties into the mid-high twenties. On the other hand, the minimum temperature last week dropped to 23C a few nights. For very short periods though. Mostly it was 24-25C.

Some Covid19 updates. We have arrived in phase 3 of lowering restrictions. Massage parlors are allowed to open again, for instance. Cinemas can open their doors as well, but with limited capacity and no pop corn! 1st July may see opening of all borders and lifting of all restrictions. This is not confirmed yet, though. Not everybody will be allowed to enter Thailand at that moment. At the moment there's talk of 'travel bubbles'. In a nutshell, this means that tourists from countries that are good in controlling the virus, can access Thailand. Thais (and expats?) from Thailand can also visit these countries. This includes among others, China and Vietnam. It doesn't include most European countries or the USA at the time being.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 1st June – 7th June 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 1st June – 7th June 2020

Despite the current Covid19 situation, there's lots of road construction going on around the island. This is in front of our house in Plai Laem. After about a year of having stopped construction. now the workers are in full construction mode and work swiftly. The idea is that a walkway is constructed. For this, most households/owners need to hand over a tiny little bit of their land to the government. Not everybody is happy with that. Near us, two households refused to donate the land. The work was rested because of this. Now they continue again. Whoever doesn't want a new road/walkway in front of their house, they just pass by. It's now apparently up to you what you want. You want it nice later on, you have to take care yourself. Many houses actually did build on public road terrain and have now the illegal buildings removed. There's no discussion there. Other parts of the island also have road construction going. It does look a lot better to be honest. Just in my humble opinion that is.

For next week the predictions are are similar to the last 2-3 weeks. Partially cloudy,. This means hot and humid sunny moments. There can and most likely will also be tropical showers.

Whilst you are here, 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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Monday, 1 June 2020

Welcome to June 2020

Welcome to June 2020

First day of the month and welcome to June 2020 indeed. It's hot. Did I mention humid already? At 4pm it's 35C and I feel almost as if I'm being roasted. All energy is seeping out of you!

Nonetheless, we have a new normal at our hands with a lot of more shops allowed to open in Thailand. Massage shops, movie theaters and a few more things. Bangkok Air increased their flights to/from Bangkok from two per day to 4  peer day. Pattaya beach is open again! Step by step Thailand is opening up. Hopefully come 1st July, all restriction will have been lifted. Including international arrivals at the airports.

The weather is usually very nice during June. Yes, there's a rainy season, but nothing too serious. Plenty of tropical showers. However, also plenty of sunshine. You wished you were here!


Welcome to June 2020


Some funny person put a face mask on this elephants trunk at Wat Plai Laem. Just to show that Covid19 has no boundaries. Today also saw free rabid vaccines being given to dogs and cats by  government institution. Plenty of dog and cat owners came out to have their four feeted friends being injected.

All previous years, June has been a great month for running races. Not so much this year. All races have been cancelled. At the moment it's unclear when racing will be allowed again.

Stay safe and see you soon!

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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Goodbye to May 2020

Goodbye to May 2020

Hello hello, it's time to say goodbye to May 2020. It's the last day of this month and we have a look back.
For the weather, it was a good, average May month. We started out with lots of sunshine. Towards the middle of the month, we had a few showers, nothing too serious. Typical for May, tropical showers. Most of them short and hard.Beware of the flash flooding though! No storms this month, so all good. A typical May, Hot, humid and towards the end of the month some showers.

The big difference of course, is the lack of tourists. Covid 19 took care of that. Things are changing though in Thailand. Tomorrow, 1st June, the third step of lifting lock down measures is in place. Come 1st July, there's talk of a complete lifting of all measures. This will include the emergency decree and international flight arrivals. Let's cross our fingers and hope the tourist economy can start up again. Without another outbreak of the virus!

Goodbye to May 2020

Goodbye to May 2020

Chaweng lake this month. Mid May group gatherings for running sports were lifted. Immediately the area around Chaweng lake was busy every day. During the morning and afternoons hundreds of people come here to jog, run, play badminton etc. The ring around the lake is now completed and is a good 5km. A lovely place to work on your aerobic endurance.

Due to Covid19, not many events were held on Koh Samui. In fact, none at all! For next month, things aren't looking that much better or rather, different. Let's hope that after July everything changes and we can move forward. Let's see what the new normal for Koh Samui and Thailand will mean.

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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th May – 31st May 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th May – 31st May 2020

Last Sunday of this month and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th May – 31st May 2020.
No long run today/ I'm curing a inner thigh injury. Later this week I hope to be out on the road again. In the meantime I'm doing some weights and indoor cycling training.

Today it's partially cloudy during the morning. Sometimes some sunshine, sometimes clouds. It's humid and hot though! Current temperature at 14.00am is 32C and it's cloudy. Rain is in the air.

Last week the maximum temperature reached a stunning 35C. This in combination with the humidity makes for hot and very sweaty days! The minimum actually dropped for the duration of half an hour, just that once, to 23C. It was mostly 25-26C with a handful times 24C.
We had a few showers during the week as well. Much needed and enjoyed!

Tomorrow, 1st Jun, a new round of lock down easing is going to happen. Pattaya beaches are to open again. On Koh Samui, the beaches never were really closed down, as far as I know. Bangkok Air increases to 4 daily flights to/from Bangkok. Massage places are allowed to open again. Movie theaters with restriction (no pop corn!!) are also opening up.
There's talk of opening completely up on 1st July. With international flight arrivals being allowed again and lifting of all restrictions. Including the emergency decree. Let's cross our fingers.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th May – 31s May 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th May – 31st May 2020

Beautiful view over Wat PLai Laem, the Gulf and Koh Phangan. High up on the hill on Plai Laem's Soi 8. 

Next week's predictions are similar to last week. Partially cloudy skies with occasionally some tropical showers thrown in for good measure.

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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th May – 24th May 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th May – 24th May 2020

Another Sunday morning and it's here again, the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th May – 24th May 2020. Covid19 is still around. Not as much physically, since Surat Thani province and Koh Samui are since 43 days Covid virus free areas. However, it's still affecting us on Koh Samui and all around Thailand.
The government has extended the emergency decree until 30th June. This didn't go down very well with the majority of the Thai population, if I believe the Thai media. The powers that be seem to be over cautious. That's probably the most politically correct I can put it.

At almost 10am it's already 33C and it feels much hotter. The humidity is very high. It drains all power and effort out of you!
The long slow distance Sunday morning run is out of the way. A nice 23km run which I started at 4.50am. A total of 84km this week. Keeping the aerobic base going. Next week the plan is to pop over 90Km and the week after, take it easy with around 75km. Let me tell you that I do miss the racing events! Well, sports in general. Cycling, football, you name it. Checking the German Bundesliga results is almost a kick nowadays!

Last week maximum temperature reached 35C on Monday and yesterday, Saturday. The minimum temperature hit 24C on Wednesday, due to the rainy circumstances. Tuesday and Wednesday were lovely. Rain showers on Tuesday between noon and 3pm. Wednesday saw a rain showers on and off all day long. We even had hot, humid sunny moments. All that fun was over again by Thursday and the temperatures went up again.

Samui airport is open again. 2 flights per day at two thirds capacity. All booked out until the end of the month! As of June 1st, 2 additional flights per day will be added.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th May – 24th May 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th May – 24th May 2020

A food hand out on Koh Samui. During the current Covid19 situation, a common sight. This morning, during my long slow distance run, I saw a long queue lining up at the PTT gas station opposite the Wharf. This was as early as 6.50am. Hundreds of people were lining up. This can be seen all around the island, but also all around Thailand. Especially at tourist destinations.

The forecast for next week predicts partially cloudy skies. There may be a few tropical showers all along next week. Can't wait for the swing by! Although, humidity will go through the roof after the showers. Well, living in a tropical climate, you can't have it all!
Hope international flights will be allowed after 30th June. Time to re-start that economy again!

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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th May – 17th May 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th May – 17th May 2020

Here we are back with the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th May – 17th May 2020. It's Sunday morning. The long slow distance run is done and dusted.

This morning has a thinly clouded sky. Plenty of overcast but it doesn't look like rain. The current temperature at 9.30am is 32C but it feels a lot warmer. Humidity is high!

Two days ago Bangkok Airways started with two flights per day on the Koh Samui-Bangkok route. Today shopping malls are about to open again. Slowly, step by step, lock down restrictions are being eased. However, on the other hand, international flight arrivals have been extended until 30th June.

More and more people are having financial problems. Still no tourists, so no jobs for about 10 million or more people depending on the tourism industry. Many Thai and foreign, low paid workers, are depending on food hand outs. Especially in tourism related parts of Thailand. It's hard times at the moment. Feel free to donate directly to me as well. Every little bit helps. 

On a different note. tomorrow the schools start again. Physically going to school, not until 1st July, so now the schools start with online tuition.

Last week it was hot. The high humidity didn't help. It made it worse! Maximum temperatures on the quicksilver reached 34C twice. Mostly it maxed out at 33C. On the other hand, the minimum temperature dropped down to 24C late in the week. 

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th May – 17th May 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th May – 17th May 2020

More physical distancing measures are in place at Makro in Chaweng. Realistically, it seems nobody really bothers. At least not too much or too strict.

The prediction for next week is looking good. More clouds are predicted and hopefully a few showers. It will be good and nice to get some cooler air in. Towards next weekend the wind is supposed to pick up  little bit.

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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th May – 10th May 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th May – 10th May 2020

Welcome to this Sunday morning and the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th May – 10th May 2020.
The Sunday morning lsd, long slow distance run, is in the can, with a 25km tag on it. 

It's partially clouded to clouded this morning and already 32C at 10.20am. It feels a lot warmer. The heat is currently beating you down, due to the high humidity. Around and after noon it's hot! Very hot! 

Last week saw some very hot days indeed. Lots of blue and partially clouded skies, with virtually no rain. Maximum temperature went up to a whooping 35C. The feel factor is well in the 4-tees! The minimum temperature dropped to 24C, but mostly around 25 to 26C at night. Not exactly what I call cool!

On the Covid19 front, some good news. Official provincial sources have now for 30 days in a row no new Covid cases in Surat Thani province. Consequently that counts as well for Koh Samui, since we're part of Surat Thani province. After 28 days, a province receive the 'green zone' status. Which is very good.

Slowly Thailand is opening up again. As of 15th May, Bangkok air will have two scheduled flights per week to Samui. Restaurants are allowed to host guests or patrons again, with physical distancing guidelines in place. Step. by step this is happening. If no new cases detected,, 17th May, next Sunday may see more restrictions being lifted.
International travel is still not an option until the end of the month. No inbound flights are allowed. Domestic flights have started again. 
The alcohol ban has also been lifted. This made for some interesting observations last Sunday at Makro!

Interestingly enough, more and more evidence is popping up that Covid was already making it's rounds in Thailand and neighboring countries like Indonesia since December 2019 and January 2020. More and more people report of having had high fevers, dry cough and/or respiratory problems during that time frame. Some who had this 'fever' or 'flu' whilst in Thailand during that time frame, have been retrospectively been confirmed as Covid cases, a few months after the event. A Dutch friend had this happen to him. He was tested and checked in the Netherlands a month or 2 ago. Some people report friends having passed away due to respiratory virus or issues. The doctors had no clue what it could be, at that moment. Dengue fever tests came back negative.
I wonder what the doctors who have been dealing with these cases are thinking right now?

Considering this to be true, that the virus went around in December and January, we did very well. Without a lock down. Food for thought!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th May – 10th May 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th May – 10th May 2020

This is what the current 'new normal' looks like. Physical distancing. All big shops on Koh Samui, like Makro (pictured here), Tesco Lotus and Big C all have dividers on the floors. In real life, not much attention is paid to the physical distancing.

Back to the weather, the forecast for next week predicts partially cloudy skies. Hopefully we get a few scattered showers as well. The temperature is allowed to drop a bit and the ground water levels can be upped a bit as well.

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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th April – 3rd May 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th April – 3rd May 2020

Good morning on this lovely Sunday and welcome to the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th April – 3rd May 2020.
Firstly a nice 23km lsd (long slow distance) Sunday morning run is in the can. Secondly, it's lovely out there. Partially cloudy and 31C at 9am. It's going to be a hot day again.

Last week saw a few rainy days early on in the week. The last 3 days however have been a lot nicer again. The sun came back out again and it was warm, or rather hot. The maximum temperature last week hit 32C. That happened only yesterday! The minimum temperature barely hit 24C a few times. We had some nice and cool days early on this week. Lovely!

The Covid19 situation seems to improve on Koh Samui and the province of Surat Thani. Since 22 days in a row there has been no new infection case. As of today, alcohol is on sale again. However, restaurants and hotels and such are not allowed to serve alcohol. Hotels are also allowed to open again, with a few restrictions. Slowly, step by step, the lock down is being lifted. Come 15th May, Bangkok Air will start with 2 daily flights between Bangkok and Koh Samui.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th April – 3rd May 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th April – 3rd May 2020

Flash floods last week. This near the airport, departure entrance

Next week, the weather forecast is looking good. Mostly partially cloudy. Which means partially sunny as well. Hot and no rain. Hang in there folks. I'm looking forward to the lifting of travel restrictions. Just hope that airfare ticket prices won't go through the roof, due to physical distancing. Planes may have to travel at two thirds capacity and somebody will have to pay for the loss of income.

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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Friday, 1 May 2020

Welcome to May 2020

Welcome to May 2020

Welcome to May 2020 indeed. Keep your distance and wash your hands regulary. It's Covid19 wasteland! This morning it's cloudy and wet over Koh Samui. We just had a strong shower. Very good for the ground water levels.

The weather in May is typically a nice mixed bag of sunshine and rain. Some years a bit more rain. Other years a bit more rain. Typically they are tropical showers. Fast and furious!

The Covid19 restrictions stay in place for Thailand during this May. However, there's a four step program to start opening shops, restaurants, parks, sporting options again. Just to name a few.

On the other hand, the alcohol ban remains in place for May, as will inter provincial travelling be discouraged. All other measures basically remain in place. Including the curfew between 10pm and 4am.

Welcome to May 2020

Welcome to May 2020

The departures entrance of Koh Samui airport. The gates are closed. The airport is closed down. Bangkok Air will start two flights per day between Bangkok and Koh Samui as of 15th May. Domestic air travel is slowly starting up again around Thailand. Currently only Nok Air is flying it's full regular schedule. 

Initially there was also talk that the 4 public holidays this month would be cancelled. This turned out to be incorrect. All four holidays remain in place. Today May day. 4th May Coronation day. 6th May Visakha Bucha day. 11th May Royal Ploughing Ceremony. That means official offices like immigration but also banks will be closed.

Hang in there folks. Be safe, keep your distance and keep washing your hands. And do donate! It is appreciated!

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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners, Westerners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Goodbye to April 2020

Goodbye to April 2020

Here we are, a the end of this month and it's a goodbye to April 2020. It comes as no surprise that this month is remembered as a Songkran free April. A very rare and unique situation for Thailand.  Not celebrating the Thai New Year doesn't happen that often. However, due to the Covid19 situation, no surprise there either. It was a good decision

This morning at 10.30am it's cloudy and a cool 27C. Very enjoyable indeed!

On this wet Thursday morning, let's have a look at the weather this month. April is usually one of the or the hottest month of the year. However, it's also the start most years, of a mild wet season. This year has been no different. The first two weeks of the year were nice and hot. Very hot at times! However, the second part of the month saw a lot of showers and cloudy days. That's a good thing. Koh Samui's ground water levels and dams need to be filled up again. It's also nice that it's cool with the rain and not so very hot. Most certainly it helps to reduce my heat rashes I usually get in April!
It most certainly looks like we had a little bit more rain this year compared to other years. As I already mentioned, no big deal. No tourists around and it makes for a comfortable and agreeable second part of the month.

Goodbye to April 2020

Goodbye to April 2020

Central Samui in Chaweng has a big sign stating that food is only take away. Like all restaurants on Koh Samui and around Thailand. Only take away is allowed. We started to sell BBQ fish in front of our house, during the later afternoon and early evening. Pla pow. It helps to cover our daily costs for food. Take away only!

The big news this months was that there was no Songkran, nationwide! Other news is that after Koh Samui had 7 cases of Covid19, they now all have been released from hospital. Since 18 days running, the province of Surat Thani and Koh Samui did not have any new cases.

Tomorrow more about May. Many things are bound to happen next month, in relation with Covid19. Stay tuned and come back tomorrow for an update and a welcome to May 2020.

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. That is, once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

As already mentioned in my Facebook page, there are many initiatives around the island for helping Thai and Burmese people with food and other donations.
There are however also plenty of foreigners or farangs who have a hard time dealing with no income and bills to pay. If you like this blog, this is a good time to help out and make a donation. If you can, much appreciated! There's a donation button on top of this page.

Camille

Sunday, 26 April 2020

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

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


Here we are, another Sunday morning and time to get this going, the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th April – 26th April 2020.
The long slow distance run is in the can. Today's emphasis was on slow!

Regarding the Covid 19 situation on Koh Samui, it's looking good. All 7 infected persons have been released from Hospital. Right now, Koh Samui is corona free. According to the local government.

This morning there's a light rain. Nonetheless, it's 32C at 11.15am. More rain is expected today. On and off.

Last week was lovely and very hot! Until Thursday night. Thursday to Friday night I woke up from very hard rain. During the morning there was more rain. The afternoon saw a few sunbeams again. Yesterday morning saw some saw again some hard rain with a dry afternoon. The mild rainy season seems to have landed. Maximum temperatures last week reached 33C. The minimum temperature dropped down to 23C at night over the last two nights.


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

Tesco Lotus in Chaweng, earlier this month. The food court is more or less closed. One or maybe two shops are open. Just for take away, sitting is a 'no no' right now. Eerie.

The forecast predicts some more rain for next week. Especially tomorrow can be very wet. Wednesday will most likely also see a bit more than average rain.There will be some dry periods, but it's mostly rain for the 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. Once the travel restrictions are back to 'normal, come and see us. 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, 19 April 2020

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

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

Hello folks, it's Sunday morning and time for the good old Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th April – 19th April 2020.
The lsd is done and dusted. Relax, that means 'long slow distance' run. Still working hard all week to stay fit. Despite the fact that there are no races at the moment.

Koh Samui has 7 confirmed Covid19 cases. Two of them have already been sent home again from the hospital. A good 90 people were suspected of having the virus and were tested accordingly. 85 were just fine and the result of 1 or 2 people is currently up in the air.

We're closing in on on noon and it's 33C already. It feels a lot warmer already. A light partial cloud cover doesn't help to cool things down! Although we occasionally have some rain in April, it's pretty hot now!

Talking about rain. Last week Tuesday we had some serious showers. It was lovely. Cool temperatures and water to slightly fill up the ground water levels. Besides Tuesday, most rain last week fell during the night. I woke up a few times from very hard showers. The maximum temperature last week reached 33C. The minimum temperature on the other hand, didn't drop below 24C.

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

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

There are still many people moving away from Koh Samui. No tourists means no jobs. Means no money. Can't pay the rent, can't pay for food. Hard times for many people. At home there's no rent and they can get by with little money. Many food hand outs are being organized around the island. Long queue's with people waiting for the hand outs to start or for their turn. Not only on Koh Samui. Reports come in that it's pretty much the same all over Thailand. From Chiang Mai, via Bangkok to the Southern cities.

The forecast for next week is looking good. Partially cloudy skies. Plenty of sunshine. Possibly a few showers towards Friday and next weekend. Glorious weather! You wish you were 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. 

Once travel restrictions have been lifted, and you're done resting or need something else to do, there are 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. All in due time!

 Camille

Sunday, 12 April 2020

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

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

Another Sunday morning and time to welcome the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th April – 12th April 2020.
My Sunday morning lsd, long slow distance run is in the can. The training program is stopped and it's all about maintenance now. Continue to eat healthy and keep exercising. In my case, running. Working on my immune system, the best defense you have for this current corona virus, Covid19.

Covid19 has a massive impact on a tourist destination like Koh Samui and it's surrounding islands. All hotels have now been ordered to close down and not take any bookings for the immediate time being. Guests already at the hotel or resort are allowed to stay and the resort can remain open in this case. No new guests are allowed to book in though.

Koh Samui has 7 officially confirmed Covid19 cases. It makes it the highest ranking amphur in the province of Surat Thani with confirmed cases.

The Songkran 2020 Festival has been officially cancelled and it's not considered a holiday this year.

The Seatran Discovery ferry has stopped all service between the islands for the time being. The ferries to the mainland are still running though, in a reduced schedule.
Flights to Bangkok can currently only be done with Nok Air from Surat Thani airport.

On to the weather. At 9,30am this morning it's 31C. Hardly any clouds in the sky and bound to heat up again, very soon.

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

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

Tesco Lotus in Chaweng, early April 2020. The Covid10 crisis has most of the mall closed down. It gives for a strange sight and eerie feeling. Not many people around and with so many shops being closed down, it's very strange indeed. 

It has been splendid last week. Lots of sunshine. Very few clouds. No rain whatsoever. Maximum temperature reached 33C. It feels a lot warmer / hotter though. The heat actually beats you down. It seeps all your energy during the day time.
The minimum temperature last week dropped to 23C on Monday. The rest of the week it was more like 25C with a few times a drop to 24C.
Very typical April weather.

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

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

Don't forget, that despite the current Covid19 crisis, Koh Samui still has it's natural beauty. Here's another glorious sunset in the making near Big Buddha last week. Not so many as usual, but people still hang out and enjoy the sunsets on the road to Big Buddha. This time of the year is perfect for enjoying a good sunset.

The forecast for next week looks interesting. A bit more cloud cover and from Monday onward, possibly a bit more rain. It's a partial rainy season after all. 
Looking forward seeing you back on Koh Samui soon. As soon as it;'s possible again and we can travel around again. Until that time, be safe!

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. Once the world has come to it senses again and Covid 19 is in the past!

Camille

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 31st March – 5th April 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 31st March – 5th April 2020

Sunday afternoon and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 31st March – 5th April 2020.
Long slow distance Sunday morning run is in the can. Covid19 is out there, playing it's wicked tricks.

Besides that, it's already 35C at 1pm. It feels a lot warmer though. Or should I say hotter? It's your typical April weather, steaming hot.

The roads around the island are fairly quiet. At around 8pm, it actually becomes very quiet. There's a nation wide curfew in place from 10pm to 4am. It honestly beats me why this is in place. To prevent illegal drinking? It must be deserted one way or the other around the island during that time frame.

Having said that, all stores are still well stocked but also rather quiet. Next week Tuesday, Bangkok Air will close the airport until at least 20th April.On the other hand, the ferries are still going, although with a reduced schedule.

Currently Koh Samui is up to 6 infected persons. Expect more to come!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 31st March – 5th April 2020

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 31st March – 5th April 2020

It's not only doom and darkness on Koh Samui during Covid19. Not at all. The sun is out a lot so far! It's hot! And, believe it or not, there's also a bi of construction going on around the island. Most noteworthy, in my humble opinion, is this exciting project. It's located near Bandon Hospital in Bophud. A rock climbing wall is being put in place on a fairly large piece of land. There's also what seems to some kind of bicycle track and a big hall kind of structure. It looks like many high activity sports are coming our way! It looks stunning and I can't wait to see what this will be all about.

Last week was hot, Very hot. Steaming hot! And we haven't even reached the hottest part yet! Anyway, lo and behold, we also had a few raindrops yesterday. It is a bit of a rainy season after all as well during April. Maximum temperatures last week reached up to 33C on the quicksilver. It felt a lot warmer that that though. The minimum temperature didn't drop below 24C last week.

For next week it looks like more of the same. You wish you were here! Instead of in a lock down or quarantine. Maybe a few drops towards the end of the week, no real rain though. Very warm and sunny it should be, according to the predictions. So far they have worked just fine.

Hang in there folks. Be safe, keep as much as you can inside. Keep your social distance. Wear a mask. See you next weekend again.

Do check in to the Facebook page. I post many updates during the week there.

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. 

Until Covid 19 is under control, there's not much happening on Koh Samui. However, don't cancel but postpone your planned holidays! Come and see us once we're back to a state of normal!.

Camille

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Welcome to April 2020

Welcome to April 2020

April's Fool day and time to say welcome to April 2020. Just so you know, in Thailand it's illegal to make jokes about you being Covid19 positive.

Other than that, it is Covid19 making the headlines. Various conspiracy theories start popping up. The US blames China. China blames the US. What world did we end up in?

First things first though. The weather! April is typically the hottest month of the year. Although, during recent years we actually had a few showers during April. Can you imagine!
The big news this month, however, is that Songkran has been cancelled or postponed. No water throwing this year, no parades. It also means no iced water down my back, that's a good thing I guess!

In the meantime, travel restrictions are being tightened up. Different provinces may each have their own rules in place. 
Bangkok Airways will be grounding their fleet from 7 to 20 April. No more flights to/from Koh Samui. The logical next step will be to halt the ferries. Although, I don't think this is an option, since we need daily food supplies from the mainland.

Welcome to April 2020

Welcome to April 2020

Sunset as seen from our house, a few days ago. The weather has been great and that makes for some great sunsets. My camera isn't the best though and the view is from our house, so no dramatic orange sun explosions. However, the moon can be seen as a bright star. Despite Covid 19, nature is still as beautiful as it always is and was on Koh Samui.

Are there actually any tourists left on the island. In Koh Phangan? On Koh Tao? I doubt it very much, You must be able to count them almost on the fingers of one hand.
Most hotels are closed by now. Other hotels or resorts offer resident rates, to get locals to stay at their place.

Interesting times folks! If you have booked, don't cancel but postpone your trip. I hope the hotels/resorts and airline companies are easy going with restrictions on re-booking.

Be safe, keep your distance and wash your hands!

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. 

Camille

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Goodbye to March 2020

Goodbye to March 2020

Last day of this month and time to say goodbye to March 2020.

Regarding the weather, we can be short. It was amazing! Sunny to partially skies all month long. Not a single raindrop in sight. It was warm to hot. A great time ti actually visit Koh Samui!
My sister and her family and my Mum were here, at the beginning of this month. Just in time to make it back home to the Netherlands in time. Before all the travel restrictions came in place.

Covid19 has an enormous impact on Koh Samui and Thailand. Just like any other country. Except that Koh Samui and it's surrounding island, are depending largely on the tourist industry. Many local Thai people have gone home. They don't have to pay rent there and can get by with little money each day.

Many shops are closed, some are required by law to close down. Like bars, massage parlors etc.
Other place, like supermarkets, banks and places that offer day to day living requirements remain open.
In Surat Thani province, to which Koh Samui belongs, markets are only open for fresh or take away food. Restaurants can only offer take away food. Hotels can only cater to guests. Each shop needs to close between midnight and 5am.

Drastic and unusual measures. However, many other countries have much more drastic rules in place, all the way down to complete lock downs. Just let's hope the virus will be under control soon. You can help yourself by practicing social distancing, wash your hands and stay inside as much as you can. Only leave the house for important issues, like grocery shopping.

Goodbye to March 2020

Goodbye to March 2020

Big Buddha has now a sign on display. Closed from 27th March. No opening date mentioned. Still a few people drop by every day and a few shops are still open.

Tomorrow the hottest month of the year starts. Some reports indicate that the Covid19 virus doesn't like the heat that much. Still no reason to lower your guard.
Be safe out there!

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 once the current Covid19 situation has changed for the better, on any of the options mentioned. 

Camille

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