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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016


The Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016 is not strictly on Koh Samui but still an interesting event to talk about. Especially me being a runner and since I am planning to participate in this event. Check out their Full Moon marathon Facebook page here.

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016

In 2012 I already participated in the 10km race and in 2013 in the full marathon, when it started at midnight, in Thong Sala. That was my second full marathon ever and providing I stay fit and healthy, this year will be my fifth full marathon ever. I ran two marathons in 2013 and one so far this year. This year two more marathons are scheduled on 25th September in Khanom and 16th October on Koh Phangan.

This will be the first time I will run two races on the same day, earlier that Sunday, at Chaweng Lake there will be the 3rd Mad Hatter run, and it looks like I will run the 5km distance there in the early morning.

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016; The route

The start will be in Haad Rin, where the Full Moon party will take place, at 6pm and there will be a 6 hours cut off time. It will be my first time in Haad Rin, and so far in all my years living on Koh Samui, I have never visited a Full Moon party. For participants of the Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016, entrance to the Full Moon party is included. Personally speaking, I most likely will try to get out of Haad Rin and off Koh Phangan as quickly as possible after the marathon and get back to Koh Samui.

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016; The elevation profile

It's going to be a tough marathon, the elevation profile looks hard like nails, with hills getting in and out of Haad Rin but at the half way mark there's a massive hill to climb, which looks familiar and is most likely in the general Haad Yao area, where I used to train during my last stay on Koh Phangan, when I taught a PADI IDC earlier this year in March. That is going to be a real challenge.
At this moment I think I can make the six hour cut off time, but it's still way ahead, with another marathon in my legs just three weeks earlier and a 5km in my legs that same morning.

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016; The finishers medal, a very neat watch. An original medal!

Am looking forward to participate in the Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016 and you will see updates in due time of my progress and results.
Distance for racing are the full marathon 42.195km, the half marathon and a 10km race and I just found out that there will be no trophies. That's a bit disappointing, especially considering the fairly high entrance fee.
Nonetheless, hope to see you there.

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


Today's weather;

It looks like we have an almost clear but lightly hazy sky this morning over Koh Samui and once the sun warms up, the haze should disappear and we may have a very sunny day at our hands. Current temp at 7am is 28C

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

Road safety has a different definition in Thailand (and most South East Asian countries in general). This pick up truck has four people sitting on the back and is piled high up with scaffolding materials. I took this picture yesterday next to Bandon Hospital

Yesterday saw a sunny day with a nice blue sky, up until around 4pm when dark clouds moved in and we had a short tropical shower. Max temp reached 33C

The forecast keeps changing ever so slightly and we can enjoy partially cloudy skies until and including the weekend with an occasional tropical shower and sunnier skies after the weekend. Towards the first September weekend the wind may pick up again.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

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

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


Today's weather;

A very thin cloud layer is about to be burned up by the sun this morning and it seems that Koh Samui is heading for a lovely and sunny morning and day ahead of us. Current temp at 7am is 28C 

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

Outside, in the woods at the Guanyin temple in Phang Ka. Far away from the trodden path on Koh Samui but well worth a visit, in the Southern, less developed part of the island

Yesterday saw a nice and warm and mostly sunny day around Koh Samui with a max temp of 33C

The forecast is still looking good for the next ten days, with some subtle changes. The wind should almost be gone by now but Thursday and Friday now show cloudy skies with some hard possibly on Saturday. After the weekend it should really clear up and lots of sunshine should be coming our way.

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Monday, 22 August 2016

3rd Mad Hatter run in Chaweng, Sunday 16th October 2016

3rd Mad Hatter run in Chaweng, Sunday 16th October 2016


The 3rd Mad Hatter run in Chaweng, Sunday 16th October 2016 will take place, organised by the four Starwood Hotels on Koh Samui, W Retreat, Vana Belle, Le Meridien and Sheraton.

It's great to see this event entering it's third year. The last two editions I participated in and it looks like I will be able to join this year's edition as well, despite the fact that I will participate in another race on the same day, the Full Moon Marathon on Koh Phangan, and I intend to run the full marathon there, with a 6pm start and 6 hours cut off time, which will be a challenge, considering the hilly route.

3rd Mad Hatter run in Chaweng, Sunday 16th October 2016
3rd Mad Hatter run in Chaweng, Sunday 16th October 2016

This will be the first time that I will participate in two races on the same day, I have run races back to back, on Saturday a race, followed by a race on a Sunday, so this will be a new challenge.

Start and finish for the 3rd Mad Hatter run in Chaweng, Sunday 16th October 2016 are usually at Phru Chaweng or Chaweng lake, times still to be announced.

As each year is the case, this will be a charity event and this year all revenues after expenses will be given to Tessaban 1 Wat Lamai school to support the construction cost of a new building there. 

Am looking forward to the event and hope to see many runners on Sunday morning, 16th October at this 'Run to Give'.

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


Today's weather;

There's a cloud layer hanging over Koh Samui and it looks like it may stay for most of teh fday, although it should stay dry. Current temp at 6.30am is 27C

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

A boat yard in Bophud, near the Bandon hospital. It's part of the island life, having boats around

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day around Koh Samui but there was some rain during the night time. Max temp reached 34C

The forecast didn't change that much, for the next ten days we should have very sunny skies after next weekend and leading up to the weekend, the wind is about to drop and we should have partially clouded skies with some sunshine thrown in and an occasional tropical shower.

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Camille

Sunday, 21 August 2016

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


Today's weather;

A very late update, I'm currently on the ferry back to Koh Samui after running a race early this morning but with no access to the internet until now.

On Koh Samui it's partially clouded, well, with just a few sparse clouds and the sun is having a ball in-between the clouds. Current temp at 1.30pm is 33C
It should stay a very sunny and nice day and afternoon.

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

Inside the sitting monk boat or statue at Wat Bophud

Earlier today I ran a 25km race in Na San in Surat Thani province. Na San is the rambutan capital of the world and has some dramatic scenery with limestone cliffs surrounding the village and a nice small river floating around the village. It was very cool early in the morning, which was perfect for running and I managed to finish the 25km before the sun started to heat up. However, since I'm training for a full marathon, 42.2km next month, I still had to run for a little bit over an hour after I finished the race. That was a different cookie and it was a lot warmer by than. 
In total I ran some 35km today, first the 24,74km in the race in 2 hours and 56 seconds or a 4'53 pace and after that another 10,57km in 1 hour and 5 minutes.

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

Stunning and dramatic scenery in Ban Na San, the rambutan capital of the world

Yesterday it was nice and fairly sunny when we left Koh Samui around 1pm but later a thunder storm moved over Koh Samui with hard wind and rain. Max temp still got up to 34C

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

13th Ban Na San super half marathon over 25km, placed third in my age category, out of around 30 runners and I palced around 30th place in total out of some 250-300 runners, with 24.74km in 2 hours and 56 seconds and a 4'53 pace. Well chuffed with this result

The forecast is looking very good for the next ten days with hardly any wind anymore come next weekend and very sunny skies from there onward. Up to the coming weekend there may be some last bursts of wind and an occasional tropical shower. Enjoy the good weather that's knocking on Koh Samui's door now.

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Saturday, 20 August 2016

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


Today's weather;

It's partially cloudy and the sun is happily beaming around the sky over Koh Samui this very morning and it looks like the last bits of the recent strong wind are blowing their last gasp at this very moment and we are heading for a sunny weekend. Current temp at 8am is 30C

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

A departing Seatran ferry at the Nathon pier. Later this morning I will be making my way over to the mainland for tomorrow's 25km race at Ban Na San in Surat Thani province

Yesterday saw a partially cloudy day with plenty of sunny moments. It was still rather windy but stayed dry all day long and max temp reached 32C

The forecast now really changed for the better when we look at the next ten days with plenty of sunshine to come, a few moments with a breeze but come next weekend it should be sunny galore all over the place with hardly any wind at all. Tropical showers seem to be a very rare occurrence.
The last third of August is picking up nicely.

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Friday, 19 August 2016

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


Today's weather;

There's a thin cloud layer over Koh Samui this morning and the sun is having a very hard time getting through. It's supposed to remain cloudy combined with a strong wind today. Current temp at 7am is 29C

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

Meet the newest addition to our family, just under two weeks now; Jim

Yesterday saw a nice day with plenty of sunshine and a fair breeze all day long and a max temp of 33C

The forecast remains looking good, today and tomorrow should be the last days of clouds and wind and as of Sunday the sky should clear up, the wind drop essentially and possibly a short typical shower here and there.

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Camille

Thursday, 18 August 2016

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



Today's weather;

A thin cloud layer is being shredded by the early morning sun over Koh Samui and it looks like we may have a sunny day at our hands but with a strong wind. Current temp at 7am is 29C

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

Seven different kinds of Buddha, actually eight, for each day of the week to make merit at a temple. a very common sight in Thailand. This picture is taken at the new big sitting monk statue on a boat at Wat Bophud

Yesterday saw a dry, mixed bag kind of day, with plenty of sunny moments but also cloudy skies at times, packaged with all day long a fairly strong wind. Max temp reached 34C again, just like the day before.

The forecast is slightly changing, it looks that eventually the cloudy and windy stretch that seemed to be dominating this August 2016 is about to leave slowly, very slowly that is. Another three days of cloudy and windy skies are ours but Saturday the wind is about to recede, however accompanied by rain. From Sunday onward the clouds should start to break and the wind should drop, with a few exceptions possible. Some tropical showers may pop up later next week but in general the weather is going to look a lot better after this weekend.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Next Samui Green Market Sunday 28th August at Six Senses Samui 'Farm on the Hill'

Next Samui Green Market Sunday 28th August at Six Senses Samui 'Farm on the Hill'


The Next Samui Green Market Sunday 28th August at Six Senses Samui 'Farm on the Hill' is coming up soon. With a new location hosted by Six Senses Hideaway Samui and their 'Farm on the Hill'

The market will be in the shade of some big trees at the entrance to the hotel. There’s a goat farm and chickens, a great little garden, and more, it’s a wonderful inspiration for what can be done in a short time with re-used materials and good intentions to reduce, and recycle almost all ’trash’ into something useful! 
This alone is already worthwhile a visit and check it out.

Next Samui Green Market Sunday 28th August at Six Senses Samui 'Farm on the Hill'

Next Samui Green Market Sunday 28th August at Six Senses Samui 'Farm on the Hill'

It’s not hard  to find, follow the signs from Big Buddha to Arayaburi and drive past that, and there will be lots of parking available.

Start this time around is a little bit later and they go on a little bit longer from 4pm to 7pm with hopefully a free sunset!

As usual by now, the entrance is free and no plastic and no foam. Our vendors get creative with bamboo, banana leaves or by reusable, or paper! Shoppers please bring your own non plastic bags

Next Samui Green Market Sunday 28th August at Six Senses Samui 'Farm on the Hill'

Next Samui Green Market Sunday 28th August at Six Senses Samui 'Farm on the Hill'; The Farm on the Hill by Six Senses Samui

There will also be a competition: an exciting challenge to inventors, dreamers, engineers, environmentalists! Come & share your ideas for turning waste into wealth - bring them on 28th August as a photograph, a drawing, a prototype, a working model, a poem!  Anyone can join!
And there there will be prizes!!  

Enter the competition! Are you making crackers from left over juice pulp? Are you reusing anything in a creative way? Have you got an idea to change the world? Share your ideas (or your crackers) with us!)

For prizes, we have vouchers from Barracuda Restaurant, Six Senses and more. We will make a basket of plenty with gifts from all our vendors at the market - come and see!

Samui Green Market is usually hosted by Elysia Boutique Resort in Fisherman Village.
Mark your diary for our next market on October 2 at Elysia - we will be at Elysia Boutique Resort, as usual.

Elysia, our generous Samui Green Market host,  is helping us build a great vibe on Samui, and is a hub for healthy and delicious food, yoga, salsa and networking. We may do more ‘away’ events in the future, but we are grateful for our market home in Fisherman Village.

See you Sunday 28th August at Six Senses Samui and their 'Farm on the Hill'.

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Camille