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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

10th Samui Bike week, 4-5 May 2018

10th Samui Bike week, 4-5 May 2018


The 10th Samui Bike week, 4-5 May 2018 is coming up. This jubilee version is expected to be as good as the previous 9 versions. The location is typically at Chaweng lake, where a big stage is build for the concerts and where you can admire all the cool bikes that come to visit Koh Samui for the weekend.

Over the years I wasn't always able to visit but when I could, it was well worth it! The bikes on display are very cool and some of them are very rare sights. Go and check them out during the evening of 4th may or on 5th May during the daytime, when most or all of the bikes are on display.

10th Samui Bike week, 4-5 May 2018

10th Samui Bike week, 4-5 May 2018

Enjoy the first May weekend with a visit to the 10th Samui Bike week at Chaweng lake.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

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

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Camille

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th April –15th April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th April –15th April 2018 


Sunday morning, long run is in the bag and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th April –15th April 2018.

It's fairly cloudy over Koh Samui, over land but not over the ocean. It looks like most of the cloud cover may stay around today but it should stay dry. Current temperature at 8.30am is already 29C and rising.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th April –15th April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th April –15th April 2018; Sunset in Bang Po whilst travelling on the back of a pick up truck during Songkran 2018

Last week started out with a few showers, which cooled things down a bit. Never a problem during April, one of the hottest month of the year and every break we can get is gladly taken! Mid week it was sun galore and temperatures rose. Last week temperatures were between 30 and 33C.

Biggest event last week was Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui, which took place on Friday 13th April. This si the Thai New Year celebration and is celebrated with pouring water on everybody.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th April –15th April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th April –15th April 2018; Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui, this picture was taken in Lamai

For next week the forecast is looking good. Partially clouded skies but no rain is expected, besides maybe a short but powerful thunderstorm around mid week. Keep the sun lotion close at hand, you will need it if you plan on visiting Samui's beaches or drive around the island. Drive safely and enjoy your stay on Koh Samui next week!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

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

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Camille

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui


Yesterday saw the celebration the Thai New Year or Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui. It was wet and it was fun! 
It was also not as busy as previous years and although the mood wasn't subdued, it was different compared to other years.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; The gang on the road. In front of Central Festival, just moments after arriving in Chaweng. Our oldest daughter was travelling around the island in the back of truck with her school friends.

This year I noticed a lot less Thai ravellers joining the fun, but more people from Myanmar joined the party and plenty of Chinese were there as well. Sometimes I had the impression that some of the Chinese came fully unprepared, which in itself caused a few funny situations.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; Water attack in full effect. The worst ones are when ice water is used or when they catch you out in general.

My wife and our children went on a two hour trip in the back of a pick up in the morning, with a bunch of school friends from our eldest daughter. Once they returned, it was time to eat for all of them and the eldest daughter and her friends took off again, not to be seen again until after 10pm. She went around with the pick up and they visited a concert at Central Festival.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; Before this years Songkran there was a big campaign to not wear secy clothes but rather 'traditional' Thai clothes. This girl was getting close to this years version of dressing sexy.

The rest of the family ended up in Chaweng with friends and we partied and celebrated in front of Central Festival. Towards the end of the day my wife eventually persuaded me to join them in the back of a pick up. It was fun, for the first kilometer.
When it turned out we actually went around the island I remembered why I'm not a big fan of sitting in the back of a pick up truck, being wet and riving long stretches of empty road at high speed. Mix that with ice water attacks and I had my share of sitting in the back of a pick up truck for the next couple of years.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; Stopping of as many motorbikes as you can and hose them down and put baby powder on them. This is how it looks like.

It was interesting to see that Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui was celebrated all around the island, with hot spots in Lamai and Maenam. There were smaller parties and celebrations going on literally all around the island.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; If anybody is missing his blue bear, we spotted it yesterday in Chaweng

There were also plenty of funny moments but there fewer people dressed up in a funny or extra ordinary was compared to other years.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; All the ingredients for a party are there

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; Walking Chaweng roads

Hope you had your fun yesterday! I'm very glad however that the celebrations are restricted to just one day on Koh Samui. That's enough for me. Places like Patong on Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and certain areas in Bangkok where the party last three to five days are just too much for me.

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui

Songkran 2018 on Koh Samui; The military was present and kept an eye on things throughout the day

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd April –8th April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd April –8th April 2018 


Sunday monring, 7.30am, long run done and dusted and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd April –8th April 2018. 

It's fairly clouded over Koh Samui and you may expect some rain today. Current temp at 7.30am is 26C

On Koh Lanta, it's very lightly clouded and nice and cool with a current temp of 26C at 7.30am. Within an hour I should be on the road, on my way back to Koh Samui.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd April –8th April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd April –8th April 2018; A close up of Big Buddha

Last week was not a great week, considering we're in April, supposedly one of the the hottest month in the year. Three days had rain or thunderstorms and the other four days saw partially clouded skies. Still, once the sun was out it was hot! 
Maximum temperatures ranged from 30 to 32C and it felt at times much hotter!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd April –8th April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd April –8th April 2018; Klong Dao beach on Koh Lanta, taken from Kaw Kwang beach. On my very first visit to Thailand, some 22 or more years ago, I stayed at the Southern end of this beach. There was no paved road and walking to Ban Saladan took at least 20 minutes or such.

The forecast for next week is looking fine. Possibly some rain today and come Wednesday the sun should break through again and it should be sunny and hot.
Friday 13th, Songkran or Thai New Years day should be nice and warm. Enjoy!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Monday, 2 April 2018

Welcome to April 2018

Welcome to April 2018


Two days into the new month and time to say Welcome to April 2018.
April on Koh Samui is usually a hot and steamy affair, with high temperatures and lots of sunshine. During recent years there have also been some rainy days though, so don't be too surprised if there is a shower or two during some days.

April is also well known for the yearly Thai New Year celebrations, probably better known as Songkran. Celebrated on Koh Samui only on Friday 13th April this year. Other cities around Thailand may have two to three day long celebrations.
It's well worth participating and celebrating, whether it's your first time or you have celebrated Songkran various times.


Welcome to April 2018; A sunset as seen from Big Buddha, with a view over the Bang Rak bay, all the way to Bophud.

At the moment it looks like I will be on back home on Koh Samui somewhere just after the first week of April and will be there for the rest of the month. Songkran may well be celebrated again in Chaweng this year.

Hope you will enjoy the hot weather around Koh Samui this month and especially the Songkran celebrations.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th March –1st April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th March –1st April 2018 


Sunday morning and almost 8am, time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th March –1st April 2018.
The sky over Koh Samui is a bit hazy this morning but soon it will be warming up. Current temperature at 8am is 27C on this first April day in 2018.

Right now I'm in the middle of a PADI IDC program on Koh Lanta, where at 8am it's almost perfectly clear with a blue sky and a nice and cool morning temperature of 24C. The last couple of days it has been sizzling hot here during the daytime though!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th March –1st April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th March –1st April 2018; View from the top of Big Buddha over Bang Rak bay. This one of the many bells at the platform surrounding Big Buddha. The idea is to pick up one of the wooden sticks and walk around the platform, whilst hitting  each bell with your stick.

Last week was a nice week with plenty of sunshine around Koh Samui and maximum temperatures ranged between 31 and 32C. A nice end of March 2018.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th March –1st April 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th March –1st April 2018; View from Koh Lanta Yai towards the bridge, connecting the two Lanta islands during a sunset.

The forecast for next week predicts a fairly cloudy couple of days for the start of the week but during mid week it will clear up with lots of sunshine. Come next weekend, we may see some rain and the wind picking up a 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. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Goodbye to March 2018

Goodbye to March 2018


The last day of March 2018 and time to say Goodbye to March 2018.

Around Koh Samui it's looking like another nice March day is in the making with a partially cloudy sky and the sun heating up. Current temperature at 7.30am is 27C but it's heating up fast.

This month has been a great month for the weather around Koh Samui with with maximum temperatures ranging between 30 and 32C but at times it felt a lot warmer! There were only 5 days with some showers and the rest saw sunshine. A good March this 2018 was. 
This in total contrast we has 7 years ago when we had very untypical floods for this time of the year.
The heat is not going to ease up, April will be upon us in full power very soon with a lot more sunshine and hot temperatures.

Goodbye to March 2018

Goodbye to March 2018; The temple in Bophud at the traffic lights, with it's sitting monk in a ship.

For me personally it was a very busy month and I only spent 4 days on Samui. I had back to back IDC programs towards the end of February and start of March in Khao Lak and Phuket and now I'm in the middle of a program on Koh Lanta.

There were also of races this months for me, in Takua Pa, on Phuket and last weekend the Koh Samui Midnight Run. A very busy and active month indeed.

April is about to start and hopefully I will be spending more time at home next month and be able to celebrate Songkran or the Thai new year at home, come 13th April

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two.

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens.

Camille

Friday, 30 March 2018

Bangkok Airways Samui Half marathon, Sunday 10th June 2018

Bangkok Airways Samui Half marathon, Sunday 10th June 2018


One of Koh Samui's biggest running events is coming to town again with the Bangkok Airways Samui Half marathon, Sunday 10th June 2018.
After last years race that included also the full marathon distance, this years event will see the half marathon as longest distance. There will also be an option to run a 10km or a 5km race.

This half marathon is part of a series of six half and full marathons, including races in Krabi, Koh Samui, Lampang, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.


Bangkok Airways Samui Half marathon, Sunday 10th June 2018

Bangkok Airways Samui Half marathon, Sunday 10th June 2018

This years date, Sunday 10th June 2018, may coincide with dates of a PADI IDC on Phuket, so there's no guarantee for me yet that I can participate. This years race original date was planned a week later, but unfortunately Bangkok Airways had already an event scheduled on koh Samui for that date, so an alternate date had to be found; Sunday 10th June.
It's also unfortunate that this dates coincides with another big running event in Southern Thailand, the Laguna Phuket marathon. Some Samui runners will actually participate in this event on the same date.
Nonetheless, I hope I can participate and furthermore really hope that this event will become a yearly event on the Samui running calendar!

Bangkok Airways Samui Half marathon, Sunday 10th June 2018

Bangkok Airways Samui Half marathon, Sunday 10th June 2018; The 2018 half marathon route, with start and finish at Nathon and leading the race into the Lipa Noi area

Last year the marathon and half marathon route passed out house on Koh Samui, this year the event will take place at a completely different part of the island.
The start will be at the Nathon pier area, an area often used area for starting and finishing a running event on Koh Samui. What is relatively new is the route, it will lead into the Lipa Noi area, where there will be a turn around point which will lead back to the start and finish line.
This route was also used five years for a Samui Triathlon race.

Come and join the fun, you can sign up at Teelakow, the organizers website.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens.

Camille

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th March –25th March 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th March –25th March 2018 


It Sunday morning and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th March –25th March 2018. The weekend run has been done, I participated in the 6th Koh Samui midnight run, which started perfectly at midnight last night and came in third in my age group of 50+.
This morning is starting out nicely with partial cloud cover and a hazy sky. The temperature at 8am is 28.5C and quickly rising. A shower later during the day may well be an option.

In two hours time I will find myself on the Seatran ferry to the mainland again, to start a PADI IDC tomorrow on Koh Lanta. I was barely three days at home this time around, just coming back from a month long trip for two consecutive PADI IDC programs in Khao Lak and on Phuket.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th March –25th March 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th March –25th March 2018; Part of the Koh Samui swamps, also known as the mangrove forest in the deep South of the island, at Phang Ka. Well worth a visit. There are narrow bridges that can be followed, until you reach a dead end, like shown here.

Last week saw the temperature rise a bit around Koh Samui. Most days it was partially cloudy with a little bit of rain thrown in yesterday, during a very cloudy day. Maximum temperatures ranged between 30 and 32C but it felt a lot warmer at times.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th March –25th March 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th March –25th March 2018; Kata beach on Phuket during a sunset. With my PADI IDC candidate we made a night dive there as part of his specialty instructor training.

The forecast for next week is looking good. Maybe a few more clouds compared to this week and towards the end of the week possibly a few thunderstorms could come our way. It will get warmer and warmer, almost by the day. April is coming up soon and that's when the real heat will be unleashed upon us!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th March –18th March 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th March –18th March 2018 


Late Sunday morning, another race day done and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th March –18th March 2018.
It's very nice around Koh Samui this morning with a blue sky and just a few clouds hanging around. It's going to be a hot one today! Current temperature at 10.30am is already 32.3C and rising and it feels a lot hotter already!

On Phuket it's partially cloudy and 31C at 10.30am and it looks like the temperature may rise here as well. We had a couple of recent very warm days.
Wednesday morning I will be on my way back to Samui, and will participate in the sixth Koh Samui Midnight run on Saturday 24th march, see you there!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th March –18th March 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th March –18th March 2018; Phang Ka beach in Southern Koh Samui, very nice and quiet. One of the unexplored and unexploited beaches on koh Samui. Well worth checking out but bring your own drinks and all you need (and don't leave anything as trash when you leave!) 

Last week saw some rain in the beginning of the week. From Wednesday onward the sun was out and about again and the temperature started rising. Maximum was 31C and low was 30C last week. A nice and average week for March around Koh Samui.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th March –18th March 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th March –18th March 2018; Paklok beach on the East coast of Phuket in Thalang. This morning I had a 15km race here and saw this beach for the first time. It's not on the beaten track but lovely nonetheless.

The forecast for next week is looking good. However next weekend may see some rain. Friday it may start with possibly some real hard rain on Saturday morning. Enjoy the week until Thursday and we may need some cooling down over the weekend.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

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

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille