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Monday, 31 March 2014

Central Festival has opened it's doors on Koh Samui

Saturday 29th March, 2014 was a long awaited by many Samui-ans. Central Festival opened it's doors and I'm glad I wasn't there! The line up of famous Thai artists was long and that alone guaranteed a busy Grand Opening.

Central Festival Samui, entrance sign

One of the entrance signs

For future reference, it may be better not to visit in the weekends, I expect it to be very busy, weekdays will allow for a much better and relaxed shopping experience. We went today, a Monday, around 4pm and it was busy but relaxed.

Central Festival Samui, Central store

The Central store

Since it was our first time in the parking lot, which offers space for 200 cars, we couldn't find an elevator and had to carry the children's buggy up the stairs, there was no signage indicating where an elevator might be. On the way out, we discovered where two elevators are located.

Central Festival Samui, Tops supermarket

Tops Supermarket

It's a vast area and we only walked through one part of the mall. We'll be back to visit the other part. It's all laid out over two floors and a parking garage and it's all outdoors. If everything would be indoors and had to be air-conditioned, like it is all over at the mainland outlets, the whole island would be experiencing a continues power cut! All main shops are air conditioned though.

Central Festival Samui, Foodpark

The Food park, as viewed from the outside

The mall is built on a 37 rai plot of land with a total project area of 90,000 sq.m the approximate investment in this project  was 3,450 million baht or one million US Dollars at current rates.
The mall has four main decoration themes, the Chaweng Port theme that combines contemporary architecture with an old time ferry port, a Birdcage theme with Chino-Portuguese style, a Fishermans Village theme and Old Market theme in Colonial style.

Central Festival Samui, Foodpark inside

The Food park inside

Our first impressions are good, the Tops supermarket is well stocked with plenty of goods that aren't available in any other shops, Central store offers also loads of things not available in other stores and the food court, although pricey, offers some interesting options, including an Indian shop which I tried.

We won't be there every day but it may come in handy to visit if you're looking for specific items. 

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Goodbye to March 2014

This March must have been one of the best on record, if it comes down to weather statistics on Koh Samui. If there were 2 hours of rain throughout the month it is a lot. Mostly sunny skies and warm days were part of this 2014 March version. 
We're ready to take on April, usually the hottest month of the year.

Mango's in our garden

Mango's in our garden, I've never seen so many mangoes on our trees as in this month

Most of this month was spent by me away from Samui, the first third saw me on Gili Air and Bali in Indonesia, with a day and a half at home before I took off for a PADI IDC in Phuket, of which I got back from yesterday afternoon. That places me about 3 days on the island this month!

I'm very happy that I could manage to get two running races in this month, in Phipun and Thung Nari.

On Samui, the big news is that Central Festival had a Grand Opening and we're planning to visit there later today and yesterday we had a lovely dinner at our fave Japanese restaurant Kobori in Maenam.

Now, bring on April!

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st March, 2014

Today's weather;

It's good to be back home again, although it's just for a week. It's nice blue skies around Koh Samui with an occasional cloud. Current temp at 7am is 28.5C

To celebrate me being home again we went Kobori, our favorite Japanese restaurant in Maenam and had a lovely dinner.

Koh Samui sky

The Koh Samui sky behind our house this morning

Yesterday saw a hot day around the island with a max temp of around 33C

The forecast keeps predicting sunny skies this week with possibly some clouds.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th March, 2014

Today's weather;

On Koh Samui it's looking like another very hot day with blue skies and a burning sun! Current temp at 8am is 29C

I find myself back near Thung Nari in Phatthalung province, where I just completed a 15km run in 1 hour and 20 minutes. Current temp here at 8am is 27C and heating up under a blue sky.

Thung Nari, Phatthalung province

Local kids ending a hot day in the local canal in Thung Nari, Phatthalung province. As floats they use styrofoam

Yesterday was sunny and hot around Samui with a max temp of 33C

The forecast predicts mostly sunny skies for the next 7 days with occasionally some clouds.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th March, 2014

Today's weather;

Koh Samui has some nice blue skies to show for with a current temp at 7am of 28.7C
Today sees the Grand Opening at Central Festival in Chaweng. I will go and check this out early next week, when the crowds have eased.

On Phuket there's also a nice blue sky and it looks like it's going to be another very hot day again, just like yesterday. Current temp at 7am is 27.5km
I'm leaving Phuket this morning though, all the diving has been completed and I'm heading to Ban Thung Nari, on the border of the provinces of Phatthalung and Songkhla, where tomorrow I will run a 15km race. Straight after the run I'll hit the shower and it's back home to Samui!

Kata beach, Phuket

Sunset over Kata beach on Phuket shortly before our night dive

Yesterday was warm and hot on Samui with a max temp of 34C, temperatures are rising!

The forecast is looking good, warm or rather, hot over the weekend with possibly some more clouds after the weekend.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Friday, 28 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th March, 2014

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui is bright  and blue and once more, a hot day seems to be ahead of everybody on the island. Current temp at 7am is 27.1C

On Phuket it's also bright and sunny with no clouds in the sky. It's my last full day on the island and tomorrow I'm off and on the road again. Current temp at 7am is 27.6C

Junk style catamaran, Phuket

A junk style catamaran, spotted near Phuket harbor after a days diving

Yesterday saw a nice and warm day around Samui island with a max temp of around 32C

The forecast didn't change much, blue and sunny skies over the weekend with possibly some clouds after the weekend, into the new month.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th March, 2014

Today's weather;

Koh Samui has a beautiful blue sky to show for this morning with a current temp at 7am of 26.4C

On Phuket a blue sky is shaping up and it promises to be another warm day. We're on the beach diving all day, I will have to make sure to stay in the shadow! Current temp at 7am is around 26C

Big Buddha, Chalong, Phuket

A view on Big Buddha during sun set from Chalong on Phuket

Yesterday saw a nice and warm day around Samui with plenty of sunshine. Max temp reached 32C

The forecast looks really good with plenty of blue skies ahead of us until the weekend, after weekend there may the chance of some clouds. The wind has dropped and it looks like the temperatures will rise!

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th March, 2014

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui is blue and it has all the makings for another hot day. Current temp at 7am is 27.2C

On Phuket it looks very similar, a blue morning sky and it's going to be a hot one! Current temp at 7am is 26.3C

Diving in Phuket, Thailand

After the March PADI IDC and PADI IE on Phuket has been successfully completed, it's great to be able to get some diving done over the next couple of days. The picture shows Phuket's harbor yesterday morning

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

The forecast looks good, sunny skies with possibly some clouds after the weekend.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 25th March, 2014

Today's weather;

It's nice and sunny on Koh Samui this morning and promises to be a hot day. Current temp at 7am is 28.2C

On Phuket the sky is partly cloudy and I'm on a boat for today and tomorrow for some diving. It has been 15 years since I dived the sites that we're going today. Current temp at 7am is 25C

Kata Beach Road, Phuket, Thailand

Yesterday evening I spotted this Elvis mobile on Kata beach road on Phuket with a Thai Elvis and Neil Diamond (with the white hat in the picture). I love the piano keyboard painted on top of the truck and the guy inside playing a guitar which is amplified into the pub where Elvis performs

Yesterday saw a very warm day around around Samui with a bunch of power cuts during the day and night. Max temp reached 33C

The forecast is looking very good for the next 7 days, sunny and warm days are ahead of us.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Monday, 24 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th March, 2014

Today's weather;

Koh Samui has a nice and sunny sky but strong wind this morning with a current temp at 7am of 28.2C

Back in Phuket after yesterday mornings run in Phipun and the PADI IE was completed successfully by our candidates here. It's blue skies here with a bit of a breeze. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Near Phang Nga

Just outside Phang Nga is this wind mill, which seems to be part of a small kind of amusement park, next to the high way. Will need to check this out next time whilst I pass by with the family

Yesterday saw a warm day around Koh Samui with a max temp of around 32C

The forecast shows some stiff wind for today just to slowly decrease over the next 7 days under mostly sunny skies.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd March, 2014

Today's weather;

Koh Samui has a nice blue sky and it's heating up. Current temp at 7am is 28.4C

I left Phuket yesterday afternoon and traveled to Phipun where I ran a race this morning, it's partially clouded here and at 7am it's 21C. Now it's back to Phuket again.

Phipun, Nakhon Si Thammarat

Phipun in Nakhon Si Thammarat province where I ran the 5th Phipun Nature Run this morning, for the second year in a row 12,7km around this water reservoir in the mountains

Yesterday saw a nice and warm but cloudy day around Samui with a max temp of 32C and light rain for a short while in the afternoon in some parts of the island.

The forecast is looking good, mostly sunny with occasionally some clouds and maybe a quick mini shower until the middle of the week. 

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Central Festival Koh Samui, Grand opening 29th March 2014 is still on track

In a recent press release, Central Pattana Public Company Limited (CPN) announced that it is ready to unveil its latest grand retail development project, Central Festival Samui in Chaweng this coming Saturday 29th March. Many skeptics thought the Grand Opening would be delayed but it looks like the contractors will get everything ready for next weekend!

Central Festival Koh Samui, Grand opening 29th March 2014

The Grand Opening party will featur a fun-filled “Neon Party” with amazing performances such as the Splash Drums show, the Acrobatic Ocean Dance and a special highlight of the party “DJ Spin”. The party will be colourful and nothing short of spectacular and fun, with superstars and celebrities like Pakorn “Dome” Lum, Ratha “Ying” Pohngam, Janesuda Panto, Keng Tachaya and Taengmoe Wallika attending and performing for the crowd. 

These are serious house hold names in the Thai 'super star' department and I expect it to be packed to the rafters during the opening. I won't be on the island but even if I would, I would not consider visiting the Grand Opening since I expect it to be a madhouse and actually to be very uncomfortable with standing room only where ever you will go that day or evening.

During the Grand Opening of Central Plaza in Surat Thani I tried to attend but it was so busy I had to abort that attempt and pictures showed that people inside were packed like sardines everywhere.

I will just wait a few days before I visit.

Central Festival Koh Samui, Grand opening 29th March 2014

Central Festival Samui will be a themed mall that presents the unique characteristics of Koh Samui and the way of life of residents on the island that has long been known as a world-class tourist destination. The new shopping centre’s architecture is inspired the vintage Chaweng Port theme and also features contemporary architecture. The vintage Chaweng Port theme can be seen through the use of charming decorations such as birdcages, which will remind people of Koh Samui residents’ daily lives. There are also other beautiful decorative themes such as the Chino-Portuguese influence, the Fisherman Village theme and the Old Town Market theme, showcasing the colonial-style architecture and the “East meets West” blend.

The list of shops and restaurants has been unveiled and admittedly, that list was a little bit disappointing. No real new names in the restaurant sector besides a come back of the Japanese restaurant chain 'Zen', after they retreated from the 'Big C' outlet and the other new place will be an off shoot from the Zazen restaurant/resort, they are opening 'Cafe Zazen, a Belgian brasserie.

A long anticipated restaurant by many locals and expats, 'Sizzler' is unfortunately missing on the list of restaurants. 

It's great though that Central decided to build on Samui and I'm, definitely looking forward to my first visit.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 22nd March, 2014

Today's weather;

It's fairly cloudy on Koh Samui but the sun is just started to break through a bit. Current temp at 7am is 28.4C

On Phuket there's a little bit of clouds and it's fairly hazy in general. The sun is also coming up right now. Current temp at 7am is 27C 
The PADI IDC here has now been completed, as of yesterday and yesterday the PADI IE started. That will keep my candidates busy today and tomorrow morning.

Phuket market

More food from the market near Chalong on Phuket, this time mostly sour and spicy fruit and veggies

Yesterday saw a very warm day around with some very strong wind during the night. Max temp reached 33C

The forecast predicts a cloudy day today with more sunny skies as of tomorrow and the wind should lay down after the weekend Come next weekend, the clouds may be back again.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Friday, 21 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 21st March, 2014

Today's weather;

The sun is rising over Koh Samui and it looks once more like a nice and sunny day is in the making. Current temp at 7am is 25.5C

On Phuket it's a little bit hazy but the sun is out and about. Current temp at 7am is 27.6C
The PADI IE is about to start later today for my candidates.

Market, Phuket

One of the many markets around Phuket, showing Isaan (North Eastern Thailand) delicacies; deep fried bugs. Very healthy and full of protein

Yesterday saw a sunny and warm day around Samui island with a max temp of 32C

The forecast is predicating possibly some clouds today and tomorrow but sunny days after that until next weekend. The wind should also die down after this weekend.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 20th March, 2014

Today's weather;

Koh Samui is preparing for a nice and warm day and blue skies are shaping up. Current temp at 7am is 25.3C

On Phuket a near perfect blue sky is showing off and it promises to be another warm day here. Current temp at 7am is 27.2C

Kata Beach, Phuket

A small bar/restaurant on Kata Beach on Phuket, nicely shaded in the beaming sun

Yesterday saw a warm day around Koh Samui with plenty of sunshine and a max temp of around 31C

The forecast is slightly changing for the next 7 days, tomorrow the wind should pick up again and occasionally there may be some clouds hover over the island. All in all it's still looking good.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 19th March, 2014

Today's weather;

On Koh Samui it's nice and sunny this morning. Current temp at 7am is 27.5C

On Phuket a clear blue sky is shaping up and it looks like it will be warm. Current temp at 7am is 26C 

Chalong, Phuket

A near full moon rising over Chalong harbor in Phuket last night

Yesterday saw a nice and warm day around Koh Samui with a max temp of 31C

The forecast is looking good for the next 7 days, mostly sunny skies with possibly some wind later this week.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 18th March, 2014

Today's weather;

After a few days of cloudy skies around Koh Samui and even some rain two days ago, the blue skies are back in full force. It's still fairly windy but the wind should calm down as well. Current temp at 7am is 27.9C

On Phuket it's very similar, after two days of cloudy skies, yesterday it was sunnier and warmer again and this morning it's blue sky galore. Current temp at 7am is 26.5C

Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Another view of Kata Beach on Phuket

Yesterday saw a sunnier day again around Samui with strong wind. Max temp reached 32C

The forecast is looking good again with sunny days ahead and occasionally some wind.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Monday, 17 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 17th March, 2014

Today's weather;

It's cloudy over Koh Samui this morning with a strong wind but it's still dry. Current temp at 7am is 28.3C

Clouds are laying low over Phuket but it's dry and current temp at 7am is 27.9C
Yesterday saw mostly a cloudy day and we already reached the half way mark on the current PADI IDC in Phuket.

Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Koh Pu, a small island off Kata Beach on Phuket

Yesterday saw mostly sunshine but also some clouds and it stayed dry. Max temp reached 31C

The forecast predicts very strong wind today with possibly rain. This all should become better and nicer again over the next days and the sun should be back until the weekend, when the wind may pick up again.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Other Phuket blogs

Whilst on Phuket for my current PADI IDC that I'm teaching here, I thought it a good idea to point out some blogs from two long term residents that live here and do some very interesting work on bringing unusual and interesting facts to the light of day.

Jamie's Phuket blog is one of the most active and very well informed blogs about Phuket and he's already active with blogging since 2006. He started his Phuket blog just a few months before I started my Samui weather blog.
Check his blog out for lots of information on local attractions, food and restaurant choices, hotel options and lots more.

Kata beach, Phuket

A great view of Kata Beach in Phuket, it almost looks deserted, which it wasn't!

Jamie also runs the Phuket weather blog with regular updates on the weather on Phuket. 
My blog is a mix between Jamie's two blogs.

A third blog to check is Dawn's blog; Dawn in Phuket, she lives here for almost 30 years now and runs also a restaurant on Koh Bon, a small island off Phuket's coast. She has some very interesting posts about lots of unusual topics around Phuket.

If you're interested in Phuket related hands on information, these three blogs are a good start to get yourself informed. Enjoy them!

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 16th March, 2014

Today's weather;

It's cloudy over Koh Samui this morning and might stay cloudy but dry. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Phuket's sky is also cloudy with a current temp of around 27C.
Yesterday saw some rain around 3pm but it was dry soon enough again.

Kata beach, Phuket

Kata beach on Phuket

Yesterday morning saw some rain over parts of Samui in varying degrees whilst other parts remained dry all day long. Overall still a very warm day with a max temp of 32C

The forecast has changed slightly and is now showing plenty of clouds predicted for today and tomorrow with some strong wind tomorrow and next weekend.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 15th March, 2014

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui shows a few more clouds and early morning rain has been reported in Chaweng which just moved over our house in the north east of the island! That's some well needed rain indeed. Current temp at 7am is 28C

Phuket has a lovely blue sky this morning ad it promises to be another day warm day. Current temp at 7am is 27.5C. 
Yesterday it was very hot during the day time around Phuket.

Big Buddha, Phuket

Big Buddha on Phuket, towering over Phuket and looking out over the ocean. My last visit dates already back to 2007

Yesterday saw a very warm day around Samui with plenty of wind. Max temp reached 31C

The forecast is now showing a few more clouds and possibly some very strong wind come Monday. By Wednesday the wind should have gone and the sun should be out again in full force.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Friday, 14 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 14th March, 2014

Today's weather;

On Koh Samui the sun is rising and a warm seems to be ahead of us. Current temp at 7am is 27C

On Phuket it looks very similar, a nice sunrise is just behind us here and it looks like another warm day here as well. Current temp at 7am is 26.3C
The PADI IDC here in Phuket started here yesterday.

Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Taking care of the boat after a day's work at Kata Beach on Phuket

Yesterday saw a warm day around Samui with a max temp of 32C

The forecast predicts mostly sunny skies with some strong wind gusts come Sunday and Monday, after the wind eases up.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 13th March, 2014

Today's weather;

On Koh Samui it's looking good again with blue skies all over the place! Current temp at 7am is 24C

Meanwhile, back in Phuket, where I find myself back, getting ready to start my first PADI IDC in Phuket, it also looks very good with very similar blue skies all around and a current temp at 7am of 25.4C

Phuket

Sun rise over Chalong in Phuket

Yesterday was warm around Samui although there were some clouds during the afternoon. Max temp reached 32C

The forecast looks splendid for the next 7 days with sunny skies and the potential rain over the weekend seems to have disappeared. There may be a stiff breeze starting tomorrow until Tuesday.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 12th March, 2014

Today's weather;

It's nice and sunny again around Koh Samui this morning and it looks like another hot day is in the making. Current temp at 7am is 27.3C

This morning I'm off to Phuket to start my first PADI IDC there.

Mengda Talee, Bophud

Barbecued Mengda Talee or Horse shoe crab at the Bophud/Fisherman's Village temple party last night

Yesterday saw a very warm day around the island with some scattered clouds in the sky during the afternoon. Max temp reached 32C

The forecast is still predicting sunny days for the next 7 days with some occasional strong wind and possibly a raindrop or two over the weekend.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 11th march, 2014

Today's weather;

It's good to be back home again, although it's just for a day. Tomorrow I'm off again to Phuket to teach my first PADI IDC there.
Here on Koh Samui it's blue sky galore this morning with a current temp ta 7am of 27.1C and it comes with a nice breeze.

Plai Laem, Koh Samui early morning

Behind our house this morning in Plai Laem

Yesterday was a long travelling day for me but all went smoothly. On Samui it was a very warm day with a max temp of 32C

The forecast is predicting sunny but windy days with possibly some strong wind and rain over the weekend.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Monday, 10 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 10th March, 2014

Today's weather;

A blue sky is shaping up over Koh Samui. Current temp at 7am is 27C

In Sanur on Bali in Indonesia there's also a blue sky. Current temp at 8am local time is 27C
This morning I will leave for Bangkok and in the early evening I should find myself back on Koh Samui again.

Sanur beach, Bali, Indonesia

Sanur beach on Bali in Indonesia

Yesterday saw a sunny and warm day around Samui with a max temp of 32C

The forecast has been very steady but this morning there are some slight changes. Next weekend it may be a bit more cloudy with possibly even a few rain drops.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Food on Wheels; Indonesian snack time!

Whilst in Indonesia, what better time to show some variations on the Food on Wheels series? During my current stay I found some samples of new variations on the same old theme!

Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Deep fried processed meat on Gili Trawangan in Indonesia

Above is a push cart with processed deep fried meat balls. The push carts are not found that much more in Thailand, there it's almost exclusively motorbikes that carry around the food goodies.

Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Goreng in Baha Indonesia means 'deep fried'

It makes for some nice and new pictures with a different slant on the usual standard pictures. It's a nice change to see something different.

Sanur beach, Bali, Indonesia

Bread in a glass display on the back of a bike at Sanur beach in Bali, Indonesia

The more people are around in this part of the world, the more likely food will be there! Food on Wheels! This morning it was packed on the back at around 6am and plenty of food options available, just for your convenience.

Sanur beach, Bali, Indonesia

Sweet breakfast

This motorbike is pretty unusual with it's glass display. You don't want to see that in crash!

Sanur beach, Bali, Indonesia

Mie (noodles) Ayam (chicken) bakso (soup) at Sanur beach in Bali, Indonesia

Here's a standard Indonesian meal, the 'bakso' or soup. This one is with chicken. Tasty and cheap!


The noodle soup ingedients

Stay tuned, the next post in this series will be next month and right now I have no idea what it will be about. That's the nice thing in South East Asia, there's always something new and surprising around the corner!

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 9th March, 2014

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui is beautifully blue with hardly any clouds around. It's going to be a hot one today! Current temp at 7am is 24C

I'm in Bali, Indonesia for two nights and this morning the sky is blue with a little bit of  haze. Current temp at 9am local time is 29C
Tomorrow I'm heading back home to Koh Samui where  should arrive in the early evening.

Sanur beach, Bali, Indonesia

Sunday monring, 6.30am; Sanur beach, Bali, Indonesia. Never seen so many people so early enjoying themselves on a beach

Yesterday saw a sunny and warm day around Koh Samui with a max temp of around 31C

The forecast predicts nice blue skies for the next 7 days with a bit of breeze.

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Camille

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Koh Samui road behavior

That traffic on Koh Samui is dangerous is a well known fact. A couple of days ago a new dimension was added. On various social media and forums, talk popped up about a person who was driving a bike whilst standing on it and steering with his feet.

A few days ago, this video popped up on Facebook by somebody who saw it and drove behind the bike and person in question and had it filmed by his passenger.

video

This is between Bophud traffic lights and Tesco Lotus.

Latest news is that he was arrested two days ago, apparently the driver of the bike is of Burmese nationality and supposedly he tested positive for drugs and had a gun in possession when brought to the Ban Thai police sub station.

Although it may look funny, in my opinion it shows some of the most irresponsible road behavior imaginable with no respect for other road users safety. What do you think?

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 8th March, 2014

Today's weather;

On Koh Samui we have a a sky with a deeper shade of blue, it's going to be a hot day. Current temp at 7am is 26.7C

On Gili Air in Indonesia it looks very similar. Current temp here at 8am local time is 25C
Today I'm off to Bali for a two night stay and than back home to Samui on Monday!

Gili Air, Indonesia

Another small and friendly shop on Gili Air in Indonesia

Yesterday saw a sunny and warm day around Samui with a max temp of 32C

The forecast remains very stable with sunny skies predicted for the next 7 days with occasionally some hard wind. Enjoy!

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Friday, 7 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 7th March, 2014

Today's weather;

On Koh Samui it's nice and sunny, look out for another hot afternoon. Current temp at 7am is 26.7C

On Gili Air in Indonesia it's also blue skies galore. Current temp at 8am local time is 25C

Gili Air, Indonesia

Daily fresh catch on Gili Air in Indonesia

Yesterday was sunny around Samui with a max temp of 32C

The forecast didn't change much, sunny skies for the next 7 days with a bit of breeze.

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Camille

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 6th March, 2014

Today's weather;

On Koh Samui another sunny day is in the making. Current temp at 7am is 26.8C

Blue skies are also all around and above Gili Air in Indonesia with a current temp at 8am local time of 25C

Gili Air, Indonesia

Stunning sun sets at the moment on Gili Air in Indonesia

Yesterday saw a warm and sunny day around Samui with a max temp of around 30C

On Koh Samui sunny skies are predicted for the next 7 days with occasionally some stronger wind.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 5th March, 2014

Today's weather;

Koh Samui's sky is stunning again this morning with plenty of sunshine and hardly any clouds. Current temp at 7am is 27C

On Gili Air in Indonesia we have near perfect blue sky with plenty of sunshine and a current temp at 8am local time of 25C
Today is the last day of the PADI IE and a report will follow later on my dive blog.

Sunset Gili Air, Indonesia

Yesterday evening saw a stunning sunset around the Gili islands (aka Gili Indah), we caught it on our way back from Gili Trawangan (aka Gili Tralala) to Gili Air after a successful day at the PADI IE

Yesterday saw a nice and warm day around Koh Samui with a max temp of around 30C

The forecast is looking good with more blue and sunny skies over the next 7 days but there will be some good breeze, starting to pick up later today.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 4th March, 2014

Today's weather;

Koh Samui is delivering the goods again with a partly cloudy sky, the sun is out though and it looks like another hot day is in the making. Current temp at 7am is 27.5C

Today I find myself back on Gili Trawangan island, one of the three islands that make up Gili Indah and it's the biggest one of these three. We're here for a PADI IE. It's sunny a27Cnd nice on all three islands with a current temp at 8am local time of 27C

Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

In the horse cart on Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Yesterday saw another nice day around Samui with a max temp of around 30C

The forecast keeps predicting sunny days for the next 7 days with the wind picking up come Thursday/Friday.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Monday, 3 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 3rd March, 2014

Today's weather'

Koh Samui has nice blue skies this morning with a couple of clouds that seem to be lost. Current temp at 7am is 25C

On Gili Air in Indonesia it's blue skies as well but during the afternoon we get some clouds. Current temp at 8am local time is 25C

Gili Air, Indonesia

At 'boat yard' on Gili Air in Indonesia

Yesterday saw a sunny day around Samui island with a stiff breeze. Max temp reached 31C

The forecast keeps showing 7 days of lots of sunshine with some stronger wind showing up around the weekend. The wind should calm down for the next two or days.

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 2nd March, 2014

Today's weather;

Koh Samui is looking good, a few clouds in the sky with sun coming up, ready to burn it's way to a blue sky. Current temp at 7am is 26C

On Gili Air in Indonesia it's nice, a blue sky is shaping up and it feels warm already in the early morning. Current temp at 8am local time is 27C
The current PADI IDC is being completed by noon and an update can be expected later today.

Gili Air, Indonesia

The sun setting over Lombok last evening, viewed from Gili Air in Indonesia, with a nice big, white cloud kind of hiding behind the mountains

Yesterday saw a nice around Samui island with a max temp of 31C

The forecast remains steady and 7 days of plenty of sunshine are ahead of us with some wind around the weekend

Don't forget to use my Camille's Samui hotel recommendation blog and my Camille's Thailand hotel recommendation blog for all your hotel bookings on Koh Samui and around Thailand. By doing so, you will support my blog. Thanks folks!

Camille