Tour bookings on Koh Samui with Camille

Visit my Tour bookings with Camille page, to book your various tours on Koh Samui through a trusted and knowledgeable source

Thursday, 27 April 2017

16th Samui Regatta from 20th to 27th May 2017

 16th Samui Regatta from 20th to 27th May 2017


It's showtime again soon for the 16th Samui Regatta from 20th to 27th May 2017. The Samui Regatta is slowly but surely becoming an institution on Koh Samui, although in my book, still a bit of an event for the elite.

The event is proudly hosted by Centara Grand Beach Resort - Samui, which is widely regarded as the "Home of the Samui Regatta".

16th Samui Regatta from 20th to 27th May 2017


16th Samui Regatta from 20th to 27th May 2017

The Regatta is organised by Regattas Asia in conjunction with the Samui Yacht Club Regatta, under the auspices of the Province of Surat Thani, the Sports Authority of Thailand, the Municipal of Koh Samui, the Tourism Association of Koh Samui, The Tourism Association of Thailand, the International Sailing Federation and the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand.

The Regatta has 4 key objectives:

Increase tourists to the island of Koh Samui.
Increase awareness and participation in watersports in Asia.
Establish Koh Samui as a leading Sailing Destination
Support youth education and sporting activities on the island.
Starting with just 11 boats, mainly made up of beach catamarans, the event gained a reputation for offering great hospitality and competitive sailing.

16th Samui Regatta from 20th to 27th May 2017

16th Samui Regatta from 20th to 27th May 2017

The fleet has now grown into one of the most competitive in Asia and is now placed as the final event of the prestigious Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship. Crowning the 2016/2017 Asian Champion Skipper and Crew at the last night Awards and Gala Dinner. Held at Centara Grand Beach Resort.

Despite these challenging economic times, the event has grown every year to become a truly international event with around 500 competitors joining in annually from over 22 different countries. Generating an estimated 30 million baht worth of media coverage and over 18 million baht into the local Koh Samui economy annually.

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, 24 April 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017


A day late but here we are nonetheless with the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017.
Yesterday I was doing my lsd or long slow distance run. Pretty much immediately after that three hour run I was off to the local hyperbaric chamber for work. After that it was shopping and taking care of the children and visiting the Samui Green Market at Six Senses. 
A busy day with not much time to update the blog, but today is looking different and here we are indeed.

It's almost 10am on a Monday morning and the sky is nice and blue with some clouds in it. Typical April weather and it looks like it will be sticky and hot, once more. Current temp at 10am is already at a whopping 33C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th April – 23rd April, 2017; Ready for take off. One of Bangkok Airways' Boeing 737 planes is ready for take off at Koh Samui airport. There's a short cut route that leads around the Northern runway, where you can spot the action. Planes coming in and taking off and giving great photo opportunities when you have to wait for the road to be opened up again.

Last week saw partially cloudy to fairly cloudy skies and we even had a few raindrops mid week. The last couple of days and over the weekend it was blue skies galore however and the max temp went up to 35C!

The forecast for this week is looking great in case you're in search of sunshine. A few isolated clouds, no rain and plenty of sunshine is out and about. Get that sun lotion ready and enjoy Koh Samui at it's hottest!

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, 21 April 2017

9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017

9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017


It's on again, the 9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017 at the by now familiar location of Chaweng lake.
If you would like to see lot of cool big bikes, the 9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017 is the right location for you and the place to be.

I have visited the Samui Bike week in the early days but during recent years I wasn't always on Samui when the vent took place. However the bikes on display are truly amazing. Lots of choppers and customized bikes can be spotted. A feats for the eye, in coolness and color level f the various bikes. Black is a favorite color in general but many bikes actually have some cool paint or spray jobs done.

9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017

9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017

Make time to visit this 9th Samui Bike Week at Chaweng Lake, if you're on the island . It will be well worth your time and give you a couple of very cool photo shoot opportunities.


9th Samui Bike Week, 5-6 May 2017

Hope to see you there, I will be on Koh Samui this year and am looking forward to go and check out the bikes 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. 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, 16 April 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th April – 16th April, 2017


It's Sunday morning and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th April – 16th April, 2017.
This Sunday morning is partially cloudy with a nice breeze and at 9.30am we have a current temp of 30C. It's looking like another hot day is in the making.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th April – 16th April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th April – 16th April, 2017; Last week there was a temple party at Wat Chaweng or Wat Sawang Arom. Here's a view on the beautiful white Bot with the full moon on top of it

Last week it was hot and sticky with hardly any rain at all, I don't recall seeing any rain at least where I was during last week. It was sometimes partially cloudy but it was also very humid. Temperatures ranged from 32C to 33C, so very solid.


Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th April – 16th April, 2017; Last week saw the Songkran festival around the island and all over Thailand, or the Thai New Years celebration. Here an action picture of Chaweng

The forecast for next week is looking good, sunny most days with the fresh breeze dropping and if you're lucky you find some quick and short tropical rain shower to cool things down a bit. April at it's best!

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, 14 April 2017

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng


It's hot and dry today, but that can't be said for Songkran 2017 in Chaweng yesterday. At least not the dry part! It was a lovely day with blue skies and hot, but by no means was it dry! The water fights were on all over the island as part of the Songkran tradition!

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; A view of the chaos in front of the Central shopping mall

During the morning I played a bit with our children but the afternoon the whole family moved over to Chaweng to join the festivities there. Around 2.30pm we arrived with some of our friends and soon met up with more friends and their children. We were a big group of around ten people when we were all together.

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; A foam party was very popular during the afternoon at Central shopping mall

Most of the time smaller groups split off from the main group though to enjoy certain areas of Chaweng. There was a good atmosphere in front of the Central shopping mall at Chaweng's beach road and the busiest part this year was without doubt at Bar Solo where crush barriers and security were deployed to keep the crowds in place and order.

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; The busiest part of town, in front of Solo Bar, with iron crush barriers to keep the crowds in place

It was busy as each year that I spent on Songkran on Koh Samui although it didn't seem to get really busy until around 4pm. In general I felt that it wasn't as busy in Chaweng as during previous years but there was a good atmosphere and the crowds were lined up all around the island, on the main road and all the smaller sois.

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; A very special gun, uncensored

There were plenty of special activities around the Central shopping mall in Chaweng, like the foam party and concerts later during the afternoon and evening.
The late hours saw lots of folk out and about in the bar areas of the island, both in Chaweng (Soi Green Mango and Soi Reggae) and in Lamai.

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; These masks were all the rage this year, they came in various colors and somewhere under the mask you can find our son

If you were on Koh Samui yesterday or in general in Thailand, I hope you enjoyed this years Songkran version! I'm really pleased that the water fights only take place during one day on Koh Samui but there are a few places around the country where two or three days is the norm. That's a little bit too much of a good thing for me!

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; Don't you just love the posing bit

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; Good old fashioned games, play it with your friends

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng

Songkran 2017 in Chaweng; Now where was that hotel that you booked?

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, 9 April 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd April – 9th April, 2017


The Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd April – 9th April, 2017 but first things first and that's today's update.

It's nice and sunny around Koh Samui this morning and a warm or rather hot day seems to be in the making. There are just a few isolated clouds in the sky so get that sun lotion out, whether you are on the beach today or on a trip around the island or on a boat for a snorkeling or diving trip! Current temp at 9am is 30C
This morning saw some rain though, around 5am, during my long Sunday morning run (26.6km in two and a half hours) for about half an hour and I enjoyed every minute of it during my run, since it cooled things down really nicely. Very enjoyable!

Don't miss out on on today's big event in Maenam where there will be a bike cross event all morning and into the afternoon.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd April – 9th April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd April – 9th April, 2017; Chaweng beach in front of Centara Grand Beach Resort. The sun is back and out and about and it's beach time, big time! Picture and all rights by Joe Clasby

Last week was as unusual for the start of the month of April as it can get! There was a lot of rain and plenty of flooded area around the island. By all means, not as bad as during the recent December and January floods, but they were very unusual. In all my 18 years now on Koh Samui I've only seen this before, and on a l\much larger scale back then, in 2011.
Since yesterday the sun is back again though and the weather has changed into a much more April like condition!

As a small welcome back celebration back home we had dinner at Kobori in Nathon yesterday and the Japanese food was up to the expected standard as always. Well worth checking out in either Nathon or Maenam.

All week long I was on Koh Lanta where we had sunny mornings and most of the time cloudy and rainy afternoons, also rather unusual for that time of the year on Koh Lanta.
The PADI IE went very well and all of my four candidates passed the exams very successfully.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd April – 9th April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd April – 9th April, 2017; The pier on Koh Lanta where all ferries to Koh Phi Phi and Phuket as well as in South bound direction, like Koh Lipe and into Malaysia arrive and depart each day.

Now here's what most of you are looking forward to, the weather forecast for next week. Well, to keep it to the point, it looks like it's going to be fab! Sunny skies and warm and hot days are ahead of us next week and no rain at all is predicted! 
Next Friday 14th April sees Songkran, if you are here on Koh Samui, an event not to be missed, and hard or impossible to miss. Enjoy it! 

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 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

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April


As we all know by now, there are Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April. The last couple of days saw unusual hard rain and this caused floods at the usual 'hot spots' around the island. Affected areas were in Chaweng; where the one way system starts, near the Centara Grand Beach resort and the market on the way to the ring road. Maenam had some flooding and other parts of the island to minor degrees.

This morning at 7am it is 27C and although dry, heavy clouds loom over Koh Samui and more rain is expected. Tomorrow morning and afternoon should see some rain again and come Saturday the weather should change and it should stop raining and the sun might be making a come back.
Hang in there, just a few more days.

If you like the blog and find it useful, don't hesitate to make a donation! I have set up a new PayPal link here; PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April; Flooded road near the Clock Tower square in Chaweng, where the one way system starts, two days ago.
Picture by Nick Whiting

This time around it wasn't as bad as the floods during December and January, but it's very unusual for this time of the year, which is supposed the driest and hottest time of the year, to have such hard and prolonged rain.

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April; Flooded roads in Maenam two days ago.
Picture by Kelli Vowels

The only time I can think of that it rained so hard in April was back in 2011, before the current drainage system was installed and the water stayed on the roads for around two weeks after it stopped raining.

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April; Near the start of the one way system in Chaweng, yesterday afternoon. Lots of the floods had receded already by that time
Picture by Noriego Darwin

After 2011 a new drainage system was installed and now the flash floods still take place but once the rain stops or slows down, the water disappears quickly.
The majority of the floods occur because the water has no direct natural run off route. Most run off routes to the ocean are blocked nowadays by buildings, mostly resorts and hotels. The price of progress?

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April

Unusual hard rain and floods around Koh Samui for April; The damaged road in Choengmon was temporarily fixed and with the first signs of heavy rain immediately collapsed again. What's next, the second temporarily fix?
Picture by Mark Stevenson

Thanks for following the blog and I hope that you still had an enjoyable time on our island! Everybody suffers in these conditions, the locals as well as the people that planned a holiday to a sunny destination that turns out to be not sunny at all. Despite what the weather statistics tell you!

Like i said before, hang int here for just a few more days and hopefully the sun will return. 

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, 3 April 2017

Next Samui Green Market is on 23rd April at Six Senses

Next Samui Green Market is on 23rd April at Six Senses


Our kind hosts at Six Senses Samui  are concerned about hospitality - we can't get hold of enough tents for vendors at such short notice, and the temporary car park is just a muddy puddle....quite messy, they report.
Even though it's due to clear on Sunday 9th April, the ground is still soggy and muddy, and we can't take the chance.
Six Senses Samui have kindly offered a new date for 23rd April


The Next Samui Green Market is on 9th April at Six Senses and it looks like it will be  great event, once more. This will be the second time that the Samui Green Market is welcomed by Six Senses Hideaway, the first time being end of August last year.

The setting is great, with great views over the Gulf of Thailand, shaded by trees and will be held at Sis Senses Samui Farm on the Hill. Besides the usual vendors, selling locally grown, locally sourced and locally crafted products (have you tried the French cheeses yet, delicious, or the bread for sale!!) there's also a goat farm, chickens, water recycling and more, all done with re-used materials and sustainability in mind.

It’s not hard to find, follow the signs from Big Buddha to Arayaburi and drive past that, and there’s a lot of parking space available. 
Please note the Samui Green Market will be open from 4pm to 7pm.


Next Samui Green Market is on 23rd April at Six Senses

Next Samui Green Market is on 23rd April at Six Senses

It's always a pleasure and enjoyable to visit the Samui Green market and I hope you will find the time to visit, last August it was very busy here!
Looking forward seeing you 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. 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, 2 April 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th March – 2nd April, 2017


Here we are with  an update of last week, the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th March – 2nd April, 2017.

This morning it's very cloudy around Koh Samui and a strong breeze is blowing but it's dry at the moment but I won't be surprised if there will be some short but possibly intense showers later today. Current temp at 7am is 27C

Currently I'm on Koh Lanta, teaching a PADI IDC program and the weather here is in general lovely with blue skies and a hot sun in the morning but each afternoon clouds move in and the late afternoon always sees rain, for at least half an hour to an hour and sometimes for a couple of hours, just to turn sunny and hot the next morning again.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th March – 2nd April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th March – 2nd April, 2017; An overview of Big Buddha on Koh Fan early in the morning, when it's nice and quiet and very enjoyable, before the hordes of tourists come along with the daily tour trips around the island or on their own (mostly rented) wheels

Last week saw a nice week around Koh Samui with plenty of sunshine but also two very wet days. Lots of people immediately went into panic mode but people relax. Before we have a very unusual  situation like the floods in December or January, first of all it typically will require monsoon season, which it isn't right now and before floods in such a magnitude happen around Koh Samui, we need a couple of days with prolonged and/or non stop rain. Non of that applied to these two days, no reason to get upset or start panicking. 
Also, many people contacted me regarding the weather forecasts, these forecasts work with precipitations, with the slightest pro cent chance of rain or thunder, such an icon will appear. That doesn't mean at all that there will be rain or thunder, even sometimes regardless of the potentially high percentage listed. It's difficult to predict weather correctly a week in advance, let alone more than a week, so relax people.
April is supposed to be the hottest month in the year on Koh Samui, any rain is unusual but welcome, since it cools things down. 
Temperatures last week ranged from 29C to 32C, not a bad week at all, although we had two a-typical rainy days for this time of the year.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th March – 2nd April, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th March – 2nd April, 2017; A view over the newly opened Siri Lanta bridge, early in the morning, around 8am, connecting the tow Lanta islands, Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi

The forecast for next week is looking ok-ish. As already explained, you would expect hot and sunny weather, which we will have. However, rather a-typical. there is some rain expected with short tropical shower like rain for today and tomorrow. Tuesday and especially Wednesday may be wet but after that it should be blue sky and hot sunshine galore.
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. 

Camille

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Welcome to April 2017

Welcome to April 2017


Despite it being 1st April today, it is indeed time to say Welcome to April 2017!

Usually April is the hottest month of the year around Koh Samui and the driest, although in recent years we actually had some unexpected rain at some days, and it seems especially during Songkran or Thai New Year which can be expected 14th April. In general though, April should be sunny and hot, period!

This year looks different though, since this morning the weather forecast that I use, has turned, and not for the better! Until Friday 7th April, it seems we may have rain every day, maybe Thursday 6th might be fairly dry during the daytime.
This is very unusual and we will see how this will turn out.

If it rains as much as is predicted right now, we may actually see some prolonged flash floods and some roads being partially flooded. I don't expect anything like the floods we had in December 2016 or in January, but rather a 'watered' down version, pun intended!

Hang in there, according to #45, climate change has nothing to do with it. Seriously though, I hope it will be storm in a water glass!

Welcome to April 2017

Welcome to April 2017; A bell tower, in-between two buildings at Wat Lamai

April should also see an increase in tourists visiting our lovely island, due to the already mentioned Songkran or Thai New Year festivities and Easter holidays in the Western world.
Sadly enough, Songkran will also go hand in hand with the deadly seven days around Thailand, when people move the area they work, back to their home and/or birth places and many, mainly motorbike accidents, will happen, and sadly, many accidents will be fatal. The Thai news papers keep track of the yearly carnage and updates will be available on my Facebook page.

Nonetheless, I hope you will enjoy your stay on Koh Samui during April and especially Songkran, an experience never to forget, especially if it's your first time but also if you're a return reveler!

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. 

Camille

Friday, 31 March 2017

Goodbye to March 2017

Goodbye to March 2017


It's the last day of the month of March 2017 and it's time to say Goodbye to March 2017.

This version of March was in the line of expectations of how a March around Koh Samui should be, sunny and warm and slowly starting to get warmer towards the end of the month and prepare us for the hottest month of the year; April.
We had plenty of sunny days with hardly any showers at all, expect for last Tuesday and Wednesday when we had rather unusual hard rain for two days at this time of the year.
We can easily file March 2017 version away as a nice month! Whoever was on Koh Samui during this month, I hope you enjoyed it.

Goodbye to March 2017

Goodbye to March 2017; A dragon at the bottom of the stairs at Wat Maenam or Wat Phu Khao Thong

Half of this month I was on the road, with a stint on Phuket and currently on Koh Lanta, both for PADI IDC programs that I teach.
One week, between my travels to Phuket and Koh Lanta, I was also working as an operator in the hyperbaric chamber on Koh Samui.

The night before I travelled to Koh Lanta I participated in the 5th version of the Koh Samui Midnight Run and I managed to come in second in my age group and sixth overall in the 10km race.

Now it's time to look ahead to April, where we can celebrate Songkran, the Thai New year, an event you don't want to miss, providing you're in Thailand. It looks I will be on Koh Samui, so hope to see you there, come 13th and 14th 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. 

Camille

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th March – 26th March, 2017


Today it's partially cloudy over Koh Samui and it looks like it's going to be another very warm or rather hot day. Current temp at almost 9am is 30C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th March – 26th March, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th March – 26th March, 2017; Up in the Maenam hills near a waterfall, with a lovely view over the ocean towards Koh Phangan. The waterfall can be found at the very end of Soi 5

Last week it was gorgeous and really heating up as well. Most days it was sunny with a few clouds in it and some days had a few more clouds, but it was very hot all week long. Friday actually saw a light shower at various places around the island, except where I happened to be, there it was dry all day long, although I moved around a bit that day. Max temperatures ranged from 31C to a whooping 34C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th March – 26th March, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 20th March – 26th March, 2017; Last night saw the 5th edition of the Koh Samui Midnight run, a charity event, in which I placed second in my age group of over fifties and sixth all over. The fourth time I participate and the fourth time I place second in my age group, despite the fact that I become faster each year. This year I was two and a half minutes compared to last year. The person who won my age category was however four minutes faster than me, so a fair win and he placed third all over.

This week I have received many question about the weather coming op next week(s), The forecasts are working with precipitations, which means that even if there's the slightest chance of rain or a thunderstorm that day, the icon of rain or a thunderstorm will show up. This doesn't mean at all that there will be either rain let alone a thunderstorm.
For our next week on Koh Samui, it's looking good, considering there's a real heavy rain and storm over Central Thailand (around Bangkok) and the North and North East of Thailand. The South may get some rain but nothing compared to the line North of Bangkok.
Expect some rain on Monday evening and throughout Tuesday and the rest of the week should be lovely, with a the odd chance of a shower.

The end of March and April are considered to be the hottest time of the year on Koh Samui and any rain is actually nice and will cool things down a bit. Enjoy next week and no reason to panic, there will be plenty of sunshine laying ahead of 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. 

Camille

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th March – 19th March, 2017


Here's the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th March – 19th March, 2017 with the daily weather on Koh Samui being very nice and sunny under blue skies with a few isolated clouds. Current temp at 10am is 31C

We're Kata on Phuket where we have a partially clouded sky but it's warmer than Koh Samui, with a current temp at 10am of 32.1C
My students from the March 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket are currently participating in their last segment of the PADI IE and if they they pass this, should be brand new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.

This morning I participated in the Supersports 10 Mile International Run at the Thanyapura sports complex, where I ran 16.25km in 1:19'11.2 or with a 4'52 pace and finished 57th out of 758 participants and 8th in my age group of 50-59. Half way through the race I had to drop the race pace since a hamstring played up.

Tomorrow we're off again back to Koh Samui.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th March – 19th March, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th March – 19th March, 2017; The Big Buddha on Koh Fern on Koh Samui

Last week was a great week for the weather and sun fans with mostly blue skies and occasionally some clouds but no rain, Temperatures ranged from 30 to 33C, it's slowly heating up. A good time to be on Koh Samui and enjoy all it has to offer, the beaches and attractions.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th March – 19th March, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 13th March – 19th March, 2017; The Big Buddha on Phuket, supposedly the largest Buddha statue in Thailand

The forecast for next week is looking really good, it will continue to heat up with sunny skies and some clouds and come Thursday the wind may pick up a bit. Enjoy your time on Samui and the great March weather we're having.

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. 

Camille

Friday, 17 March 2017

Open water swimming event between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Saturday 13th May 2017

Open water swimming event between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Saturday 13th May 2017


There will be an Open water swimming event between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Saturday 13th May 2017 at the Ibis hotel in Maenam. This is a charity event but it's not for the fainthearted.
The swim distance is 12km in the Samui-Phangan shipping channel and before you can register you need to meet a few prerequisites and rightly so.

The events objectives are threefold and are as follow;
1. Fund contribute to help poor cancer patients via The National Cancer Institute Foundation,      Thailand.
2. Inspiration and motivation of a new life via Sport.
3. Improve local quality of life

Open water swimming event between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Saturday 13th May 2017

Open water swimming event between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Saturday 13th May 2017

1. Long distance swim 12 km from Koh Pangan to Koh Samui via Koh Samui channel.
2. This event is NOT a competitive event for speed or time record. The focus is to finish the course safely.
3. Organiser team will provide food and drink every 3 km.
4. For the safety, swimmers will separate in to 10 ppl 10 groups, with swim ability.
5. Participants will receive medal and certificate at the end.
6. There is no limit on swim suit, which mean any type of swim suit can be use within a safety suggestion from organiser. Ex wet suit, swim skin, long sleeve t-shirt, etc. (more detail, Please contact us, detail below)
7. Every swimmers must wear an inflatable bouy and a whistle all the time and must be at ready in position to use during the swim event for safety reason.

Open water swimming event between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Saturday 13th May 2017

Open water swimming event between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Saturday 13th May 2017

In order to qualify and participate, you need to have;
1. Over 6 km open water swim experience.
OR
Thailand Swimathon 2016 in 6km and 10km catagories participants are accepted. (please send in participation evidence to verify)
OR
Samed 5.5 km in 2016 participants are accepted. (please send in participation evidence to verify)
OR
Long distance Triathlon 140.6 (Swim 3.9km/Bike 180km/Run 42km)
2. Swimming pace 4:00 min/100m during long distance swim (8hr/12km)
3. All swimmers must send in your verified record, certificate or evidence for the committees to approve of your participation before attend the event.

The participation fee is 10,000 Thai Baht but includes a lot, like;
- Accomodation 2 night Twin room
- 4 Meals
- Security team and medical service from top hospital.
- Certificate with wooden frame.
- Medal
- Event sourvenir T-shirt
- Best Open water swim experience in long distance 

A real challenge and a very interesting addition to the Koh Samui sports and event calendar. Find out more about the event in this link.

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. 

Camille

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Samui Cross Country # 3 Sunday 9th April, 2017

Samui Cross Country # 3 Sunday 9th April, 2017


The next Samui Cross Country # 3 Sunday 9th April, 2017 is coming up next month and it's well worth a visit. 
Last year the second edition of this event was held in early January, which made for nice weather conditions, seeing this event during most of the day under the hot April sun is going to be an interesting development. I thought it was already hot last year when I went to see the event. Since I don't own a MTB or cross bike or for that matter a bike at all, very untypical Dutch behavior, I know, I won't be participating, but providing I'm at home, I will make sure to visit during the early morning, since it's a great event to watch for a an hour or so.

Samui Cross Country # 3 Sunday 9th April, 2017

Samui Cross Country # 3 Sunday 9th April, 2017

Last year the event was held in Soi 1 in Maenam, the short cut road between Maenam and Lamai and they start at 8am, a good time to be there, later during the day it will become too hot! This year it will be held at the same location.

Cycling is enormously popular in Thailand, the last couple of years it really skyrocketed in popularity, much more than my favored sport, running. Last years event was very well attended, and although I couldn't really make sense out of all the available categories, all the categories that I did watch, had big groups of participants at the starting line.

Hope you find the time to either participate or to visit and have an enjoyable day come Sunday 9th April at Soi 1 in Maenam. Hope to see you 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. 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. 

Camille

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th March – 12th March, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th March – 12th March, 2017


It's already late today but here's the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th March – 12th March, 2017.
Today was a nice and warm day around around Koh Samui with a current temp at 8pm of 28C. The steady March weather held nicely on today.

Since Wednesday I find myself back on Phuket once more, for the March 2017 PADI IDC program in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.
The weather has been stunning here, with blue skies galore each day and it was hot to steaming hot each day, with similar weather predicted for next week, Current temp at 8pm is 27.4 

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th March – 12th March, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th March – 12th March, 2017; The main building, the Bot, at Wat Chaweng has been completely painted white and looks very impressive and beautiful now. Well worth a visit to check it out.

Last week was really nice on Koh Samui with a mix of partially clouded to blue skies without rain. Max temperatures ranged from 30 to 32C and this is exactly what early March weather should be like. It's slowly warming up, day by day almost and by the end of the month we should have the hot temperatures that April is so well known for.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th March – 12th March, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 6th March – 12th March, 2017; The bigger but lesser known monument for the two sisters, considered heroins on Phuket, in the Thalang area, kind of in the middle of Phuket. I participated in a so called 'mini marathon' here today, a race over 10.82km which I managed in 47'57.8 minutes or a 4'25 pace and placed 5th in my age category.

The forecast for the next week is looking really good, with mostly blue skies and occasionally a partially clouded sky with maybe a short thunderstorm and shower towards or around next weekend.
Enjoy what Koh Samui has to offer and I hope you find what you're looking for on our lovely island!

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 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. 

Camille

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th February – 5th March, 2017


It's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th February – 5th March, 2017, starting with today's update.
It has been sunny and mostly under blue skies all day long, with occasionally a few clouds moving by. Current temp at 4pm is 30C

Last week didn't start very good and the last two days of February saw plenty of rain with Monday actually having storm like weather and some flights to Koh Samui had to be diverted to Phuket instead.
By Wednesday the weather had recovered a bit already and there was some afternoon rain only. Thursday and Friday saw some night rain and since yesterday it's been glorious again, full on sunshine and mostly blue skies. Just like March should be.

It's still nice and agreeable weather and it's too hot yet but each week the temperature will increase to reach real high levels come April.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th February – 5th March, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 27th February – 5th March, 2017; Big Buddha or Wat Phra Yai Koh Fan on the small island of Koh Fan, enjoying a sun bath during most of last week

The forecast for next week is looking good. The good weather is to continue with mostly blue skies and sunny days in real March style.
Enjoy your time on the island and check out the options that I can recommend as listed below during your stay on the island.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 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. 

Camille

Saturday, 4 March 2017

The 2nd Koh Samui mini marathon, Sunday 28th May 2017

The 8th Koh Samui mini marathon, Sunday 28th May 2017


My favorite hobby has another event on Koh Samui; The 8th Koh Samui mini marathon, Sunday 28th May 2017.
Yes indeed, another running event has been added to the Koh Samui race calendar and it looks that I will be on the island that day and can participate, in contrast to last year, when I missed the race while I was not on the island.

The races on offer are a 10.5km mini marathon distance race with a 6am start and a 5km fun run distance race with a 6.20am start.

Providing I stay healthy, I', looking into a top ten overall finish and top three finish in my age category but ideally a win in that age category of 55-59 years!

For the overall winner there's a 1,000.-THB, 800.-THB and 500.-THB price for up to 18 years and in the open category, plus all top ten finishers in each category will receive a trophy and all 10.5km runners receive a medal upon completing the race and the first 750 fun run finishers receive a medal.

Online registration can be done on this page and all other relevant information regarding the race can be found there as well, in Thai and in English.
The participation fee is 100.-THB for the fun run or 50.-THB for Koh Samui students and 200.-THB for the mini marathon.

The 8th Koh Samui mini marathon, Sunday 28th May 2017

The 8th Koh Samui mini marathon, Sunday 28th May 2017

Hope you will come out 'en masse' and enjoy an early morning run. 
A lot of the regular Samui runners will already be in the final stages of their marathon training plans for the Boutique Koh Samui marathon, come Sunday 25th June and the mini marathon will be a great training opportunity. Do not be surprised if some of us will add extra time or km's to fulfill the needed quota for the day, as part of our respective training plans.

See you 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. 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. 

Camille

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Welcome to March 2017

Welcome to March 2017


Hello and it's that time of the month where we can say; 'Welcome to March 2017'.
This month, March is one of those 'hidden gems' on Koh Samui, a lovely month with usually nice weather conditions, plenty if sunshine, not too hot and hardly any rain.

Besides 2011, this was delivered each recorded month by me, since 2007! The start of this month doesn't look any different, some rain yesterday afternoon but the sun is battling it out with the clouds today and the next seven days should see partially cloudy skies, which means, plenty of sunshine to enjoy the beaches around the island or explore the island on day tours and trips.

Welcome to March 2017

Welcome to March 2017; A building in Wat Suanthamma near Nathon and next to the Hin Lad waterfall. A beautiful and tranquil temple, located in the jungle near the waterfall, a very quiet and lovely place to visit with plenty of buildings and statues and other interesting views to explore and experience.

Later this month will see the already fifth edition of the Koh Samui Midnight run, and I will be here to participate and hopefully will finally be able to get that first spot in my age category! This will be on the night of Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th March. Hope to see you there.

First things first though, this coming Sunday will the next Samui Green Market at the Elysee Boutique Resort in Fisherman's Village, with a 3pm start, hope to see you there.

Enjoy this March 2017 version, the start of this month looks very promising on the weather front, so make the most out of your stay on the island.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. 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. 

Camille