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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th August – 13th August, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th August – 13th August, 2017


Sunday morning and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th August – 13th August, 2017.
It's nice and sunny this morning under a partially cloudy sky with a current temp at 8am of 29C

Since a week I find myself back on Phuket, for the August 2017 PADI IDC program. It's fairly cloudy here with a few blue spots in the sky but also a good chance of rain later today. Current temp at 8am is a cool and fresh 25C. A typical monsoon day on Phuket!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th August – 13th August, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th August – 13th August, 2017; The Big Buddha area. The road has now been paved, or rather cemented and the puddles are now a thing of the past at the Big Buddha area.

Last week saw a wet start of the week around Koh Samui with a few showers but than it remained dry for the second part of the week and it was very hot and humid around the island. Maximum temperatures last week were really steady between 32C and 33C. 

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th August – 13th August, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 7th August – 13th August, 2017; A nice piece of graffiti at Phuket Old Town in an unexpected location, at the Sang Tham shrine or Teng Gong Tong in phonetic Chinese, or at least a try, in Chinese it sounds very different. It's hard to catch in English

The forecast for next week doesn't look too great, especially not for an August on Koh Samui. Mid week there may be some some hard wind and each day may see a tropical shower. It will keep things cool but hopefully there will be some sunshine as well each day.

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

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

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

Camille

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Next Samui Green Market is on Sunday 13th August at Elysia, Fisherman's Village

Next Samui Green Market is on Sunday 13th August at Elysia, Fisherman's Village


The Next Samui Green Market is on Sunday 13th August at Elysia, Fisherman's Village and it's once more a great opportunity to find cool products, great ideas and positive people. The Samui Green Market will be open from 3pm until around 7pm.

There'll be a silent auction this time around  and a 'second chance' sale; Bring your quality second hand clothes to contribute to our fundraising drive.
As always during the Samui Green markets, please don’t forget; no plastic, no foam. Please bring your own shopping bags.

Next Samui Green Market is on Sunday 13th August at Elysia, Fisherman's Village

Next Samui Green Market is on Sunday 13th August at Elysia, Fisherman's Village

For me it's always enjoyable to visit and be able to buy some real nice bread and enjoy the various healthy food options on offer with lots of organic options.

There will be live music and the Elysia Boutique Resort offers some good snack and food options to enjoy the afternoon.

Next Samui Green Market is on Sunday 13th August at Elysia, Fisherman's Village

Next Samui Green Market is on Sunday 13th August at Elysia, Fisherman's Village

Although I will be on the mainland this coming weekend, wishing I was able to visit, I can highly recommend having a look at the Next Samui Green Market is on Sunday 13th August at Elysia, Fisherman's Village.
Enjoy your weekend!

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

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

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

Camille

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 31st July – 06th August, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 31st July – 06th August, 2017


It's Sunday, we're around 10am and it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 31st July – 06th August, 2017.

It;s mostly cloudy on Koh Samui with a current temp at 10am of 30C

Yesterday I arrived on Phuket with my wife and our youngest daughter. It rained very hard last night when we woke up around 3am, with a strong wind blowing. Now, around 10am it's partially cloudy and nice again. Current temp at 10am on Kata on Phuket is 29,3C

We went shopping for her shop at Big Buddha and I ran the Bangkok Airways Phuket half marathon with a 5am start. A race in the same series as the Bangkok Airways Koh Samui marathon. Six weeks ago I also ran the half marathon.
I ran a little bit faster compared to the Koh Samui marathon but competition is much stiffer here and with a 1:51'03 time, I came in 53rd of 711 participants and 8th in my age category of 50-59 with 55 participants. Alas, there were only 5 trophies.

This afternoon it's back to Koh Samui and tomorrow I will drive back to Phuket again to start the August 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 31st July – 06th August, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 31st July – 06th August, 2017; Masjid Nurdud Hidaya or a new Mosque under construction in Bang Rak

Last week saw mostly partially clouded skies overt Koh Samui with a very rare tropical shower thrown in for good measure. Maximum temperatures ranged from 32C to 34C and a lot of times it felt a lot warmer.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 31st July – 06th August, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 31st July – 06th August, 2017; A Chinese temple at Sapan Hin on Phuket, near the start and finish of the Phuket half marathon that I ran earlier this morning

The forecast for next week is looking good. Cloudy to partially cloudy skies with a rare tropical shower, most likely today or tonight. Towards the end of the week and next weekend the sun might be out and shows off it's presence a bit more.

Enjoy this first  August week of August 2017!

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

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

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

Camille

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Run Samui, North to South run, 23rd September, 2017

Run Samui, North to South run, 23rd September, 2017


Next month will see the Run Samui, North to South run, 23rd September, 2017, during which a maximum number of ten runners will run from Koh Samui's most Northern poit, Samrong Bay at 4am to Koh Samui's most Southern point at Laem Sor Pagoda.

The total distance will be 32km and it will be run as a group at a 6'00 minute per kilometer pace. This is not a race but an all start together, all finish together event. The event is held in conjunction with the Samui Runners Club.

Run Samui, North to South run, 23rd September, 2017

Run Samui, North to South run, 23rd September, 2017

Last year this event involved a run around the island and each year we're looking for a different distance and route.

This year the chosen charity is the 'Blue Home', a project of the 'Pai Douai Foundation'. A dormitory is being build in the South Western part of the island for disadvantaged children and children in need.

Last year 140,000.-THB was raised to help build the school for children with special needs. This year we hope to equal that and get the same amount of money through donations.

Run Samui, North to South run, 23rd September, 2017

Run Samui, North to South run, 23rd September, 2017; From left to right; Michael, Camille, Tony and Andrea. Four runners that will be participating in this charity run.

If you're interested to donate or participate, let us know, please don't hesitate to get in touch and contact me.

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, 4 August 2017

10th Cancer care run, 2nd September 2017

10th Cancer care run, 2nd September 2017


The 10th Cancer care run, 2nd September 2017 is coming up this Saturday 2nd September. Start and finish will be at the Nathon pier area, in front of the post office and near the Seatran pier. As always, this charity event will be organized by the Four Seasons Resort on Koh Samui.

The distances on offer are a 2km fun run, a 5km and 10km race, with prices for the first three finishers in each age category and tombola prices for all who have tickets.
Start of the races will be around 6am.

10th Cancer care run, 2nd September 2017

10th Cancer care run, 2nd September 2017

Since 2011 I was able to participate in six consecutive events and it looks like I can add event number seven this year! I'm looking forward to that!

10th Cancer care run, 2nd September 2017

10th Cancer care run, 2nd September 2017; the flyer for this years event has a picture of me at the start from one of their earlier races.

It is a charity event and all proceed will go towards improvement of cancer treatment. The race is inspired by Terry Fox's Marathon of hope in 1980. With one leg amputated he planned on running from east - west cross Canada to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometers (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$650 million has been raised in his name.

10th Cancer care run, 2nd September 2017

10th Cancer care run, 2nd September 2017; This years route.

This is where the Four Seasons come in. The hotel chain originated in Canada and during Terry's marathon of hope, he was often invited to stay over in Four Seasons resorts.

Fox arrived in Montreal on June 22, one-third of the way through his 8,000-kilometre (5,000 mi) journey, having collected over $200,000 in donations. Around this time, Terry Fox's run caught the attention of Isadore Sharp who was the founder and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts – and who had lost a son to melanoma in 1978 just a year after Terry's diagnosis. Sharp was intrigued by the story of a one-legged kid "trying to do the impossible" and run across the country; so he offered food and accommodation at his hotels en route. When Terry was discouraged because so few people were making donations, Sharp pledged $2 a mile [to the run] and persuaded close to 1,000 other corporations to do the same. Sharp's encouragement persuaded Terry to continue with the Marathon of Hope. 

Hope to see you come Saturday 2nd September, at 6am at the Nathon pier starting point.

For any further information, please contact the Four Seasons Resort on Koh Samui;  077 243 000

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, 3 August 2017

4th Mad hatter run Sunday 24th September at 'The Wharf'

4th Mad hatter run Sunday 24th September at 'The Wharf'


The 4th Mad hatter run Sunday 24th September at 'The Wharf' is coming up next month. There are three different distances on offer; 2,5 and 10km, each distance with start and finish at 'The Wharf'.

This is a race event organised by the Marriott Hotels, on Koh Samui being the Vana Bell, A Luxury Collection, the Sheraton Samui Resort, the W Koh Samui, Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa and the Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa. It's held at the same day all over Thailand, where there are Marriott hotels.

The first two years I was able to participate on Koh Samui's event but last year the event was postponed due to the passing away of King Bhumibol, and it was rescheduled in November. Last year I managed to participate in the Phuket event.

This year I may not be able to participate at all, since I may be on Koh Phangan. Nonetheless, this shouldn't stop any of you in participating!

4th Mad hatter run Sunday 24th September at 'The Wharf'

 4th Mad hatter run Sunday 24th September at 'The Wharf'

Here's the lowdown;

All revenue after expenses to support New Cafeterias Construction and Extension for Ban Haad Ngam School
รายได้หลังจากหักค่าใช้จ่ายนำมาสมทบทุนต่อเติมอาคารโรงอาหารให้กับโรงเรียนบ้านหาดงาม อ.เกาะสมุย จ.สุราษฎร์ธานี

Sunday, 24 September 2017
At The Wharf Samui
Koh Samui, Thailand
Starting Point: The Wharf Samui, 
All runner at starting point: 05.30 hrs.
First Race: 06.10 hrs
จุดเริ่มต้น ณ เดอะ วอร์ฟ สมุย 
นักวิ่งทุกคนพร้อมกันที่จุดเริ่มต้น 
เวลา 5 นาฬิกา 30 นาที
ปล่อยตัวรุ่นแรก เวลา 6 นาฬิกา 10 นาที
Application Fee:
Adult/ผู้ใหญ่: 350 Baht
Child/เด็ก: 250 Baht
(12 years old & below/อายุ 12 ปี และต่ำกว่า)
Prizes &Souvenirs
Mini Marathon Winning Trophy for 1st to 3rd place for all ages and genders for categories 5 km and 10 km
ถ้ายรางวัลสำหรับผู้ชนะอันดับ 1-3 สำหรับการวิ่งระยะทาง 5 กิโลเมตร และ 10 กิโลเมตร ทั้งผู้ชายและผู้หญิง และ ทุกกลุ่มอายุ
Souvenir medal for the first 100 persons who reached the finished line from each category
เหรียญที่ระลึก สำหรับผู้ที่เข้าเส้นชัย 100 ท่านแรกของทุกประเภทการวิ่ง และทุกกลุ่มอายุ
Marathon running T-Shirt for all participants
เสื้อวิ่งมาราธอน สำหรับผู้เข้าร่วมการแข่งขันทุกท่านที่ลงทะเบียน
Special prizes draw (only for adult applicants) from sponsors
จับรางวัลพิเศษจากหางบัตร (สงวนสิทธิ์สำหรับรุ่นผู้ใหญ่
เท่านั้น) เพื่อลุ้นรับของรางวัลจากผู้สนับสนุนมากมาย

4th Mad hatter run Sunday 24th September at 'The Wharf'

4th Mad hatter run Sunday 24th September at 'The Wharf'

Hope you will make it out to the Wharf come Sunday 24th September and enjoy a nice early morning run!

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

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

4th Samui tattoo convention at Central Festival, 16-18 August

4th Samui tattoo convention at Central Festival, 16-18 August


It's already the 4th Samui tattoo convention at Central Festival, 16-18 August coming up! Last years event was held in April, now we're already in August.

It will be a good time to get some ink done. Besides many local tattoo artists, there will also be artists coming from all over Thailand, including Pattaya, Hau Hin, Phuket and Bangkok. There will be also international guests; Danis Nguyen from Vietnam and Ly Ling from Malaysia.

Many different styles and forms of tattooing will be available,  from machine to bamboo. Do your homework and get the artwork you like and want. Many of the artists will also be happy to make appointments with you after this event, if you like or prefer somebody's specific style.

4th Samui tattoo convention at Central Festival, 16-18 August

4th Samui tattoo convention at Central Festival, 16-18 August

If you're just slightly or deeply interested in the art form of tattoo, this is your chance to connect with some real good artists and see them at work. Go out and visit Central Festival on either the 16th, 17th or 18th August and enjoy the show and work on display.

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

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Welcome to August 2017

Welcome to August 2017


The beginning of a new month and hence it's a well meant Welcome to August 2017. Typically a very nice month around Koh Samui with plenty of sunshine and just an occasional, although sometimes intense, tropical shower. 
A good and busy month on the Samui archipelago, also known as high season. 
Plenty of visitors or Europe during their summer holidays join us on Samui shores, to enjoy the sun, good food and warm weather and everything else that Koh Samui has to offer.

Last year saw a not so great August though, with the first three weeks of August 2016 being rather wet and windy. Hopefully this year will be off to a better start and today is proofing just that. It's sunny and we have blue skies all during the morning. It's noon now, almost 1pm and the current temp is 32C.
Has internet problems all day long and it's 6.30pm now and finally I can manage to finish this post. The afternoon was cloudy, like yesterday but it was very hot today!Current temp at 6pm is 29C

Welcome to August 2017

Welcome to August 2017; Have you seen this before. The sure sign that you're about to enter a Temple party event. This one was earlier this year at Wat Na Phra Lan in Maenam, a temple that once used to play an important role on the island. Nowadays it's slowly has become less important over time. The Lomprayah pier is located at or rather next to the temple premises, but you have to enter and leave partly over temple grounds. The Lomprayah boats offer various daily trips to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

This month will have the 4th Samui Tattoo convention at Central Festival Samui, something I am still planning to blog about. The tattoo convention is supposed to be held 16-18 August.

Enjoy your time on the island and I hope to hear from you with any remarks or questions.

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, 31 July 2017

Goodbye to July 2017

Goodbye to July 2017


It's the last day of the month and consequently it's time to say Goodbye to July 2017. It has been a very typical July, with rain or rather tropical showers during 18 out of the 31 days this month. There was also a few days with hard wind, just like the previous four years during July.
It seems to be the fifth consecutive year with a very similar weather pattern for July around Koh Samui, Max temperatures ranged between 30C and 34C this month.

This despite the fact that today is a glorious day with sunny, blue skies and a max temp at 10am of already 32C. It has all the makings of becoming a very hot day today.

Goodbye to July 2017

Goodbye to July 2017; All construction at Wat Maenam or  Wat Phu Khao Thong has been completed, this is just after the entrance gate. A few months ago this was still under construction

The first half of the month I spend on Phuket teaching the July PADI IDC there but it sure was good being back home on Koh Samui for the second part of the month.

Hope you enjoyed Koh Samui this month nonetheless and we can look forward to August, in general a very pleasant month on Koh Samui, starting tomorrow.

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, 30 July 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th July – 30th July, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th July – 30th July, 2017


It's Sunday morning and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th July – 30th July, 2017. This morning it has been partially cloudy and there has been a slight wind blowing. Current temp at 10am is 30C but it might become slightly warmer.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th July – 30th July, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 24th July – 30th July, 2017; Walking street at Ban Bang Kao. The walking street is located at the local beach. You can buy lots of food on offer and borrow blankets to sit on the sand, relax, drink and eat. Very cosy and enjoyable. A bit far away but popular with the local Samui and Thai folk as well as Westerners and tourists.
The walking street event is held here every Saturday evening.

Last week was not that great. From Tuesday through to Friday we had rain each day, although not necessarily a lot, more like tropical showers. On the other hand, it does cool things down a bit, since once the sun is out, it gets hot and warm rather quickly!
Maximum temperatures ranged between 31C and 34C

For next week the strong week is to stay on, some days a bit stronger, other days a bit less strong. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday have currently tropical showers scheduled, other days may get slightly wet as well. According to the forecast there should be not too much sun but I do expect plenty of partially clouded skies, which means there should be sun at times as well.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. 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, 27 July 2017

Samui Festival 2017

Samui Festival 2017


The Samui Festival 2017 is scheduled between 7th and 10th September and covers a lot of different activities. 
From sporting events like running, cycling or boxing to concerts, parades and arts, food & crafts events, it's all there.

Samui Festival 2017

Samui Festival 2017

You can enter the official website here; Samui Festival 2017 website. It's a well structured website with kind of interactive tools, like on the running page. It shows the fun run, mini marathon and marathon routes for the running events om 9th September. The start point for the running events is in Nathon and you can sign up online for free!
The only problem is that the complete website is in Thai. For all detailed information you will need to either translate the pages or have a Thai speaker help you out.

Samui Festival 2017

Samui Festival 2017; The three running routes scheduled for 9th September, the 5km fun run, a 10.5km mini marathon and the full marathon

Come September 10th there's also a big bicycle event, with a 25km and 50km race. The 50km race will go all around the ring road. 
This event wills e a rehearsal this coming Sunday, 30th July, when parts of the ring road will be closed off when the 'test' riders will pass, just like it will be on race day, 10th September.

There are concerts each day with well known Thai artists, with DJ sets going on at the same time and plenty of famous Thai actors will join the fun as well.

In my understanding the cycling and running events as well as the concerts will all take place in Nathon.

Don't be put off that all announcements seem to be in Thai, I'm sure plenty of fun and entertainment will be had. It's supposed to be 'sanuk' after all, for all!

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 July 2017

Box jelly fish update in July 2017

Box jelly fish update in July 2017


Here's a short Box jelly fish update in July 2017.

The most interesting news is that two stinger protection nets have been placed at two different beaches on Koh Samui. One net has been placed in front of Lamai Wanta Beach Resort at Lamai beach.
The other net has been placed in front of Ozo at Chaweng beach.
This is a great start and I can only hope that this initiative will be followed by plenty of other hotels around the island.
Providing the nets will be well maintained and checked on a regular base, they should give real good protection against box jelly fish encounters and incidents.

Box jelly fish update in July 2017

Box jelly fish update in July 2017; Box jelly fish netting in place at Lamai Wanta beach resort

Other great news is that over the last two weeks, a well known box jelly fish researcher has visited Koh Samui, for the second time. Meet Angel Yanagihara from Hawaii in the USA. She is a PhD research professor and trained as a biochemist. She has conducted and completed research relating to box jelly fish in various parts around the world over the last twenty or so years.
This time she came to Samui as an invited expert to provide training in field ecology approaches and direct activity assays to Thai and other international partners.

Box jelly fish update in July 2017

Box jelly fish update in July 2017; Box jelly fish warning sign in Thai and English with a vinegar station

This is the second time she visits the Koh Samui archipelago and this time around she had a very successful visit. 
Angel and her team caught a 'Morbakka' box jelly fish at Koh Tao and at Lamai beach she caught a potentially deadly 'Chironex' species of box jelly fish, the species that could well have been injuring people over the last few years around Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

Box jelly fish update in July 2017

Box jelly fish update in July 2017; A life guard station near Lamai Wanta Beach Resort. Unfortunately this initiative that seemed to have started out so well, has not gone very far. The station on the picture seems to be never staffed. Especially now in high season and potentially with a high concentration of box jelly fish around, there should be more posts and staff to man them.

The box jelly fish season is about to heat up with many known and registered incidents happening between July-August until roughly October over the last couple of years. This can be caused due to the life span and life cycle of the 'Chironex' box jelly fish around Koh Samui waters.
Proof of box jelly fish already being around is the adult 'Chironex' box jelly fish species that Angel caught last week at Lamai beach.
Incidents have also been reported and registered outside of this period but the mentioned period between July and October does see an increase in incidents.

Box jelly fish update in July 2017

Box jelly fish update in July 2017; With Angel Yanagihara, a well known box jelly fish researcher from Hawaii. At Lamai beach in front of Lamai Wanta Beach Resort, during her second visit to Koh Samui

For me, as a self educated, local box jelly fish interested person, it was a great opportunity to meet up with Angel and get to hear some details about her various research programs. We met the day before she was about to leave back to Hawaii. Due to my busy travel plans, I'm glad we were able to meet at all. 
Hopefully she will find funding to return to Thailand and assist in the box jelly fish prevention programs and projects around Thailand. Although progress has been made, a lot of improvement and awareness can still be achieved.

Box jelly fish update in July 2017

Box jelly fish update in July 2017; Angel's mobile laboratory in her room. On the door was a sign in Thai, stating that at no time at all staff should enter the room!

The Thai government doesn't seem to want to hide the presence and issues of box jelly fish in Thai waters, now it's time to expand on this and get more projects off the ground. It's an ongoing process!

For all the beach lovers, during the mentioned period of July through to October, be careful when you enter the water, ideally wear stinger suits or swim in roped off areas.

In case of a box jelly fish incident, just remember, the four most important things to do when stung by a box jelly fish;

1 - Call for help, on Koh Samui that means call the Rescue service at 1669

2 - Make sure if the victim needs CPR

3 - Treat the stings and wounds with copious amounts of vinegar

4 -  Transport to a medical facility

On a separate note, as added as an extra comment by Angel; vinegar is an essential first aid step to prevent additional nemaotcyst discharge and venom injection but it is not an authentic "treatment " in that it does not enter the blood stream, remove venom or inactivate the venom injected. Heat does authentically reduce venom activity and as such is an actual treatment. 45C for 45 min reduced the Samui Chironex venom activity by over 90%. Ice made it worse than room temp treatment.  These results are similar to my peer reviewed published findings in Chironex species elsewhere.

If you're interested in getting to know more about awareness and prevention of box jelly fish, please contact me for further details.

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. 

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

Camille

Sunday, 23 July 2017

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

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


It's Sunday morning and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th July – 23rd July, 2017. My long Sunday morning run has been completed, 'only' 16km today and the very long weekend from school is almost over.

We have blue skies over Koh Samui this morning and it looks like a great day to work on your tan. It may get rather hot today, so get that sun lotion out, whether you're on the beach, on a motorbike or walking around, getting in and out of a car or mini bus all day long. Current temp at 10.30am is already 32C

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

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 17th July – 23rd July, 2017; Lamai beach in front of Lamai Wanta resort. You can clearly see the box jelly fish warning post sign and the vinegar station next to it. The red line in the water is a box jelly fish protection net, in which it is safe to swim and play. The box jelly fish season is about to start and Hawaii based box jelly fish expert Angel Yanagihara visited Koh Samui over the last two weeks and caught life species of box jelly fish. Among others on Lamai beach.

Last week was fairly nice, only two days saw some rain, Monday and Friday. Most days were partially cloudy at best but it was still very warm. Temperatures ranged from 30C to 33C. A nice week, better than the previous week!

The forecast for next week sees an increase in wind with storm like conditions come Friday. That's still a few days ahead though and many things can change in-between today and Friday. There's also a fair chance of rain during next week, although the rain comes as tropical showers. Short but intense showers.

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

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

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

Camille

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2017

Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2017


It's been two years since I visited the Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2017, well, that was rather in 2015! This was the fifth time I was able to visit the event, after 2010, 2012, 2015, 2015 and this year.

If you have been following this blog, you may know that this is an annual event, happening all around the country and on Koh Samui it was last week. Each day of the week sees a different age group parading and participating in sport events.

Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2017

Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2017; The start of the parade for Plai Laem school

We were lucky enough that our two eldest children, were scheduled for the same day and our youngest doesn't have to participate. Yet! At least, that's how I see it. My wife may have a slightly different view on this event. If she would have the time, she would happily visit two or three days out of the five days the event is on!

Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2017

Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2017; The flags are waving

It can get hot at the Baan Namuang stadium and it can take a while before any action is happening at all, or before one of your children is finally allowed to march in the parade. A lot of waiting is involved. Luckily the weather was kind this year, without too much direct sunshine. The children in all their elaborate clothing may have a hard time staying cool.

Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2017

Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2017; It's a long wait before the action starts

The event is supposed to start at 8am but I still need to see that before I believe it. As usual, each time I visited, parking wasn't an easy option. The rather big parking lot near the stadium was packed to the rafters with motorbikes and cars. We did get our parking spot though and it was an enjoyable event this year. Partly due to the weather not being too hot and sunny!

Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2017

Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2017; More waiting is in place

Our oldest daughter had to sit on one of the stands and 'cheer', which none of the other kids, including our daughter, seemed to enjoy too much. There's no escaping though, participation is mandatory. Either in a sports event, like jumping, running and many other athletic disciplines or............. cheering and sitting at the stands all day long. Since our oldest daughter isn't too keen on the sports part, the stands it was. 
Our son was the bearer of a shield with the schools name on it, so he didn't have to sit on the stands. A 'political' choice, I suspect!

Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2017

Kila Amphur Koh Samui 2017; Back in black! Many groups were wearing black clothing, a hint to the passing away of HM King Bhumibol, less than a year ago? His picture was carried around much more than the current King X.

All in all, it was a pleasant event this year. WE could squeeze out for an hour or so, to enjoy a great lunch at Sweet Sisters Cafe, around the corner, before we went back and picked up our oldest daughter, who completed her stand duty shortly after 4pm.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit one of these events around the country, don't hesitate to do so. It's something different and you will be drenched in Thai culture, guaranteed off the beaten track!

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

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

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Camille

Sunday, 16 July 2017

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

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


It's Sunday morning and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th July – 16th July, 2017
It's currently partially cloudy but dry with a strong wind blowing inland. Current temp at 10am was 29C
Right now I'm still on Phuket, where it's partially cloudy cloudy as well, with a very strong wind and current temp at 10.30am of 30.8C
Come Tuesday I should be back home on koh Samui again and I'm looking forward to it.

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

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th July – 16th July, 2017; Various sorts of fruit at the Plai Laem market, colorful, delicious and healthy and not expensive!

Last week was not so great weather around Koh Samui. Every day some rain at some stage, Sometimes very hard rain and a couple of thunderstorms were thrown in for good measure as well. It wasn't only rain though, there were sunny moments as well but either way, there was a fairly strong wind blowing all week long, culminating in this weekend. Max temperatures last week ranged from 31C to 33C

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

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 10th July – 16th July, 2017; A view southbound on Kamala beach on Phuket

The forecast for next week predicts very hard wind and rain for tomorrow but as of Tuesday it should be get better, with less rain and more sunshine.

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 July 2017

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

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


It's Sunday morning and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd July – 9th July, 2017. 
Today it's nice and sunny around Koh Samui with a few isolated clouds in it. Current temp at 8am is already 30C and it feels a lot warmer! Better prepare for a sunny day and have that sun lotion at the ready!

Currently I'm back on Phuket for the July 2017 PADI IDC and the weather has been fairly cloudy, with sometimes some sunshine and a few tropical showers. Very similar to Koh Samui's weather pattern last week.

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

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd July – 9th July, 2017; The beach at North Chaweng. It's nice and a lot more quiet here, with a nice reef in front of it.

Last week was not as good as predicted. Almost each day had rain at some stage during the day. Mostly typical tropical showers, with some hard rain for a short period of time. There were also sunny moments but as not as much as hoped for. However, this kind of weather is fairly typical for a July on Koh Samui and the surrounding archipelago. Max temperatures ranged between 32C and 34C

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

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 3rd July – 9th July, 2017; Phuket old town, slowly becoming one of my parts parts of the island on Phuket.

The forecast for next week is looking good. Similar to last week, with possibly some more sunshine this week but towards the second half of the week also with some tropical showers.

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 July 2017

Welcome to July 2017 and goodbye to June 2017

Welcome to July 2017 and goodbye to June 2017


A new month has started and it's time to say Welcome to July 2017 and goodbye to June 2017.

July is not known for it's blue skies and sunny weather, like it is today. July is rather a mixed bag kind of month, with occasionally some nice and sunny days but mostly overcloud days with a few showers thrown in for good measure! Oh, don't forget the days with some hard wind. The last four years have been mostly just like that, as you can see in my posts over recent years.
The start of the month has been very good, hot and sunny, and the forecast for the first week is good, without much or any rain at all. Let's see how long this July version of 2017 can hold on to this promising start.

Welcome to July 2017 and goodbye to June 2017

Welcome to July 2017 and goodbye to June 2017; Current and old style buildings at Thipparat school in Maenam, the current school of our oldest daughter

Last month, June 2017 was a tad bit under an average June for Koh Samui weather expectations. It seems there was a tad bit more rain than usual during June. There were a bunch of sunny days but there was also plenty of rain. This can be expected during an average June on Koh Samui so it was not a big surprise. The rain was mostly of short duration however and were sometimes accompanied by an occasional thunderstorm. Max temperatures ranged from 28C, just this one single day was below 30C and most days were around 32-33C.

Welcome to July 2017 and goodbye to June 2017

Welcome to July 2017 and goodbye to June 2017; All schools around the northern part of Koh Samui seem to have been adding buildings to their schools, to meet the demand and increase of new students. So also the school of our oldest daughter, the Theeparatpittaya School, or mostly just named Thipparat. This is a new building, constructed behind the current buildings, with plenty of more space to expand if needed.

I spend the first two weeks of June on Phuket, just like I will with the first two weeks of July. Highlight in June was the Koh Samui marathon for me, during which I ran the half marathon and placed second in my age category 50-59. The previous weekend I ran a 10km trail on Phuket, which was a also a great experience, coming in third in my age group of 40+!
Tomorrow it's off again to Phuket and  the second part of the month I should be back on Koh Samui again.
But first let's visit the Green market this afternoon!

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

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th June – 2nd July, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th June – 2nd July, 2017


Time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th June – 2nd July, 2017 on this sunny Sunday. 

It's nice and sunny today with a very blue sky. Current temp at 11am is 32C. It's going to be hot day today!

Last week saw a few sunny days but there was also a lot of rain during last week. A bit wetter than you may have expected during an average June week.
Just two nights ago there was a lot of hard rain going hand in hand with a thunderstorm.
Max temperatures ranged from 30C last Sunday to 34C yesterday.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th June – 2nd July, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 26th June – 2nd July, 2017; Road construction at Big Buddha. The whole Big Buddha will be at last become a dust free zone. Just hang in for a few more days so the work can be completed and concrete can be laid down.

The forecast for next week is looking fairly good. A fair amount of overcast is predicted but hardly any rain at all is expected during next week. It's looking on the up side again, let's hope the forecast will actually follow up on this!

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

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

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

 Camille

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th June – 25th June, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th June – 25th June, 2017


It's Sunday and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th June – 25th June, 2017.

It's already 4pm and I was too tired and sleepy after a very early wake up call and participation in the Bangkok Air Koh Samui half marathon today, which had a 5am start. I came second in my age group in a not so great time of one hour and 57 minutes and was 12th all over out of some 170 participants.

Nonetheless, it was not a great day weather wise, with lots of rain from around 10am. It's still cloudy but dry at the moment. Current temp at 4pm is 30C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th June – 25th June, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th June – 25th June, 2017; Main street or ring road in Maenam

Last week saw some fairly wet days, most days had some rain in some sort, from small showers to some tropical thunderstorms. Max temperatures ranged around 32 to 34C.
Not the best of week for weather but come a lot worse as well. There was still a few sunny breaks throughout the week.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th June – 25th June, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th June – 25th June, 2017; Diving at the Raya islands near Phuket, with Kevin last Monday

The forecast for next week is looking ok-ish. Plenty of cloud cover is predicted for the next seven days with an occasional shower and possibly some wind.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th June – 25th June, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 19th June – 25th June, 2017; Bangkok Air Koh Samui half marathon, top finishers with me coming in at second place in my age group, earlier today. A Thai at first place, Dutch # 3, Japan #3, Danish #4 (not in the picture) A very international winners stage indeed.

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