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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. 

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

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