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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

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th June – 18th June, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th June – 18th June, 2017


It's Sunday and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th June – 18th June, 2017.
It's almost noon and it's partially cloudy and hot around Koh Samui, 32C already!

This morning I ran my first trail run in Thailand in Kamala on Phuket, with a very steep hill which lasted almost 2.5km. The total distance of the race was 10.3km and I finished 9th all over out of 400 participants and 3rd in my age group of 40+. A very unexpected but nice result.

Later this afternoon, or rather soon, I will my June 2017 PADI IDC candidates for their last part of their PADI IE at Kata beach to see if they made it into the PADI Instructor ranks.

It's also partially cloudy on Phuket towards noon and with a current temp of 34.7C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th June – 18th June, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th June – 18th June, 2017; It has been hot last week, ice is called for! A truck filled to the rafters with ice and ice bags at Plai Laem market

Last week was hot! Partially clouded skies all week long with max temperatures ranging from 32C to 35C
A very nice week indeed!

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th June – 18th June, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 12th June – 18th June, 2017; View over Patong beach on Phuket, taken from a Northern bay, towards Kamala

Next week looks like it's going to be very similar weather around Koh Samui, with mostly partially clouded skies and a bit of a breeze. Enjoy and I see you back next week on Koh Samui and the Samui marathon come next week. It looks like I will be running the half marathon distance.

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, 16 June 2017

The next Samui Green Market will be on 2nd July

The next Samui Green Market will be on 2nd July 


The next Samui Green Market will be on 2nd July at Elysia Boutique Resort in Fisherman's Village between 3 and 7pm.

As always it's all about promoting locally grown, sourced, crafted and brewed products. I love the various and different breads on sale, but there is a lot more on offer than just bread and a lot of the products and food on offer are organic.
Many different products, a lot of them food related will be on sale. French cheeses, products from Sweet Sisters and a few hotels have food related options for sale. Also not to forget is the Elysia itself, that usually sells some lovely food to eat during the Green Market.

The next Samui Green Market will be on 2nd July

The next Samui Green Market will be on 2nd July 

There is always some live music available and in general there's a nice atmosphere and some options for children to play around as well.


The next Samui Green Market will be on 2nd July

The next Samui Green Market will be on 2nd July 

Hope you can find the time and interest to join come Sunday 2nd July and support local produce. Looking forward seeing you at the Elysia Boutique Resort !

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, 11 June 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 5th June – 11th June, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 5th June – 11th June, 2017


Time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 5th June – 11th June, 2017 and have a look at today's weather, last weeks weather and a a forecast for next weeks weather.

Beginning with today, it's nice and sunny with blue skies all around and a few scattered clouds. It's looking like a warm day ahead of you on Koh Samui. Current temp at 7.30am is already 30C

Last week and next week I find myself on Phuket where I'm teaching  PADI IDC program and it's partially cloudy here and we're most likely about to enjoy a nice and warm day without becoming too hot. Current temp at 7.30am is 27.5C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 5th June – 11th June, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 5th June – 11th June, 2017; Big Buddha on Koh Samui

The beginning of last week saw some rain, at times very hard rain by the end of the week saw the sun come and play again and it was warm and sunny with max temperatures ranging from 28 to 34C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 5th June – 11th June, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 5th June – 11th June, 2017; Big Buddha on Phuket

Next week is looking, partially cloudy skies with lots of sunshine and maybe mid week a very isolated tropical shower. A very nice June week indeed is waiting for you if you are already on Koh Samui or are planning to visit next week. Enjoy it and dig in to the all the options available to you to have a good time on our island, day trips, attractions and good food is all at your command.

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, 4 June 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th May – 4th June, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th May – 4th June, 2017


It's Sunday morning and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th May – 4th June, 2017.

As almost every day this week, it started out with a nice and blue sky but also a fairly strong wind, earlier this morning, The wind is still holding up but the blue sky is slowly being replaced by some more clouds. Current temp at 11.30am is 32C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th May – 4th June, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 29th May – 4th June, 2017; The beach in front of Zazen Boutique Resort, nice lovely and fairly quiet this time of the year. Just before it starts to get busy again!

Last week saw nice and sunny blue skies in the morning, especially later during the week but the blue skies were often replaced by cloudy skies and a bit of rain. At times we saw very hard rain with minor floods. Max temperatures ranged from 32 to 35C, so hot and humid.

The forecast predicts more strong wind, maxing out on Tuesday and some thunderstorms combined with some tropical showers. As of Tuesday it should be fairly cloudy, so not too sure about the amount of sunshine that can be expected during next week.
Still a good time to enjoy some of the tours that are on offer as explained below!

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, 3 June 2017

Food on Wheels; Tofu with herbs in Phuket Old Town

Food on Wheels; Tofu with herbs in Phuket Old Town


It's been a while since I posted an update in my Food on Wheels series but now it's time for this lovely blog post about Food on Wheels; Tofu with herbs in Phuket Old Town.
Whilst walking Thalang road the other day, this older man was passing by, selling tofu pudding with ginger syrup to local people sitting in their houses and shops.

Food on Wheels; Tofu with herbs in Phuket Old Town

Food on Wheels; Tofu with herbs in Phuket Old Town; The cart as we all know it by now but this time with a surprising and fairly unusual food; Thaw Huwai Naam King or Tofu with (ginger) herbs

Initially I had no idea what this was and what to expect and as with so many other Thai street food, I didn't think it would be very healthy and passed. A few moments later my wife joined me and she explained what it was and I was more than willing to try this tofu pudding with ginger syrup and it was delicious. Not sweet at all but rather tasty.

Food on Wheels; Tofu with herbs in Phuket Old Town

Food on Wheels; Tofu with herbs in Phuket Old Town; The tofu is being scraped with a wooden tool, into bowls and the herbal sauce or ginger syrup is added. A very delicious dish is the result. It's not sweetened, but rather hearty 

The tofu is literally sliced off a big pile of tofu with a wooden tool and the ginger syrup is added in the bowl or plastic bag if you want to take it home. It needs to be eaten fairly soon after purchasing it since it doesn't stay well overnight, as we found out.

Food on Wheels; Tofu with herbs in Phuket Old Town

Food on Wheels; Tofu with herbs in Phuket Old Town; Touring the streets of Phuket town and the old part as well

In case you encounter this very friendly person with his tofu pudding, don't hesitate to try it but go for it, you won't be disappointed. It also won't break the bank, so at the odd chance you don't like it, you will survive!

Food on Wheels; Tofu with herbs in Phuket Old Town

Food on Wheels; Tofu with herbs in Phuket Old Town; Still going strong after all these years, but what do you expect with such healthy food!

It seems to get harder and harder to get by some original Food on Wheels stories, but I'm glad that I can post this one, a real gem from (almost) times gone by.

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, 2 June 2017

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation 2017 at Zazen Boutique Resort

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation 2017 at Zazen Boutique Resort


It seems like it's becoming a yearly tradition, a Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation 2017 at Zazen Boutique Resort in Bophud/Maenam.

For the third year running, the Zazen Boutique Resort had their staff trained and updated about box jelly fish threats, awareness and how to handle during box jelly fish incidents.

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation 2017 at Zazen Boutique Resort

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation 2017 at Zazen Boutique Resort; Almost twenty persons of Zazen's staff participated in this years awareness and prevention presentation. My wife, Khun Tassanee, accompanied me again, to help out with translations

It was good to see familiar as well as new faces during the presentation. It also shows the dedication and importance of Zazen's owners and management, to stay on top of events and their intent to look after the best interest and well being of their guests. Hopefully the information and practice provided will never be needed on or near Zazen's premises, but at least the staff had training and is prepared just in case.

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation 2017 at Zazen Boutique Resort

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation 2017 at Zazen Boutique Resort; CPR training was part of the presentation and this year there was a lot more enthusiasm from the staff to actually practice. 

Thanks to Zazen Boutique Resort for the invite and the dedication they show.

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 1169

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

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. 

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, 1 June 2017

Goodbye to May and welcome to June 2017

Goodbye to May and welcome to June 2017


It's a combined Goodbye to May and welcome to June 2017, so let's first look at what May brought us.

There was plenty of rain during this May and it was probably a little below average of what to expect during May. However, the times that we had sun it was immediately very warm with temperatures getting as high as 36C (imagine that combined with some rain, humidity just goes through the roof!) and lows of 31C

Today, the first day of June 2017, we have a cloudy sky although it's still dry with the sun occasionally trying to peek out from behind the clouds. Current temp at almost 2pm is 31C

Goodbye to May and welcome to June 2017

Goodbye to May and welcome to June 2017; The Chinese Temple in Maenam, this morning, just having completed a fixing it up job and looking splendid again

June is typically a fairly nice month on Koh Samui with plenty of sunshine but also with possibly some rain, as can be expected during this small monsoon period for our island. The West coast is typically more affected by this monsoon period. It's a good time to be on Koh Samui and enjoy the attractions the island has to offer; beaches, sun and some areas well worth checking out during a sight seeing trip.

Last month I spent two weeks on Phuket and this month I will be off to Phuket again, come Monday. It almost feels as if the rainy season on Phuket hasn't stopped this year! Plenty of rain and strong winds seemingly all year through with more in the pipeline for both coasts after this 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, 28 May 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd – 28th May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd – 28th May, 2017


It Sunday and time to look at the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd – 28th May, 2017.
It's been a fairly good week, with only two days of rain, Thursday and Friday and not to forget this Sunday morning!
It's been dry ever after with even the sun peaking out again during the afternoon and a max temp of 32C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd – 28th May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd – 28th May, 2017; A beautiful picture of a Buddha statue at Wat Chaweng, also known as Wat Sawang Arom, inside the Bot. The Bot is the temple's most important building and this particular building is completely painted white, which looks kind of spectacular and impressive.

Monday and Tuesday I was diving from Phuket, to finish off PADI Specialty Instructor training with Glenn, one of my recent PADI IDC candidates on the May Phuket IDC who was also successful during the recent May PADI IE on Phuket.
A picture of our dives can be seen below.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd – 28th May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 22nd – 28th May, 2017; A single barracuda patrolling the wreck we dived early this week at Raya Noi's Bai 1, near Phuket.

The forecast for next week is looking good. May will soon come to an end, only two more days to go. Most days of next week it will be partially cloudy with an occasional tropical shower and possibly some stronger wind come next 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, 21 May 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th – 21st May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th – 21st May, 2017


It's Sunday and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th – 21st May, 2017.
We're already at the late afternoon part of the day and it's partially cloudy with sometimes the feel of rain coming up. Current temp at 5.30pm is 32C and it's humid!

Currently I'm still a few more days on Phuket, before I return to Koh Samui on Wednesday. The candidates of the May 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' just completed their PADI IE exam and are now brand new PADI Instructors!

Weather wise it was less glorious last week with plenty of rain and wind here, currently it's mostly cloudy with a temp of 30.7C at 5.30pm

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th – 21st May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th – 21st May, 2017; Cable spaghetti in Chaweng. These are phone cables and not electricity, however, they still can cause problems. A few days prior they caught fire and caused a real 'mini' hassle! This was at the beginning of the month.

Last week was a very typical May week around Koh Samui, with a couple of dry and sunny days with partial cloud cover but there were also a couple of days with thunder storms and rain. Max temperatures ranged in between 32 and 34C. 

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th – 21st May, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 15th – 21st May, 2017; Phuket 'old' town, at the corner of Thalang Road and Soi Romannee. In this soi you can find the best ice cream parlor of Phuket, in my humble opinion.

The forecast for next week is looking good, a lot better than previous weeks of this this month. Hardly any rain, a few isolated tropical showers, no wind and partially clouded skies. It seems like it will be a good week for a May on Koh Samui. Go out and enjoy!

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

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

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

Camille