Friday, 18 April 2014

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

Today's weather;

The sun is rising over Koh Samui and it's already warm early in the morning. Current temp at 7am is 27.2C

In Khao Lak it's a mixed bag, clouds with blue spots can be found here in the sky with some rain thrown in last night. Current temp at 7am is 25.4C
The current PADI IDC here has been completed and today the PADI IE will kick off in Phuket. Later this morning we'll be on our way.

There were 277 deaths and 2,926 injuries in 2,754 road accidents nationwide in the first six days of Songkran.

The Road Safety Directing Centre reported the figures yesterday. On Wednesday, 29 people were killed and 283 injured in 273 accidents nationwide.
Drunk driving was the main cause of accidents (32.60 per cent) followed by speeding (30.77 per cent). Most accidents involved motorcycles (80.77 per cent), followed by pickup trucks (11.54 per cent).

Most accidents took place between 4pm and 8pm and most victims (45.83 per cent) were of working age (20-49).
Just one more day of reports to come in.

View on Kheuk Khak, a beach near Khao Lak

View on Kheuk Khak, a beach near Khao Lak

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

The forecast is predicting lots of clouds over the weekend but mostly sunny days next week.

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

Camille

Thursday, 17 April 2014

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

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui is mostly blue with a few clouds in it and a current temp at 7am of 26.9C

In Khao Lak we have a slightly clouded sky and yesterday evening and last night we had some rain. Current temp at 7am is 24C

The Songkran road accident death toll rises to 248 during the first five days of the 'seven dangerous days'. 44 people got killed and 501 were injured.
The cumulative accidents and injuries increased by 191 accidents and 204 injuries from the same period last Songkran, but the cumulative deaths lowered by eight cases, said Royal Thai Police's Office of Police Strategy deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Surapol Yoonuch. 

Khao Lak, Thailand

Main road in Khao Lak with luscious green mountains in the back ground

Yesterday saw a very hot day around Samui but there was also a little bit of rain during the afternoon. Max temp reached 34C

The forecast didn't change much, mostly blue skies are predicted for the next 7 days.

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

Camille

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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

Today's weather;

A nice blue sky is shaping up around Koh Samui and it looks like a warm day is in the making. Current temp at 7am is 26.3C

In Khao Lak a near perfect blue sky is shaping up with a current temp of 25.5C at 7am. Yesterday was partly cloudy during the afternoon with some around around 11pm.

The Songkran road madness is not over yet, the fourth day of the seven 'dangerous Songkran holidays' saw 488 road accidents, killing 43 people and injuring 502 others, the The Road Safety Directing Center announced Tuesday. This bring the total death toll to 204 and the accumulated figure of injuries rose to 2,142. The majority of accidents was caused by drunk driving.
This does not include any figures of people who succumbed from their injuries away from the accident scene. If you survive the accident but die later in a hospital, you're not in these statistics, making the real number of the death toll even hihgher.

Tab Lamu near Khao Lak

Our long tail boat captain at Tab Lamu near Khao Lak during our open water dives for the current PADI IDC

Yesterday saw a very hot and dry day around our part of the island but there were thunderstorms at other parts and there may have been some rain. Max temp reached 34C

The forecast predicts mostly nice and sunny skies although this morning there may be  few thunderstorms around the island.

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

Camille

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

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

Today's weather;

On Koh Samui the sun is rising in a near perfect blue sky. Current temp at 7am is 26.2C

In Khao Lak there are a few clouds but the sun is also heating up over here. Current temp at 7am is 25.6C 
Yesterday we had a lovely, sunny morning with a cloudy afternoon and a few rain drops around Khao Lak.

The road carnage around Songkran keeps going on; 59 nine people were killed and 747 injured in some 689 accidents on April 13, the third day of the 'seven dangerous days' (April 11-17), the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported on Monday.
The major causes of road accidents are drink driving (38%) and speeding (24%) and in 79% of the accidents, motorcycles were involved.

Khao Lak, Thailand

Resort on the beach at Khao Lak, here you can find a picture of the same resort back in March 2005, just 3 months after the tsunami

Yesterday it was dry at the northeastern part of the island but around Nathon there was some rain. Max temp reached 33C

The forecast still looks good, with mostly sunny skies for the next 7 days.

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

Camille

Monday, 14 April 2014

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

Today's weather;

The sky is turning blue again and th sun is about to rise on Koh Samui, after some early morning rain. Current temp at 7am is 27.2C

In Khao Lak a nice blue sky is shaping up, with a few scattered clouds. Current temp at 7am is 25.2C 
Yesterday, during Songkran, we already reached the half way mark of the current PADI IDC.

The road rage around the country continues though, on the second day of  the so-called seven dangerous days (April 11-17) of road accidents over Songkran, 63 people were killed and 491 injured in 471 accidents, the Road Safety Directing Centre of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said. They bring the total number of people killed and injured over the first two days of the festival to 102 dead and 893 hurt in 850 accidents. 

Enjoy this slide shows of Songkran activities from yesteryear.

Songkran in Khao Lak


Yesterday saw a very warm day around Koh Samui with a mix of blue skies, occasionally some clouds and some wind. The max temp reached 34C

The forecast for the next 7 days still predicts mostly blue skies with some scattered clouds.

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

Camille

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Songkran or Thai New Year 2014 in Khao Lak

Today is the day that Songkran or the Thai New Year is celebrated all over Thailand. In most locations the celebrations only last one day but there also other cities around the Kingdom where a couple of days long there will be water fights.

Songkran 2014, Khao Lak water fight

Water fight

This year I'm for the second time celebrating Songkran in Khao Lak after April 2012.

Songkran 2014, Khao Lak hiding

Hiding

It's nice and relaxed here without the madness of the bigger cities or the big islands. It makes for a easy going and very relaxed day. Nonetheless, the ambulance was also racing up and down the road, indicating that also here accidents happen.

Songkran 2014, Khao Lak loaded

We're loaded

It was really enjoyable today, in the morning we completed some current PADI IDC work and after lunch we all had off and could enjoy the festivities.

Songkran 2014, Khao Lak

Hope you enjoyed your Songkran this year and that you stayed safe! Unfortunately the death toll is very high on Thailand's roads.

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

Camille

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

Today's weather;

It's looking like it's going to be a hot and warm Songkran or Thai New Year today around Koh Samui with a near perfect blue sky. Current temp at 7am is 26.7C

A nice blue sky is also shaping up over Khao Lak with a slightly hazy sky at the moment. Current temp at 7am is 25.3C

The Songkran road madness has started; Some 39 people were killed and 402 others injured in road accidents nationwide on Friday, the first day of the Songkran holiday period from April 11-17, according to the Road Safety Centre. Drunken driving was the major cause at 31 per cent, followed by speeding at 22 per cent. 

Here's a good article from the Nation on how the lawless culture takes it's toll on the Thai roads.

Enjoy Songkran but be careful out there!

Khao Lak, police boat 813

Police boat 813 in Khao Lak at the Tsunami Memorial park during the evening at the pre-Songkran festivities

Yesterday saw a very warm day around Samui, April at it's best with a max temp of 34C

The forecast is looking good with mostly sunny skies predicted for the next 7 days and occasionally some clouds.

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

Camille

Saturday, 12 April 2014

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

Today's weather;

On Koh Samui we have a blue skies with a few scattered clouds in it. Current temp at 7am is 26.9C

Here in Khao Lak, we have a cloudy sky with some blue spots in it. Current temp at 7am is 24.8C

Tomorrow is Songkran, did you buy your water guns already? On that note, on the first day of the 7 dangerous days of Songkran, 13 people died in road accidents and 80 got wounded. A bad start to the seven day road safety campaign for the Songkran festival. 

Khao Lak beach

Khao Lak beach shortly before sunset

Yesterday saw a warm day around Samui and some rain around noon. Max temp reached 33C

The forecast predicts mainly sunny skies for the next 7 days although there may some clouds thrown in for good measure.

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

Camille

Friday, 11 April 2014

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

Today's weather;

It's clear and sunny around Koh Samui with a current temp at 7am of 26.5C

In Khao Lak we have a slightly hazy sky but the sun is about to come out and a blue sky may form up soon. Current temp at 7am is 25.3C

Two years ago I was also in Khao Lak on 11th April, and it was that day in 2012 when there was a tsunami warning.

Rua Thor 813, Khao Lak, Thailand

Rua Thor or police boat 813 in Khao Lak, nine and a half years after the tsunami

Yesterday saw a very warm day around Samui with a max temp of 34C

The forecast has changed for the better and all predicted clouds for the next 7 days have gone and it should be sunny all along.

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

Camille

Thursday, 10 April 2014

13th Samui Regatta, 24th to 31st May, 2014

Come the end of the month, it's time again for the already 13th version of the Samui Regatta. Since its birth in 2002, Samui Regatta has grown to attract the best yachts in Asia and a large spectator following who come to Koh Samui for great sailing, great parties and to experience all that the island has to offer.

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

The Regatta is organised by Regattas Asia in conjunction with the Samui Yacht Club Regatta, under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, The Municipal of Koh Samui and the Sports Authority of Thailand.


It's the final event in the 2013/14 AsianYachting Grand Prix championship with Samui Regatta results to determine the season's winner.

With a 30-strong fleet already confirmed, including the top racing yachts in Asia, and more on their way, the 2014 Samui Regatta is set to deliver some top quality competition and likely to decide the outcome of the 2013/14 AsianYachting Grand Prix.

“The quality of the entries is looking exceptional, not only in the racing and top IRC fleets but also among the cruisers and charter boats. Last year there was some very close racing on-the-water often with just seconds separating boats on corrected time, and looking at the boats and crew this year I would expect the competition to be just as close and in some cases, even more so,” said Simon James, Race Director, Samui Regatta.


It seems this event is becoming more important in the sailing and yachting community around South East Asia. Not completely my cup of tea but it brings a lot of yachting associated people to the island. Enjoy the various races.

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

Camille