Welcome to the original Koh Samui info and weather blog with lots of information on things to do and see around tropical island destination Koh Samui in Thailand including daily weather updates, brought to you by long term resident Camille Lemmens since February 2007.
It's very cloudy but dry at the moment around Koh Samui but there's a fairly strong wind. Current temp at 7am is 26.8C
Back here at Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines, it's also cloudy and we have a drizzle on and off and it rained last night. Yesterday we had a nice and sunny day here. Current temp at 8am local time is 25C
All diving has been completed and today is an unexpected day off with some final classroom teaching later in the day.
Yesterday saw a very windy day around Koh Samui with a strong wind. Max temp reached 29.3C
A wider body tricycle at Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines, a lot more comfortable choice for us long legged Westerners when in need of one these tricycles in contrast to the more standard small ones, pictured here
The forecast predicts a bit less wind and slightly drier days to be followed by strong winds come Monday and Tuesday with more rain to accompany this.
It's cloudy and windy around Koh Samui but dry at the moment this morning. Rain is likely to come down later today. Current temp at 7am is 27C
Back in Panagasma beach near Moalboal in the Philippines after a very successful PADI IE in Dauin yesterday. The weather is a mixed bag here, we have a cloudy and wet sky to the right and a aprtially cloudy and partially sunny sky to the left after some rain last night. Current temp at 8am local time is 27C
It's partially cloudy with a bit of sunshine thrown in around Koh Samui. Current temp at 10am is 30.4C
The reason for the late update is that I ran from Dumaguete where our hotel was for two nights to Dauin where the PADI IE is being completed today, a distance of a half marathon. The weather here is similar to Samui skies, partly cloudy with bits of sunshine thrown in. Current temp at 11am local time is 31.7C
View over the local football ground towards Plai Laem temple
Yesterday saw a fairly sunny and warm day around Samui with a max temp of 30.5C
The Dumaguete Bell Tower is the oldest known Belfry in the province of Negros Oriental. It's located next to the St Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, in downtown Dumaguete
The forecast hard wind and rain for the next two days with lots of rain during the weekend and lot of hard wind and less rain after the weekend. Doesn't look like a white Christmas but possibly a wet variation this year.
The forecast doesn't look too good right now, The wind and rain may ease down for two days before it hits hard again on Wednesday, all the way through to the weekend and possibly after that. Will this be the first wet Christmas since years on the island? We'll have to wait and see for a few days more before the predictions will be up.
Three Buddha statues sitting on forgotten bench at Wat Nara Charoen Suk in Lipa Noi
Yesterday saw a nice and fairly warm day around Samui with a max temp of 31C
There's a big 'ball' or cloud of sardines moving up and down the Panagsama beach drop off all day long, consisting of ten of thousands of sardines. This picture shows some of them jumping out of the water in the early morning, near Moalboal in the Philippines
The forecast predicts win and rain over the weekend, slowing down a bit after the weekend but seemingly picking up heavily again come Wednesday.
Getting around Koh Samui in the 'early days' was an adventure. Listening to stories of my wife, who is born and raised on Samui,
Manual labor on the ring road
Visiting other parts of the island involved walking for most of the day and staying overnight with relatives and walking back the next day.
More manual labor
From the Choengmon area, there was bus/song thaew per day to Nathon, which back in those days and still is the main place for any official and government related business.
This all changed in 1967, Khun Dilok Suthiklom, the 'mayor' of Samui back in those days or 'Phuyai baan of Samui' and he asked for funding to governmental organisation to build of what we nowadays know as the ring road.
Old picture of the ring road
This construction started and in 1969 and 1970 was in full swing, as the black and white pictures show.
The start of building the ring road was manual labor, as can be seen in the pictures above but one of the problems for building the ring road was the hill between Bang Po and Nathon and the rocky sides of the road around Lamai. Heavy construction machinery was needed.