Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Samui Cross Country bicycle event in Maenam, 25th January 2015

Early next year, Sunday 25th January 2015, there will be the first Samui Cross Country event at the Maenam track.

Samui Cross Country, 25th January 2015

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 22nd October, 2014

Today's weather;

It's a bit hazy this early in the morning but there are plenty of blue spots in the sky over Koh Samui, just waiting to break through in full glory once the sun heats up. Current temp at 7am is 25.4C

Rocky's, Lamai


Yesterday saw a fairly cloudy morning with more sunshine during the afternoon. Max temp reached 30.7C

The forecast shows a bit of clouds and sunny skies for the next 7 days with possibly some rain come Saturday.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Box jelly fish awareness presentations for hotel staff around Koh Samui

After the recent and tragic death of a 5 year old French boy on Koh Phangang, after a box jelly fish sting, the THA (Thai Hotel Association) Samui chapter took swift action and organized an awareness day for their hotel staff.

Box jelly fish sign

Box jelly fish sign in Thai

Due to my early experiences with box jelly fish on Chaweng Beach, dating back to 2003 and consequent write ups on my dive blog and this blog, I was in charge of organizing this day, where we had two presentations at two different locations.

Box jelly fish presentation, Four Seasons, Koh Samui

The presentation in full swing at the Four Seasons Resort

The first presentation took place in the morning at the Four Seasons Resort and the second presentation took place in Rocky Boutique Resort.
With the help of Andrew Jones, who runs this excellent blog about box jelly fish, it was possibly to get Dr. Lakkana Thaikreua and Dr. Hataya Kanjanasombut to the presentations. 

Box jelly fish presentation, CPR, Four Seasons, Koh Samui

Basic CPR training at the Four Seasons resort

Dr. Lakkana is part of the Thai box jelly fish work group and I have met her during an of her early visit in this capacity on Koh Samui, already 4 years ago. She's one of the few Thai experts in the field of box jelly fish research. She was accompanied by Dr. Hataya.
Their trip also includes visits and discussions with the various hospitals around the island, which they are doing today. Their trip was subsidized by the BOE or Bureau of Epidemiology.

Box jelly fish presentation, Four Seasons, Koh Samui

Attendees at Four Seasons Resort

The interest from the hotels round the island was overwhelming and we had full venues for both presentations, with a total over 80 attendees. Due to the success and demand, possibly more presentations may be in the making.

Box jelly fish presentation, Rocky's, Koh Samui

The presentation under way at Rocky's Resort

The fact that Dr. Lakkana could hold the presentations in the Thai language was a big bonus and most certainly helped in keeping the attention of the attendees. Most attendees had no previous knowledge of box jelly fish and yesterday's presentations helped tremendously with an awareness factor about the box jelly fish around Samui waters and also gave plenty of tips in respect to prevention and how to handle and deal with actual encounters.

Box jelly fish presentation, CPR, Rocky's, Koh Samui

Basic CPR training at Rocky's

Part of the training included basic CPR training. For this training the Bangkok-Samui hospital had two nurses available at each presentation who helped out with the training, which again proofed to be very useful since it was all done in Thai.
With thanks to 'Easy Divers', 'The Dive Academy' and 'Hoboya' dive centers for lending their CPR mannequins for this event.

Box jelly fish presentation, Rocky's, Koh Samui

Group picture of attendees at Rocky's

It's a good start to show that the hotels around Koh Samui are aware of the problem and are pro actively dealing with the problem, which in other parts of Thailand has been welcomed with very positive feedback from tourists.

Dr, Lakkana and Dr. Hataya

Dr. Lakkana left and Dr. Hataya on the right

Connections have been made and hopefully this is a start in dealing with a problem that nobody wished they had to deal with, but with an open, head on attitude, as displayed by the hotels yesterday, awareness can be spread and the easy ways of preventing and dealing with the box jelly fish are slowly spreading around the island.

Big thanks to the General Managers of the Four Seasons Resort and Rocky Boutique Resort for offering their meeting rooms, it's much appreciated and thanks to the Samui chapter of the Thai Hotel Association for making this possible.

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Camille

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 21st October, 2014

Today's weather;

A nice blue sky can be spotted around Koh Samui this morning. Current temp at 7am is a nice and cool 25C

View from Four Seasons

View from Four Seasons, yesterday around noon

Yesterday saw a cloudy but dry day with occasionally some blue spots during the morning. Max temp reached 30C

The forecast predicts hardly any wind or rain at all with a mix of cloudy and sunny skies. Enjoy!

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Rua Chak Phra and fair October 2014 in Nathon

Yesterday was the last day and evening that the Rua Chak Phra floats were on display in Nathon. Accompanied by a fair, it's a always a good idea to visit and see the floats and the market/fair.
Rua means boat, chak means to pull and Phra is monk. So the floats used to be pulled around by hand but nowadays that's mostly done by cars.

Rua Chak Phra

One of the floats or boats in full glory

It was very busy and lots of clothes and (junk) food were on display along the promenade at Nathon.

Rua Chak Phra

Completely made out of wood

The floats were impressive as always and last week we could see some of them being driven around parts of the island, slowing down traffic a bit.

Rua Chak Phra

Tamboon or making merit

Many people use the event to make merit and donate money, around 20.-THB is already sufficient but more is not an exception, to the floats and in return they receive a small colored wrist band. 

Rua Chak Phra

The front part of a float

The floats are very colorful and well looked after and some of them have lovely details. If you look a bit around at the local temples, you may be able to spot some of the floats during the year, when they are stored away.

Rua Chak Phra

Big hit with the children

Next time around this time of the year, if you're visiting Samui, it's well worth a visit and not something to miss out on!

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 20th October, 2014

Today's weather;

There's a thin cloud layer over Koh Samui this morning that could be diffused once the sun heats up  bit. Current temp at 7am is 25C

Nathon

This is not for the Lacrosse sport, I don't think anybody knows this sport in Thailand, but it's rather to pick fruit, high up in the trees. This part is attached to the end of a long bamboo pole and off you go. Spotted on the Chak Phra fair in Nathon

Yesterday saw a fairly dry day, until the evening when there were a few showers. During the night it must have rained hard, since the total downpour reads 76mm. Max temp reached 29C

The forecast predicts clouds for most part of today but as of tomorrow it should clear up with a lot less clouds and hardly any rain for the next 7 days. Let's see how that develops!

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 19th October, 2014

Today's weather;

Here I am, hoping for some sunshine around Koh Samui, but instead it's full on rainy season or monsoon weather; grey and wet. Last night and this morning it has been raining a lot. Current temp at 7am is 25.6C

Plai Laem

Plai Laem this morning, grey and wet

Yesterday saw some rain during the morning and a few drops during the late afternoon plus cloud cover all day long. Max temp reached 30C

The forecast is looking a bit more like monsoon time, lots of clouds and possibly Thursday and over the weekend a break from this.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

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

Today's weather;

It's very cloudy but dry at the moment around Koh Samui. Current temp at 8am is 25C

Dcheed 2, Chaweng Ring road

Dcheed 2 on the Chaweng ring road, one of our fave eateries, on offer; pork sateh and rad na.

Yesterday saw some sunshine during the early morning but cloud cover took over soon. During the afternoon there was a short shower. Max temp reached 31.3C

The forecast is looking good with a cloudy day today but more sunshine coming up as of tomorrow, although you may expect cloudy moments as well.

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Camille

Friday, 17 October 2014

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

Today's weather;

There's a cloud layer over Koh Samui this morning with some blue patches coming through. Current temp at 7am is 25.9C

Wat Saunthamma, Nathon

A Buddhist statue at Wat Saunthamma in Nathon near Hin Lad waterfalls.

Yesterday saw a sunny morning and a more cloudy afternoon and it stayed dry all day long. Max temp reached 28C

The forecast is looking good, plenty of sunshine the next seven days with maybe some rain during Sunday.

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

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

Today's weather;

It's a mixed bag this morning over Koh Samui, some clouds but also plenty of blue skies are to be seen and the rain seems to have gone, at least for today. Current temp at 7am is 27.3C

Bus station, Nathon

A brand new bus station in Nathon for the buses to Bangkok. It's located just past the Immigration office , and the road the the Government hospital in Nathon

Yesterday saw a cloudy day but in no means as wet as the day before. 'Only' 10mm of rain came down with a max temp of 29C

The forecast is looking really good. Hardly any rain at all for the next 7 days and there should be a lot more sunshine again.

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Camille