Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 2nd September, 2014

Today's weather;

It's very cloudy around Koh Samui this morning and it looks like there may be rain later today. Current temp at 6.30am is 26C

On Gili Air in Indonesia we also have some clouds in the sky, one of the few times since I arrived. Current temp at 7.30am local time is 24C

Bang Rak

The Seatran pier at Bang Rak

Yesterday was a warm day around the island with with some hard rain during the night. Max temp reached 31C

Gili Air, Indonesia

The hustle and bustle of people coming and leaving on Gili Air in Indonesia, today I will be part of it again

The forecast is not looking as good as it was yesterday. The next seven days look like a mix of light wind, clouds, sunshine and some rain.

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, 1 September 2014

Welcome to September 2014

September is in the air and in good Samui info and weather blog tradition, here is a brief preview on the weather in September.

The weather is usually fairly good during September, plenty of sunshine although towards the end of the month some strong wind and an occasional shower, although nothing too major or serious could occur. The nice August weather is typically carried over into September and lots of sunshine should be around.

Bophud area

Just over 10 years ago, on the right is the road that leads to the departures of the airport as it is today. On the right corner is now a 7-11 (what else?) and there's a lot more buildings now in general. If you like this picture, I have a few more from this series, let me know and I will post some more

This September will see me back on the island late during 9th September and I should be for the remained of the month on Samui. I'm looking forward spending some time with my family.

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; 1st September, 2014

Today's weather;

It's very cloudy over Koh Samui this morning and the morning could bring some rain. Maybe a trace. Current temp at 6.30am is 26C

On Gili Air in Indonesia it's a full blue sky once more. Since I arrived just over 2 weeks ago, it has been this lovely with nice and cool mornings. Current temp at 7.30am local time is 21C
It's my last full day here and the last day of Specialty Instructor training. 12 dives I will have done with my students over the last 5 days, including today and two dives before the start of the recent PADI IE here.

Tomorrow it's off to Bali and the day after to Surabaya, after which I will arrive on Mount Bromo for the half marathon held on 7th September.

Big Buddha

A nice shot of Big Buddha by Steven Turner

Yesterday saw a nice and warm around the island with an isolated shower possible at some parts of the island. Max temp reached 33C

Gili Air, Indonesia

Fishing waist or breast high around Gili Air in Indonesia 

The forecast predicts a much stronger wind overnight but still fairly sunny skies for the next seven 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

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st August, 2014

Today's weather;

It's fairly cloudy but dry over Koh Samui this morning and I wouldn't be surprised if the sun breaks through shortly on this last August 2014 day. Current temp at 7am is 26.3C

On Gili Air in Indonesia, we continue with blue morning skies. Current temp at 8am local time is 25C. Probably clouds during the afternoon again. 
Just two more days here and I will be slowly making my way towards Mount Bromo for the half marathon there come 7th September.

Bang Po, Koh Samui

Near Bang Po, just before the hill to Nathon, picture by Steven Turner

Yesterday saw a nice and warm day with a trace of rain at some parts of the island and a max temp of 32.1C

Gili Air, Indonesia

Evening setting in over Gili Air in Indonesia

The forecast is looking good for this week, nice and sunny days should start off September with some stronger wind over next weekend.

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

Goodbye to August 2014

It's the last day of August 2014 and as tradition on this blog has it, it's time to say goodbye and look back at this August edition.
The weather was really good, lots of sunshine and sunny days and just occasionally some rain. An excellent August! Almost as good as they come. There were also exceptional good dive conditions in case you are a diver, whale shark sightings at the beginning of the month and great viz right now!

Koh Samui

Koh Samui as seen from above

For me it was a very busy month, which started me still being in South Korea for a PADI IDC, PADI IE and specialty instructor training. It was my second time in Korea and I really enjoyed, again!
After having been home for just 3 days, I was en route again and am currently on Gili Air in Indonesia, having just completed a PADI IDC, PADI IE and am now in the middle of Specialty Instructor training. Next month I will be running my first ever race in Indonesia, 7th September the Bromo half marathon is on my schedule!

Due to the busy schedule, the only dinner I had on Samui was at Kobori in Maenam, an excellent Japanese restaurant. Well worth a visit!

Thanks for checking in this month and hope to see you back in September! I should be spending some time now on Samui, until mid October and am looking forward to it.

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, 30 August 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 30th August, 2014

Today's weather;

It's looking lie a nice day is rising over Koh Samui with a thin cloud layer and the sun ready to burn it away. Current temp at 6.30am is 27C

On Gili Air in Indonesia the blue morning skies keep going. Current temp at 7.30am local time is 24C

Chaweng lake

Buffalo at Chaweng lake, picture by Joe Clasby

Yesterday saw a fairly good day around Samui with a trace of rain at some parts. Max temp reached 33C

Gili Air, Indonesia

Sailing boats at Gili Air in Indonesia

The forecast may still look like plenty of clouds today around Samui but it should clear up later today and the rest of the 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

Friday, 29 August 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th August, 2014

Today's weather;

It's cloudy but dry over Koh Samui this morning. Current temp at 6.30am is 26C

On Gili Air in Indonesia it's once more a blue morning sky. with most likely clouds to follow during the afternoon. Current temp at 7.30 am local time is 23C

Chaweng Beach

A great shot of a squirrel on a tree at Chaweng Beach courtesy of Joe Clasby

Yesterday saw some sunshine during the morning hours but in the early afternoon rain started. Max temp reached 32C

Gili Air, Indonesia

Small boat at the harbor on Gili Air in Indonesia

The forecast may see cloudy days over the weekend but soon afterwards it should clear up and be sunny again during 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, 28 August 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th August, 2014

Today's weather;

There is a nice, partly cloudy sky shaping up over Koh Samui this morning. Current temp at 7am is 24.2C

On Gili Air in Indonesia the nice morning continue and since I have arrived, it's blue sky galore during the mornings. Current temp at 8am local time is 24C. The afternoons bring in clouds most of the time though.
Yesterday the PADI IE was successfully by my candidates, happy faces were all around!


Another lovely picture of Wat Plai Laem by Steven Turner

Yesterday saw a nice day around Samui although there was a bit rain. Max temp reached 31.2C
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has yesterday cautioned residents in 15 provinces in the East and South of Thailand to beware of heavy rains and strong gusts for the next couple of days, including Surat Thani province.

Gili Air, Indonesia

A view on the 'village' in the middle of Gili Air in Indonesia during dry season

The forecast predicts stronger wind tomorrow and maybe some rain, running into Saturday morning. After that it should get sunnier again although an occasional shower may be likely.

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, 27 August 2014

French boy, 5, died on Koh Phangan after box jelly fish sting

By now the news has gone around the world about the French 5 year old boy who died on Koh Phangan's Bottle beach after being stung by a box jelly fish. It's terrible sad news but I do hope that this will be a wake up call to the General Managers of hotels around Koh Samui and Koh Phangan and the local authorities, to put up warning signs and vinegar stations on the beaches around the islands.
A Thai work group, with whom I met in 2010, have immediately come down to visit the islands and help with dealing with the issue and hopefully they can convince local authorities on how to proceed with prevention and raise awareness.

Over the last few years I have on a regular base written about box jelly fish, and this post from 2012 has been the most popular and most visited post on my blog. More than double the amount of visits compared to my 2nd popular blog post. On my dive blog, I have also made various posts about box jelly fish, please visit here to read more.

Chironex type box jelly fish photographed at Chaweng Beach a few years back by Sakanan Plathong

Chironex type box jelly fish photographed at Chaweng Beach a few years back by Sakanan Plathong

It's not about 'scare mongering' but awareness can go a long way and hopefully help prevent situations with such a tragic outcome. Stinger suits and vinegar go a long way. Although the use of vinegar is under discussion at the moment, it's still the recommended way of action for immediate on the spot treatment.


Box jelly fish treatment flow chart

IN CASE OF A BOX JELLYFISH STING:

1. Begin CPR if required and call for medical assistance
2. Immediately pour vinegar over sting area for at least 30 seconds
3. After using the vinegar, place cold packs or ice on the wound to ease the pain and reduce skin damage
4. Seek medical attention

OTHER JELLYFISH SPECIES:

Bluebottle (with single main tentacle)- Remove tentacles, immerse sting area in hot water or apply cold pack*, do NOT use vinegar
All others - Remove tentacles, apply cold pack to sting area

the morning glory plant found along the coast throughout the tropics is at best a mild analgesic and not recommended.

once the vinegar has done its job and the threat of envenomation ceased, the pain can last a few hours and can be managed locally with ice packs.

once the pain has subsided there is a risk of infection so the sting should be treated much like a burn.

depending on the approach you want to take, cortisone based cream, vitamin e cream, calendula, pawpaw etc could all be good in keeping the wound clean, avoiding secondary infection and aiding healing of the scarring.

The vinegar will not stop the the venom already in the wound but will immobilize any other stingers and prevent them from discharging. Try to rub the remaining tentacles off your body with a credit card like object, not with your fingers!

Any reports from box jelly fish sightings in Thailand or the South East Asian region can be reported to DAN Asia Pacific who are keen to collect information about these stings in Thailand. Please contact John Lippmann through their website.

Another good source of information is the box jelly fish in Thailand blog.

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; 27th August, 2014

Today's weather;

As predicted, it's fairly cloudy this morning around Koh Samui and some rain may be expected. Current temp at 7am is 27C

On Gili Air in Indonesia it's once more a clear blue morning sky with a current temp at 8am local time of 21C. Nice and cool.
We're on the second and last day of the PADI IE here and so far all my candidates are very successful. 

Big Buddha

View on Big Buddha from the Seatran pier

Yesterday was nice and hot around Koh Samui until around 4.30pm some hard rain started. Max temp reached 32C

Gili Air, Indonesia

Beautiful flowers on the black soil on Gili Air in Indonesia

Today may see a bit of rain and some strong wind in the evening, later during the weekend it will all clear up again and the sun should be back again in full glory and power.

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