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

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th August, 2014

Today's weather;

It's a fairly cloudy sky shaping up over Koh Samui this morning. Current temp at 6.30am is 27C

On Gili Air in Indonesia we have once more a lovely blue sky all over the Gili's. Current temp at 7.30 local time is a nice cool 20C
Today the PADI IE is starting and we expect a late afternoon finish by tomorrow.

Nathon by night

Nathon by night as seen from the Seatran ferry, picture taken by Matchima Kunkaew

Yesterday saw a nice and hot day around the island. Max temp reached 34C

Gili Air, Indonesia

A 'busy' main street on Gili Air in Indonesia

The forecast predicts rain tonight and hard wind and rain for tomorrow and the day after. Come Friday afternoon and we should have sunny skies again around Samui.

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, 25 August 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 25th August, 2014

Today's weather;

A lovely sky is shaping up this morning over Koh Samui, the sun is rising and there are a few clouds. Current temp at 6,30am is 26C

On Gili Air in Indonesia we are enjoying another clear blue sky this morning with a current temp at 7.30am local time of 23C.
Today is the last day of the current PADI IDC here on Gili Air, tomorrow will see the start of the two day PADI IE.

Big Buddha

Low tide in the morning at Big Buddha, picture by Tassanee Lemmens

Yesterday saw a hot day around Samui with possibly a short shower at some parts of the island and a max temp of 34C

Gili Air, Indonesia

In the village on Gili Air in Indonesia, on my way to the place I'm staying at. This morning I met a goat here

The forecast is predicting some rain and harder wind from Wednesday to Friday and occasionally some showers later in 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

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th August, 2014

Today's weather;

A nice and sunny sky is shaping up over Koh Samui this morning with a few scattered clouds in it. Current temp at 6.30am is 27C

Here on Gili Air in Indonesia we have once more a lovely blue sky shaping up in the morning, most likely to be replaced by clouds during the afternoon. Yesterday afternoon we had a short shower as well. Current temp at 7.30am local time is 24C

Wat Plai Laem

A different view on Wat Plai Laem by Steven Turner

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day around Koh Samui with a max temp of 33C

Gili Air, Indonesia

With Tarzan to Utopia in the horse cart on Gili Air in Indonesia

The forecast is still looking good, plenty of sunshine with maybe some rain during a 24 hour spell, starting Wednesday to Thursday night.

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, 23 August 2014

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd August, 2014

Today's weather;

It's fairly cloudy around Koh Samui this morning although the sun is trying to break through. Current temp at 6.30am is 27C

On Gili Air in Indonesia we have the usual sunny, blue morning sky but the last couple of days, clouds are moving in during the afternoon and/or evening. Current temp at 7.30 local time is 24C

Chaweng beach

Chaweng beach last week, picture by Joe Clasby

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

Lombok mountains

Lombok mountains or volcanoes in the morning as seen from Gili Air in Indonesia

The forecast is still looking good until Wednesday to Thursday night, when clouds move in and rain on Thursday is a distinct possibility.

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, 22 August 2014

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

Today's weather;

It seems like another lovely morning on Koh Samui, plenty of sunshine with a few scattered clouds. Current temp at 6.30am is 25C

On Gili Air in Indonesia it's also another lovely day shaping up, blue skies and almost no clouds. Just during yesterday afternoon we had some heavy clouds and a few rain drops. Current temp at 7.30am local time is 25C

Wat PLai Laem

Nice picture take at Wat Plai Laem by Steven Turner

Yesterday saw a nice and sunny day except during the night thunder. lightning and rain passed over Samui. Max temp reached 32C

Gili Air, Indonesia

Taxi boats in the harbor on Gili Air in Indonesia

The forecast is still looking good although there may be a few more clouds over 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

Thursday, 21 August 2014

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

Today's weather;

A nice sunny and blue sky is shaping up over Koh Samui with some early morning clouds, that may well evaporate soon, once the sun heats up. Current temp at 6.30am is 26C

On Gili Air in Indonesia we also have lovely blue skies all day long but relatively cool temperatures. Current temp at 7.30am local time is 24C

Plai Laem market

Plai Laem market, always worth a visit, picture by Steven Turner

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

Gili Air, Indonesia

Wedding ceremony last night on Gili Air in Indonesia, the groom is sitting in front and the bride is in the back

The forecast remains very good with sunny skies ahead 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

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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

Today's weather;

Koh Samui's sky is slightly cloudy but the sun is about to come out and will most likely blast the clouds away. Current temp at 6.30am is 27C

On Gili Air in Indonesia there's a nice blue sky with plenty of sunshine but nice cool temperatures. Current temp at 7.30am local time is 24C

Chaweng lake

Chaweng lake during sun set, picture by Joe Clasby

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

Gili Air, Indonesia

On the way to work on Gili Air in Indonesia

The forecast is looking great for the next seven days, a few clouds and plenty of sunshine ahead!

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