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Friday, 29 April 2016

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani


A visit to the The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani was in place. After our recent visit to Bangkok, we booked a night at Sabye D hotel in Surat Thani and spent the night, but first it was straight from the night train into the water park. 

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani; the entrance area

Straight ain't the right word though, we had to wait two and a half hours before the water park opened at 10am. The hotel room wasn't available yet and almost nothing else is open in town. It was a bit of a challenge but we managed,

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani; photo opportunity!

The water park is located on the 417, leading out of Surat Thani towards the airport, after the second PTT gas station on your left hand side. Can't miss it, there are big signs and it's pretty much straight on the road.
There's plenty of parking space available outside but non is sun covered, your car will be steaming hot once you get back to it.

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani; adult obstacle course

The entrance fee was really good, 250,-THB for adults and 150,-THB for children under 120 cm, added up to 900.-THB for the whole family, can't beat that!
Once inside, to your left are lockers, showers and bathrooms. There's almost no shade to be found, some shelters are set up with chairs inside and there's a big areas to your right at the entrance where small food stalls can be found, but only two or so were open yesterday which made excellent seating fro our group, out of the beaming sun.

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani; adult obstacle course

This is a bit of a problem, that there's almost no shade to be found. You will burn really quickly, so plenty of sun lotion on your body is required. Best is to act like the Thais and cover up your body with long sleeved shirts and at least knee length shorts.
The other problem I had was that not all of the attractions were cooled down by water, which could cause burn wounds due to rubbing the plastic cover of the attractions and very hot foot soles by walking over very hot rubber.

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani; adult obstacle course

The attractions are air filled, like the bouncy castles at local fairs here in Thailand. That partly explains the cheap entrance fees, but it comes with a few downsides, as explained before. I burned my knee and some attractions were just plain uncomfortable due to the plastic or rubber being way too hot and not being cooled down by water.

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani; children's obstacle course

The actual attractions boil down to two big pools for children, one just to play and with some slides and one big pool with small paddle boats.
The other two main attractions are two lengthy obstacle courses, one for people taller than 150cm with deep water surrounding the course and one for children with shallow water.
Both courses are challenging though and difficult to complete. On both courses there seemed to be plenty of staff at hand that could help out in case of problems.

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani; children's obstacle course

As already mentioned though, some of the rides are not cooled down enough or sprinkled by water so the plastic cover becomes steaming hot and you burn your feet easily. Some parts of the obstacle course have the same problem and it is rather very uncomfortable.
Trying to complete the courses can also be very tiring, pending on how serious or relaxed your attempt to completing a course is.

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani; children's pool and slides

Although there was a big, roof covered area, hence shay but still hot, with typical Thai small food stands, only two out of ten stands were open. There's also an air conditioned restaurant on the premises, but we didn't check out the options available and there's a coffee shop that sells shakes and is part of the park, but is located outside of the park and you need to get a big, fat stamp at the exit so you can get back in again. This is the only place where fruit shakes are being sold, and although various tastes are on the menu, a mixed fruit shake is not an option! Very strange indeed.

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani; small paddle boats in a shallow pool

When we visited, a week day but during a long Thai school holiday, it was not busy at all, I wonder how busy it gets during a weekend, probably a bit busier.

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani

The Pirate Park, water park in Surat Thani; my preferred ride

All in all I'm glad we visited, but I don't see us return that quickly. Too many small things that were missing that once added up, made it for a mediocre experience. The kids loved it though.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th April, 2016

Today's weather;

It's cloudy over Koh Samui and there are just a few openings in the cloud cover to let the sun shine through. It should be another warm day again though with possibly a very isolated shower. Current temp at 7am is 30C

We are here in Surat Thani at the last leg of a weeks long travelling and ready to head for the ferry soon. Home at last again. The sky over Surat Thani is also heavily covered by clouds with just a few blue openings. Current temp at 7m is 26C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th April, 2016

Fisherman's boats in Bang Rak bay, this picture is taken from the Seatran pier

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

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 29th April, 2016

A Chinese temple opposite the pier in Surat Thani, where the night boats for Koh Tao and Koh Phangan leave. During the evening there's a small street restaurant in front of the temple. Next to the pier is small night market with food/restaurants and fruit stalls. There's also one vendor that sells Thai sweets who is so popular that people queue each night in order to buy the sweets.

The forecast predicts a light breeze for the next ten days with some cloud cover, some days heavier, some days lighter. It will still remain warm over the island.

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th April, 2016

Today's weather;

The sky over Koh Samui is slightly hazy and there are some isolated clouds this morning. It may clear up a bit later during the day. Current temp at 7am is 30C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th April, 2016

The start of the shortcut in Maenam towards Lamai

We're travelling towards Surat Thani where we should arrive shortly. We left Bangkok yesterday evening at 19.30, on time and we're bound to arrive very soon in Surat Thani. It's nice and sunny and we're enjoying the view from the train. I had a very good nights sleep, much better than expected! Current temp at 7am is 26C in Surat Thani.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th April, 2016

The Hua Lamphong railway station in Bangkok yesterday evening, shortly before we left Bangkok

Yesterday saw a very hot day around Koh Samui, the max temp jumped up to 35C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 28th April, 2016

The river side in Surat Thani

The forecast is looking good, the heavy cloud formations that were predicted for after the weekend have more or less disappeared, it may be partially cloudy at times and the warm and dry weather continues for another ten days at least.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th April, 2016

Today's weather;

There is still a little bit of early morning haze hanging over Koh Samui but a nice blue sky is shaping up and it should stay warm and sunny today. Current temp at 7am is 29C

In Bangkok we also have a blue sky shaping up and it looks like it's going to be another steaming hot day here. Current temp at 7am is already 31.5C

Yesterday's visit to the Dutch Embassy went well and we got all done what needed to be done. This evening we will board the night train back to Surat Thani where we should arrive early tomorrow morning. There we have a visit to the new water park scheduled, apparently the biggest water park in the South of Thailand.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th April, 2016

The same bridge in Maenam as pictured in yesterday's daily weather update, but this picture is taken from the other side of the road, with the camera facing in-land. Here you can still see the lush jungle that surrounds big parts of the island, within meters of where we commute

Yesterday saw a warm and hot day around Koh Samui with occasionally some partial cloud cover and a max temp of 33C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 27th April, 2016

The Bangkok skyline early in the morning

The forecast has changed slightly, it's still sunny up to Sunday, but the cloud cover that was previously predicted has changed for the better, so there will still be some clouds moving in late next weekend but not as many as previously predicted. By mid next week it should be fairly sunny again.

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th April, 2016

Today's weather;

A nice, sunny and blue sky is shaping up over Koh Samui this morning and I expect it to become a cloudless sky and it may get very hot today. Current temp at 7am is 27C

We are on our way, the whole family, buy night train from the railway station in Phun Phin to Bangkok, to get new Dutch passports for myself and the two eldest children. This better work out today, since the Embassy of the Netherlands may well be closed tomorrow because of the birthday of the Dutch King.

Near Bangkok a nice blue sky is shaping up and it looks like it may get very hot here as well. Current temp at 7am in Bangkok is 30.2C 

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th April, 2016

The bridge in Maenam (which means river), where the river flows, everything is being fortified

Yesterday started out with a nice blue sky over Koh Samui but during the afternoon some clouds moved in. It was hot but stayed dry and the max temp reached 33C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 26th April, 2016

The night train to Bangkok at 5am. Slept well and the aircon worked very well, we should arrive in about an hour and a half

The forecast for the next ten days on Koh Samui didn't change much. Sunny until Sunday and as of Sunday clouds may move in but it should stay dry.

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Monday, 25 April 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 25th April, 2016

Today's weather;

A nice blue sky is shaping up over Koh Samui this morning and it should stay sunny today. Current temp at 7am is 28C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 25th April, 2016

Part of Bang Rak bay as seen from the Seatran pier

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

The forecast remains stable, a couple of  ore very sunny days and towards the end of the week some more clouds may move in but it should remain dry and warm.

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Camille

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th April, 2016

Today's weather;

It's nice day with blue skies over Koh Samui and at 10am it's already 31C. It's a late update this morning, due to me participating in the Krabi CW-X half marathon, I placed 2nd in my age category so we needed to hang around for the ceremony and my friend Michael came in 2nd all over and first in his age category. A successful day for Samui runners.

In Krabi it's 33c Already with partially cloudy skies, although we're staying in Ao Nang.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th April, 2016

The Guan Yu statue at the Guan Yu shrine in Hua Thanon

Yesterday saw once more a warm and sunny day, although we had a serious shower when we drove into Krabi town. Short but hard. Max temp reached 33C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th April, 2016

Lots of impressive lime stone formations, this one is between Ao Nang and Krabi town



Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 24th April, 2016

Received a very nice and big trophy for placing second in my age category this morning at the CW-X half marathon in Krabi, My time was 1:51'30 over 20.61km, a few hundred meters short of the half marathon distance

The forecast predicts sunny days for the next ten days, although come Friday, some clouds may move in.

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd April, 2016

Today's weather;

We have lovely blue skies over Koh Samui this morning and it's promising to be another hot one today. Current temp at 7am is 28C

This morning I will travel to Ao Nang and Krabi with some friends, where I will run a half marathon tomorrow in Krabi town. Tomorrow evening I will back on the island. This will be my first visit to Krabi town and actually spending time there, rather than using the bypass road around the city in order to get to Koh Lanta

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 23rd April, 2016

The shrine at the Chinese Guan Yu temple in Hua Thanon

Yesterday was a sunny and warm day around Koh Samui with plenty of blue skies with occasional ly some clouds drifting by. Max temp reached 33C

The forecast didn't change much at all, for the next ten days. Mostly sunny days and as of next weekend and the beginning of next month, possibly some more clouds in the sky. Be prepared for a hot week coming up.

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Friday, 22 April 2016

Samui Regatta 21 - 28 May 2016 at Chaweng Beach

Samui Regatta 21 - 28 May 2016 at Chaweng Beach


It's the time of the year when you want the wind to blow so the Samui Regatta 21 - 28 May 2016 at Chaweng Beach will be successful. The Samui Regatta is hosted by Centara Grand Resort on Chaweng Beach and has become the 'home of the Samui Regatta'.
In the meantime this event that started very small 15 years ago, has grown to an internationally acknowledged and appreciated event and has become a highlight of the Asian sailing circuit.

Samui Regatta 21 - 28 May 2016 at Chaweng Beach

Samui Regatta 21 - 28 May 2016 at Chaweng Beach

As Khun Piboon Omak states, the  Koh Samui District Chief Officer;

The Samui Regatta can truly be called an international yachting event since it attracts boats from as far a field as Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and Hong Kong, as well as from all parts of Thailand, which make their way here solely to take part in this fun event.

Samui Regatta 21 - 28 May 2016 at Chaweng Beach

Samui Regatta 21 - 28 May 2016 at Chaweng Beach

The Regatta is organised by Regattas Asia in conjunction with the Samui Yacht Club Regatta, under the auspices of the Province of Surat Thani, the Sports Authority of Thailand, the Municipal of Koh Samui, the Tourism Association of Koh Samui, The Tourism Association of Thailand, the International Sailing Federation and the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand.

The Regatta has 4 key objectives:

  • Increase tourists to the island of Koh Samui.
  • Increase awareness and participation in watersports in Asia.
  • Establish Koh Samui as a leading Sailing Destination
  • Support youth education and sporting activities on the island.

Starting with just 11 boats, mainly made up of beach catamarans, the event gained a reputation for offering great hospitality and competitive sailing.

The fleet has now grown into one of the most competitive in Asia and is now placed as the final event of the prestigious Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship. Crowning the 2015/2016 Asian Champion Skipper and Crew at the last night Awards and Gala Dinner. Held at Centara Grand Beach Resort.

Please check out the official Samui Regatta website out here, you can find information ranging from race location to registration and pictures from previous years to the schedule for this year and plenty of information on social events.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 22nd April, 2016

Today's weather;

There are bi stretches of sunny skies above Koh Samui this morning but there are also parts of the sky covered in clouds, varying from light to heavier cover. It should clear up during the day time though. Current temp at 7am is 29C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 22nd April, 2016

View from the Seatran pier in Bang Rak upon returning from Koh Tao yesterday

Yesterday saw once more a warm day with some scattered clouds. The temperature dropped to 33C although you couldn't say so, since it was hot as usual.

The forecast predicts light cloud cover to sunny skies over he next ten days and next weekend, the last weekend of this month, some heavier cloud cover. No rain is in sight.

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Camille