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Monday, 16 October 2017

Koh Samui will be respecting the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyedej

Koh Samui will be respecting the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King  Bhumibol Adulyedej


On 26th October around the country and including Koh Samui will be respecting the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King  Bhumibol Adulyedej.

The accompanying ceremony on Koh Samui will beheld at Wat Plai Laem on 26th October and will start at 9am. If you like to attend, please do check the dress explained below. 
This dress code was released by the Bureau of the Royal Household for people participating in the Royal Cremation ceremony on 26th October 2017. The dress code is also applicable to people who are going to place funeral wood flowers at royal crematorium replicas, and at other locations where they will be able to offer the wood flowers in Bangkok and other provinces.
This will include Wat Plai Laem or any other official location around Koh Samui in case you plan to pay your respect.

Koh Samui will be respecting the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King  Bhumibol Adulyedej

Koh Samui will be respecting the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King  Bhumibol Adulyedej; A big sign at the entrance gate of Wat PLai Laem has been erected, informing about the time of ceremony on Koh Samui. 26th October 2017 at 9am 

At this moment it looks like the whole nation will come to a grinding halt on 26th October, please act accordingly and show respect to the Thai people. This is a one in a lifetime event, not only for the Thai nation and it's people, but also for anybody visiting or living in Thailand at that moment. Act accordingly.

During the whole month of October, many Thai people will be wearing black or dark colored clothes as a tribute and to show respect for the Late King Bhumibol Adulyedej. 
On most days tourists are not expected to wear dark clothes but on the 26th October it is advisable to wear black or dark clothes and nothing too vibrant.
Most tourist attractions will be closed and the days surrounding the 26th October, most entertainment venues will have toned and tuned down their activities.

Koh Samui will be respecting the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King  Bhumibol Adulyedej

Koh Samui will be respecting the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King  Bhumibol Adulyedej; The expected dress code if you plan to attend a ceremony; Men must wear a black shirt, long black pants and black dress shoes. Denim pants will not be allowed. Women must wear a black blouse that is not tight, a black skirt that extends below the knees and black dress shoes. Wearing a sleeveless blouse or a spaghetti top or similar will not be allowed.

At this moment, on the evening of 29th October, all signs of mourning, including black & white cloth banners and black and white portraits of King Buhimbol should be removed. On 30th October, government officials and members of the public can wear normal attire again.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th October – 15th October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th October – 15th October, 2017 


It's Sunday morning, 9.30am, the long Sunday morning run is done and it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th October – 15th October, 2017.

It's cloudy over Koh Samui and occasionally a drizzle can be observed. Current temp at 9.30am is a nice and fairly cool 27.7C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th October – 15th October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 9th October – 15th October, 2017; Every day this week and last week there are ceremonies in different temples around the island, following up on the recent Ok Pansa celebration. Money is donated to the temples as part of making merit or 'tambhun' as they say in Thai.Here you can see a money tree or umbrella at Wat Na Phra Lan in Maenam, near the Lomprayah ferry. Today's ceremony is at the Laem Sor Pagoda. Each temple will also have a car or 'float' that will travel around the neighborhood, collecting donations. All these cars or 'floats' will gather in nathon later this week. Well worth a visit to Nathon and check it out, especially during the early evening.

Last week was a fairly good week for October, with a couple of days with sunshine, especially during the morning but there were also a couple of days with tropical showers. Maximum temperatures ranged between 30C and 33C

The forecast for next week predicts slightly cooler weather with a bit more rain in the form of tropical showers and a couple of thunderstorms. The sun might be out and about come mid next week. 
Another typical October week in the making, enjoyable, with sunshine here and there although not too warm and most likely a few showers as well. 

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd October – 8th October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd October – 8th October, 2017 


It's Sunday morning, the clock just passed 10am, my Sunday morning long run is done ( half marathon distance) and it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd October – 8th October, 2017.

This morning it's very cloudy with a fairly strong wind blowing in and it looks like there may be some rain later today. It doesn't look like the sun is going to be out to play today! Current temp at 10.20am is 27.2C 

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd October – 8th October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 2nd October – 8th October, 2017; The wheel of life at Wat Maenam or Wat Phu Khao Thong. We visited this temple last week during the funeral of a neighbor

Last week many days with some tropical thunder storms with short but heavy rain. The sun was out and about a few times last week and once the sun made an appearance, it quickly became very hot with a high humidity, so it was very 'sticky hot'. Max temperature reached 29C although a lot of times it felt much warmer.

For the next seven days, it looks same same but different. The difference being that I expect even some more rain of the tropical shower kind, culminating in a weekend with possibly some very strong wind.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Monday, 2 October 2017

Welcome to October 2017

Welcome to October 2017


Already the second day into this new month and a good moment to say 'Welcome to October 2017'. 
What this month mostly will be about all around Thailand will be the final goodbye or funeral and cremation of King Bhumibol, scheduled to be on 26th October in Bangkok.
After one year of mourning the cremation will be the end of an era. Keep your eyes and ears open during this month for changes and even cancellations of planned events all around the country. I will keep my Facebook page updated on this topic.

Welcome to October 2017

Welcome to October 2017; King Bhumibol Adulyadej

On to the weather during October on Koh Samui though. October can be a tricky month, the last month before we typically have the monsoon or rainy season around Koh Samui. Most years the start of the month is fairly nice, just like this year looks like.
However, during the second part of the month and especially towards the end of the month, the rainy season may start and leave this month drenched in rain and possibly worse, floods! Two years ago was not a good month with lots of rain and last year the last October week was not good, with lots of rain.
For the time being, the beginning of October does look good but be prepared for possibly more rain towards the end of the month.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned.

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th September – 1st October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th September – 1st October, 2017 


It's Sunday afternoon again and that means that it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th September – 1st October, 2017.

It's nice and sunny right now, at almost 1pm under a hazy, slightly clouded sky with a current temperature of 29.7C. Yes, it's hot, humid and 'sticky' hot this afternoon but here was some rain last night.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th September – 1st October, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 25th September – 1st October, 2017; A view on Chaweng Beach at Ozo Hotel. I was there earlier this week to check out their box jelly fish net, which is put in place right in front of the resort. A picture of this net can be seen here.

Last week saw two dry days and all other days saw some tropical showers, meaning; short but powerful showers. Just like today, most afternoon were warm though, this humid and 'sticky' warmth. Max temperatures ranged between 30C and 33C, so fairly steady.

For the next seven days, it should stay very similar with a higher chance of rain from Monday through Wednesday. Fairly typical early October weather I would say.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned.

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens.

Camille

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Goodbye to September 2017

Goodbye to September 2017


The last day of this month and it calls for a 'Goodbye to September 2017'. 

It's 08.40am and it's cloudy and cool with a 26C current temperature with possibly a shower to be expected today. This would make it ten days with showers this month, after last night's rain. Maybe a little bit more than average during a September but not too far off. I enjoyed this month with the morning temperatures dropping although during the afternoons it was 'sticky' hot. Due to the high humidity.
There was plenty of sunshine as well during this month, so the sun lovers could enjoy the Samui beaches.
A good September I would say, close to an average September.

Goodbye to September 2017

Goodbye to September 2017; A box jelly protection net is placed at Ozo Hotel on Chaweng beach. There's one more box jelly protection net, in Lamai at Lamai Wanta Beach Resort.

It was a busy month on the running front for me, with 3 weekends with races including one long charity run, from North to South Samui. Six runners ran 32km starting at Aryaburi Resort in the North and ended at the Laem Sor Pagoda in the South after about three hours and 15 minutes. Exactly as was planned before hand. We managed to raise around 55,000.-THB plus numerous other, material gifts for the underprivileged children on the island.

Goodbye to September 2017

Goodbye to September 2017; The six runners who collected around 55,000.-THB for the underprivileged children on Koh Samui. We ran 32 kilometers from North to South on Koh Samui on 23rd September.

Time to look forward to next month, October 2017, which will be a month to remember, with King's Bhumibol's funeral and cremation ceremony come 26th October. The whole month will be affected however by this event and many planned, big events may be cancelled throughout the month, so keep your eyes fixed on social media. The Full Moon Party scheduled for 5th October has already been cancelled.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two.

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned.

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017 


It's Sunday afternoon, just past noon and that means it's time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017.

Today it has been mostly cloudy which is accompanied by a very agreeable 28.6 temperature around noon.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017; Curry pastes at the market in Plai Laem. Plenty of options, tastes and colors available.

Last week saw a nice week, with partially clouded skies and two days with some rain. At times there was a strong wind, towards the end of the week. Max temperatures ranged between 29C on Friday and 34C on Tuesday.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017; Group picture of the runners and children that benefited from the'North to South' charity run, which I participated in yesterday. 32km from Aryaburi in the North of the island all the way down to Laem Sor Pagoda in the South of the island in 3 hours and 13 minutes. The six runners managed to get 55,000.-THB together for the underprivileged children, for their new accommodation.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 18th September – 24th September, 2017; Today was the yearly 'Run to Give', aka as the 'Mad Hatter' run at The Wharf in Fisherman's Village. After yesterday's 32km charity run I was happy to participate in a shorter run. Advertised as a 5km race, we ended up running 4.17km and I managed this in 18'30 and ended up as 9th all over and 3rd in my age category 40+

The forecast for next week a strong wind blowing in until tomorrow and fading out by Wednesday, accompanied by some tropical showers. Come Thursday we may be able to enjoy a bit more sun although the skies over Koh Samui will be mostly partially cloudy. Not great but nice weather for this time of the year.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens.

Camille

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th September – 17th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th September – 17th September, 2017 


It's late Sunday afternoon, and time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th September – 17th September, 2017. Late in the day but not forgotten!

Today started out fairly cloudy but during the afternoon the sun started to break out a bit and came peeping through the clouds. The temperatures immediately went up a couple of notches. Current temperature at 4pm is 32C

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th September – 17th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th September – 17th September, 2017; Bang Rak beach road during landing at Samui airport, shortly before 6pm, with the sun setting beautifully over the Gulf of Thailand

Last week saw only two days with some rain and the rest of the week ranged from partially cloudy to fairly sunny. It didn't get too hot, with max temperatures ranging between 30C and 34C. By no means did we have the torrential rain and flooding that happened on Phuket late last week!

From Monday to Thursday I was in Pattaya, visiting some friends. It had been a while since I was there. Pattaya is interesting and has it's pro and cons but for a few days I can enjoy it.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th September – 17th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 11th September – 17th September, 2017; Pattaya beach road before noon time. Fairly quiet for traffic but the beach was rather busy.

Next week looks from mid-week to the end of the week might see some rain. Come Thursday and Friday we may see some strong wind and a bit of rain on Wednesday with some more but minor showers towards the weekend.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th September – 10th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th September – 10th September, 2017 


Sunday noon time, it's also time for the Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th September – 10th September, 2017.
The sun is slowly breaking through over Koh Samui after a fairly cloudy morning. The bike riders of the Samui Festival tour or race around around the island will not have complained, their ride must have been a lot more agreeable without the sun.
The current temperature at noon is 30.8C but it feels like closing in to 40C. Hot and humid but there is a light trace of wind.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th September – 10th September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 4th September – 10th September, 2017; Chaweng beach yesterday during the official attempt of  having the worlds longest buffet. The attempt was successful and 2.5km of free food could be enjoyed yesterday. There were some nice surprises and good food to be had but it was also very busy. Within 30 minutes most af the food was gone!

Last week it was mostly partially cloudy with plenty of sunshine to be had and a very rare tropical shower to cool things off. Max temperatures ranged from 33c to 35C. 

The forecast for next week around Koh Samui, which most of the week I will be spending in Pattaya, will be partially cloudy, maybe a bit more of short, tropical showers and the ind might be picking up from Thursday onward.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 28th August – 3rd September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 28th August – 3rd September, 2017 


It's Sunday morning and time to have a look at Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 28th August – 3rd September, 2017 and see how things were.
We have a sunny sky already during all morning, this Sunday and although the quicksilver tells us it's 'only' 30.4C at 10.40am, it feels a lot warmer, closing in on 38C!
Better be prepared for a hot and sticky day unless you can find a breeze or stay in an aircon controlled room or area.

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 28th August – 3rd September, 2017

Koh Samui, Thailand weekly weather update; 28th August – 3rd September, 2017; Food options at the Plai Laem market, some frogs and eels. Not for the faint hearted gourmets!
On most maps this market is listed as Bang Rak market, but Plai Laem starts after the bridge and that's exactly where the market is located!

Last week saw a bit of a mixed bag with mostly partially clouded skies, an occasional tropical shower and temperatures ranging between 30C and 34C. 

Next week looks like it will be dry, possibly a rare tropical shower and mostly partially clouded skies. Warm and sunny might be an option as well! Enjoy your time on our island, it's not as busy anymore as a week ago and possibly a little bit more enjoyable with more space around you.

Please do 'like' my Koh Samui blog Facebook page and enjoy the beaches around the island or in front of your hotel or resort and get some well deserved rest and a break. If you're done resting or need something else to do, there's plenty of things on offer on and around Koh Samui, you can go snorkeling or diving or take a dive course. You can also enjoy some of the trips I recommend, like a half day gourmet lunch and snorkeling trip at the Southern part of Koh Samui or a photography trip where you get to see the most photo genetic spots on the island or go for a drinks tasting tour if you like a tipple or two. 

Contact me for more detailed information on any of the options mentioned. 

If you like to donate to this blog, use this secure link PayPal.Me/CamilleLemmens. 

Camille