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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 8th December, 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 8th December, 2016


Today's weather;

Everything is at constant change, and so it's now the Koh Samui's weather turn, it stopped raining yesterday afternoon and it's still dry this monring with some starts to be spotted in the sky very early on. Now we have a very thin cloud layer and maybe, just maybem, we can expect a few bleak sun rays today.
The good news is that the rain now should have stopped and all or most of the recent floods disappeared within a few hours after the rain stopped. There's still a lot of run off water coming down from the mountains and this will continue for at least a few days, this may cause very local mini floods.
Current temp at 7am is 25C

Later today I will be off to Koh Phangang to satrt a PADI IDC tomorrow.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 8th December, 2016

Picture and all rights by Anne Sophie Maestracci
A nice change from the previous days, there was a sunset yesterday at Samrong Bay! A sign of things to come over the next seven days.

Although the forecast predicted that the rain would stop yesterday, we had four to five hours torrential rain during the morning yesterday and lighter rain for a few hours afterwards. This caused the drainage systems that is already full to the rafters with water, to not being able to handle the water and roads and hot sopts flooded once more.
Once the rain stopped around 2pm, the water receded fairly quickly. It looks we can move forward now and leave the floods behind us. Max temp reached 25C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 8th December, 2016

Sunset view over partially flooded Koh Samui yesterday

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 8th December, 2016

The road to our house was blocked yesterday morning and early afternoon, coming from Bang Rak, there's a detour road available though.
After four to five hours of torrential rain and a few hours of light rain, the floods disappeared rather swiftly once it stopped raining but it was supposed to be one big traffic jam as soon as you got near the ring road so all shopping plans were postponed. We did have dinner at Juzza Pizza in Fisherman's Village yesterday and it was good as always although only two tables were occupied.

The picture above shows the road early in the morning and below is when it was closed down

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 8th December, 2016

The closed down road near our house

The forecast is looking again, still cloudy, possibly an occasional cunbeam but also be prepared for some light rain. Not the same torrential rain as we experienced during the last couple of days.
Hope all is getting better and back to normal again, everybody on Koh Samui is ready for it!

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 7th December, 2016


Today's weather;

We had a dry night and early morning around Koh Samui but a few moments ago it started raining again, very hard and it continues right now. Today should see a change in weather though and the torrential rains should stop, according to the forecast and once that happens, the floods should recede fairly fast, within hopurs in most places and 'hot spots' may take a little bit longer. Today I'm planning on going shopping, so I will see how the current situation is and hpefully be able to post anupdate on my Facebook later today. Current temp at 7am is 25C

Tomorrow I will be off again for a PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, where the weather situation is very similar.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 7th December, 2016

The road near the gas station opposite the Wharf at Fisherman's Village yesterday, during the late afternoon, a few hours before I arrived back on Koh Samui. There were many people guiding traffic and slowing cars down so their houses wouldn't be flooded by water sweeping up and over the barriers in front of their houses. Some drivers still drive way too fast, causing a lot of structural damage to walls and houses with the water movement caused by their car.

Yesterday it was sunny and dry on Phuket and Khao Lak and most fo the drive back to Donsak where I caught the ferry if was dry as well. Hard rain was only encountered once and for a very short time. The ferry was just about filled up and it was no porblem at all to get moved forward an hour since there was almost nobody at all waiting at the ferry. Who wants to visit Koh Samui right now, right? The ferry ride over was comfortable, no waves and once on Koh Samui, it was dry all the time and the road between Nathon and Plai Laem was just fine, only between Bandara and the Bophud traffic lights were there floods and the immediate area around the traffic lights. Max temp reached 28C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 7th December, 2016

The the road at the gas station opposite the Wharf at Fisherman's Village was flooded, between Bandara resort and the traffic lights and the road between the traffic and the entrance of Fisherman's Village was also flooded, everything else between Nathon and our house in Plai Laem was flood free. The road surface was wett but no floods but at some places there ist still a lot of water coming down from the mountains, this will continue for several days after all rain will have stopped everywhere else

The forecast predicts the rain to ease up for the next seven days, no more torrential rain, at elast not for hours on an end. There will be showers though, onm a regular base and I wouldn't expect too much sunshine, but at least the floodings should recede fairly soon.

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 6th December, 2016


Today's weather;

It's dry at the moment again around Koh Samui, a welcoming situation after the torrential rain from the previous days and the floods it caused. Today should still see some rain but hopefully the worst is now behind us. Current temp at 8am is 26C

This morning I drove from Phuket to Khao Lak where I just arrived under a cloudy sky but with some blue patches in it and it's dry. Current temp at 8am is 26C

Later today I should be on the road again on my way back to Koh Samui.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 6th December, 2016

Chaweng lake was flooding over and the buildings along the lake promenade were partly flooded. The lake did cause a few problems for people that live nearby

Yesterday saw still a lot of rain around Koh Samui but many raods cleared up and the water was able to flow away, however other parts still had water but the situation didn't improve nor got worse. Max temp reached 28C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 6th December, 2016

Downtown Chaweng, there's always an upside!

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 6th December, 2016

At the bottom of the hill in Bang Po leading up to Nathon, some serious flooding occurred here and the road was closed off on the 3rd December. Now heavy repair works are in progress and the road should be open again

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 6th December, 2016

The Rua Tor 813, always worth a visit when visiting Khao Lak

The forecast still predicts a fair amount of rain today but things are about to turn around and the torrential rain should be over by now. Rain can still be expected in the coming days but not as much as came down during the previous few days and not all day long anymore. This means that the water in the flooded areas should start to recede and within a day or two I expect the situation to be back to normal again.

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Monday, 5 December 2016

King Bhumibol's first birthday remembrance

King Bhumibol's first birthday remembrance 


Today is Father's Day around Thailand, in coordination with the late King Bhumibol's birthday and today is the King Bhumibol's first birthday remembrance after he passed away.
It's a national holiday today, meaning that all banks, schools and local government buildings are closed.

King Bhumibol's first birthday remembrance

King Bhumibol during his only visit to Koh Samui in 1962

Today is also the first official act of the new King Rama X to audit over the ceremonies for his Father and there will be ceremonies all over Thailand to commemorate the late King.

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 5th December, 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 5th December, 2016


Today's weather;

The rain continues around Koh Samui and this morning there's a constant rain/drizzle. The roads start to flood slowly again and the end of the rain today isn't in sight, copious amounts of rain are still to come down today with hardly any breaks. The wind has slowed down though but there are various minor landslides around the island because the constant rain and floods. Current temp at 7am is 27C

At Kata on Phuket it's cloudy but dry with the sun try to break through the cloud cover but without much success at the moment. Maybe later today. Current temp at 7am is 25.3C

Yesterday the PADI IE for December on Phuket was completed very successfully by my three candidates and they all three passed with very good scores and are now PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors!

Today I'm out on the boat to the Raya islands and tomorrow via Khao Lak back to Koh Samui, where I hope to arrive late in the evening.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 5th December, 2016

A funny and interesting phenomena, during floods many cars lose their license plates. There seem to be hot spots, like here near the Bophud traffic lights, were more than usual amounts of license plates are lost and the people that lve near those places or find them in general, hang them up for display, so you can claim your license plate again. I saw similar things happen with things that people lose whilst driving motorbikes, the lost item (a school unfirm hat, a shoe, you name it) is hung up for public display, so if you go looking for it, you can easily see it and get it back.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 5th December, 2016

Bear The Wharf at Fisherman's Village this morning

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 5th December, 2016

Picture and all rights by Joe Clasby
One fo the 'hot pots' on the island near Zico's and the Centara Grand Beach Resort, where the road is very low and water has nowhere to escape to

Yesterday saw a dry morning after an almost completely dry night which gave the water an opportunity to flow away and normalize the situation again. The afternoon saw more rain agian though but not as torrential as the previous day. Some roads started to fill up again though but not as dramatic as the floods on 3rd December. Max temp reached 30C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 5th December, 2016

Kata beach on Phuket, yesterday afternoon under a nice sunny sky, busy with plenty of people enjoying the flat oceans and the beach

The forecast predicts plenty of rain for today and tomorrow but the breaks seem to start by Wednesday. Still cloudy days but not as much rain as currently and recently and it will give the island time to recover from this onslaught. It was brutal but Koh Samui managed to cope and so far without power cuts, which is nice and rather unusual.
Hang in there for two more days and things should be getting back to 'normal'. 

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 4th December, 2016


Today's weather;

It's surprisingly dry around Koh Samui this morning, in total contrast to the predictions. The wind is still blowing hard but all night and all morning so far it hasn't rained which allows the flooded roads to drain the water and make Koh Samui a little bit more accessible. Current temp at 9.45am is 27C

At Kata on Phuket it was dry all morning until around 9am when hard wind and rain all of a sudden appeared. Current temp at 9.45am is 25.4C

The current PADI IE for December 2016 on Phuket for the November-December IDC candidates is about to finish later this morning, probably just after noon. Updates will follow! Yesterday went like clockwork for them, they passed three parts of the exams with flying colors and very high scores; exams, classroom presnetation and confined water.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 4th December, 2016

A stranded and most likely also a flooded car opposite Big C on the Chaweng part of the ring road. It was mayhem yesterday around Koh Samui as the picture above and yesterday's post about the floods showed and proofed. Today a lot of the water levels should have receded since all night and sofar today, it hasn't rained although lots of torrential rain has been predicted for today.

Yesterday saw a very rare situation around Koh Samui with all roads being flooded after an all nighter and all day period of torrential rain. The ring road had at least 60 cm of water pretty much everywhere and at some locations even more. The ring road between Maenam and Nathon was blocked off and closed and many other roads and parts of the island were flooded. That was a big 'hello, did you miss me' slap on the back from the monsoon. At Samui airport there were plenty of delays but eventually all planes could take off and land.Max temp reached 26C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 4th December, 2016

Building at Phuket Rajabath University near Phuket town on Phuket, where I ran a 10km race this morning, or rather 9.45km in 41'45.4 minutes or a 4'25 pace which was enough to win in my age category, the first time that I ever have won a race in my age category. Due the rather unusual age category classifications, the guy who won last week in my age group, now ran in the 46-50 age group and I ran in the 56-up age group.

The forecast predicts lots of hard wind and torrential rain again for today and part of tomorrow, after which it should relax for a few days with Friday possibly hard rain again. This was intense but hopefully it remained like that just for the one day and we don't have any follow ups.

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Camille

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Flooding on Koh Samui

Flooding on Koh Samui


Today there was some serious Flooding on Koh Samui today despite the new drainage system. After an afternoon, night and day of torential rain, the sewer and drainage system just can't deal with the amounts of water anymore.
The pictures show un unusual situation for Koh Samui and as soon as the rain stops. the water will most likely be able to drain away within a few hours, however, currently there's no sign of the rain stopping soon.

Flooding on Koh Samui

Picture and all rights by Maii Sonnekus
Flooding on Koh Samui; In front of Big C on the ringroad near Chaweng is always a hot spot for floods but this time around it seems worse compared to other years

Part of the problem is the pollution around the island, a lot of garbage seems to be blocking sewer systems and drain holes. Sadly this is a common problem all year round but specifically plays up in a situation like this.
Some raods have been closed off and this afternoon it was not possible to reach Nathon if you were coming from Maenam. The new drainage system being constructed on the hill between Bang Po and Nathon was generating too much waste water with no place to go!

Flooding on Koh Samui

Flooding on Koh Samui; The situation in Bang Rak earlier today. All bikes are swept off their feet so to say

The Thai Meteorological Department has issued a warning announcement for all of the South, including Surat Thani province, of which Koh Samui is a part of.
All small boat traffic like dive and snorkel boats have ceased to operate until after the weekend although the big ferries between Koh Samui and Donsak are still operating. Some flights were delayed at Samui airport.

Flooding on Koh Samui

Flooding on Koh Samui; In front of the Imperial Boathouse in Choengmon this morning

Koh Samui and te South is making the national news with a big article in the Bangkok Post and very sadly a 6 year old child drowned on mainland Surat Thani in Kanchanadit.

Flooding on Koh Samui

Picture and all rights by IamAir Orapin
Flooding on Koh Samui; Maenam beach, high waves and a strong wind

The rain was predicted, however that it would end up like this is what probably not many people would have expected! Batten the hatches and stay safe folks. Hopefully the electricity will keep hanging in there and there will be no power cuts. So far so good!

Flooding on Koh Samui

Picture and all rights by Rob Batchen
Flooding on Koh Samui; Koh Samui as seen from the ferry between Donsak and Koh Phangan this morning, covered under clouds and rain showers

More updates tomorrow but right now the forecast for tomorrow shows that the torrential rain is going to continue all night and all day tomorrow, Sunday, and no easing up until Monday afternoon at the earliest.
Stay safe!

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Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 3rd December, 2016


Today's weather;

It's grey and it's pouring down with a steady rain flow on Koh Samui this morning with a strong wind blowing in as well. Pretty much all small boat services have ceased operating until at least Monday. It may keep raining all day long, if the forecast is half way correct for today. Monsoon at it's finest! Current temp at 6.30am is 24C

At Kata on Phuket we have a heavyly clouded sky but it's dry at the moment but I do expect some rain at some stage later today. Current temp at 6.30am is 25.2C

Yesterday we completed the PADI IDC for November-December 2016 on Phuket with the PADI IE starting early this morning and the exams should be completed shortly after noon tomorrow.

Tomorrow might see a late update since I plan to participate in a 10km race at Rajabath University in Thalang on Phuket, which will most likely keep me busy until 10.30-11am

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 3rd December, 2016

Picture and all rights by Anan Craipan
High water in Fisherman's Village yesterday almost flooding the road. There were many gutters and drain holes covered by waste and garbage around the island which made it difficult for the water to drain away, causing plenty of flash floods all around Koh Samui yesterday evening

Yesterday saw strong winds and plenty of rain around koh Samui, especially during the evening and night a lot of rain came down accompanied by some thunderstorms. Max temp reached 30C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 3rd December, 2016

A gasoline pump for 91 gasoline, which is used in motorbikes, along the roadside in Kata on Phuket. Besides regular gas stations you can also find plenty of households that have a little stand with bottled gasoline. You can find this all over Thailand. The bottles hold 91 or 95 gasoline in 0.7 litre bottles. It's more expensive compared to a regular gas station but can be a saviour if you're in dire needs of gasoline

The forecast for the next seven days on Koh Samui is not looking good. The predicted monsoon has reached Koh Samui in full force and the weekend may be a non stop wet affair with strong wind. Small boat traffic will not be going on and all of next week looks like more rain but a lot less wind will be heading Koh Samui's way. Dig in and hold on, this may last for a week or two, but hopefully not for much longer.

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Camille

Friday, 2 December 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 2nd December, 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 2nd December, 2016


Today's weather;

It's dark over Koh Samui this morning but it's surprisingly still dry with a strong wind, but it looks like the predicted rain might come at any stage later today. Current temp at 7am is a stunning 29C 

At Kata on Phuket it's not only dark but wet as well, we just has a downpour a few moments ago but it's dry again at the moment. Current temp at 7am is 27C

The current PADI IDC on Phuket has been completed and an update should follow later today.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 2nd December, 2016

A concrete (dry) water basin with a Buddhist story at Wat Plai Laem, one of the many statues on display at the tmeple grounds.

Yesterday saw a surprisingly dry day around Koh Samui with only some rain during the morning although the wind picked up. Max temp reached 31C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 2nd December, 2016

The pink bus at Chalong pier on Phuket

The forecast remained the same, plenty of raina nd strong wind is expected over the next seven days. The monsoon has arrived, now we need to see how it plays out in real life.

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 1st December, 2016

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 1st December, 2016


Today's weather;

It's cloudy and wet around Koh Samui this early first December 2016 morning, just as predicted. There already was some hard rain last night and very early during the morning and more rain is expected today. Current temp at 7am is 28C

At Kata on Phuket we have a cloidy sky but it's dry and hopefully it stays that way, most likely the cloud cover will start to break up once the sun starts to heat up. Currentt emp at 7am is 27,7C

Today we will be on the boat all day enjoying our PADI IDC open water training dives around the Raya island and I expect to be back around 7pm after a three dive day trip. We won't leave the harbour until 9am at the earliest though, nice and easy and comfortable.

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 1st December, 2016

Picture and all rights by Joe Clasby
Chaweng lake yesterday afternoon under a nice, partially cloudy sky at the end of a lovely day. Today the weather has changed and it's wet with plenty of more rain to come during the next week,

Yesterday saw a lovely day around Koh Samui, possibly the last one for a while to come. There was plenty of sunshine and it war warm and dry. Max temp reached 32C

Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 1st December, 2016

Do you like to eat Thai curries? These are the pastes that the Thai curries are made of, each curry it's own taste that gives it it's unique taste and color, This picture was taken at Kata Market on Phuket but each town or village has it's own markets where you can find these curry pastes. The pastes are mady fresh each day or a new batch is made when the old batch is finished or sold out. Here are selections of red-, yellow-, penang- and coconut curries for sale, usually a green curry or masaman curry paste can also be found.



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