Welcome to the original Koh Samui info and weather blog with lots of information on things to do and see around tropical island destination Koh Samui in Thailand including daily weather updates, brought to you by long term resident Camille Lemmens since February 2007.
It's a mixed bag this morning around Koh Samui, some parts of the island, like in Lamai have rain and other parts have a partially clouded, real island life! It's expected to remain fairly cloudy but relatively dry though. Current temp at 7am is 27C
My life on the road continues and I'm back for a PADI IDC on Phuket, to start today. It's mostly cloudy over Phuket this monring but dry. Current temp at 7am is 25.7C
Yesterday saw the sun break through rather early around Koh Samui, after some early morning rain showers. Around 9am it was partially blue skies around the island. Max temp reached 34C, a pretty warm day, especially with the high humidity.
Back on Phuket, with the blue Karon ocean in the background at the hilly part between Patong and Karon in front of the Centara Karon Resort or is this actually the Centara Grand Beach Resort?
The forecast for Koh Samui has changed a bit since yesterday, for the next ten days it should be paryially cloudy with an occasional shower but come Friday the wind should pick up and come next week Wednesday we may have a real storm blowing over Koh Samui. However, that's still a while away and typcially these storms tend to peter out before they hit the Koh Samui shores. We will keep an eye out on it though and give you daily updates.
It's cloudy and wet over Koh Samui and we had already some night and early morning rain. It should clear up though with possibly the sun even breaking through later today. Current temp at 7am is a cool 26C
I'm off to Phuket later this monring and will be there for around two weeks, teaching a PADI IDC on Phuket.
The new Monk on a boat at Wat Bophud, it remains a beautiful sight! Right now Wat Bophud has a temple party going on, if you are on holidays and never visited a temple party, it's a great event and well worthwhile checking out. It's an evening event, so don't go before 6pm
Yesterday saw a warm afternoon but without the accompanying sunshine and it may have rained at some parts of the island but I didn't see any rain during the daytime. Max temp reached 32C
The forecast cloudier days ahead as of Wednesday with a strong breeze and tropical showers at times and after next weekend the clouds may break up but the wind intensity may increase.
A rey and cloudy sky hangs over Koh Samui this morning with occasionally showers at different parts of the island. This may continue until the late afternoon when it might clear up a bit and the sun may break through. Current temp at 7,30am is 26C
Am back home again, I arrived at 4pm at Samui airport, will be home all day today and tomorrow morning I will drive over to Phuket, to start a PADI IDC there on Tuesday.
Choengmon beach during very low tide earlier this month
Yesterday saw a dry around Koh Samui and it was warm when I arrived, although max temp reached just 31C with a few showers around the island at different locations at different times.
The forecast for the next ten days predicts a mixture of cloudy skies and partially cloudy skies with occasionally a tropical shower and next week towards the end of the week some wind.
Yesterday was another warm day with the sun occasionally popping out. Max temp reached 33C
The small square in front of Eve's Kiosk, the dive resort I stay at in Panagsama Beach near Moalboal in the Philippines. Usually filled with cars in the weekend and quite empty during the week.
The forecast is looking good for the next ten days with a mixture of partially cloudy days and days with a bit more sunshine. In general a very good forecast with plenty of sunshine and just an occasional chance of a tropical shower.
We're an hour early but a dive is in the making and I won't have much time to update later today, so here we go. It's partially cloudy this very early in the morning but the sun is trying very hard to break through. The prediction is that it will be very cloudy but dry but I won't be surprised if there will be sunshine today over Koh Samui. Current temp at 6.30am is 28C
Here at Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines, we have a very nice blue sky shaping up and it looks like it's going to be a hot one here today. Current temp at 7,30am local time is 28,1C
Fitness machines at Chaweng lake. I wish there were more locations around the island with these machines, if there would be one near our house, I would love to go there during the late afternoons or early evenings, when it has colled down a bit and work out a bit. So far I only know of two locations of these kind, one here in Chaweng and one down South at the stadium in Baan Namuang
Yesterday saw a dry and warm day around Koh Samui with a max temp of 33C
The forecast for the next ten days is showing a mixture of mostly cloudy skies for the first five days with possibly a tropical shower thrown in for good measure and a lot more sunshine for the second part of a five day period. Wind or breeze should be more or less absent during this period.
Since both days were on a Tuesday and Wednesday, the Monday became a day off as well and a long weekend was vreated with thousands of Thais and expats enjoying the occasion and taking trips in and outside of Thailand.
Koh Samui was busy and with the usual sumer holiday travellers from Europe, the flights and ferries were and are today again chock full.
All public offices like schools and banks are closed although banks do open on Khao Pansa day again but our children are still enjoying a day off from school today.
Asahna Bucha and Khao Pansa days in 2016; Buddha's firtst sermon in Benares, India
Asahna Bucha day or WAN ASANA BUCHA – วันอาสาฬหบูชา is the first full moon of the eighth lunar month (usually in July) and commemorates the Buddha's first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares in India and the founding of the Buddhist sangha (monkhood) about 2,500 years ago.
In the sermon, which is known as 'Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion', the Buddha first spelled out the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.
The day marks the beginning of Vassa, the Buddhist lent period also known as the 'Rains Retreat'.
This was celebrated yesterday, 19th July 2016.
Many Thai people will return to their ancestral homes to worship in their local temple and to bring offerings for the monks. In the evening they will often perform a wien tien, where they walk clockwise around the main shrine of the temple carrying a candle, three incense sticks and a lotus bed. This is done a few times per year at our local Wat Plai Laem or Wat Suwannaram temple. During the day, monks chant mantras or repeat the first sermon of the Buddha.
Asahna Bucha and Khao Pansa days in 2016;
WAN KHAO PANSA – วันเข้าพรรษา or Khao Pansa day Wan Khao Pansa (วันเข้าพรรษา) means the day of entering the rains retreat. This is a three-month annual retreat usually undertaken from July to October, during which monks must stay at the same temple, and refrain from wandering around the countryside. In India, it is known as Vassa. It begins on the day after Asahna Bucha. The tradition dates from the time of the Buddha, when he forbade monks to travel during the rainy season for fear that they might unintentionally harm crops or insects in the places where they walked.
In Thailand, monks use the retreat to meditate more intensively. Lay people will often use this period to adopt more ascetic practices, abstaining from meat, alcohol or cigarettes, for example. You can find a lot more vegetarian food being easily available at restaurants during this period (ahaan dcheh). Wan Khao Pansa is often referred to as Buddhist Lent, as its emphases on reflection and self-denial bear outward resemblance to the Christian Lenten period (though pre-dating it by over 500 years). It is also a time when many young Thai men ordain and join the monkhood for part or all of the period of the rains retreat. This is a traditional rite of passage for most young Thai men, and it creates valuable merit for the whole family.
It's fairly cloudy over Koh Samui this morning with rain possibly in the air. There are some very small and isolated blue spots in the sky but it looks like the clouds may prevail today. Current temp at 7am is 27C
Here at Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines, we have a partially clouded sky with the sun breaking through at the blue spots, but we had some hard rain earlier in the morning. Current temp at 8am local time is 26.2C
A kind of statue at the Suanthamma Temple in Nathon, near the Hin Laad waterfall. The iron pipe on the left is from a short ladder, leading up to the statue
Yesterday saw a nice and warm day around Koh Samui with a partially clouded sky and sunshine as well. Max temp reached 33C
The iconic little building at the end of a small walkway or pier at the Marina Italian restaurant in Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines, in the early evening, a very romantic spot to have dinner with your loved one(s)
The forecast predicts cloudy skies until Friday, that's when sunnier skies should replace the cloudy skies with partially clouded skies to very blue skies, varying from day to day with occasionally a bit of a breeze and very limited tropical showers.
It's a bit cloudy over Koh Samui but dry at the moment this morning, the sun is trying to get through but to not much avail at the moment and there may actually be a shower or two this morning. Current temp at 8am is 29C
Back here at Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines we started the day once more with an early morning dive, hence we're an hour later than usual with the daily weather update. It's partially clouded here with a current temp at 9am local time of 30.7C and the current PADI IDC is still in ful swing.
The forecast is still looking good, fairly cloudy until Friday morning, with more sunshine and partially blue skies coming up from there onwards. Get the sun lotion out and enjoy your time on the beach or around the island.
It's a nice day and morning with a blue sky over Koh Samui with just a few rare and scattered clouds in it. Current temp at 7am is 29C
Here at Panagsama Beach near Moalboal in the Philippines we just have gotten to the half way mark of the current PADI IDC here in Moalboal. This morning it's under a lovely blue sky with a current temp at 8am local time of 28.2C
The road in Fisherman's Village, early in the morning before the hustle and bustle starts and it gets busy
Yesterday saw a nice and warm day around the island with a few showers at some locations of the island. Max temp reached 33C
The never boring view from Lantaw restaurant, just above PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure', where I conduct the PADI IDC's at Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines and where we have lunch every day. Sometimes I go back in the evening to have dinner here as well!
The forecast is looking good for the next ten days, partially cloudy with an occasional shower until Friday and from there on even more sunshine and blue skies. Enjoy!