One of the most common questions that travelers ask about Thailand's rainy season is, "Does it rain all day, every day during the rainy season?"
The answer is, "No". In fact, many days during the rainy season are completely rain free.
Seasons in Thailand
•Hot/Dry - March to May*
•Rain - June to October*
•Mild - November to February
*South - Rain; May to November, some rain in dry season
What to Expect During Thailand's Rainy Season
- No rain for a week at a time
- Night rain and clear days
- Torrential rains that last 30 minutes to 2 hours, then clearing and sun
- Overcast days with little to no rain
- Two to three days per week with rainfall only parts of the day, especially later in the rainy season
Thailand Rainy Season Problems
- You will get wet and need to change/dry out
- Temporary interruption or delay of itinerary and travel plans
- Serious trekking, especially in mountain areas can get pretty slippery
- Planning outdoor activities is more difficult and requires flexibility
- Rough seas will make ferry travel to some islands unpleasant
- Local transportation can be less comfortable
- Renting motorcycles during the rainy season should be well thought out and riding style modified
Thailand Rainy Season Advantages
- Accommodations are cheaper
- Weather is cooler
- There will be fewer tourists
- The countryside in Thailand becomes lush, fresh and vibrant
- White water rafting is awesome in the later part of the rainy season
- River travel and raft floats can be more pleasant
Recommendations for Travel in Thailand's Rainy Season
- Stay flexible with your travel plans
- After arrival, book your accommodations one stop at a time. Memorize the URL www.guidetothailand.com/hotels-resorts-spas/ and pop in to any cyber caf�.
- Plan your wardrobe well ... cottons that dry fast. Bring water friendly footwear.
- Find or fashion a double waterproof packet for critical items such as passport, tickets, travelers checks. Make sure it becomes forgetless
- If you do get marooned by temporary flooding, improvise.
- Find a temple and have a chat with the monks or locals.
- Find an open front restaurant with good smells.
- Order 5 dishes you have never tried and sample.
- Quiz the cooks about techniques and ingredients.
|The weather conditions in this table are based on the experience of a number of dive schools and operators who have been diving the specific areas for years|
|Andaman Sea - Phuket|
|Ko Phi Phi|
|Ko Lanta Area|
|Butang Group/Ko Tarutao|
|West Gulf of Thailand|
|Ko Chang Area|
|May-Oct||Rain, large waves|