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Thailand travel aug/sept 2012

  • toproadman

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    hi all.
    thanks for reading
    im travelling to thailand the 14th of august starting in bangkok for a night then kanchaburi 4 nites then chaing mai 4 nights, then ko samui and ko phangan then returning to bangkok early september. what i am wondering is mainly the weather and what to expect in these areas, i no its the rainy season but is the rain only for a hour or two or will it be persistant. i am doing a hill trek in chaing mai and dont really want to be doing it the teaming rain.

    also any advice on things to do while i am there, in kanchaburi i will be doing the bridge and floating bungalow and a trip to the waterfalls, in chaing mai i will be doing the hill trek and some sight seeing in koh samui i think relaxing on the beach, in koh phangan beach again and maybe have a look at the full moon party.
    if you can let me no about the weather in the places i would much appreciate it.

    thank you

    #1 Posted: 14/1/2012 - 18:52

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  • exacto

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    have a look at the animated thai weather map at this link:


    it will give you an idea of what to expect at each of the destinations you've mentioned for the time you'll be in the area. regards.

    #2 Posted: 15/1/2012 - 16:15

  • Bradford1812

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    I need help please...i also have questions i would like help on, but not sure where to go post it, please help!
    Not sure how to add it to the forum?

    #3 Posted: 18/1/2012 - 01:20

  • Sunchala

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    Hey!! I'll be in thailand in ago/sep, planning bangkok, ayuthaya, lopbury, phitsanulok, sukothai, chiang mai, chiang rai, and then beach!

    #4 Posted: 10/3/2012 - 18:40

  • guava_girl

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    It is not monsoon from July to September on the Gulf of Thailand, as it is on a different weather pattern. It will be monsoon in the rest of the country though.

    #5 Posted: 10/3/2012 - 21:28

  • Cassnu

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    The monsoon in Samui and Phangan generally starts around October until February, prior to this June, July and August are usually good weather with the occasional shower (mostly at night) and calm seas (this is important for island hopping). With regard to the FMP be aware that most bungalow operators require a minimum 5 night stay around the party time, although this does drop to less nights the further from the main party area that you are.

    #6 Posted: 11/3/2012 - 18:35

  • tezza

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    I'm a weather nerd - this is my usual spiel for August:

    AUGThe southern Gulf islands (Samui, Phangan, Tao) are usually real good in August - still well short of their normal wet season of Oct into Jan. It does rain, but sunshine usually dominates.
    Elsewhere is wet season, but travel is usually okay - we get plenty of posts saying people had a good holiday with the usual daily mixture of one or a few showers/storms and sunshine/scattered cloud, some days with no rain.
    My experience of wet season months is that 15-25% of days tend to be blowy which can make west facing beaches and ferry trips unpleasant and longtail snorkelling trips cancel.
    However quite a few wet season days have little or no wind and when the sun's out conditions on those beaches can be as good as anywhere.
    This has been the pattern in all my wet season visits. In August 07, I was on Phi Phi and Phuket in what the newspapers called the wettest period for some years. In 15 days got 2 days virtually cloudless, about 2 where it rained more often than not (but these still had some sunny breaks and were not write-offs), and the rest were the normal mixture of one or a few showers, sun/scattered cloud. I had a great holiday. In August 09 I spent 4 days on the Phuket side. One was real windy, mostly sunny, a few short showers - the others were not windy, otherwise similar. Check the uncredited shots on the 2 Phi Phi pages and 1 Phuket page in the link below, lots of sunshine in them. BTW, Phi Phi/Phuket and Krabi are within sight of each other, so weather patterns are similar.
    The driest of the non-Southern Gulf islands tends to be Ko Samet near Bangkok. Most of Samet's beaches face east and are sheltered from the prevailing wet season winds which on the days when they get stronger can cause rough seas and blow a lot of flotsam and jetsom onto the beach.
    The wettest are Big Ko Chang and neighbours + the Ranong area islands. Nevertheless I have seen plenty of posts from visitors to the former in the wet season saying they enjoyed themselves.
    September tends to be much the same, maybe getting a bit wetter in non-southern Gulf areas. Particularly seeing you are there EARLY Sept I wouldn't expect any drastic chage from August.

    #7 Posted: 16/3/2012 - 04:14

  • tezza

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    Oh yeah - I was in Kanchanaburi last week for my second visit. I stayed both in town and up-country on one of the raft house resorts at Sai Yok.
    I reckon one of the best ways to see the region is to take one of the good value daytours offered all over Kanchanaburi town. Mine took in the fabulous Erawan waterfalls (we were there for over 3 hours so plenty of time to visit all 6 falls), Hellfire Pass, the Krasae Cave, a trip on the Death Railway and a walk across the Bridge on the River Kwai.
    There are plenty of alternative itineraries which take in hot springs, elephant riding, other waterfalls and caves etc - I reckon next time I'll ty to do one with rafting having watches dozens glide by my raft house on the mid Kwai River Noi.
    I personally think the Death Railway and Erawan Falls are other musts - plus Hellfire Pass if you are an Aussie or Kiwi.

    #8 Posted: 16/3/2012 - 04:24

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