Hi everyone! I live in Thailand and am taking some visitors to the beach May 31-June 4. I'm trying to decide where to go, and I really would like to go to Koh Chang. Except now I've been reading that June is a very wet month on Koh Chang, and I don't want it to be rainy the whole time we're there. Has anyone been there in the end of May/beginning of June? Is it already really rainy with strong sea currents (we'd like to swim and snorkel, if possible), or is that more mid-later June?
#1 kru_pasa_angrit has been a member since 26/4/2013. Posts: 1
In my experience this is not a good time to visit Koh Chang which is well-exposed to the SW monsoon that usually kicks in then. Can be quite rainy with rough seas and dangerous rips. Better to try Ko Samet or down the gulf at Koh Tao.
I disagree with Bob (who has turned into a weather scare monger). I've been to Chang in May and June. I stayed for over a week both times and had GREAT weather. It only rained in patches for less than 2 hours and it was mostly at night.
The whole dangerous rips thing only applies to Lonely Beach which is a dump anyway. Go to White sands, Khlong Phrao and Kaibee and the swimming is safe (very safe). Those 3 beaches have shallow water and you have to walk out a long way to get into deep water.
All the snorkelling boat trips are operating at that time of year except when there's a bad storm and seas get rough.
I didn't experience any rough seas when I was there.
Hotel prices drop from May and you can pick up an excellent bungalow for 1000-1400 baht.
Samet has nice beaches but it's small with not much to do and there's lots of mozzies.
So my advice is go, you'll love it.
There's an excellent restaurant at Khlong Phrao that serves up Issan food. Forget the name but if you ride around you'll find it.
#3 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148