I would like to visit Thailand in July but I have been reading up on the weather. Some say not to come because of the rain and others say it's ok. Can anyone give me advice on this or maybe what Islands would be best to visit in July?
#1 mlaine has been a member since 10/3/2010. Posts: 1
We did a big trip through Thailand in June and July of 2006 and didn't have much trouble with rain. There were a few days where it rained pretty hard for most of the day, but generally the rain was just a bit in the late afternoon as the heat of the day built up.
The up side of travelling in rainy season is that places can be less crowded and prices can carry some friendly discounts.
The gulf side (Samui side) typically gets less rain in July, so I'd plan on those islands (although there may be some really great discounts over on the Andaman Sea side that time of year too!).
Check out the animated Thai weather map so you can check for yourself at: http://www.travelfish.org/weather_fish.php
The SW monsoon rainy season affects most of the region May-October but as mentioned above the lower Gulf of Thailand is one exception. Rainy season there tends to be more like October-February and July is a fine time for those lower gulf islands - Ko Samui, Ko Phangan, Ko Tao. That said, you can have fine days throughout the region even if it involves some late afternoon thundershowers which have a quality of their own. Don't be too put off by the terms "rainy season" and "thundershowers" either - it's a good time to visit.