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So when is low season?

Posted by kteacher on 29/1/2009 at 22:27

I know this is a bit of a newbie question. But I am planning my trip and am wondering when exactly "low" season is in SE Asia.

My guess is that high season is December to February, and low season is any time outside of that. Am i Right?

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Posted by exacto on 29/1/2009 at 23:19

hi teacher,

that's pretty much the case. at least in thailand, december to february is the traditional high season, because it is a great time for northern hemisphere folks to escape the snow and cold to hang out on a lovely beach.

it seems to me that traditionally april can be a slow month for tourism, since that is when the temperatures begin to really heat up. apart from that, the rainy season is also slower than other times. the rainy season can extend from late may until early september, with the heaviest rain in the june/july/august timeframe, in most parts of the country. however, on the gulf of thailand side, the rainy season in later, something like october and november.

even so, the slow months aren't as slow as they used to be, and thailand is a year-round destination now. for example, some folks purposefully head to thailand in april now to participate in the thai new year songkran festival. others like going in the rainy season because prices definitely are lower, but you usually will only have rain for a few hours each day.

our last trip was during the rainy season in june and july. it definitely rained quite a bit, but not every day, and in those two months, we only had all-day rain twice.

was that clear as mud? when were you planning on going? cheers.

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Posted by Thaiman on 30/1/2009 at 14:07

As Exacto says Thailand is really an all year round destination these days.We went last October and it was still raining then.Not every day and not all day.It made it different from the normal dry season which is the same every day. Got a look at some good tropical storms and some relief from the heat.

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Posted by kteacher on 30/1/2009 at 19:13

Thanks for the info!!

I'm actually not going to Thailand, I'll be in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Do you know if the same holds true for those countries?

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Posted by exacto on 30/1/2009 at 21:23

hey teach,

the bulk of my experience is in thailand, so that's why i focused there. i haven't been to vietnam, but from my travels to laos and cambodia, things are pretty similar.

much of the high/low season is tied to the rainy season/monsoons. the rainy season is pretty similar to thailand's in laos and cambodia. vietnam is too, but i think it varies more by region.

there is a good weather section for each country on the website. give those a read and that will help you better know when the high and low seasons will be. regards.

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