Hello Travelfish peeps!
I will be in Thailand in mid July for a week with my girlfriend. First time going to Thailand - can't wait! From reading some posts, it seems I should head to the Southern Gulf for the least amount of rain. Is this necessarily the case? Or would the weather be similar on the islands in Andaman Sea?
Any recommendations for islands with the best beaches, nicest water? We don't wanna go anywhere too busy - a bit off the beaten track is fine - but would be nice to have some restaurants/bars to hang out in for a while on the evenings. And sleeping in a beach hut would be great too...
Thanks in advance for your advice!
The South can be a bit of a crap shoot for rain. I've traveled to both Koh Tao and Railay in July and had great weather both times. It rained in Railay in the afternoons. Locals told us we were really lucky but really - if it does rain, it rains in the afternoon mostly. I hear Phuket has a pretty severe rainy season, islands surrounding Koh Lipe are closed and the similans are closed. I would shoot for Railay, Krabi if I were you.. get yourself a hut near the beach on Ton Sai (there are a few beach bars here and a good traveler scene) then talk with other travelers to see where they have gotten the most sunshine. Enjoy! :)
#2 laurenladky has been a member since 27/1/2011. Posts: 32
I think I may have answered you on another forum - as I said there if I really really wanted to see a place in the Andaman I would not let the wetter conditions usually experienced in July stop me. But if I just wanted the best chance of good weather, I would go to the southern Gulf.
As a point of interest, statistical differences in the Andaman are not a big deal until you start to get to the north of Phuket where it can get real wet.
This is my usual report for that time of year:
Been to thailand a bunch of times and have experienced the rains!! I would totally recommend KOH Tao, a beautiful island with a very chilled out vibe,The water is clear and its great for snorkeling and diving.Also they do have a bunch of restaurants and bars but its normally not crowded..perfect i think for what you are looking for.
Message me if you need tips/info on places to stay/eat /drink/snorkel.
Similan and Surin are some of the most gorgeous islands i have ever visited but sadly they are shut from the first week of May till the end of Oct.Trust me some other time you must try and visit.
Thank you all for the great advice!
@Tezza, yes that was me posting on the other forum too [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img] The 2nd week I'll be around the central gulf so might check out some places around there then.
@ rainbow1, would be great to get those tips from you about the beaches on Koh Tao, thanks!