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Weather in May: a reality check please!

Posted by cellabella on 2/3/2007 at 17:34

I am plannig to travel around Thailand and Laos in May, spending time in Bangkok, Chiang Mai/ Chiang Kong, Luang Prabang and Koh Tao. I have found plenty of weather overviews, but wondered if please please anyone could tell me what it is REALLY like to be in these areas at this time of year on a day to day basis? Constant rain or short bursts of rain, drizzle or heavy showers? Thank you so much!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 2/3/2007 at 17:38 admin

Hi cellabella,

Have you seen our interactive weather map of Thailand? That's a good starting point.

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Posted by cellabella on 2/3/2007 at 17:47

Yes, i had a look at that and it's veru useful, but i just wondered if in addition to this, anyone could give me an insight as to whether that means that if it rains, it rains all day, or just in short bursts for example?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 2/3/2007 at 17:59 admin

Monsoon tends to be characterised by a burst of heavy rain for a couple of hours -- most days if not every day -- followed by fairly clear weather. There will be the occasional days of all-day-torrential-downpours and others of all-day sunshine.

It's a difficult weather pattern to average out, the only reliable downside is that the water clouds up and gets rougher and so diving isn't as good.

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Posted by cellabella on 2/3/2007 at 18:04

thank you, that's great. not a reason not to go it seems, just something that will happen but not ruin each and every day of our trip.

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Posted by Loops on 21/3/2007 at 08:28

I've been to Phuket in July (which is the only monsoon time I've been to Thailand). The main difference from going during the dry season was that the sea was too rough to swim in. The weather was great - we had one dull, windy day with a bit of rain and a big thunderstorm. The rest of the time it was similar to every other time I've been (hot and sunny).

But you are going to loads of places, so I'm sorry, I don't know what it will be like in Laos or up in the North of Thailand. I live in Singapore and we still get nice days during the monsoon. Occasionally we do get 3 or even 4 days when it doesn't seem to stop raining, so if that happens, my advice is to hole up in a bar or hotel with a good view, sit it out and enjoy it.

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