We (wife, two sons aged 13 and 15) are visiting Thailand for ten days in late June/early July. Not the best time of year, I know--but school schedule needs to be accomodated. It's our second visit, first was 20 years ago in February, weather was great. Our plan was to see Bangkok and the north only--are we crazy? I see it is the rainy season but don't know if we'll be flooded, just dealing with two hours a day of rain, combined with sun, or have it be cloudy the whole time or what. We can't do much about the schedule now but I'd love to know if we are getting into a disaster. Would help decide, for example, whether to stay in cities or get out into the forest/jungle. Thanks.
#1 jcampbell3 has been a member since 4/4/2007. Posts: 4
Welcome to Travelfish jcampbell3,
Well first off Thailand is a very different place to what it was 20 years ago!
If you take a look at our Thai weather map you'll see that while June/July gets a fair amount of rain, they're not the wettest months of the year.
I'd say expect some rain, most days -- but rarely all day torrential affairs, rather a couple of hours each time.
In some ways it is a better time to visit the north -- the air is slearer as the rains have taken much of the smoke away, and the forests are lush, greenish and it's easier to see birdlife etc.
I'd look into heading to one of the centres outside of Chiang Mai -- Pai is a great option, with enough activities to keep a 13 and 15 year old well occupied, while if you're looking for something more remote, Chiang Dao is a great destination.
Hope that helps
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,739
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I was living in Thailand 3 years, and come home August 2005. And we went back this January. So I have been in BKK in all weathers... I definitely don't think it is crazy to go June/July. My next trip will be July 2008.
It doesn't rain constantly during the day in rainy season, and in BKK the storms can be a welcome relief from the hot weather. It washes all the pollution away and the streets are washed clean, which is great. Sometime the smaller sois can flood a bit though... but that is part of the adventure! And then everything is clean and it only rains an hour or so, the rest of the day is fine.
Umbrellas are plentiful too!
#3 alisonmilliken has been a member since 10/12/2006. Posts: 70
We were in Chiang Mai almost exactly that same time last June/July and did just fine. As Somtam says, you'll get some rain most every day, but it is usually just an hour or two, typically as the heat gathers in the late afternoon and early evening.
In fact, during the entire two months (June and July)we were in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia last year, we only got caught in all-day weather twice; once in Siem Reap and once on Koh Samui. The odds are you'll be fine this year too.
You'll have a very full 10 days even if you only visit Bangkok and the North. Have a great trip.
I doubt that it'll rain EVERYday, but many days a week, some days just minor drizzles, only on other days you'll get plenty..
#6 grantroger has been a member since 25/10/2006. Posts: 16