i travelled thailand before in aug and i know that the monsun is in bangkok about an hour rain (late afternoon, early evening) or so in aug, not really a problem.
people say, that in july/aug the monsum is lighter on the gulf/samui-side than on the andaman-sea/phuket side.
can anyone pass along his/her experience about the daily rain in july/aug in the phuket(andaman-sea area?
thanx in advance!
#1 catweazle has been a member since 13/7/2013. Posts: 7
Monsun, monsum try again monsoon. It's fine most of the time.
#2 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
I've travelled the Andaman a fair bit in wet season including July/August.
Usual bag is a mix of sun and rain. Some days no rain, even no cloud. Never lost a full day to constant rain although I understand it can happen. But prolonged rainy spells are not too common. I've always had good wet season beach holidays in the Andaman.
btw September and October are statistically wetter months in the Andaman.
I reckon the biggest problem with wet season is that fresh westerlies can hit and blow sometimes for 2-4 days on end, making exposed beaches (west facing) unpleasant even on finer days. Can lead to dangerous surf. To that end I try to find the more sheltered east facing beaches in that season.
Anyway overall I think it is no big deal - will be back in the Andaman in a week's time for another August-Sept visit.
As you say, the southern Gulf has a different real wet season: tends to kick in late Sept early Oct and stay often into early Jan. So if you want best chance of no problems beach conditions, Samui/Phangan/Tao is usually the go. To this end I'll be spending some time there this upcoming visit too.
thx for the infos on the monsoon.
i guess i can handle 1-3 hours rain a day...
#5 catweazle has been a member since 13/7/2013. Posts: 7
Westerners seem to equate the word monsoon with rain 24 hours a day. It's a big scary word.
#6 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148