We're planning on going to a few islands between the last half of September and the first half of October. We will probably do Phuket, Ko Phi Phi and perhaps Phang-Nga on the West coast and Ko Tao, Ko Pha Ngan, and Koh Samui on the SE coast. Right now the plan is to fly into Phuket and we were going to work our way up to Northern Thailand. I've read that Sept is rainy season for the SW coast and that it isn't so bad for the SE coast. For the SW coast it also seems that October is a better time to be there than September.
Would it be a better idea to do the East coast first and then backtrack and do the West after to try to avoid some of the rain? I'm not sure what the cost of this lil detour would be but if reasonable and means staying out of the rain I'd definately consider it. Thanks for the help!
Another possibility is to finish off our trip here in Nov, Dec. Right now though it seems as though that would be a bit of a hassle. Do you recommend trying to avoid the rain altogether by doing that instead?
#1 savage has been a member since 1/8/2008. Posts: 2
Have a look at the Thailand weather map under Travel intelligence to the right. It lists mean rainfalls as well as temperatures
#2 mic59 has been a member since 30/7/2008. Posts: 107
when you swim you get wet. r u goin to avoid swimming too?
forget about the rain and just go
no guarantees with weather
rain is good in thailand, cools u down
#3 travelrock has been a member since 19/4/2008. Posts: 209
Yes, start by looking at the interactive travelfish weather map as mic says.
Probably best to head to the east coast first but no guarantee the west will dry by early October. It probably won't rain non stop for days and days though...the odd thunderstorm lasting an hour or so is more likely. Head for the nearest bar ... I love having a beer while watching a tropical downpour. Stupid law mean bars can't sell beer 2-5pm though, so you might have to make do with a fruitshake.
Why fly into Phuket? You could fly from BKK to Samui instead (if you're fairly rich). Alternatively get an overnight sleeper or bus from BKK to Chumphon (nearest port to Ko Tao) or Surat Thani (nearest port Ko Phangan or Samui)
If you have to go to Phuket because that's where your international flight lands, then maybe just see what it's like when you get there. It's low season, prices cheaper than November/December and no problem finding accommodation at that time of year (except Full Moon Party time on KPN of course)