We will be ending our trip to SE Asia at the end of June, and I would like to spend the last few days on a Thai Island. Which area would we see the best weather during this time? According to the weather map, the area around Ko Chang/Maak/Kut (which is where I was leaning toward) has the most rainy days in June. I have also heard that the Andaman Coast is not great during this time. Does anyone have personal experience on the islands during June? Thanks for your input.
#1 cbaumga2 has been a member since 17/2/2009. Posts: 9
I stayed on Phi Phi in July 07 and the weather wasn't that great. During the day, there would be long sunny stretches but it would cloud over and you would have huge downpours. It is difficult to take the long tail boats around as the water is a lot choppier during winter. The long tail boat drivers are afraid of breaking their boats. I still enjoyed myself but if you can find somewhere that the weather is better, head there.
#2 jafatravel has been a member since 19/10/2008. Posts: 22
I've heard the East side is the place to be. I'll be going to Thailand in June also and will be paying a visit to Ko Tao. If you're in to diving and relaxing...GO TO KO TAO!!
#3 Joshq has been a member since 29/1/2009. Posts: 16
this is a very common question and there are heaps of other threads on exactly this topic.
the short of it is that the weather is usually best on the gulf side (east coast) that time of year. we spent 10 days on samui in the june/july timeframe and only got heavy rain on one of those days. so samui, tao, etc. are a drier bet for you as well.
be sure to check out the weather section for thailand and specifically the animated thai weather map for more details. you'll also find good information to help you plan your trip in the trip reports section.
another option you might wish to consider, particularly if you are flying out of bangkok, is to visit ko samet. it typically received less rain than other areas no matter what season it is, and is a reasonably quick and easy trip to/from bangkok. just be sure to arrive mid-week, as the place can get booked out on the weekends and particularly on thai holidays. cheers.
Yeah, southern Gulf (Samui/phangan/tao)is usually best, Samet next and most Andaman places not out of the question. I'm a weather nerd and this is my stock answer for that time of year:
In June/July normally all Thailand except the southern Gulf is in monsoon. The southern Gulf (Samui and neighbours plus adjacent mainland coast) usual wet season is Oct into Jan. I have had some great holidays there mid year - lots of sunshine, a few good storms.
June/July is normally not the worst of the wet season most other places - Sept and OCt tend to be wetter. I know one Phuket expat says the real wet season does not start until sometime in late July or even later. I have had good holidays both midyear and in August in the Andaman. Usually plenty of sunshine, one or more showers/storms per day, quite a few days with no rain or rain only at night, prolonged rainy periods not real common.
"Anywhere I should avoid?".
Well the eastern Gulf around Trat/big Ko Chang is often REAL wet in June - the AVERAGE is over 900mm for the month - I'd hate to be there in a wetter than normal June. For comparison, I think London averages something in the 400s for a YEAR. Nevertheless I've seen plenty of posts from Chang in mid-year talking of good holidays - looks like they still get a fair bit of sunshine, but when it rains it REALLY rains.
I've also seen a number of posts talking of PEOPLE DROWNING in big surf on Chang. All the main beaches face east into the prevailing winds - when these blow hard for a few days you can get big surf with dangerous rip currents, so take care. Maybe you could read my TIPS ON NOT DROWNING PAGE here http://tezzasthaiinfo.blogspot.com/2007/04/some-tips-on-not-drowning.html
The Ranong area is also extra wet at around 700mm. I think the tourist attractions there,Ko Phayam and little Ko Chang Andaman side largely close down in the wet season.
BTW, the central Gulf, Ko Samet, Pattaya and Bangkok often get less rain than most areas besides the southern Gulf in June.