So Im flying into Thailand around the 23rd of April. In terms of weather, would it be better to visit the islands first around this time (end of April/start of March) or travel to Vietnam first and leave the islands until nearer the end of my stay in Asia (mid May/start of June)? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
#1 jaymez99 has been a member since 24/2/2009. Posts: 3
Whoa! Tricky one.
The majority of both countries have wet seasons which tend to kick in around the time you arrive and continue thru to November or so.
The Vietam exception is the central coast area (and probably the central highlands) which tends to have its wet season from Sept to Dec.
The Thailand exception is the southern Gulf (Ko Samui and nieighbours) which normally has its wet season Oct into Jan.
For what it's worth, May and June average rainfall statistics are higher in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City than in Bangkok or the Andaman.
That's the average - this year may not be the same.
Depends on which islands you're considering in Thailand as tey're affected by different weather patterns.
See the animated map here for more info.