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which parts of thailand to visit first/ last with weather in mind

Posted by julesone on 12/5/2009 at 03:04

I will be travelling through Thailand from the end of October til just before Christmas and was hoping for some inside information about which parts of the country to visit first and last as, I'm aware that different monsoons effect different parts of Thailand at different times in the year. I am hoping to visit Chiang Mai and perhaps do some trekking as well as visit the southern islands on both sides of the penninsular.

Much help, knowledge and advice about weather patterns will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance julian

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Posted by SBE on 12/5/2009 at 03:30

If you click on "Thailand" at the top of the page there's lots of general information including this very useful interactive weather map!

Weather is weather but I've noticed when flying into Thailand that from the air the clouds seem less dense up north than down south in October...could be pure coincidence mind you! The advantage of trekking just after the rainy season is that rivers will be full if you're into white water rafting that's a good time to go.

The Gulf side might be a bit wet all the time you're there I'm afraid but the west coast should be going into dry season by early November.

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Posted by brucemoon on 12/5/2009 at 06:13


As SBE notes 'weather is weather'.

Coastal areas tend to erceive scattered showers before the wet season, and well after it (sort of) finishes. That doesn't mean it's wet. Rather, it can have days where there are showers.

Further inland, the rain of the wet depends on large monsoonal (tropical) low pressure 'banks'.

I doubt you'll have many rained out days.

As for trekking, did you look at the other 'options' here at Travelfish? Go to:

I suggest you look at this page as the Chiang Mai area has had hordes of tourists go 'trekking' there for decades. In a funny sort of way, it's sort of like trying to trek in the main street of your home town: it may be novel for the trekker, but the locals have seen it all before...

Also, check out the other 'stories' at Travelfish at:

Have a great time.


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