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The Gulf of Thailand in August?

Posted by shazhippychild on 28/6/2009 at 20:33

I'm going to Thailand for the month of August. I know it's not the best time to go, but heard that the western coast of the Gulf experiences better weather~ie. less rain during the monsoon season. Anybody have any suggestions on where to go. I'm looking for mainly 'beachy' areas that have budget backpacker's accomodation.
Would really appreciate any help=)

Peace, Shaz

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Posted by SBE on 28/6/2009 at 21:04

Ko Phangan or Ko Tao are your best bets for good weather at that time of year.

Click on "islands" in the bar at the of this page and look at the travelfish descriptions of those two islands.

You'll find detailed maps, information about the different beaches and stuff to do etc not to mention loads of GH accommodation recommendations/reviews.

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Posted by tezza on 29/6/2009 at 14:57

Yep, southern Gulf is normally the go in August - that area tends to have a different wet season, Oct into Jan. TRAVELFISH'S great interactive weather map gives you the stats.
I'm also a fan of Phangan and Tao, although if you want commercial, more westernised resorts plus nightlife, Chaweng and Lamai on Samui are the go. Some more laid back beaches on Samui too - I'll be there this August.

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Posted by tezza on 29/6/2009 at 15:07

Realise I didn't give you much info on beaches.

Okay, Phangan laid back - Mae Hat, Bottle Beach, Mai Pen Rai to mention 3 of many.
Party - Hat Rin.
Compromise - Hat Yao west, Hat Salad, Thong Nai Pan, Leela.

Tao laid back - east coast bays, small beaches south west corner, Ko Nangyuan (gets a bit busy with daytrippers 1000 to 1500)
Party - Sairee
Compromise - Chalok Ban Kao

Samui laid back - most north coast beaches, Thong Takian, Coral Bay, far south east beaches.
Party - Chaweng, Lamai
Compromise - Mae Nam, Big Budha

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Posted by Minang on 29/6/2009 at 15:09

Koh Phangan, Koh Tao are good at this time of year. Many different beaches on Koh Phangan, from very quiet to all out rage, take your pick.
Kao Tao, a bit over run with the dive scene, but still quiet beaches and good snorkeling.
Koh Samui is bigger, more western and very developed, although there are still quiet places and interesting spots.
Koh Phangan is still my favorite.
Have fun

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