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Thailand November/December

Posted by justy12 on 5/10/2009 at 18:57

I am going to Thailand mid November for just over 3/4 weeks. Thinking of going to Ko Samui, Ko Phangan, and Ko Phi Phi. Does anybody know what the weather will be like? I have heard conflicting reports.

Would it be better to go to the islands off the east coast first and then the west or vice versa? I believe the weather can be very different on both. Hoping to take in the full moon party on December 2nd.


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Posted by jasonkim8486 on 6/10/2009 at 05:00

climate chart, hope this helps

ill be there the exact same time you are and already have my tickets booked, so no use complaining about the weather im just gonna have to deal with whatever weather mother nature see's fit. i would start from the west and finish off in the east, as the east coast might see some rain in the beginning of november (so says the climate chart, cannot speak from personal experience as ive never been to thailand yet)

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Posted by tezza on 6/10/2009 at 11:20

Because statistically Samui's Dec is considerably drier than November, I'd tend to do the Andaman first.
Andaman Novembers are usually a fair bit drier than the Samui side.
I'm a weather nut - this is my stock answer for November:
The southern Gulf islands (Samui, Phangan, Tao) tend to be wetter in November. They have a different wet season - normally Oct into Jan.
Prolonged wet periods are not too common in Thailand but I have to say in all the years I've been following the wet season (I'm a weather nerd, got a weather page in the link below) the most complaints of this have come from the Samui area islands in Oct, Nov and early Dec. But things are variable - I've only visited this area once during THAT period, in Nov 97, and I got good weather. It seems these real wet ones come up about in about 20-25% of the years - but not necessarily every 4th-5th year.

In other regions early November often sees the wet season tapering off - by mid/late November often dry season has kicked in.
Mid-late Nov is my favourite time for doing the Andaman because there is normally heaps of sunshine with periodic ripper storms, but it is shoulder season with plenty of vacancies, fewer crowds yet all ferry transport normally open. I'll be there this year.

It can be even better in the eastern Gulf (big Chang and neighbours plus Samet) and the North, where statistically and anecdotally the wet season ends earlier than elsewhere. The central area around Bangkok seems less wet in early Nov too.

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Posted by justy12 on 8/10/2009 at 23:37

That's great thanks. Looks like it would be best to go west first then. I was worried it could be raining for the whole trip!

I'm flying into Bankok, what's the best way to get to Ko Phi Phi from there? Should i go through Phuket or Krabi?

And on leaving Ko Phi Phi, what's the best route to take to Ko Samui?

Thanks for all the help.

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Posted by tezza on 9/10/2009 at 18:14

Phi Phi is about equal distance from Phuket and Krabi .
If you fly, Krabi airport is closer the pier than Phuket, but Krabi has fewer flights, maybe not as discounted.

Cheapest is to get a bus - overnight buses save the price of accommodation too. Phuket town bus station and Krabi town bus station are roughly the same distance from the piers. Travel agents at the bus stations can usually arrange a ferry ticket and get free transport pickup to the piers.

No rail line goes near Phuket or Krabi.

You can fly right onto Samui from both Phuket and Krabi with Bangkok Airways - the price isn't too bad.
Otherwise use a bus/ferry combination. Krabi is a bit shorter distance wise.
A lot of the Phi Phi travel agents sell ferry/bus tickets right thru but the main transort company Phi Phi Family has a bad rep for thefts from underbus luggage and time wasting. I'd go to Phuket or Krabi bus station where they can probably sell you a bus/ferry ticket on a govt bus right thru. If not, get a bus to Surathani bus station where a travel agent will be able to sell you transport to the piers and a ferry ticket.

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