Can you travelling in raining season in Thailand?

You can travel to Thailand during rainy season and chances are you’ll have a great vacation, but be prepared for clouds, downpours and, worst case scenario, possible serious disruptions in your travel plans. Though you may be used to rains and thunder storms at home, here in Thailand the country has devoted a whole season to wet weather! That’s because most of Thailand, and Southeast Asia, is wet for nearly half the year between June and October.


How often does it rain and what’s the rain like?


In Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai, it rains very frequently (almost every day) during rainy season, though it rarely rains all day. Storms in this part of the world can be intense, with very heavy downpours, loud thunder and lots of lightning. Downpours typically occur in the late afternoon or early evening, though it does sometimes rain in the morning, too. Even when it isn’t raining, skies are often overcast and the air can be very humid.


Is flooding common?


Yes. Flooding happens in Thailand every year, though not always in areas that are popular with tourists. Parts of Bangkok always suffer at least minor flooding during rainy season. Southern Thailand experiences severe enough flooding that residents are often displaced from their homes.


What is a monsoon?


Thailand’s rainy season coincides with the region’s wet monsoon season and often you’ll hear people refer to the rainy season and monsoon season interchangeably. Though the word monsoon conjures up images of intense downpours, the term actually refers to a seasonal wind pattern that pulls moisture from the Indian Ocean to the Asian continent, not the wet weather that often accompanies it.


Is traveling during rainy season cheaper?


Yes. It’s definitely cheaper than traveling during high season, and depending on your itinerary, you could save as much as 50% off of cool season hotel prices. You’ll also see fewer other travelers.


Is there anywhere I can visit during rainy season?


Yes. Head for Samui, Koh Pha Ngan or Koh Tao. It won’t be totally dry but it gets significantly less rain during rainy season than the rest of the country. Although Thailand’s seasons tend to be consistent across the country, the Samui Archipelago, in the western part of the Gulf of Thailand, has a slightly different rainy season and most precipitation occurs between October and January. So, if you want to travel to Thailand between June and October, the region’s islands are a good alternative. Samui isn’t totally dry during the rest of the country’s rainy season, though, so you may encounter overcast skies, rainfall and a fair bit of humidity.


By Suzanne Nam

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