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Southeast Asia Weather Guide

Last updated: May 25, 2018

When is the rainy season in Southeast Asia?

Southeast Asia consists of 11 countries across 1.7 million square miles of land spread out from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It is an area with almost 650 million people of diverse culture, religion, languages, and history.

These countries fall within the year-round hot and humid tropical climate but the weather systems and patterns, particularly the rainy seasons vary from country to country, and even within the country. For example, July and August may be the rainy season in Chiang Mai and Bangkok but in Bali (Indonesia), the rainy season is from December to February, and Koh Samui (Southern Thailand) is from October to December.

Where would you like to visit in Southeast Asia in July or August (summer months in North America and Europe)? Don’t let the rain stop you from visiting the destinations on your travel bucket list.

Note: For many travelers, the rainy season did not stop them from traveling to Southeast Asia. A torrential downpour can last for just an hour or two or a few days.

Here’s a question from a reader:

Traveling in South East Asia in the summer (July/August)
"Is there anywhere in South East Asia where the weather is fairly decent for traveling in July or August? I believe it's the rainy season at this time in most countries. Is the rain fairly heavy or does it just rain for about an hour every day? Trying to plan a honeymoon. Thanks for your help!"

To make it easy for you to decide, we prepared a concise and handy guide to the 11 countries (in alphabetical order):

1. Brunei

Sandwiched between Sabah and Sarawak, two states in East Malaysia, oil-rich Brunei is the second smallest country in Southeast Asia.

Capital city and gateway to the country: Bandar Seri Begawan

Weather: 2 monsoon seasons (rainy seasons): October to February and May to June. December is the wettest month.

Best time to visit: June to September

Top 5 attractions:

  • Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddien (mosque)
  • Kampong Ayer stilt villages along Brunei River
  • Royal Regalia Museum
  • Istana Nurul Iman (palace)
  • Ulu Temburong National Park

2. Cambodia

Cambodia is well worth a visit if you are looking to explore Angkor Wat and a laid-back Southeast Asian country.

Capital city and gateway to the country: Phnom Penh

Weather: The rainy season is from May to October. Wettest months are from July to September.

Best time to visit: May and early October when it is less crowded. Most visitors visit during the dry season from November to March.

Top 5 attractions/things to do:

  • Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom in Siem Reap
  • Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
  • Killing Fields in Phnom Penh
  • Sihanoukville and Ko Rong Samloem
  • Trek the Cardamom Mountains

3. East Timor (Timor-Leste)

Capital city and gateway to the country: Dili

Weather: The rainy season is from December to April and dry season is from May to November.

Best time to visit: April to July

Top 5 attractions/things to do:

  • Whale watching from September to December
  • Diving
  • Coffee
  • The Roman Catholic culture
  • Deserted beaches

4. Indonesia

Indonesia is the largest country in Southeast Asia. It has over 200 million people spread across 1,800 islands (some are not inhabited). The country has 3 time zones, 300 languages and has the most diverse weather.

Capital city and gateway to the country: Jakarta located in Java island

Weather: In Bali and Java, the rainy season is between October and March (brief and heavy downpour). The dry season is from May to September. In Sulawesi, the rainy season is between June and July. In northern Sumatra, the rainy season is from October to January, and November to February in southern Sumatra.

Best time to visit: Java from May to September, Bali in May, June, and September, Raja Ampat from October to April, and Komodo National Park in April and December.

Top 5 attractions/places to visit:

  • Bali
  • Komodo National Park
  • Raja Ampat
  • Java (Jakarta and Yogyakarta including Borobudur)
  • Sulawesi Island

5. Laos

Capital city and gateway to the country: Vientiane

Weather: The rainy season is from May to October. March to May, are unbearable months because of it’s hot and there is smoke from fires set by farmers in the rice fields.

Best time to visit: Between October and March

Top 5 attractions/cities to visit:

  • Luang Prabang
  • Kuang Si Falls
  • Vieng Xai Caves
  • Vientiane
  • The Plain of Jars

6. Malaysia

Malaysia consists of East Malaysia (in Borneo) and West Malaysia (the peninsula located south of Thailand and north of Singapore). We will only focus on West Malaysia.

Capital city and gateway to the country: Kuala Lumpur

Weather: The rainy season on the west coast is from October to December, the east coast is from November to February. Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Pulau Langkawi, and Malacca are in the west coast. Most beach resorts in the islands on the west coast like Pulau Perhentian, Redang and Tioman are closed during the rainy season. In Kuala Lumpur, the wettest month is in November.

Best time to visit: January to March and May to September

Top 5 cities and islands to visit:

  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Langkawi Island
  • Penang
  • Malacca
  • Pulau Perhentian

7. Myanmar (Burma)

Southeast Asia’s second largest country Myanmar is the poorest and one of the least developed countries in the region. There is much to see and do in this country of over 60 million people.

Capital city and gateway to the country: Yangon

Weather: Rainy season is from mid-May to September, and the heaviest rain is from July to September. Besides the rainy season, temperatures in Yangon, Mandalay, and Bagan can be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit between March and May.

Best time to visit: December to February

Top 5 attractions/cities to visit:

  • Bagan
  • Inle Lake
  • Yangon
  • Mandalay
  • Irrawaddy and Chindwin river cruise

8. Philippines

The Philippines has a mix of Asian and Spanish cultures, a country with over 7,000 islands and the largest Roman Catholic population in Southeast Asia.

Capital city and gateway to the country: Manila

Weather: Rainy season begins in June and ends in October. Typhoon season is from August to October.

Best time to visit: Between November and April and December to February.

Top 5 attractions/places to visit:

  • Boracay
  • Banaue Rice Terraces
  • Manila
  • Waterfall Restaurant in San Pablo
  • El Nido in Palawan Island

9. Singapore

Situated just south of the peninsula of Malaysia, Singapore has the same weather as Malaysia’s west coast. This tiny island city is the smallest country and has the most robust economy in Southeast Asia.

Weather: The wettest months are between early November and January. The hottest months are May and June.

Best time to visit: June to August. Peak travel season is from mid-December to Chinese New Year (late January and early February).

Top 5 attractions:

  • Gardens by the Bay
  • Sentosa Island
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • Peranakan Museum
  • Marina Bay Sands

10. Thailand

Thailand, known as the Land of Smiles, is one of the most visited countries in the world. It’s Trippy users’ favorite Asian destination. It is also the third largest country in Southeast Asia. The weather in Bangkok is different from the southern coast of the country.

Capital city and gateway to the country: Bangkok

Weather: Bangkok’s rainy season is between June and October, Chiang Mai is from May to October, Phuket from May to October and Koh Samui is from October to December. Rain is brief and heavy during these months.

Note: Travelers visiting Thailand in the summer, from June to August will find a dry and hot season in Koh Samui, Phuket and the southern region of the country.

Best time to visit: November to February in Bangkok and Chiang Mai when it is cooler. The best time to visit Phuket and the coastal towns in the south east coast is from November to February. Koh Samui is best to visit from January to March and April to September.

Top attractions/places to visit:

  • Bangkok
  • Chiang Mai
  • Koh Samui
  • Phuket
  • The Golden Triangle

11. Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. With their bustling cities, diverse landscape, romantic beaches and heart-wrenching history, Vietnam is an unmissable destination.

Capital city and gateway to the north of the country: Hanoi.
Ho Chi Minh or Saigon is the gateway to the southern region of Vietnam.

Weather: Rainy season in Ho Chi Minh City and southern Vietnam is from April to October. The wettest months are from June to August. Hanoi and the northern region is from May to October. Central Vietnam (Da Nang, Hue and Hoi An) monsoon season is from September to December.

Best time to visit: Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa from October to April. Hanoi has the mildest temperatures during these months. Ho Chi Minh City from January to March. The central region (Da Nang, Hoi An, and Hue) from February to June.

Top 5 attractions/places to visit:

  • Hoi An
  • Danang
  • Halong Bay
  • Sapa
  • Ho Chi Minh City

Look at the answer treads below for ideas and information about traveling in Southeast Asia.

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a VirtualTourist member from Sandy City asked on Jul 24, 2013

Thailand

Traveling in South East Asia in the summer (July/August)

Is there anywhere in South East Asia where the weather in fairly decent for travelling in July or August? I believe it's the rainy season at this time in most countries. Is the rain fairly heavy or does it just rain for about an hour every day? Trying to plan a honey moon. Thanks for your help!



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answered on 7/24/13 by
claus andersen from Denmark

I was in Malaysia for 8 weeks last year in july/august and it was dry season there.
I cycled around the country for 8 weeks and had very little rain and spend a few days on the beach aswell on Tioman island.

But countries like The Philippines are Vietnam have a lot of rain during that time and in The Philippines this is also hurricane season.




answered on 7/24/13 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

Although nearly all S E Asian countries experience the monsoon from June through September you will find that Indonesia is the exact opposite as the driest months are June to December, which are also the coolest months to visit. Indonesia is a huge country spreading 5000 kms across and most of it south of the equator .




answered on 7/24/13 by
a VT member from Manila

If you want to avoid the floods and strong monsoons. Phuket/Koh Samui in Thailand . Bali, Indonesia and Boracay/Palawan, Philippines, the beaches of Malaysia and Singapore are your best bets.




answered on 7/24/13 by
a VT member from Trail

As others above indicate, June - Sept is the rainy season in Thailand. However; the island of Koh Samet (Samed) is the driest area of Thailand at that time of year. Nice un-crowded, beautiful sand beaches. No noisy "Moon Night" crazy parties. Hotels, motels, restaurants to suit any budget. Some decent off shore Diving & Snorkelling. Only downside is the significant number of mossies @ dusk, due to the adjacent jungle. Take lots of mossie repellant. Easily accessible from BKK via the Eastern Bus Stations direct to Rayong (2 hrs) or from Pattaya (1hr). Take a tuk Tuk taxi from Rayong to Ban Phe (25 min). Catch the local Grey Ferry from Ban Phe Pier to Koh Samet for 30ThB. Don't bother with the 1000 ThB ea for a fast Speed Boat. Very rough ride and no proper landing piers. The entire Island is in a Thai Nature Park, so all of the Buildings are technically illegal. From Koh Samet Pier Harbour, local Tuk Tuks cover the Island on a regular routes. All roads were extremely rough in 2011. Rent motor bikes at your own risk. Extreme hills to steep for decent bicycles. Take a lot of PPF 40 Sun Block Lotion. The Aquarium @ Ban Phe is spectacular and well worth the entrance fee. Closed Thurs for some undefined reason.




answered on 7/25/13 by
a VT member from Pattaya

Millions of tourists still visit Thailand during the rainy season. Some places a little more rain and some places a little less. But most of the time the rain stops in a few hours. Some minor flooding ocassionally where the rain is so heavy in a short amount of time that the drains can't handle the downpour. So you avoid those flooded streets and in an hour or so the streets are back to normal. Most of the time the rain is not all day long and any flooding is not Noah's Ark type flooding!

(I get minor flooding back in my hometown in the US too.)

One benefit is that hotels are cheaper and plants and grasses look alive!

If you are just looking for a tan you will find enough sunshine! Here is a weather link that shows up on many forums. Read about "What to expect during the Rainy Season."

guidetothailand.com/thailand...

Do a Google check for "Honeymoon in Thailand for August" and you will get some additional information.

Your choice.




answered on 7/25/13 by
a VT member from Penang

Sometime you can't imagine about the weather, some like it some doesn't, some even pray for it to happen. As a Malaysian, July, August and September are always the best weather. Rain just occasionally, most of the day are sunny, nothing extreme. If you are worried about rain, be rest assured it does not rain for the whole two weeks.




answered on 7/25/13 by
a VT member from Houston

I was just in Thailand (bangkok and pattsya)for 4 days last week and there was a rain storm for one hour in Pattaya the whole time.




answered on 7/25/13 by
a VT member from Houston

I mean only one rain storm the entire 4 days, hate typing on iPhone!!!




answered on 7/26/13 by
a VT member from Sandy City

Thanks for your response! I have a couple questions for you about Malaysia: I've heard it is more expensive than other south eastern asian countries. Is that true or is it possible to travel for pretty cheap? Also how safe is the country for traveling?




answered on 7/26/13 by
a VT member from Sandy City

Thank you for your answer! Is it possible to travel pretty much all over the country (Indonesia) without having security issues or would it be wise to just stick with Bali?




answered on 7/26/13 by
claus andersen from Denmark

The prices between Malaysia and Thailand are not really that different unless you drink alcohol which is considerably more expensive in Malaysia than Thailand.

But food for instance is cheap and very varied in Malaysia because of the many ethnic groups.

There is not a big difference in prices when it comes to accomodation, but you will generally find more middle class accomodation in Malaysia compared to Thailand where you have more backpacker accomodation because of the huge number of backpackers.
Malaysian tourism caters mainly to asian travellers.
But you will find all ranges there in price and quality.
Malaysia is just more of a middle class country than Thailand.




answered on 7/26/13 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

I agree with Cachaseiro, except if you are a backpacker you will find Malaysia a little more expensive then Thailand for accommodation . Also i think foodstalls at nightmarkets in Malaysia are also a little bit more too, but it is still cheap. But definitely Laos, Cambodia are the cheapest.




answered on 7/26/13 by
claus andersen from Denmark

You should also notice that there are fairly big differences in the prices in Malaysia all depending on where you are in the country with Kuala Lumpur being the most expensive and Penang the cheapest.




answered on 7/26/13 by
a VT member from Penang

If you are travelling out of Bali, most probably communication is a problem. Big city like Jakarta, Bandung,Medan, Surabaya,Yogjakarta are O.K. Others than these big city you will also find most of the food are Indonesian's food and road transportation are poor.




answered on 7/28/13 by
a VT member from Manila

In South East Asia, Singapore is most expensive. Malaysia is pretty cheap but it all depends on what resort you stay in. By bus is the chepaest and also the longest. Also be prepared for unwanted help better go ask the toursim office when you arrive, they are pretty reliable.






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a VirtualTourist member asked on Jul 28, 2006

Thailand

Is summer a waste of travel money?

Being a teacher, I have a limited travel window...summer. Information I see on the web and in travel guides say not to travel to Thailand, especially Phuket from May through October because this is the rainy season.

Does this mean June, July and August will be miserable? ...monsoons? ...light rain?

Any first-hand information would be appreciated.

TIA



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answered on 7/28/06 by
a VT member

Definitely not a waste. Rain is mostly scuddish - can be some downpours, but intermittent, and I always find it quite cooling and refreshing from the heat and humidity.




answered on 7/29/06 by
a VT member from Shanghai

HI! Tia:

Thailand is not just Phuket. There's still the East Coast with Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Pattaya, Koh Chang, Koh Samui etc....all is not "lost" or grim and grey....




answered on 7/29/06 by
a VT member from Shepparton

Hi there, we allways travel to Phuket during the months of May and June, you will get the odd downpour but it has never stopped is from doing anything.
And the other reson is its the low season so things are cheaper then normal. Soif i was you i'd pack your bags and go enjoy your self

Don






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a VirtualTourist member from Helsinki asked on Nov 5, 2006

Thailand

Summer in Thailand, what area is the best (june-July)?

Hi!

I am planning a summer vacation in Thailand.
End of June - mid of July, but what place/area?
Pattaya? Krabi? Phuket? Koh samui? Or something else?

My requirements:
-Nice white sand beach
-Clear blue/azur water/ocean
-Some places to eat out
-Maybe some tailor shop to get some clothes done...


I am looking for beach/relax holiday, not really busy night life or hectic shopping....

How is the ocean in June-July (I know it is the rainy season, but I did read somewhere it's not the worst time?).

Is there too much waves/too strong waves to swim? Or is it ok to swim? And is the water very dark/murky in this period (June-July)? Or is the water still clear+blue? :)
Is the weather much different lets say between Pattay-Koh Samui-Krabi?



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answered on 11/5/06 by
a VT member from London

If you want a nice beach then you can forget Pattaya at any time of the year.

Samui is about your best bet for June. It will be very hot, but mostly dry during the day although late afternoon thundershowers can happen.

In my opinion the southern end of Chaweng is a good location as it is much quieter than the northern end, but of course if you do want to try the best selction of restaurants and bars it is easy enough to get up to the northern end.

Regards

John




answered on 11/6/06 by
a VT member from Helsinki

Hi!
Thanks for answers :)

Ok... I think I am going to forget Pattaya.
But there is this island Ko Samet + Ko Chang on the coast of Pattaya?
And they are nicer + better beaches?

I did fall in love with pictues from Krabi+Phuket...They look like paradises :)
But maybe the weather in summer isn't so good...






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a VirtualTourist member asked on Mar 25, 2007

Thailand

How rainy is Thailand in July?

I am planning to visit Thailand in July/August. How bad are the moonsoons? Thank you!



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answered on 3/25/07 by
a VT member

Depends on where you going to be in thailand. But in Bangkok it does rain quite a fair bit. Won't call it a total chaos though.






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a VirtualTourist member asked on Jun 9, 2009

Thailand

How bad is the rainy season?

Hello,
I'm planning a trip to Thailand during the second week of July. I had been thinking about going to Krabi and Ko Phi Phi to spend several days on the beach, but recently found out that it is the rainy season on the west coast of the peninsula at that time. How much rain should I expect? Will there by any sun? Should I change plans and go somewhere on the east coast?
Thanks!



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answered on 6/9/09 by
a VT member from Bangkok

The south of Thailand only has two seasons, the hot and the rainy. Rain in the south is part of life but not anything that should seriously affect your travel plans. Unlike in the West, the rain in the south comes mostly in short sporadic bursts - the the sun comes out again. July in the south of Thailand? Sounds all right to me. A bit of rain wont hurt too much! I envy you..




answered on 6/10/09 by
a VT member from London

I would disagree slightly with frank-bkk about the names of the two seasons from October to May it is realtively cool and dry - "cool" still means temps in the high 20's C but rainfall is much lower than in the other season which is both hotter and wetter and runs from June to September. In theory Samui sees less rain during the period of June to September. One other problem during those months is that the winds and strong currents can disrupt sea travel and diving trips.

I would aim to go for the East coast in July but it is not a certain thing.

Regards

John




answered on 6/10/09 by
a VT member

It depends on what kind of activities you would expect there. If you don't plan to have any excursion to other island, but just enjoy the beaches at the shore then it should be fine. Generally,even rainy season, you can still expect a lot sunshine. The only limititation on west coast is the wind and strong current. Therefore,boating to the big sea seems more tough and not so safe during May-Oct. But you will get better deal as it is low season in west coast. If you don't mind skipping big-sea excursion, then Krabi would be nice as you can reach there by plane. Phi Phi is not suggested as it can be reached by boat only.
However, east coast would widen your choice of activities as the sea is more calm.




answered on 6/10/09 by
a VT member from Huddersfield

Due to extreme climatic changes the World is experiencing at the moment, trying to predict the weather can be difficult because of local, on the day variations.
Most places now are seeing weather conditions well outside the norm.
The information below should be used as a guide only.

Here is the average weather for Krabbi & Phi Phi for this time of year.
Enjoy your holiday.

Krabbi
July.
High 88f / 31c
Low 73f / 23c
Rain 10.70in / 273.0mm
Rain days 18
Hours of sun 6
Daylight hours 13
UV level 11 = Extreme
Humidity = Very High
Sea temp 84f / 28c

Phi Phi
July.
High 88f / 31c
Low 75f / 24c
Rain 10.70in / 273.0mm
Rain days 18
Hours of sun 7
Daylight hours 13
UV level 11 = Extreme
Humidity = Very High
Sea temp 85f / 29c






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a VirtualTourist member asked on Apr 1, 2010

Thailand

Thailand Summer 2010 - Ideas!

Hi fellow travellers! I am heading to Thailand this summer with a friend for 3 months, June to August. We will be volunteering in Pru Por Phattalung province for the month of August. I have 2 questions that I hope people can answer. The 1st is suggestions on the best way to spend June and July. We are flying into Bangkok, but have no plans as yet, only that we need to be in Pru Por in August. Any suggestions, ideas , on safe and interesting travel? The 2nd is feedback on Phattalung province. I would be very interested to hear from people who have visited the province. Thank You !!!!!!!!!!!!!



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answered on 4/1/10 by
a VT member from Province of Ontario

How about exploring the neighbourhood, while you are there? You are quite close to other south-east asian countries. We went to Thailand a year ago and decided that while we were in the area, we should get over to Cambodia and visit the ruins around Siem REap (Angkor Wat, etc). Well worth it.

As well Northern Thailand - Chiang Mai area - elphants and hill tribes - both quite worthwhile to see as well.

The only real downside is that you will be there in rainy season.




answered on 4/1/10 by
a VT member from England

If you don't wont to leave Thailand then I would spend a couple of weeks on various beaches then do some major sight seeing then a few more weeks on the beaches.

But personaly as the last post has suggested I would take a month to explore one of the neigbouring Countries. You could travel down to Singapore and explore Malaysia on the way down and the way up or you could Fly to Saigon and spend a month travelling up the coastline or a month in Laos or 10 days in Cambodia for my favorite would to spend 3-4 weeks in Myanmar which is very beautiful country but there again so is the rest of South East Asia.

your choice.




answered on 4/3/10 by
a VT member from Pattaya

Three months is a long time for a tourist. Make sure you know how to stay in Thailand for 3 months legally if that is the only country you will visit!

Since you have a couple months to kill you could also visit nearby countries. It is easy to get to Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia overland.

Make sure your visas allow you to legally stay in Thailand during your "volunteer" period.

Good luck.




answered on 4/3/10 by
a VT member from Philippines

the popular places are khaosan,nana and go to the nyt market..u can go to pattaya only 1 and half hour from d airport to pattaya...if u don't know yet where to stay in bkk i can recomend DnD hotel in khaosan or muangphol mansion if u want to be near the shopping areas like paragon and mbk :)have a safe trip! enjoy! and as much as possible learn how to bargain! :)






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a VirtualTourist member from Istanbul asked on May 12, 2010

Thailand

Summer weather in Thailand

Hello,

I am planning to buy a one-month ticket to Bangkok and travel around Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos independently from mid July to mid August.

I have a big concern about the heat. Anyone who travelled in the region in mid summer? Or any locals? How does it feel? Is it really bothering? I have been to Thailand 4 years ago, it was January and okay. But mid summer?

The most similar climate I have been was Cuba, same summer period, and it was like hell. I like walking around all day.

Please help!
Regards,
Alper






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a VirtualTourist member from North America asked on May 5, 2012

Thailand

Climate in June and July in particular, and the after that?

Hi everyone. I would like to go to Asia, we were thinking about this country as one option. What I do know is they say it is the rainy season, I also know the amount of rainfall is high. I didn't find a website yet that gives me exactly the information I need. A lot of travellers who hate rain, like me, will shy away, but some people have said to check because the rainfall amount may be high, but the overall time it rains per day can be minutes to a few hours, why avoid a country for this? I understand it may be hot, wet and humid, I don't mind this feeling. I do want to see the sun though, I could take a few hours of rain per day, but I don't like grey skies and rain. I don't want to risk leaving my country when it's at it's best, to visit a rainy one :)

Thanks!



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answered on 5/5/12 by
a VT member from Toronto

I really depends on where exactly you plan to go. Places like Ko Samui and the gulf area doens't get a lot of rain in July. Even if it does rain, it's not constant rain. But if you go to the Andaman side, it will be the rainy season and the rain, relatively speaking, is more compare to the gulf side. But even then, it depends on where you are located. Some areas like Khao Lak will likely get more rain in general than in Phuket. But you can still get some sunshine. Your safe bet is to stay on the gulf side if Thailand is your choice.




answered on 5/5/12 by
a VT member from Pattaya

Even during the rainy season around a half million tourists visit Thailand each month. Many of these tourists are repeat visitors and prefer to visit during this time for cheaper hotels and fewer tourists getting in your way.

Depending on where you are and what month it is it will be hot or wet at times. You can feel when a rain storm is going to hit, when local street vendors start covering their stuff you know it will rain shortly!

Below weather link has more information. When it rains it does not rain all over Thailand at the same time. Some places may get rain and other places do not. Most of the time the rain will stop in a couple hours and the sun will return. Often it rains when you are sleeping. When you see it start to rain then take in a movie, stop in a restaurant, shop in a mall, stop in a bar, etc. Put a small cheap fold up umbrella in your walk-around bag. The rain is warm not cold like in Europe and N. America. More green grass, more flowers, more hotel rooms you book with a walk-in.

Regional forecasts near the bottom of the link below. There may be some flooding in low spots until drains can catch up with the downfall.


guidetothailand.com/thailand...


Up to you.




answered on 5/8/12 by
a VT member from Tongeren

We've been to Thailand in october, june/july and March.
The time we went in june/july we didn't get rain every day. The last 6 days of our 24 day stay we spent in Phuket. The longest "rainy time" we got was about 45 minutes, but then it was really really pouring down, not just a couple of drops but real "showers".

About the grey skies : we've been to the PhiPhi Islands in july and took the postcard-like photos there with the bluest skies imaginable ...
Of course there were days with less blue skies, but please don't let that hold you back from going !

It's such a beautiful country in every time of year ...

Have fun !
Jessika




answered on 5/8/12 by
a VT member from Tongeren

Since I haven't gotten round to creating travelpages in detail yet, I've quickly made a travelogue on my Thailand page.
There's not much content in it, since it's intended especially for those "sky-showing-pictures" from our visit in june/july 2004.

Don't be discouraged by the greyish sky in some of them ... the times you have blue skies make more than up for the lesser-blue moments !

Jessika






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a VirtualTourist member asked on Jul 8, 2012

Thailand

Any beach to go in Thailand during August?

I heard August is the wet season in Thailand and for instance Phuket is a no-no in August because of that.

I wonder whether this would apply to every beach in Thailand even in the east coast. I mean I can research rain mm information on internet but I am not sure whether it means that it will rain heavily 30 minutes per day and the rest of the day will be sunny or it rather means in practice that going to any beach in Thailand during August for sun bathing and swim is simply not a good idea.

If you guys think August is not a good idea for beach time in Thailand, do you think Bali or Burma beaches would be better of?

Many thanks for your views



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answered on 7/8/12 by
a VT member from Europe

stay on the Gulf of Thailand, ie Ko Samui or Ko Tao and it would be the right season




answered on 7/8/12 by
a VT member from Pattaya

Pattaya and Hua Hin is a little better than Phuket during the rain season. But the beach at Pattaya is not used by tourists for swimming. Okay for sunbathing, nightlife, malls, restaurants but use hotel pool. Advantage over Phuket for Pattaya is that hotels are much cheaper and local transportation is only 10 baht. Also, only 2 hour cheap bus ride from Bangkok.

Expect rain for a couple hours just about every day but usually enough sunshine to keep you happy. Often the rain falls at nighttime too.

Anyway, no one stays out on the beach in the bright sun for 8 hours a day unless they are crazy. If it rains just go in a bar, restaurant, take in a movie, go in a mall or make love. Lots of things to do when it rains. Carry a small fold-up umbrella in your bag when walking around.

Probably a half million tourists will show up in August. Many of them are repeat visitors.


Some more weather info at the bottom of this link.

guidetothailand.com/thailand...




answered on 7/8/12 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

While i agree with the advice of the previous posts, i will also point out that the weather in Burma will be the same as Thailand, but you might consider Bali as August is the driest month of the year with charts showing that the rain precipitation is only 40mm. Of course the beach at Kuta is crowded, and not really my scene but i found Lovina in the north good. There are some beaches that are not yet over run with tourists such as Balangan Beach, Geger Beach, Bias Tugal,Ungasen and Amed.




answered on 7/8/12 by
a VT member from Richmond

Phuket has been fine during August and when I was there last, it had rain showers with pleasant days. Sometimes the rain will stay on the other side of the mountain and sometimes it moves briskly. I would not worry much of the rain except if you have to travel up and down the mountains (slippery when wet) I find that Phuket has some of the nicest beaches in the area in Kata and Karon beach.

cheers tommy x




answered on 7/9/12 by
a VT member from Toronto

Statistically speaking, the amount of rainfall is higher on the Andaman side (Phuket, Krabi, etc) as opposed to the gulf side because of the monsoon season. It is still possible to get some sunshine, but it is very well possible to have non-stop rain. Having lived on the Andaman side for 2 years, I can tell you that it is not very fun to have constant rain for hours!

As mentioned before, Burma has the same weather as the Andaman side of Thailand. Bali has good weather, if I remember right, it is their dry season.






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a VirtualTourist member asked on May 14, 2014

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Weather in August/September

I'm thinking of going to Thailand at the end of August beginning of September but no dates fixed yet. I know that it's the rainy season but what exactly does that mean? Will I be confined to my accommodation due to heavy rains? Is it possible to do normal activities too? I have no plan about destinations yet so perhaps you could advise on where the best weather is at this time of year.



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answered on 5/14/14 by
a VT member from Bandung

In this link you could find Thailand's weather info ,and the best timing to visit : www.tourismthailand.org/Thailand/weather . Even though if it rain, you still can do a lot of activities,because there's many indoor attractions, like shopping malls, Madame Tussaud's Bangkok, Siam Ocean World ,etc.




answered on 5/14/14 by
a VT member from Tongeren

We've been to Thailand in march, in june/july and in october/november.
During the rainy season visits, we of course ended up in rainshowers, but those never lasted long. And as fast as it can start raining, it also stops and dries up again.
Don't let it hold you back from visiting.




answered on 5/14/14 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

Yes, it is extremely unlikely if you will suffer 3 consecutive days of non stop rain, but be prepared to get wet at that time of the year. It is not much fun hiking on muddy paths or having to dry your clothes each night, but the weather has never prevented me from enjoying myself. There are many attractions in Bangkok for you to see, many temples etc which you can still enjoy in the rain!




answered on 5/14/14 by
a VT member from Trail

Aug-Sept is the rainy season in Thailand. You can expect about 2 hours of heavy rainfall per day. The showers can occur at any time. Generally the rains are heavier, the farther south you go. in Thailand. I have gone to Thailand Aug 15-20 for 4 years. I am a keen golfer; so the rain can affect me. Generally I managed to finish my games ... but several times had to sit in a course shelter for an hour or 2. In 4 years of golfing 3 days per week, I only left a course 2X. I never was rained out on a beach. Koh Samet is considered to be the sunniest places in Thailand. Chiang Mai & Issan (N/E Thailand). tend to get less rain, than the south. I have noticed that the rainy season is later every year; but perhaps the local VT Expats can address that issue.




answered on 5/14/14 by
a VT member from Toronto

It depends on where you plan to go. And I can only speak about the Andaman side as I've spent a couple of years living there. Even in the south, the weather can be very different 10km away as it tends to be local, unless it's a large weather system. Head to the mall or a bar when there is a downpour. It is usually quick, although there could also be the rare occasion that it rains for the entire day. I have certainly experienced that. Flooding can occur as a result. Phuket can get a bit less rain compare to the coastal area on the Andaman side, eg. Krabi, Khao Lak because it is farther away from the local mountain ranges.






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a VirtualTourist member asked on Jun 18, 2014

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July-August? How is the weather?

Hi, we’ll be in Cambodia at the end of june til the end of july, we are wondering if we should go back in Thailand after (we travelled quickly the first time, so didn't see much). or continue to Vietnam. But we hesitate about Thailand cause the rainy season. How is it at the end of july til the end of august? How is the Isan area during the rainy season? And what about the south, the beach, etc? And what about the national park above Bangkok?
Any suggestion is more than welcome! Cheers!



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answered on 6/18/14 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

Rainy season in the whole area but i traveled Vietnam in July some years ago, and it was not too bad




answered on 6/18/14 by
a VT member from Toronto

A lot of times the rain shower comes and goes quickly but usually very heavily. But it is also possible to have torrential downpours for many hours. On the Andaman side of Thailand, Phuket usually gets less rain compare to places like Khao Lak and Krabi. The weather is nicer in general on the gulf side, eg. Samui, Tao, etc.

Vietnam is in the typhoon path. Look up historical data to give you an idea.






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a VirtualTourist member from Sandy City asked on Jul 14, 2014

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Going to the gulf of Thailand in August

My husband and I are going to Thailand for three weeks in August for our honey moon. We are thinking of mostly spending our time in the gulf region as the weather tends to be better there in the summer months. Could you please recommend some places/ islands for us to go to? We love beaches, out door activities, ruins etc. If not, would you say it's still pretty doable to travel around the rest of the country during the rainy season? Many thanks!



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answered on 7/14/14 by
a VT member from Turquel

I've been in Thailand in August, and the weather didn't stop us from having good vacation anywhere, from Chiang Rai to Phuket. Some rainy occasions without any serious problem, only the sea demanding extreme care, choosing well the places to bath - Ko Phi Phi was perfect.




answered on 7/14/14 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

I always recommend Koh Chang, near the Cambodian border. It is a large island with many beaches, hills and lots of walking, cycling etc. August it is pot luck with the rain, can rain all day, not at all or just a few showers. The rain has never stopped me from touring around. Consider visiting Sokhothai, Mae Sod, Ayuttaya, Chiang Mai.




answered on 7/15/14 by
a VT member from Penang

Many people do not comprehend what rainy days are like. They though it always raining cat & dog. No, Even we Asian people could not predict and understand today's weather. IF because give you sleepless night then be rest assured you are not going to face rain, rain and rain the whole day. We experience a few hours of rain nowadays not like the old times.....for the whole week. August is not that bad compare September. Rain do refresh the hot & humid weather and you will feel relieved. If you visit the Gulf area only, then you will missed a lot of things that Thailand do offer. Put aside your worry and plan your visit according to your taste....like....purpose. Good Luck & Happy Travel.




answered on 7/23/14 by
a VT member

If you are traveling to Thailand then do visit Bangkok, Pattaya, Krabi, Koh Chang island also.. Last week I came back from Pattaya..it is wonderful place to enjoy and get rid from your daily nasty life.
You can get more Pattaya tourist attractions here: triphobo.com/phatthaya-thail...




answered on 8/3/14 by
a VT member

Pattaya is a bit more for singles looking for night life. For honeymooners, Hua Hin is perfect. Weather is great basically all year round since it's near to Bkk, nice beach as well. If you want something romantic and private check out Aleenta. My partner and I had an incredible getaway there. The staff couldn't be more helpful. They are a little further from town though, so it's more of a quiet and relaxing setting.






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a VirtualTourist member asked on May 13, 2016

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what is the weather in july in thailand

what is the weather in july in thailand



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answered on 5/13/16 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

selectiveasia.com/thailand-h...

This link gives you information regarding the weather for each month. A lot depends on which part of Thailand you will be travelling in as it varies from area to area.. I have been to Thailand about 30 times, and the rain has not prevented me from enjoying my time there, except for two occasions. July in Koh Chang, and October in Koh Lanta, where it rained and rained. Of course you can never rely on weather averages as they are just a guideline.




answered on 5/13/16 by
a VT member from Ieper

It normally rain but it depends where in Thailand you will be travelling. Thailand is huge if you travel South you have rain while at north is mostly dry




answered on 5/14/16 by
a VT member from Pattaya

Here is another link for weather in Thailand. Tourists visit all year long. Some tourists prefer to visit during the rainy season. Plant life looks more alive and hotel room prices are cheaper.

guidetothailand.com/thailand...

Read some of the concerns about rough seas if you intend to do some serious "water related" activities. Life still goes on when it rains. Usually for many locations the rain does not last all day and often stops in an hour or two.

Good luck.




answered on 5/14/16 by
a VT member

Good day thank you. very helpfull.




answered on 5/14/16 by
a VT member from Trail

July in Thailand will be 35-37C in the daytime. It will be raining for several hours per day. The rain season extends from about June 20 to Sept 20. There may be some minor flooding. I was in Pattaya from Oct 15 - Dec 15 2015. There wasn't much rain. It was around 35-37C most of the time.





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