If you are planning your trip to Thailand during June, July, August or September, you will be visiting during the rainy season. There are some advantages to visiting during this time of year, especially the fact that your trip will be a lot cheaper. However, it is important to be prepared. Here are some things that you should know before you take your trip.
Just How Rainy is This Time of Year?
If you visit Thailand during rainy season, it won’t actually be raining non-stop 24/7. Although it will rain every day, it will not usually rain all day. Usually, there will be a heavy afternoon downpour where the heavens open up suddenly. It will last for an hour or two, then it will clear up and the sunshine will come out again. It will not usually be continuously drizzling and grey for days on end. In a way it is pleasant, as the showers make a short break from the heat.
The only thing you should watch out for in the rainy season is flooding. It occurs every year, often in Southern Thailand. The flooding can be so severe that residents are displaced from their homes, so make sure that you stay abreast of weather reports before your trip.
What Should You Pack?
When it comes to packing for rainy season, you might want to consider bringing boat shoes because they are water-friendly but have better grip than flip flops. Leave your canvas sneakers behind because they will get wet and muddy and will take forever to dry.
Avoid wearing jeans, it is too hot and humid. Wear lightweight quick drying materials that will be comfortable and cool. Even during the rainy season, the temperatures are high.
Rainy Season Survival Tips
- The best places to visit during the rainy season are Koh Tao, Koh Pha Ngan or Samui. They get less rain than the rest of the country.
- Avoid wearing white, you never know when a surprise rainstorm will make your clothing transparent!
- Be careful when walking on flooded streets. Sidewalks and streets have many potholes and when they are covered with water you won’t see them until you have stepped in them!
- Protect your camera and phone with a waterproof camera case.
- Mosquitos are more of an issue during the rainy season, so make sure that you wear long pants, use insect repellent and sleep in a room with a mosquito net or air-conditioning.
- Buy a pair of cheap flip flops. You can use them to walk around the wet and muddy streets, then just wash off your feet when you get back to your hotel.
- Enjoy indoor tourist attractions during your visit! For example, in Bangkok you can go shopping at one of the excellent malls, see the Grand Palace, get a spa treatment or a massage, visit the cinema or dine at one of the great restaurants.
Have you visited Thailand during the rainy season? What were your experiences? Let us know in the comments below.