There are some pros to travelling to Thailand during these rainy months, for one with the lower rates meaning you get to travel in Thailand at half the cost of high season. Thailand is also home to many stunning national parks that are at their best during this time of year. The water falls boast their most powerful and beautiful of streams and the weather is slightly cooler for tackling those hiking trails. That said, you may need to give your itinerary a bit more thought as the focus won’t only be on beaches and islands.
When is Thailand’s rainy season?
The rainy season occurs at different times depending on the region of the country. In Central, Northern, North-eastern and Eastern Thailand, the rainy season is from May to November, with August and September often being the wettest months. In Southern Thailand, the rainy season is different for each coast. Along the Andaman Coast, the rains usually come between April and October. The rainy season along the Gulf Coast is typically between September and December.
Don’t let the rain dampen your mood or spirit.
The rainy season in Thailand is still a great time to visit, with these few things in mind.
- Be prepared as the rains can come with little warning. If you’re in a city it’s easy to duck into a museum, temple, market, or restaurant to wait for the downpours to subside. Carrying an umbrella is a good idea in the drizzle, however an inexpensive rain poncho, available from many stores around Thailand, is a better way to keep dry. A light-weight rain jacket even better for anyone who plans to spend a lot of time outdoors.
- Footwear is everything. The rainy season is still hot and humid and it can be tempting to throw on a pair of flip flops for days out and about. These are not practical during rainy periods though, as they could lead to risk of slipping. Rather wear strap on sandals that will provide a better grip.
- A quick and easy way to add extra protection to items in your bag is to line the inside with plastic carrier bags and place your day-to-day items inside a layer of plastic. Your bag may still get wet, but the things inside should stay dry. Plastic rain covers are available for backpacks. You could also consider investing in a waterproof bag for complete protection. Leave any items you don’t need in your hotel room before heading out for the day.
- Don’t ignore warnings during the rainy season as they’re issued for your safety. For example, if certain areas of a waterfall are closed off to the public, don’t be tempted to sneak in for a better view. Look for swim and surf warnings on beaches before going into the ocean as undercurrents and rip tides can be incredibly strong and dangerous.
- There are many ways in which to stay dry during the raining season. For transport services, Grab is excellent as you won’t want to travel in the back of a tuk-tuk or on a motorcycle taxi when it is pouring with rain. In case you do get stuck in the rain, be sure that your electronics are in a safe and dry spot. Even the most heavy-duty of backpacks can leak in one of Thailand’s brutal storms.
Things to do in the rain
– Join a Thai cooking class
– Head out for a few hours of shopping at the markets and malls
– Book a Spa Treatment
– Visit Museums and Temples, from the Grand Palace to the Siriraj Medical Museum
– Retreat to a Meditation session
– Catch a Live Muay Thai Match
– Join a Great Yoga Class
– Take a lesson in the language of Thai
– Go to a Thai Culture Shows
– Simply pop in to a restaurant for a traditional Thai coffee, tea or a meal
Regardless of when you visit Thailand, a trip to the South East Asian Kingdom is always going to impress. Remember to pack that rain coat and umbrella in your bag and enjoy – come rain or shine.