I am planning a 12 month trip to Australia, departing March 2006. On the way I am going to stop off in Thailand for 2 weeks. However, my mother (who taught english for 2 years in Thailand in her youth) told me that as this is the build up to the monsoon season it will be unbearably hot and sticky. To the point where I will have little energy and won't want to do much! I am now somewhat concerned...
Can anybody who may be an expert on the subject please give me some more information. I understand I will have to book accommodation with a/c but is there anything else I should know?
Being a fair-skinned, cold blooded scottish lass I just don't know how I'm going to adapt?!
Grateful for any advice you can give!
don't worry - a/c would be nice but a fan will do.
take a sunblock, long sleeved shirts, sunglasses, umbrella, take showers, drink plenty water.
towns, especially Bangkok will be hotter - but on the beaches or on the hills it's much fresher.
I was there last year in May and beginning of June--monsoon still had not come on in full. I don't think it's going to be unbearably hot in March. Yes, it was hot an sticky, but it really didn't feel nearly as bad as I had built it up in my mind to be. I also have a very fair complexion (also Scottish blood in my veins!). The only reason I got burned at all, and it wasn't that bad, was because I spent one day at a beach without sunscreen. Put on the sunscreen, and you'll be fine. Wear lightweight clothing that covers your shoulders and pants that come to about mid calf. The pants were actually cooler than a pair of shorts.
Massager is right--the beaches feel much better than inland, but don't let that stop you from checking out Bangkok, Ayutthya, or other great places away from the shore.
Thanks for the great advice guys - I feel a lot better now!