I'm currently temping while looking for a permanant job and let's just say i'm getting bored and ready to travel again. My current contract is until the end of July so I was thinking of heading off to Singapore and travelling around for 4-6 weeks finishing in Bangkok. However i know that it's monsoon season and was wondering if anyone has any views about whether it's still worthwhile given that i do what to be able to spend some time on the beach relaxing! My other option is to head to South America but i guess that would be more expensive, or alternatively, as a very last resort have two weeks in Europe and carry on the job search.
Rainy season in SEA is not India. Yes, it does rain more than other months, but not all day long. There will be many days you can hit the beach in July-Sept. Carry your umbrella and rejoice that there are fewer tourists this time of year. Good luck.
Bali is another option, at least if you are looking for a beach escape. Bangkok is actually kind of fun in the rain, though, and there's plenty to do that makes the rain only a minor annoyance. Bali's dry season is Thailand's wet season (through about August). The rates are a bit higher because it is also peak tourist season in Bali, but there are always ways to get away from the crowds (i.e., avoid Kuta).
If you're set on Thailand, maybe head for some places in the Gulf, like Koh Samui or Koh Chang where the weather is a tad better than on the Andaman.
I think it's Bangkok Air (?) that offers coupons in books of three for $50 USD each (you'd spend minimum $150). Each coupon is good for one one-way flight. There are other deals out there as well. Just dig around a bit!