I wanted to do some traveling the summer when I finish my second year at university and my room mate told me to look into Thailand. He went during November and said the weather was great. But if I go I want to leave the middle of June and come back some time in July I plan on going for a month or so. So here is my question the little bit of reasearch i've done so fair has told me that Thailand gets a lot of rain during this time and I was wondering if it was bad enough not to consider traveling there? Any help would be great, this would be my first back packing trip so I want to make sure I know all the facts before I end up somewhere and hate it.
Also any good websites with information and backpacking tips would be great Thanks.
You'll get rain for sure, but its no reason to cancell a trip. It rains for some of the day, and then an hour later is perfect beach weather. Some days you'll get no rain. When it rains, spend your time sitting a restarant or under on the balcony of your bungalow reading a book. Its just as relaxing as sitting on the beach. And from what I understand, the east and West coast of thailand get slightly different monsoons. So when one side is wet, its better on the other side. According to climate charts I can find, the wettest months aren't until September anyway. I've been in the Thailand for the month of June 3 years in a row and never had a problem with weather.
If you go south it is the rainy monsoon season but if you visit the islands and areas around the Gulf od Thailand and Central Thailand the weather will be fine. Just avoid the places down south with the rainy season.
Thanks a lot for your guys help i've decide to go to Thailand the summer. I'm going to travelk cuts today to find out some plane ticket sales and what time I should leave.
Well I have a few more questions, what size pack would you guys recomend for a trip to Thailand for a month. I got a 40L day hiking pack now and I think it might be a little small any suggestions would be great. My room mate said it's big enough but I just filled the pack up with clothes packed a pair of pants 2 pairs of shorts and 3 tees and is nearly full.
40L is plenty for Thailand.
I travel with a 30something litre pack and its plenty. Next time that I go just to Thailand I'll probably just take a daypack.
All you need:
One pair of pants (you'll wear shorts everyday except on the day you visit the Grand Place. It is 30C afterall)
One pair of swimming trunks
One pair of everyday shorts - even better, get a pair of zip-off hiking pants. Kills two birds with one stone - shorts and pants.
One pair of either flip flops, or sturdy hiking sandals if you plan to do some hiking up north. Or a pair of walking shoes if you aren't comfortable walking in sandals.
3 shirts. I usually take only dress shirts - role up the sleaves and untuck it and its casual and comfortable, unroll them and its dressy and warmer if you need it for the evenings.
A lightweight rain jacket.
A lightweight towel - microfiber packtowels are awesome and take up no space.
A few pairs of underwear obviously, and two pairs of socks if you've decided on shoes.
toiletries - avoid taking everything you could imagine possilby needing during your trip. The things that you only "might" need can be bought easily and cheaply while you are there. Only take the things you know you need. Clothes can also be bought for incredibly cheap there. There is no need to take more than you need because if you underpack, you can just buy what you need without it cutting too much into your budget. I can almost gaurantee that you'll end up buying a Chaing Beer t-shirt and a pair of fisherman pants anyway, so don't take more than a couple shirts with you.
The trick with packing light is bringing the most important item with you - a clothes line. Every night before you go to bed, go to the sink and wash the clothes you wore that day. It takes 10 minutes and you'll have nice clean and dry clothes by morning. A bar of laundry soap can be bought when you arrive in Thailand.
Ok thanks a lot Degolasse again, I was telling my mom about the trip and how I was only going to bring two pairs of underware and she freaked out said that I would get sick or some junk like that. She is really worried about me wanting to spend so much time in Thailand. I haven't even told her about all the drugs and hookers yet have to keep that secreat.
Linfield, sure there's drugs & plenty of hookers in Thailand but get caught with Dope & you're going to be in deep S**t. As for the hookers, yeah everyone knows Thai is a destination for sex tourism if that's all you're after go to Blackpool.