We are planning to go to SEA between July and September 2007.
Basically we were planning to start from Singapore and travel our way up North through Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Burma and probably Indonesia.
We are rather concerned about the monsoon which could possibly disturb our holiday. We viewed the relevant threads on this forum but we still have some questions unanswered.
Does the monsoon have any particular pattern? And if yes, what would be the best route to avoid any hinderance by the monsoon? Is it perhaps advisable to start from say Hong Kong and travel South to Singapore?
As we understand, the amount of rainfall doesn't create a problem. However, we would like to go to some Islands off Thailand and Indonesia. Would the sea be too rough to enjoy spending some time on the islands? And when will the sea starts to get rough?
Thank you very much for your help. It's our first time to SEA and we're looking so much forward to it.
take a brolly and or a light-weight waterproof jacket then you dont need to worry about the weather . it can do its worst and you are sittin pretty . SEA is a blast . enjoy ... j
I'd only be worried about the rain in the Andaman islands in Thailand. Rainfall can be quite heavy making the sea rough, therefore snorkelling & diving maybe be out of bounds at that time of year. There are heaps of other islands in Thailand where you can visit which should be fairly dry. You could consider going to the islands in the gulf of Thailand or the East coast.
Just check the weather forecast when you're there, you might even be ok July & August in the Andaman islands, it's usually September & October when the serious rain happens.
I agree with laura_B, if you stick to the Gulf of Thailand you should have fine weather, Koh samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, Koh Chang plus all along the Sunrise Coast, Hua Hin, Bang Saphan, Cha Am and also on the other side around Pattaya and Jomtien and down the coast.
Thanks guys for your help. So we'll be sticking to our original plan but will consider visiting the islands which are in the Gulf of Thailand if the sea on the west of thailand is rough.