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1. Posted by Darren7 (Budding Member 63 posts) 10y

...would you spend Christmas in Krabi or in Cairns?

Our route is giving us the option of either being somewhere in the Krabi area (&islands) or if we just cut off a day or so on our Asia leg and fly straight to Cairns, and spend it somewhere round there!

Wheres cheaper @ Christmas, available accommodation, etc.....really need your help guys as we have to confirm our flight dates next week and still havent any idea!

thanks Darren

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 10y

Krabi, because of the lower profile on celebrating christmas but also in general. And the weather is better that time of year.

3. Posted by Darren7 (Budding Member 63 posts) 10y

Would it be cheaper as well?

(ps - i thought the oz summer was during december/january? )

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Apparently during that time of year is the wet season at the North of the east cost of Oz! I assumed exactly what you had too so you could well get hit by rain if in Cairns over the Christmas period!

5. Posted by Darren7 (Budding Member 63 posts) 10y

ah crap! thanks Purdy. really need to get my climate guides out! krabi it is for christmas! (i'd still like to hear others' opinions though...please!)

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 10y

Hi Darren,
Sorry, forgot to mention the northern rainy season, actually I thought you know.
Krabi is definitely cheaper dan Cairns by the way.
Have fun!

7. Posted by Darren7 (Budding Member 63 posts) 10y

ha ha no probs, thanks for the help guys! you's are legends!

8. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y

That time of the year in cairns wet is an understatement. You may as well walk around in a swimming pool all day and you'd stay about as dry! A game of Australian rules football was played up there last night, and it looked like Hurricane Katrina which flooded New Orleans in America had reached Cairns. It was coming down in sheets so much you could hardly see the players through the rain. It was flooding the ground so people couldn't stop sliding when they slipped until they smashed in to the fence at high speed. The average rainfall in North East Australia in that time is: December 195mm, January 416mm, February 421mm, March 453mm and April 248mm and then it starts getting a bit better. So I sure as hell wouldn't want to be up there trying to enjoy a trip when you are more than likely going to be stuck in tropical downpours day in day out all the time. Temperature at that time is very nice (but then again it is all year round up in Cairns).

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 24, 2007, at 4:55 PM by aharrold45 ]

9. Posted by Darren7 (Budding Member 63 posts) 10y

thanks allan,

what do you reckon we should do then? either way, we're going to be in northern oz for the very end of Dec/start of Jan. When we land in Cairns, do you reckon we should go south asap? where does the 'northern rains' cut off? have been doing a bit of research but its a bit confusing.

i was wanting to get over to Darwin, but do you reckon we've no chance since thats up north too?

10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 10y

Darwin has the same rainy season indeed, and it's worse because of the higher temperatures which make it very tyring to travel and you might not be able to see everything because roads might be floaded.
Average rainful in dec 240 mm, jan 405, feb 350 and march 310. April only 100 mm.
Brisbane might be a wiser choice. The rainful is much more spread out throughout the year, with sept being the driest (40 mm) and january the wettest (160 mm, so not really too much).