Hi, I`m booked for thailand for nearly the whole of may, but after booking realised that I`d booked for the start of the rainy season-YIPPEE, can anyone tell me if they`ve been there in may and if it bucketed down or not, getting concerned bout taking the wrong sort of clothes, (not that I`m taking many anyway) and also does anyone think its better to book B&B when I get there or before I go?, Have booked a 1 night stay in Bangkok over the net already, but not sure bout the rest of my trip up north & down to the islands, don`t want to end up wandering round on my tod in the middle of the night looking for somewhere to stay!!!!!
The rainy season as such is only a big deal down south around Krabi, Koh Lanta, Phuket, Phi Phi, it is not so bad in other areas.
Where you stay depends on where you plan to visit and what you want to do.
If you know how many days you want to stay in one place then you have time to browse around to find places, but without knowing where you want to go we cannot suggest places.
If heading south you go around the Sunrise Coast and then continue to places like Koh Tao and end up in Koh Samui that should all be fine weather and you should get plenty of cheap accommodation.
Remember that there is not so much price difference between staying real cheap and staying 'comfortable. B 400-600 might get you very basic accommodation but B 650-950 can get you fa better accommodation.
Tell us more about your idea of a great vacation and we can suggest routes and specific places.
I`ll be in Chiang Mai for 5-6 days, then down south to krabi area then onto koh Tao to meet friends, so hopefully the rain will start late this year!, found some nice looking guesthouses in Chiang Mai on this site so think I`ll just book one to be on the safe side!!
Samui has a double wet season and can have considerable rainfall in May.
Chiand Mai's wet starts in May too.
However I think most people would consider the odd burst of torrential rain as a plus give the relative heat and humidity at the time.
eastern seaboard is the driest.
was there last may for 2 weeks and it only rained maybe 2 times!
and the weather was hot and humid, bring light clothes....i also recommend "decluttering" your closet and bringing clothes you wanna get rid of...that way u wear them, then just leave them behind. the local hotel workers will love that you are giving them clothes (even if used)...
as for accomadation, its pretty easy to find accomadation once there. esp when u get off busses/boats local salespeople are always asking "where you going?"...seriously, you'll see what i mean when u get there!
i miss thailand! you are going to have a great time!
my favorite was koh samui, koh phan gan (full moon party)...and chiang mai....make sure you go get a string bracelet from the buddhist monks up at doi suthep....it brought me good luck
I was there about 3 days ago and there was rain brewing already.
Louissa you want to check out a few of my photos if you don't think the rains affect the rest of Thai, the North and the central plains had TWO MILLION displaced people last year due to flooding.
anyway Singapore beats Thai hands down for rain, I've worked there for the last three years and am having trouble remembering a day without rain