im planning on going to thialand, cambodia and vietnam from july to september... i know this is the rainy season can any one tell me what its like at that time of year, can i expect it to be rainy everyday or are there dry sunny days too? and would anyone say its possibly better to wait and experience these countries in the dry season?
i was in thailand earlier this year for a month in july, had a great time the weather was mostly good and didnt really have that much rain at all from what i remember maybe a few of the nights there was heavy rain for like 10 - 20 minutes but thats about it.
i wouldnt know about cambodia or vietnam though.
I have been in all three countries in May-June and vote that you go ahead with your plans. I does rain, but it should not ruin your holiday. It does not rain everyday and not all day when it does. VN is a 1,00 miles long. You may find a beach city that is not getting rained on daily. Be flexible with your plans and go to the area that has the best weather. I would advise real caution when tackling the steps at Angkor Wat. They are steep and difficult when dry. Down right lethal when wet. Take a look at my Angkor photos and you will see what I mean.
You should take Gore-Tex rain gear or something similar. Something that keeps the rain off but breathes as well. Prepare for the rain and it will be OK. Good luck.
I agree with Vegasmike6, it doesn't rain ALL the time and not everywhere. In fact, its rather sporadic, but consistent. You have to chance to move about under cloudy and cool weather but bring one of these plastic raincoats you can get at the 7-E. Sometimes, it just rains all of the sudden that you're just forced to huddle underneath an awning and start smoking a cigarrette for a couple of minutes.
Wear clothes that would still be ok if you get wet and dries off well (Cotton based). I usually just walk around in flip flops and roll up my jeans a bit.
When you get to the steps of Angkor Wat's inner temples, you'll see what Vegasmike6 means by `difficult' climb
Anyway, what's the point of going to tropical countries if you don't experience a little bit of tropical weather, right?
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 23, 2007, at 10:18 PM by suzy ]