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Worried, have we messed up timings?

Travel Forums Asia Worried, have we messed up timings?

1. Posted by DoA (Budding Member 84 posts) 8y

Hi guys,

Well after what seems like months of planning we're ready to book tickets and stuff, however every book i've read has said the same thing. We're going at the wrong time of year!

We'll be landing in Laos in mid june and going overland to vietnam (july), cambodia and into thailand for august and september.

Would we be better off leaving in september to miss monsoon season? We're both male and early 20s

Please reassure me or tell me the best plan!

2. Posted by angenaline (Budding Member 44 posts) 8y

I'm doing SEA around the same time. I don't care. It's the only time I can go, so it's either go during possibly the wrong season or not go. Obviously I'm choosing the former. The monsoon isn't happening in the Gulf of Thailand at that time, only on the west coast of Thailand. And it will be wet in Vietnam, but there shouldn't be a typhoon. The temperature is perfect to me.

In short, I'm not planning on letting it get in my way, although, I might feel differently once in a while while I'm there.

3. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 8y

I went to Thailand at the very end of the rainy season. When it rained it was weird becuase it was so warm. As soon as it is done raining it dries right up. It can be annoying becuase you don't see a downpour coming. IOt can come from nowhere. The odd thing is sometimes it is raining in one spot and you can walk 20 feet to the left and it is dry and warm. I wouldn't worry too much about it. We had a problem hiking in Northern Thailand at the end of the rainy season because the vegetation was at it's best. It makes it hard for hiking through the jungle, but in July you should be fine.

Bring bug repellent. As much dryfit clothes as possible would be good to becuase it will dry up quick if you get rained on.

4. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

I've been in north Vietnam for the past two weeks and it's been totally cold, so if you're going to the north (which I would recommend) you're probably better off coming in July.

I've never been to Thailand during August/September but I've been in December which I think is the 3rd wettest month, and there were still a lot of sunny days and I still loved it.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 8y

Quoting DoA

Hi guys,

Well after what seems like months of planning we're ready to book tickets and stuff, however every book i've read has said the same thing. We're going at the wrong time of year!

We'll be landing in Laos in mid june and going overland to vietnam (july), cambodia and into thailand for august and september.

Would we be better off leaving in september to miss monsoon season? We're both male and early 20s

Please reassure me or tell me the best plan!

I lived in Vietnam in another life a long time ago for a couple years. Yes it rains, but the rain stops and it is sunny again. I can't remember too many days when it rained continuously, day after day. I think you will be okay unless you have rooms on the first floor in an area that might flood.

I have been to Thailand in August and September, I like this time of year. Fewer tourists, cheaper hotels. Same as Vietnam, a little more rain but the rain stops in an hour or so. Rain often falls at night time anyway. Plenty of sunshine for beach time, etc.

Advantages, low season cheaper hotel pricing and fewer tourists. A little more rain every now and then. When it rains visit a restaurant or go shopping indoors. I think you would have to have some really bad luck for rain to ruin your entire trip.

6. Posted by DoA (Budding Member 84 posts) 8y

Thats exactly what I wanted to hear!

Thanks guys, my mind is now at ease again!

7. Posted by Jennyyore (Budding Member 66 posts) 8y

I think I got my timings wrong!

We arrived in Hanoi on new years day Feb 7th, which I thought would be great, wrong!

Every thing is shut for 4 days due to public bank holiday, nothing is open at all, it was difficult finding somewhere open to eat.

Plus it was freezing cold!
The hotels have no heating and marble floors and are very drafty....i mean gales running through the properties.

We had travelled in jeans and fleece from England and wore those same clothes for Hanoi and Halong Bay. We had to buy wooly hats and gloves.

Plus all flights throughout Vietnam were fully booked until the 20th Feb.

So I think your timming must be better than ours, just take a brolly....or buy one from a vending machine and a pac a mac.

When it rainned in Saigon it only lasted about an hour then the sun dried it all up so quick you would not have known it had rainned if you had been inside somewhere.

Jenny