I'm going to thailand in July - September 09 and want to travel up to Chaing Mai then down to the islands. question is which island? also, should i book accommodation before i leave or when i get there? plan is to go cliche with a beach hut on some secluded beach...any ideas/ recommendations?
Thanks in advance.
Thailand can be very wet at times in our summer months as it's the rainy season there. Though not all day, every day, it is very heavy when it does come down. 11 inches in a month is a lot when you consider the UK gets 25 inches in a year. A nuisance in Chiang Mai if you have an umbrella and if worse comes to worse, a disaster on the islands.
Have a week in Spain or somewhere in our summer, then go to Thailand sometime between November and March and you can be on the beach sunbathing every day while the people back home are freezing. The main cost of such a holiday is the flight so 4 weeks holiday doesn't cost that much more than 2 weeks holiday.
[ Edit: Edited on 13-Mar-2009, at 09:02 by Cyberia ]
I have to agree with Cyberia. Those months are rainy season. You might get some good beach time in, but you are gambling on the weather. Not really s smart bet in July-August. Once in BKK, check with the travel shops and see what coast has the best weather. Samui might be having better weather than Phuket-Krabi. Or perhaps the reverse. You might also consider Pattaya if they are having less rain. Great fun, exciting nightlife, and a decent beach/water option over on Koh Larn. I wrote about it in my blog. Check the weather at Hua Hin as well. Close to BKK and maybe out of the rainy zone. I vote for Koh Jum if the Krabi coast is having decent weather. Good lucking with your planning.
[ Edit: Edited on 13-Mar-2009, at 16:59 by vegasmike6 ]