So I am wanting to go to thailand before I head home (im in australia now) but the only way it seems to fit into my travel plans is if i go to thailand for 4 weeks in may. However, ive read many things warning against going during this month as it is one of the hottest (apparently weather around 45C daily) and also the start of the rainy season. While in thailand I really want to do some jungle trecking and outdoor activities but Im concerned that this will be unbearable in such heat and humidity. Will it be worth taking the trip at this time or should I forgo until another date?
Opinions would really be helpful!
The fact is, Thailand is AMAZING no matter what time of year you go. I'm from California, so I'm used to the heat and it doesn't really bother me so much. It gets pretty hot in Oz though, doesn't it?? So you might be used to the heat by then, hopefully? It IS coming up on summer down under!
Plus, a MAJOR upside to going to Thailand in the off-season is how much cheaper everything is, and people are generally much more thankful for your business and likely to cut you a better deal! Seriously, you'll get everything.. from food to accommodation, to trekking packages, for at least 30% cheaper. I went once in December, at the height of high-season, and it wasn't nearly as awesome. You'll get used to the heat and humidity, no problem. Same with trekking.. I did a hilltribe trek in early June last year and it was pouring rain, but I thought it was actually alot of fun!
Not only would I say going in May is acceptable.. I'd recommend it.
The temps will, more likely, average around 35º. The humidity gets a little ugly.
Never understood the idea of exposing oneself to the elements, seeking relief from them. There are exceptions, but poor people and tourists are the only ones that wear shorts outside. Loose fitting, lightweight pants and shirts work well. Light, wide brimmed hats are good.
Not casting nasty aspersions, but many from the northern climates aren't used to frequent showering. A cool shower, morning, midday and evening, goes a long way towards making things right. All Thais, I know, shower at least twice a day.
Take it slow, keep to the shade, drink lots of water and you should do OK.