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Benjo Apr 8th, 2004 05:14 PM

October Thailand Honeymoon
My future spouse and I are looking to potentially honeymoon in Thailand in mid October, however we have some reservations about the climate. We have read that October is the end of the rainy season. Can anyone tell us what to expect weather wise? Thanks.

rhkkmk Apr 8th, 2004 06:07 PM

last year i was there from about oct 15 on...the weather in bkk was great, except in the pm it clouded up most days, so it wasn't great at the pool...we went to the pool most mornings and it was great and then did shopping or sighseeing the rest of the day...there was no rain except maybe a few sprinkles...
the later in october that you go the gets progressively better each day until november hits with magnificent weather...

there are some weather issues with some of the islands which jamesA will probably answer for you

a really great way to start your vacation would be at the peninsula hotel in bangkok, if you can afford it...the basic room is really nice and the better rooms are fabulous...

i like the marriott resort and spa as has the best pool

JamesA Apr 8th, 2004 10:05 PM

October is the time when the seasons change. The rain from May to end October around Phuket/Krabi/Phi Phi/Koh Lanta etc is affected by the Mondoons over the Bay of bengal, and those rains and winds can 'thrash' the south west area. Meanwhile the Gulf of Thailand is relatively calm with little rain.
Now, come towards the end of October and the Monsoons from the west are laving their last breathe, meanwhile winter is starting high up north of Hong Kong and around the China sea, this is when rain heads down towards The Gulf of Thailand, especially Koh Samui and south from there. When these 2 weather 'patterns' collide you can get some almightly heavy rain and floodings anywhere from the west side to the east side.

To give that some clarity these are the per month rainfalls in inches for SEP/OCT/NOV

Bangkok: 12.6/9.1/6.4
Hua Hin: 3.2/7.9/8.0
Koh Samui: 8.2/10.2/11.9
Phuket: 16.5/12.0/8.2

Your best bet areas at that time are actually around Koh Chang on the eastern side of the Gulf.

If you can make it earlier in October try Koh Samui side.

A lot depends what you are looking for accommodation wise, if you are looking for 4/5 star resorts that in a way can dictate which island/beach to stay on, howver, if you are young at heart(or age) and don't mind something more adventurous then maybe Koh Chang could suit, not busy, no raving discos etc, quiet, but that might not be your thing. Some nice 3/4 star level places.
Also do you plan to travel around? Are you into river rafting and jungle? Or juts relaxing on the beach and around the pool?

If you 'do' want a higher level accommodation then go for one where they have lots of activities so when it rains still lots to do.

Gpanda Apr 9th, 2004 04:53 AM

Previous posters addressed the climate, but I'd like to chime in on your reservations. Thailand is a wonderfully intoxicating trip destination. My wife and I went as a trip of a lifetime and now we go every year. Whenever we think of other destinations, we compare them to Thailand and return to the land of Smiles. It has several differnt climate regions, but you can generally find some locale that will be fine. Typical tourists go BKK, Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand) and then to a beach taking 12-14 days. Depending on your length of stay and your inclinations, you can definitely tailor a trip that will suit. I also note that even though we live in Boston, it's cheaper to go to Thailand for two weeks than St. Barth's for one week.

neworleanslaura Apr 12th, 2004 03:14 AM

what do you imagine the weather will be like in krabi in mid-october? what about chiang-mai?

MikeBuckley Apr 12th, 2004 05:48 AM


The answers to questions about weather in various parts of Thailand:

JamesA Apr 13th, 2004 01:53 AM

Krabi weather would be almost the same as Phuket but winds probably not as strong as Phuket takes the brunt of the Easterly winds and rain. Chiang Mai may still have some rain October but it really drops off come November.

JamesA Apr 13th, 2004 01:58 AM

At the moment it is burning hot(!!) but cooled down as we are celebrating Songkran (Thai New Year today) so we are all soaking wet through!!

It has reminded me that if you are including Chiang Mai in your plans during November "Loy Krathong" is the 26th, this is the festival where Thailand comes alight with 50 million+ candles in rivers and the sea. An amazing time to be in Chiang Mai or anywhere, but Chiang Mai and Bangkok would be great.

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