Why You Should Visit Thailand in May and June
I knew I wanted to go to Thailand right after I graduated college, which meant being there beginning of May to early June. When I looked up what the weather would be like, I got nervous at the fact that we would be coming in during Thailand's hot season and staying towards the beginning of rain season. However, I'm so happy that I decided to still go, despite the risk of bad weather. Here are three reasons why you should visit Thailand during this time.
What are Thailand's Seasons?
November thru February: High season, Dry and cool
March thru June: Mid-Low season, Hot
July thru October: Low season, Rainy
Way Less Crowded
There were hotels we stayed at that were practically empty, but it was so nice not having to share a stretch of beach with a million people. Of course, there are still plenty of people around so if you're traveling alone there will still be the opportunity to meet new people. When we went to Koh Phi Phi, which is known as the "party island" there were still a ton of people, but we were told that it was nothing compared to what it's like during high season. If you don't want to feel like the whole world is in Thailand along with you then I recommend going during mid to low season.
The Weather Will Still be Good
Of course, weather patterns change yearly and so there may be a year that you have bad luck with the weather and its rainy all the time. However, in my experience between May and June it wasn't too hot and it didn't rain all the time. Before flying to Thailand, I would check the weather all the time and was dismayed at the fact that every single day had a rainy symbol next to it on my weather app.
When we got to Thailand however, we found out that you really couldn't rely on weather apps, as even if it showed there was rain, it usually stayed sunny throughout the day. Of course there were some days that rained, especially when we were in Koh Samui. However, the majority of the time was sunny and not too hot!
That being said, often the rain did come out around 9-10pm in the form of lightning storms, but more than anything they were really cool to watch!
As far as the heat goes, you get used to the humidity in a few days and then it's not that bad. The center of Thailand is worse than the islands, such as Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai so be prepared for some heat, but it's manageable. Just be prepared to take multiple showers to cool down.
It'll Be Way Cheaper
By way cheaper, I mean waay cheaper when it comes to accommodations. For example, it'll be typical to find a hotel for $50 that usually is $250 in high-season. To me that kind of money is worth a bit of rain and it means you can stay at some nice resorts without paying an arm and a leg. Additionally, food and drink prices will be cheaper, as well as tours and activities.
I had friends visit Thailand in the middle of rainy season and they still had plenty of sunshine. As an expat living in Thailand put it, "Thailand really doesn't have a low-season." If you want a perfect vacation or trip then by all means travel to Thailand during high-season and experience sun 24/7 without too much heat, but be prepared for the massive crowds and the high prices. However, as a traveler who wants to save money and have a more peaceful experience you'll still find plenty of beautiful weather between May and June and even later.
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