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Khao Lak in may or June

Mildura, Australia
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Khao Lak in may or June

Hi, can anyone tell me whether it is better to go to Khao Lak during May or June. Is it a good time of year to go there. Is it possible to go diving and swim at the beach. Also is it a nice place to go for a family holiday and ideas what we can do there. Any feedback is appreciated, thanks

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1. Re: Khao Lak in may or June

May is the start of the monsoon season on the andaman coast so the earlier you go the better, it's been pretty miserable weather during the last month with nearly constant rain so June would not be a good time, you should also check out koh Samui on the Gulf coast as it's not the rainy season there and either May or June would be ok.

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2. Re: Khao Lak in may or June

As an example we were in KL this time last year and it rained almost constantly for 6 out of 7 days!

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3. Re: Khao Lak in may or June

Neither May or June is a good time for Khao Lak.

November - April weather is best on the West Coast (Andaman Sea).. Khoa Lak side !!

May – Sept weather is best on the East Coast (Gulf Coast) Koh Samui, Koh Phangan etc

You are better going to the East coast in May/June.

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4. Re: Khao Lak in may or June

Koh Samui, Koh Phangan will be a good option to go for.

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5. Re: Khao Lak in may or June

Are all the previous posters speaking from experience of Khao Lak in May or June or just repeating what it has "usually" been like according weather sites, which are unreliable for the Dry Season let alone the Wet Season? Everyone knows that weather patterns are changing and that this year is no guide to the future nor is last year. May and June in recent years in Khao Lak have had less than normal rainfall in the opening months of the Monsoon Season and September and October are "usually" the wettest months. Yet last September and October saw less rain than in previous months, let alone previous years, and it rained on 23 days out of 30 in November. The unusually heavy rain and winds that have affected Phuket as well as Khao Lak and other Andaman areas, have ironically prevented the haze coming from Indonesia that has severely affected Singapore and Malaysia from reaching the Andaman coast

Compare these two charts:

Khao Lak weather-and-climate.info/…Thailand - May average monthly rainfall 150mm, June average monthly rainfall 175mm

Bo Phut, Koh Samui weather-and-climate.info/…Thailand - May average monthly rainfall 190mm, June average monthly rainfall 175mm

Wherever, you go, whenever you go, you now take a risk.


In answer to your other questions:

- no, you will be unable to go diving or snorkeling between 15th May and usually end of October but this year 15th October to the Similan and Surin Islands from Khao Lak because they are closed

- swimming from the beach is not always safe because of heavy and sometimes dangerous seas (more so in Phuket than Khao Lak)

- Khao Lak is an ideal family destination, very safe and no "dodgy" areas.

- plenty of things to do. Have a look at the FAQs on the right especially the one "What is Khao Lak like in the Wet Season.

Also bear in mind that in the Low (Wet) Season, accommodation prices in Khao Lak are often half or less than those in the High Season and much less than those in the East Coast areas that others have mentioned.

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6. Re: Khao Lak in may or June

Australians seem to love Khao Lak.

Alan hit one nice aspect of the low season. You can get a bit of luxury in Khao Lak for about the same price of a shared hammock in Samui.

You can swim ( paddle or jump up and down in the waves) even when the surf is up. You just have to leave the macho and idiot ashore. Follow all the common-sense things like, don`t show off, don`t have a drink, don`t go to far out or too deep, don`t go near the rocks or rivers, don`t bother the surfers and keep it short.

A lot of people die because they panic, they don`t know how to float and they don`t know how to breath. The same sort of inexperience happens on the road with tourists, they just don`t realize they are in way over their head.

As for the weather - don`t care - if it rains I bring my soap and have the worlds biggest outdoor shower.

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7. Re: Khao Lak in may or June

We just had 8 nights at NTBR1 in May, it was hot, we swam every day, went in the beach every day, we did have a little rain most days but only for 1/2 hour or so and it was gone for the day. We will return in May any time.

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8. Re: Khao Lak in may or June

Hi Jarrod

We have been in KL last three Mays and this year the weather was definitely different, much warmer and not as much rain. Every year as Alan says seems to be changing and the wet season is starting later. (it also started later in Darwin this year). Don't let other people put you off, more and more Aussie's are travelling over in our winter and it certainly helps the local businesses.



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9. Re: Khao Lak in may or June

Thank you so much for your reply its really appreciated!

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