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We will be in Khao Lak early July for 3 weeks. Any weather info would be great. Has anyone been boating up the Khlong Thap Liang Estuary at this time of year? Or on the Chiaw Lan Lake? Mosquito? Sand flies?

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1. Re: Weather

Hi ledebs,

Have a look at the FAQ's to the right. There is one there "What is Khao Lak like in the wet season". You will find some useful posts from travellers, including ourselves who regularly visit Khao Lak in July/August.

Generally, the weather haven't been too bad, but it can be hit and miss. Our experience has been that over a 3 week period you could expect a few days with rain, a few days with showers and 2 weeks of pretty good weather.

We have been to Cheow Lan Lake in July and the day we went it was O.K. Its a fair way from Khao Lak so difficult to predict what the weather will be like from Khao Lak.

Mossies, generally not too much of a problem in low saeson.

Sandflies, haven't experienced them in low season on any of the beachs we visit.

Sorry, not familiar with Khlong Thap Liang Estuary.

Hope this helps.

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2. Re: Weather

Thanks tanmar. I had read that post you suggested thanks but more wondering about life on the water. I understand that the marine parks are closed which is a shame as we were hoping to get to some of the islands Surin and Similan. We thought the inland waterways might be a good alternative. Good to hear we can expect some sunny days without wind too.

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3. Re: Weather

I've spent July & August in Khao Lak for the last three years (and will be leaving again soon to do the same). I can't add much to what tanmar has said except the weather is completely unpredictable. Most days will be a 'mixed bag' - mostly overcast with a little sun and a little rain. However, there can be stretches of several days with cloudless, sunny skies; or, conversely, almost constant rain.

I was there last January through the first week March and hated the high season weather. It's boring - almost nothing but sun every day!... LOL. I spent most of my time in a search for shade (but that's just me... everyone else seemed to like it).

To be on the safe side, use mosquito repellent at all times, where ever you go. They're most active at dusk. While the chance of contracting Dengue fever is extremely small, the species that bites during the day can carry the virus.

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4. Re: Weather

Thanks cruisemonkey...we don't mind a bit of rain and don't want total sunshine either....would be fighting you for the shade ;) Is it very windy? would accomodation facing onto the beach be too windswept or be cooler than a sheltered spot away from the beach

Have you been to the Khlong Thap Liang Estuary?

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5. Re: Weather

It generally isn't too windy, except when a rain squall comes through.

We often sit on our verandah when they approach and batten down the hatches for 10 minutes as the squall passes and then 10 minutes later the sun is out.

Consider a trip to Phi Phi island or similar in Phang nga bay which is a lot more sheltered than the Khao Lak coast.

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6. Re: Weather

Khlong Thap Liang Estuary is south of Tab Lamu which is the starting point during the Dry Season for trips to the Similan Islands and Koh Tachai (closed 15th May to 15th October or 31st October depending on sea conditions). I have to say in nearly ten years staying in Khao Lak I have not seen trips here advertised in local tours or anyone else asking about them on the forum before. Google searches come up with various sites but all carry the same description. Perhaps if you contact one of the local operators that do more "out of the ordinary" tours like Khao Lak Land Discovery at www.khaolaklanddiscovery.com/eng/index.php… or Green Andaman Travel at http://www.greenandamantravel.com/ or Eco Khao Lak at http://ecokhaolak.com/ or Lora of Dior Travel in Bang Niang who is a qualified guide as well as tour agent on diorkhaolak@yahoo.co.th they could advise about this and other trips on the water, Little Amazon,on the river north up at Takua Pa for instance.

As for beachfront accommodation, the very popular (especially with Australians in Low and increasingly High Season) Nang Thong Bay (NTBR1) and Nang Thong Beach (NTBR2) Resorts a few hundred metres from each other on Nang Thong Beach offer garden bungalows back from the beach, both with restaurants and pools. They are also just down the road from the centre of Bang La On, the main township of Khao Lak with its many restaurants, bars and shops.

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7. Re: Weather

Thanks Arandora

We read about Khlong Thap Liang estuary in Lonely Planet and as the island trips are out we thought it might be a good alternative. Thanks for all the names of likely tour operators too.

The Lonely planet info:

"KhlongThap Liang Nature Reserve - Guided hikes along the coast or inland can be arranged through many tour agencies in town, as can long-tail boat trips up the scenic Khlong Thap Liang estuary. The latter affords opportunities to view mangrove communities of crab-eating macaques."

We fancy a long-tail boat trip to see the crab eating macaques! And its supposed to be one of the largest mangroves

We already have our accommodation sorted at Khuk Khak beach and prefer a quieter place away from all the action but good to know the name of the town centre. My query about the beach front rooms was to see if it is very windy at that time of year because we have a choice of a pool room or an ocean view room and wondered the ocean view verandah almost on the beach would be too windy with the sea breezes

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8. Re: Weather

The wind is normally exactly that, a sea breeze.

We find it beneficial, especially when you have been into town and it has been really humid.

If you have the choice of an ocean view at your resort, we would go with that.

Depending on the quality of the "ocean view" verses how busy the "pool room" is with other people in the pool.

As for the estuary, there is a Navy Wives Restaurant at the Tab Lamu pier. A good place to sit and watch the boats, especially the navy boats when they come to dock.

There are plenty of local fishing boats here. We have thought of approaching one of them to hire a long tail and explore the estuary, but have never done this.

It's certainly a good idea.

Not sure how many macaques you will see?

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9. Re: Weather

Thanks again tanmar

Advice re the sea breeze is really appreciated :)

We will definitely try to make a trip up the estuary and will post about it here if we are successful.We have heard that in the quieter months the macaques and other wildlife in general is more likely to be seen. We'll see! We're also planning on going to the National Parks.

Also keen to see the rock art in some of the caves listed in the general area.

Count down to July!

Edited: 07 June 2015, 07:10
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10. Re: Weather

Enjoy your trip.

We will be in Khao Lak just after you.

Will be interested to read if you arranged a trip on the estuary.

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