Obviously, travelers and rain are not best friends. However, don’t let the rain affect your mood or spirit during your vacation. The rainy season in Thailand can still be a great time to visit, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
The rainy season is not considered as the “high season” in Thailand tourism industry, but actually, it offers visitors a lot of wonderful things like the temperature will be much more comfortable, and the rural landscapes are transformed into a burgeoning blanket of green, rivers rise, and waterfalls flow at their fullest. If you are planning a Thailand trip during this rainy season, just put this “tip package” into your pocket:
Always be prepared for rain
As rains can come with little warning, make sure that you head out for a day’s sightseeing prepared for a soaking. Umbrella, rain poncho, light-weight rain jacket, flip-flop, and water-resist sunscreen, etc. should be always in your bag.
Protect your possessions
A quick and easy way to add a little extra protection to items in your bag is to line the inside of your bag with plastic carrier bags and place your day-to-day things inside a layer of plastic. Your bag will still get wet, but the things inside should stay dry. Plastic rain covers are available for larger bags, such as backpacks. You could also consider investing in a waterproof bag for complete protection. Leave any items you don’t need in your hotel room before heading out for the day.
Consider motorbike trips
While many travelers love the independence of renting a scooter to explore Thailand, the rainy season really isn’t the best time to take to the roads, especially if you are an inexperienced rider. Visibility can be drastically reduced, the road surfaces can quickly become slippery or even flooded, and shelter can be minimal, particularly in rural or mountain roads. Instead of that, tours with private car/ private transfer will be much more convenient and you can even enjoy the beauty in the rain of Thailand.
Use mosquito repellent
Mosquito numbers increase sharply during the rainy season. As well as being a nuisance, mosquitoes can spread diseases. It’s important to take steps to prevent bites. Apply mosquito repellent regularly, especially during the evening. Long pants and a long-sleeved top can also help to avoid being bitten. Mosquito coils can be useful for evenings spent sitting outside, whether in an open-air restaurant, by a river, on a beach, or on your balcony.
Weather reports are not boring
Of course, nobody can completely rely on the accuracy of weather forecasts, but having a rough idea of the expected weather conditions for a day out can help you plan your activities. Do also check for any weather alerts before moving to another destination; you don’t want to travel across the country to find out that a certain area is experiencing flooding.
Pay heed to warnings
Don’t ignore any warnings during the rainy season; they’re issued for your safety. For example, if certain areas of a waterfall are closed off to the public, don’t be tempted to sneak behind barriers for a better view. Look for swim and surf warnings on beaches before taking a dip in the ocean. Undercurrents and rip tides can be incredibly strong.
Expect delays and cancellations
Although downpours generally don’t affect most of Thailand’s transportation systems too much, floods can lead to road closures and delays on buses. Ferries and boats may be delayed or canceled, making getting to and from islands unpredictable. Factor in possible delays to your plans.
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