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Rainy Season

Rainy Season in Thailand

The rainy season in Thailand is not all doom and gloom. Rain here is not like rain in the UK for instance which seems to plunge most of the population into 'can't do anything' moods.

Rain in Thailand is generally quick; to the point; shoots its load, then moves on. It will have given you plenty of warning that it is about to happen.

Sometimes - in the Northern areas - it rains all day, for several days, but normally just the mornings and evenings. Much depends upon which area of Thailand you are staying at the time.

The rainy season is important - and welcome - to those who earn their meagre living from the land.

Ploughing is possible as the parched dust or concreted earth soaks up most of the rain and becomes the rich farming soil upon which, many important crops can be grown.

Rice for instance - without the rainy season - is no-go.

The countryside springs back into life, taking on a fresh look and attitude. The cities get their very welcome 'spring-clean' and dusting down - or off. Most of the accumulated dust and smaller debris is whisked off into the nearest drain - and then to the sea via a river. The drains themselves are generally in need of the washing down.

So generally, everyone is pleased of the respite from the heat, come the rainy season. However, if you drive a motorbike, and have either ignored the twenty-minute warning, or perhaps thought that you could make it to your destination - racing the rain - you will probably be 'not pleased'.

Regional Differences for Rainfall

The North, South and Central regions of Thailand all have their own individual variations of the rainy season. It can best be summed up by the statistics for annual rainfall.

The Northern regions of Thailand gets around 1.5m of rain annually, with the Southern regions getting up to 2.5m of rain each year. (USA average of all states = 0.7m: UK = 0.8m average and Australia = 0.5m. these are averages just to show a comparison).

The Northern part of Thailand is host to the Southwest Monsoons. The rain is heavy and prolonged.

The South of Thailand gets most rain - twice as much as the North! West coast and east coasts of the south have two different rainfall periods. West coast sees most of its rain between April and October. Then it is the turn of the East coast from late September through 'till December.

Central regions fall between the two - as they would - with shorter bursts of rain. My own personal experience is that Bangkok seems to get most of its rain in the day, whilst Pattaya conveniently gets the soaking in the nights.

Inconvenient for both, as Bangkok is a 'Daytime' activity time (exceptions there are) whilst Pattaya of course is a 'Night-time' place (exceptions there are!).

This is not a holiday plug, but Pattaya seems to be blessed with the more 'user-friendly' aspects of the Rainy Season in Thailand.
Here, when it is not raining in the rainy season - most of the time - it is either light cloud or clear blue skies, with the resultant hike in daytime temperatures.

In Bangkok - rainy season or not - the months of March through to September generally have the highest temperatures - 35deg not uncommon.

Natural Beauty from Rain in Thailand

Greenery, waterfalls, rural activities, and national parks - are all beneficiaries of the storms. But, many places are closed to the public because of possibility of danger, the concerns about erosion, or in the case of many island, their sheer inaccessibility.

Everything else just carries on as normal between the showers. Rainy season it may be, but at the same time as the six months - May to October - gets around 90% of the annual rainfall, it also sees many of its hottest temperatures!

Welcome to Thailand in the Rainy Season. Sometimes wet, sometimes grey, most times hot. Grey it might sometimes be, but gloomy, never! This is Thailand.