View out over Koh Pling in Golden Buddha Bay on an 'Autumn' morning
Climate in Tropical Thailand
Thailand enjoys a tropical climate. It is typically high in both temperature and humidity with yearly mosoons. Awareness of Thailand's seasonal weather patterns is essential for the traveller so as to make for a comfortable and enjoyable trip.
In a typical year the monsoon rains peter out in October and the high season for tourism begins. November till April sees the most accomodating weather for guests to Thailand. During these months the humidity has been cleared from the preceding monsoon. There is now low rainfall, sunny skies and the temperature flirts with 30°C.
During April and May the heat intensifies and the humidity rises. April and May are particularly warm with average daytime temperatures breaching 35°C. Clear skies are still common, but as the weeks pass the clouds start to bubble up during the late morning and afternoon rain becomes more frequent. These showers eliminate the humidity and break up the clouds leading to stunning sunsets.
June to September sees the full onset of the monsoon. Often the mornings begin clear and sunny. However, even before the heat has chance to build up, dark clouds are rolling in accompanied with strong gusts of wind. Wild, exciting storms are commonplace with heavy precipitation. Whereas this weather is not good for tourism, the locals seem indifferent, enjoying the cool respite before the cycle starts over.
Vivid blue skies provide a backdrop for the striking Phang Nga limestone karsts and traditional longtail boat
During April & May afternoon showers often give way to spectacular sunsets which light up the scattered clouds
Khuraburi is subject to a particularly aggressive rainy season. The hills bring in frequent heavy showers
Khuraburi and Phang Nga province -- same, same but different
Golden Buddha Beach at New Year. December - February have consistently blue skies
Although the seasonal gyrations remain roughly the same across the entire nation, there are of course regional differences based upon location within the country and local geography.
Chiang Mai in the north is cooler than Hat Yai in the south. The winds coming off the sea in Phuket are stronger than the broken down gusts that occur in big city Bangkok.
Phang Nga and Khuraburi are also subject to distinctive annual weather patterns. Typically, Khuraburi follows the seasonal climatic archetypes more rigidly than other areas in Thailand. In other words the high season benefits from reliably cloudless skies and the monsoon brings the highest rainfall in the country.
This is excellent news for tourism in this area. The summer rains enrich the soil, bringing lush green landscapes. Then, as Autumn approaches the rains drop off completely, the sun comes out and stays out.
Weather on Koh Phra Thong
The weather on Koh Phra Thong dutifully follows that on the mainland. The only real difference is at the fringes of the season and during low season. During this time the deep showers are more localised and it is quite possible for Koh Phra Thong to be saved the torrential rain hitting the mainland.
Thankfully, during high season visitors to Koh Phra Thong can rest assured that their holiday will be dominated by glorious sunshine, clear air and calm seas.