I am in the middle of rainy season right now in Hua Hin and its not even raining. If it does rain here today, its probably not going to be for very long, I would say a few minutes at most. I actually enjoy spending my time in Thailand when its not in the ‘dry-cool’ season. The place is much less crowded and the prices get cheaper for us long term visitors to Thailand.
A lot of travel books will recommend that you don’t come here this time of year, and they are maybe right if all you are after is a sunbathing holiday – but if you want that, then just go somewhere hot a bit close to home, don’t bother travelling halfway across the world to get a suntan. I personally try and keep out of the sun as much as possible as its just too hot and also bad for your skin. I do like to go in the pool when its sunny though and read a book on my Kindle (in its new waterproof cover:).
I remember the first time looking into that Rough Guide travel book of Thailand and pouring over the pages. I would try and work out exactly where the rain was going to be for my first holiday there – I researched and researched and found the perfect get away from the rain, so I think if you really need to find the sun here, it can always be done.
When you arrive here in the low season, you are going to get a much warmer experience from the people you bump into. The restaurants will be offering special deals like 20% off the menu prices, special prices in bars for drinks, more girls for you to talk to in the bars – its brilliant!
I was in Pattaya for low season for my 40th birthday a couple of weeks ago. I got an amazing deal on a hotel suite – probably one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at – it was much more like an apartment rather than a room – really livable. I would have been happy staying there for evermore. The price in high season is over 5000b (£100) a night and my low season price was just 1500b (£30!) they even upgraded me to a better suite and also gave me a free Birthday cake!!! The cake was delicious by the way, you could tell that it was a quality cake – maybe worth 500b alone.
Check out my hotel suite in the video
So if you are planning a trip in low season to Thailand, expect fewer tourists, cheaper prices, happier people and less sun burn – sounds OK to me!
Just as I finish this quick post, my gardener has turned up and he has started to water my plants in my Garden! So you see, there can not be that much rain as this would not need doing otherwise.