Today is the Thai New Year holiday. Historically, this is the start of the rainy season too. The ‘rainy season’ doesn’t mean steady rain. Basically, especially as the climate has changed, there are plenty of clear blue sky days/weeks during the rainy season. April and May tend to be a bit warm and with that comes a higher chance of a refreshing afternoon shower.
Monsoon actually refers to the change in the primary wind direction. During the rainy season on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula (Phuket and Phang Nga Bay), the wind is predominantly from the SW. This brings the moist sea air over the land mass. This is from April through October.
The Gulf of Thailand side has clear weather during this period. They have their monsoon season the opposite of the west coast.
Khao Sok is sort of in the middle of the Malay Peninsula, so the weather pattern is slightly different, though Khao Sok tends to have west coast weather more than east coast weather.
Paddling in a brief shower in Southern Thailand in either Phang Nga Bay or Khao Sok National Park is a magical experience. It’s something to look forward to, not something to avoid.
Both Phang Nga Bay and Khao Sok are sheltered from any severe weather. Besides, even if it is a bit windier that we desire, we have alternative kayaking routes to get us out of the wind.
Check out our month-by-month weather calendar