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Questions re Thailand visit

Hi everyone,

We are planning to visit Phuket in Feb or early March. However we are not sure if this a good timing?! We are very disappointed since our previous trip to Seychelles was a disaster due to whole day rains (even thought we went there during the time that on internet was saying no rain is expected).

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Re: Questions re Thailand visit

The weather is broken. There is no way to guarantee good weather anywhere, anytime.
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Re: Questions re Thailand visit

Of course it can rain, but did you actually see that Feb/March is the 'dry season' for Phutket ?





You're asking someone to predict the weather. Of course there's always a chance it will rain or there will be dramatic weather. Friends of ours were in a cyclone in Fiji. It wasn't the holiday they planned, but it was very memorable.
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Re: Questions re Thailand visit

West-Sahara, Death-Valley and the Atacama desert are looking pretty good for holiday where the main concern is "no rain".
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Re: Questions re Thailand visit

Most times I went there with my wife at that time of the year, I would have been glad of a couple of days of rain.
It got a little too hot.
Missed out on the Tsunami - unlike my mate from Barrow who had a Sports bar on Patong beach.
You should maybe wait til april 13th for the water festival. Hottest time of the year when they really want the rain to come.
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Re: Questions re Thailand visit

We were seriously considering a Thai trip in October with the kids vacation but it's right at the end of the typical rain/monsoon season and like the OP we wanted to hedge our bets to avert it as much as possible. I've always had the impression the best time to visit there is from November to February/March -but as others have said, global climate change has shifted weather & seasonal patterns making it a calculated risk if you plan trips at either end of the usual seasons


And even when you plan plan plan, weather strikes just the same
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Re: Questions re Thailand visit

Its a good season to go to Phuket. But you are in the tropics and rain can happen... in Feb or March should those be limited to occasional short and heavy showers, no day long monsoon rains.


Sorry to say so, I know millions of people love it, but for me is Phuket the least appealing bit of Thailand... or South East Asia. Full on mass tourism for decades has changed the island beyond recognition. I understand that people with kids or elderly appreciate the level of security and infrastructure... but its not for me. I brought my elderly in-laws there a couple of years ago and I don't see the point to go there to be on a sandy beach full of Russians... and Thais cooking what they consider to be Italian food.
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Re: Questions re Thailand visit

I think a co-worker visited Mauritius during the rain-season.
He said it wasn't that bad. They did a lot of hikes apparently, and less sun-bathing (which is mostly boring for kids anyway).

He got a very good deal on it, though.
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I think a co-worker visited Mauritius during the rain-season.
He said it wasn't that bad. They did a lot of hikes apparently, and less sun-bathing (which is mostly boring for kids anyway).

He got a very good deal on it, though.


Ive been to the Maldives during the rainy season (July&August). Twice. The first time did it rain one day, the other time maybe twice. On the upside was it often cloudy which at 30plus degrees wasn't a bad thing for me. Since I went for scuba diving did I not care about the rain and enjoyed the prices to be half of the main season...
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