Posted by ShoukryK on September 30, 2010
I am getting married next month :) and I am planning to go to Thailand for the honeymoon. Initially i was thinking Phucket, but it looks like Phucket is rainy in Novemeber.
Can anyone recommend a warm/ not rainy/ sunny island/ city in Thailand.
What i am looking for is a place which is warm, good weather for swimming, scuba diving, cruises, etc..
Thank you in advance.
Reply by koonel on September 30, 2010
November is the end of the rainy season. But even during the rainy season the rain does not fall everywhere at the same time and often the rain stops in an hour or two. Even in Phuket during the middle of the rainy season you can usually find some very nice days.
Here is a link to weather in Thailand:
Personally I like the rainy season, the trees and greenery are nice and clean and fresh looking. There are more fruits and vegetables in season too.
Best islands to visit.
I don't care for Phuket myself, I think it is overpriced, but millions and millions of tourists visit there year after year. Many couples are quite happy with Phuket for their honeymoons.
If you can find some time on your honeymoon see if you can add Chiang Mai to your list of places to visit. Also, don't skip Bangkok, spend a few days there in the beginning and a final night there if you can. You can even purchase your plane tickets for Phuket or elsewhere while in Bangkok. Also you can take in some tours too. For tours in Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Phuket you can get them through local travel agencies. They are well organized to provide group tours and individual tours on a quick turnaround.
Reply by TravellingB on October 21, 2010
Koonel is definitely right about the rainy season - you'll find tropical showers followed by sunshine rather than endless drizzle and grey skies. I travelled through South East Asia during the monsoon season, but I would say that the weather was brilliant about 80% of the time. The downpours are also really dramatic - and a good opportunity to relax in the bar with a honeymoon cocktail!
In terms of islands to visit, technically the monsoon moves from western to eastern Thailand. It tends to hit the western islands on the Phuket and Krabi side in late September, and then move to the eastern islands (Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Tao) around mid/late October. By around the third week in November, both sides of the gulf are usually clear, so if you're planning to leave in late November you should be fine.
I agree with Koonel about Phuket - far too touristy. There are some great islands off the coast near Phuket - Ko Raya is stunning as well as Ko Lanta, and Railay Bay is a beautiful beach reached only by boat.
I hope that helps! Congratulations and have a great trip.
Take a look at www.thailandtravelplan.co.uk for more advice.
Reply by denisenicho on November 23, 2010
Thailand has lots of beautiful beach. There is always a variety on each island if you go looking for it, but below is a quickie summary:
Koh Samui - Large and very touristy (Lamai Beach, Lamai Beach, Chaweng Beach)
Koh Phangan - Haad Rin is beach party central! (Haad Rin)
Koh Tao - Cheapest scuba around and nice small island
Krabi/Railay - beautiful, rock climbing heaven, expensive (Railay Beach, Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Koh Lanta)
Koh Phi Phi - gorgeous, small, expensive, great diving
Koh Lanta - large, fairly quiet, Long beach is the best beach
Phuket - busy, loads of package tourists and vacationers (Patong Beach, Karon Beach, Kata Beach)
Koh Pu - very small and quiet, tree house bungalows
Koh Chang - Nice beaches, lots of tourists from Bangkok (White Sand Beach )
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