Thailand’s Green Season: Rhythms of the Rain
While most people head to Thailand in the tourist high season from November to February – which coincides neatly with the cool season – the drawbacks are, of course, the thronging crowds at popular sites and the considerably higher prices you are likely to pay for everything – including your hotel. But although the weather may be dryer during these months, there’s no guarantee it’s going to be that much cooler during this period.
If you’re not afraid of a bit of rain, then, in fact, an excellent time to travel around Thailand is during the ‘green season’. Lasting from late July to October, it’s a time when the weather is dominated by the southwest monsoon – but here’s a reality check: while the rains can be sudden and heavy, they usually last no more than 20 minutes to an hour, and afterwards, everything feels, smells and looks that much fresher and brighter. What’s more, in no time at all it’s dry again, due to the heat, so actually, the downpours are really quite refreshing.
Have you ever ventured off to a waterfall with huge expectations, only to discover when you arrive the roaring torrent you were expecting is nothing more than a trickle? Very disappointing indeed, but rest assured, in the green season there’s no such let downs. In fact, you can be almost guaranteed a spectacular, thundering cascade!
Dry, bare rice fields are not particularly inspiring or attractive either during the dry season, but in the green season, you’ll be amazed by the different hues of iridescent green, a delightfully alluring rural scene – especially for photos – and one that really captures the essence of tropical Southeast Asia. Again, clear-blue skies are great, but in the green season the arrival of enormous, billowing dark cloud formations can be just as spectacular, so make sure you have your camera ready.
Of course, not everything can be swung positively. Trekking for instance after heavy rains can be hard going or even risky in some places, as trails turn to mud and become super slippery. That doesn’t mean you can’t trek at all, but make sure you’re prepared and listen carefully to any advice your guide may have. On the upside – if you’re not laying face-down in the mud – you’ll get to see the natural world in spectacular bloom.
For those who are in Bangkok, the city traffic can be frustrating at the best of times, but during a thunderstorm, it can grind to a halt. Instead of getting frustrated and giving yourself an ulcer, get out and walk. If you’re in a taxi, the driver won’t mind – he’s used to his customers abandoning ship. You might even find its quicker and what’s more, you’ll get to experience the local bustle of the city streets in a completely different light. The only thing you need to remember is an umbrella!
On the whole, you’ll find that the positives for traveling in the green season far outweigh the negatives with the rain adding a refreshing element to your holiday. As for umbrellas, no need to pack one for the green season, you’ll find all sizes, color, and specs for sale on practically every Thai street corner!
For more information on what to do and where to travel please contact Khiri Travel at [email protected].