Southern Thailand offers a huge variety of options for perfect beach holidays. On the West coast you can choose one of Andaman sea islands such as Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, or opt for coastal beach in Krabi or Khao Lak. On the East coast the Gulf of Thailand and its islands such as Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao wait for you as well as coastal resorts of Hua Hin and Cha-am.
Koh Samui is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Thailand. The island has wonderful nature, beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear seas, stunning viewpoints, beautiful temples, and various tourist activities like scuba diving, cooking courses and others.
Phuket is the largest island of Thailand. Phuket is situated in the Andaman Sea waters off the west coast. The island is among the finest beach destinations in the world offering magnificent bays, fine palm-fringed white sand beaches, glittering seas, picturesque small surrounding islands, delightful Sino-Portuguese architecture and memorable hospitality of local people to millions of visitors.
Krabi is a popular beach destination in Southern Thailand. Krabi province abounds with plenty of natural attractions including over 150 islands, gorgeous white sand beaches, turquoise water, flourishing coral reefs, towering limestone cliffs, numerous caves and waterfalls, making the scenery of the province both inland and at sea simply stunning.
Koh Phi Phi is a small archipelago of six islands. Koh Phi Phi islands are widely considered to be amongst the most beautiful islands in the world. Koh Phi Phi are one of the most popular islands in Thailand especially after they came to fame worldwide after the Leonardo Di Caprio movie “The Beach” was filmed in Maya Bay.
Koh Phangan is an island off the East Coast of Southern Thailand. Located roughly a third of the way from Koh Samui to Koh Tao, the island is known for its world famous full moon parties and coconut trees.
Hua Hin is a seaside resort city in Thailand, only about 200 km south of Bangkok. It’s the oldest and most traditional holiday resort in Thailand. Here you can find the comfort and attractions of a modern travel destination mixed with the charm of still active fishing port. Hua Hin is popular not only with foreigners but with Thais too, especially Bangkok residents.
Koh Phayam is a nice island in the Andaman Sea about 35 km from Ranong. It‘s a laid-back and one of the most beautiful of Thailand‘s islands. Koh Phayam is a perfect place for those who want to get away from everything and just spend some time in one of its wide and uncrowded beaches.
Ranong is a small border city and a major fishing and trading port in Southern Thailand. The city an attractive spot for growing numbers of travellers who want to use a border crossing with Myanmar for traveling overland to Kawthaung in Myanmar or other way. Ranong is also a starting point of traveling to a pair of exceptionally laid-back nearby Thai islands of Koh Phayam and Koh Chang Noi.
Weather in Southern Thailand
The south of Thailand has only two seasons - the wet and the dry. These seasons do not run at the same time on both coasts of southern Thailand.
Weather conditions are at their best on the West Coast from November to March. A cooling wind keeps the heat at bay and humidity level is low in Phuket, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Khao Lak and Ko Lanta. From March to May the temperature rises as the cooling wind departs and the humidity rises.
In April monsoonal weather usually arrives, which is expected to last until October. Peak rainfall levels are usually experienced in September and October. Outside of these months, the rain can often come in a short, heavy shower, usually in the afternoon.
Weather conditions on the East Coast are really good from January to March. Ko Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao get little rain and moderate temperatures with refreshing winds. From March, temperature starts to rise, usually reaching peak levels in April and May. In May and June might be raining a little, usually in the form of an hour-long afternoon shower. In September the monsoon is expected, bringing plenty of rainfall and a rise in humidity. Rainfall usually peaks between October and November.
All West coast destinations have similar weather conditions throughout the year as they all experience the impact of the Andaman sea. Temperatures and weather conditions in these locations might differ a bit in short term but in long term it's not notable.
For more detailed information about the weather in Southern Thailand check the weather of Thailand regions.
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