Thailand’s green season is a great time for tourists to make the most of fewer crowds on the best beaches, lush tropical scenery, cooler temperatures and some excellent deals on top class accommodation.
Songkran (Thai Lunar New Year) is over, and for many people that means only one thing – the start of Thailand’s lovely green season. While the majority of precipitation in Phuket and Koh Samui falls later in the year (approximately September – November), the showers that arrive in late April and May offer a welcome reprieve from the heat and humidity for locals and holidaymakers alike.
Despite a few refreshing afternoon showers, Thailand’s green season is anything but a wash out. In fact, the cooler weather opens up a whole host of opportunities for visitors to explore the sights and attractions without soaring peak season temperatures slowing them down.
Below are a few ideas on how you can make the most of the green season in the Land of Smiles.
If you yearn for a secluded vacation spot with no one else in the vicinity to disturb you, then green season is the time to visit Thailand. Of course, in a private rental villa, crowds aren’t generally a problem at any time of year, but if you like to venture out to the local restaurants, you can definitely expect fewer diners at this time of year. This also means more attentive service from staff, who give you the time and attention you deserve. You can also enjoy leisurely meals at your own pace, and if travelling as a couple, expect a much more romantic atmosphere for special dates.
Thailand’s private villas and hotels attract fewer guests once the crowds of peak season have thinned out, and lower occupancy rates come hand-in-hand with discounted room rates across the country. Many a bargain is to be had for savvy travellers in search of a great accommodation deal, which could even mean an upgrade in the level of accommodation you would not usually choose. Imagine your ideal private holiday villa, complete with an outdoor Jacuzzi and private pool you always wanted?It could be yours at a surprisingly affordable nightly rate in green season.
Into the Wild
If you decide to take a vacation on Thai islands like Koh Samui or Phuket, the abundant rainforest that blankets the interiors in these destinations flourishes at this time of year. Why not make the most of the blossoming emerald scenery by renting a four wheel drive and exploring the island independently? Both Phuket and Koh Samui are home to a selection of impressive waterfalls, nestled deep in the jungle, and they are always at their most impressive when the torrent of water has an extra boost from the April showers. Bang Pae Waterfall in Phuket’s Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is one of the island’s natural wonders, and in green season many visitors choose to take a refreshing swim in one of the pools at the foot of the falls.
The odd shower has never prevented a keen sailor from exploring fantastic seascapes and in the Gulf of Thailand, the spectacular Ang Thong Marine Park in one of the country’s most spectacular marine locations. If you are staying on Phuket, Phang Nga Bay takes on a particularly ethereal kind of beauty during green season, when low lying clouds drift across the striking seascape of craggy cliffs and towering limestone carsts that jut vertically out of the water. Consider chartering a fully-crewed yacht to explore the mystical landscape of Phang Nga or the Ang Thong Marine Park, and get ready for some sensational photographs.
Natural Air Conditioning
This time of year can be one of the coolest, most peaceful and relaxing times of all for visitors exploring the delights of Thailand. With fewer tourists on the sightseeing trail, it’s a great time of year to explore historical and spiritual sites. In addition, hilltop temples and lofty island viewpoints all benefit from the cooling breezes that blow in the from the ocean. Without sky-high temperatures robbing your energy, you can put together an action-packed itinerary each day. On Phuket, this could mean a tour of the Chinese shrines and colourful shop houses of Phuket Old Town; on Samui it may involve a leisurely afternoon spent walking around the Big Buddha complex on the island’s north coast.