With special deals on villa accommodation and a wide selection of flight promotions, there is no reason why the Green Season should dampen your spirits in Thailand.
Thailand’s enticing tropical climate attracts visitors from all over the world to relax on its white sand beaches. In addition to days of blissful sunshine throughout the year, the country's tropical climate also includes Green Season. On Phuket, this roughly falls form May to November, with Monsoon in September, while on Koh Samui Green Season runs from July to November, with Monsoon at its end.
Unless you are obsessive about sunbathing all day long – which most people now accept bad for your skin – there's no reason to avoid Thailand's tropical islands during Green Season. In fact, there's a whole host of advantages to visiting the islands during these periods.
Here are a few ideas to help you make the most of the tropical seasons.
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With fewer tourists around during Green Season; shops, spas and even private villas often offer special promotions to attract customers and guests. This means that you can enjoy the same lavish accommodation, indulgent spa treatments and retail offerings as visitors during high season, but with better choices and affordability. Airlines also offer promotions, particularly on domestic transfers across, which means you can daily hop on a flight to experience the islands in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand on the same holiday.
Walking on Sunshine
The idea that Green Season means never-ending downpours is a misconception. The sun still smiles down on visitors for most of the time, with quieter beaches offering an additional advantage and a wider choice of beachside accommodation for those that want to make the most of the islands' natural assets. Green season also brings some of the year's most spectacular sunsets, offering guests the opportunity to take in the breathtaking colours of sundown with a few cocktails on their private ocean view terrace.
Fun & Adventure
Cooler temperatures during Green Season tend to be more manageable for visitors who have trouble adjusting to Thailand’s tropical climate. This means the green season is a great time of year to take part in some active pursuits, without the heat becoming too overwhelming. Cycling is particularly popular on Phuket, passing through scenery is at its lushest at this time of year. Hiking is also becoming popular on the islands, particularly for those that want to see the waterfalls at their best.
During peak season, the most sought-after restaurants in tourist hotspots like Phuket and Koh Samui can become crowded, even if you do book ahead. During Green Season the pressure on tables (and staff) eases a little, which means guests enjoy more personal services and get to experience the true warmth of Thai hospitality.
If you ever fancied yourself as a surfer, but haven't quite mastered the rip curls, then Green Season is the perfect time to polish your board skills off certain beached around Phuket and Samui. Stronger onshore winds mean larger waves that are also fun to play in and visitors keen on water sports may even be tempted to try out a few new beach activities, from body boarding to kite surfing. However, it's always best to learn the skills with an instructor and make sure the beach you choose has life guards on duty.
by Max Vee