You know how Jurassic Park was super lush and green? And then it rained rather memorably? Same in Thailand: tropical country, requires regular watering. If you’ve never enjoyed hot, tropical rain – it’s pretty fantastic actually! Find out what the rain is like on Koh Samui and our not-very-scientific suggestions of how long it might last.
Koh Samui rain
Does it rain often on Koh Samui? How long does it rain?
Koh Samui’s rainfall totally depends on the time of year. There’s rainy season, which can offer an astonishing volume of rainfall over a period of weeks. There’s a dry, extra-hot season. There are months where it rains a little every day – consistent but short-and-sweet rain showers. If nothing but sunshine is important, learn which are Koh Samui’s sunniest months.
Does it rain all day in [X month]? To help choose when is best for you, get month-by-month climate details. If you’re not aware of what you’ve signed up for, chances are you won’t find rainy season any kind of fun – as it can rain for days and weeks without cease. Otherwise, say in August, the world might end in wet fury for just 20 minutes.
Rain-proof your Koh Samui holiday
Come prepared: We don’t suggest packing wellies but, if rain is a concern, take a few tips from what to wear in rainy season.
Honest expectations: How to actually enjoy a Koh Samui rainy day (Yes, really!) Rather than having your holiday ruined by an afternoon or few days of rain – try this little trick: Assume it will rain for at least part of your trip. That way, you’ll already have rainy-day activities that you’re looking forward to (and there are many).
Choose the perfect place to stay: When booking your accommodation, look for outside areas that have covered overhangs (whether a balcony, patio or a restaurant or beach bar elsewhere within the resort). Samui rainy days never mean cold weather, and you can often enjoy the dramatic atmosphere outside with your beer and a great book (while staying completely dry). Note that, occasionally, strong storms can lead to temporary power outs so keep your Kindle charged and consider packing a wind-up, pocket-sized flashlight/torch.
Get moving: Koh Samui is a very hilly island (you’d generously call it mountainous) and has very localised microclimates. As such, visitors staying at one beach might experience a week of perfect sun, while those a few bays over see frequent thunderstorms. Outside of rainy season and days of determined ‘wet weather systems’ there’s every chance you could simply rent a car and drive elsewhere to find blue sky.
What’s the rain like on Koh Samui?
When the skies properly let loose, Koh Samui’s rain is easily described with a Forrest Gump quote. In rainy season especially, you might experience “every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin’ rain… and big ol’ fat rain.” If you’re coming from, say, Seattle or London where rain is a constant, often miserable, drizzle – Koh Samui rain might win you over. Yes, it cuts into tanning time, but it’s such a dramatic show you might not care. Take cover in a charming beach restaurant, a sala or an outdoor living room and enjoy the show. Tropical plants become greener than possible, and you can easily conjure some Robinson Crusoe elemental adventure.
Koh Samui will easily provide the beach holiday you’re dreaming of and, with a little preparation and sense of adventure, you can enjoy its soggy sideshow in equal measure. Find more ‘glass half full’ honesty and insight in The Koh Samui Guide. In it you’ll get more activity ideas and logistical tips for every kind of a weather (plus find out what not to do when it rains). Enjoy!
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