“When is rainy season on Koh Samui?” It’s our most-asked question with a “kind of, sort of” answer. Is it crazy to come to Samui during rainy season? Well, that too depends on what you have in mind for your time in Thailand.
What to expect during rainy season?
When is rainy season on Koh Samui?
Here goes: As much as anyone can predict the weather these days, typically Koh Samui’s rainy season lasts from late October, through November to early or mid-December. Note that the timing of Koh Samui’s rainy season is different from other parts of Thailand, including Phuket. Determined to miss rainy season? Find out when is the best time to visit Koh Samui. Only have eyes for sunshine? Learn which is Koh Samui’s sunniest month.
WHAT IS RAINY SEASON LIKE?
The world will end before your very eyes. Just kidding. It totally depends on the year. Some years it’s “bad” and power cuts are frequent, other years are just a tad soggy. Speaking generally, you might expect:
- Choppy and atmospheric seas that aren’t suitable for swimming, water-sports or boating excursions (Angthong Marine Park is usually closed in rainy season, though sometimes it stays open if the weather isn’t bad).
- Stronger breezes than usual
- Quiet beaches & restaurants
- Local roads can and do flood – you’ll almost certainly want to rent a car and stick to the island’s main, paved roads.
SHOULD ANYONE VISIT KOH SAMUI IN RAINY SEASON?
Yes! Should you? Let’s find out.
NO – don’t come in rainy season: If you’re coming to Koh Samui for the picture-postcard perfect beach, we wouldn’t recommend betting your sun holiday on this period. Hopes hung on nothing but sunshine could be disappointed.
YES – give it a go: While sunshine might be fleeting, Koh Samui’s rainy season holds huge appeal for relaxation and lazy days – time filled with books, yoga, Thai cooking classes (and a new addiction to playing Cards Against Humanity). As with anything – it’s who you’re with, not what you’re doing. One more reason? You’ll find great flight deals, plus hotel and accommodation rates, too! We love a good tropical downpour, especially with a view out to sea. So a rainy season visit isn’t necessarily crazy – you just need to know what’s likely in store!
What to wear during rainy season? You’ll want to make sure your packing is prepared a little differently at this time of year – especially in your shoe selection. Find out what to wear in Thailand’s rainy season.
Koh Samui rain FAQs
What is there to do on a rainy day in Koh Samui? There’s plenty to do on Koh Samui whatever the weather. As and when (not we didn’t say “if” – this is the tropics) it rains, the tropical gardens love it and you can easily turn to a very long list of equally enjoyable rainy day activities.
“I don’t care about rainy season but will it rain during my trip?” Tropical downpours come with the territory and make Koh Samui so incredibly lush. Outside of rainy season, a rain storm is usually a fleeting affair – perfect for cutting the humidity. If you’ve never been to the tropics, it’s a fantastic show.
There’s a big difference between Samui rain and rain in the real world. When it rains here, you take your book and move to the sala. Or the covered terrace. Or the outdoor living room. Or switch from your beach chair to the beach restaurant. Or maybe you give up on the beach and go to the spa. Whatever the decision, rain is a good thing.
Make a Koh Samui rainy season (or rainy day holiday your very best. Use The Koh Samui Guide to plan all your eating, drinking and island activities – no Wellington boots required. Read a little now, a little on the plane and the rest on Koh Samui. Enjoy!