A little rain each monsoon day, but Koh Chang offers sunshine & cool weather
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We display hotels that guarantee, in writing, to discount the lowest rates found on-line for guests who book direct. This cuts out middlemen, saves money for both guest and hotel. See our GUARANTEE list on this page, then contact the hotel via the e-mail box on the hotel page.
We also sell DISCOUNT HOTEL VOUCHERS for some hotels – the very cheapest rooms available – but they are limited.
It’s the fear of rain, not real rain, that keeps visitors away from Thai beaches during the monsoon season. And that’s lucky for the few who do venture to Koh Chang during the rainy months of the year. They find the island exceptionally quiet and tranquil, with few people on the beaches or in hotels and restaurants – and the weather is mostly dry.
Those familiar with Koh Chang’s climate at this time of year know to expect just an hour or two of rain each day, with the great majority of the time perfect for getting out and about and enjoying oneself. The days are most often cloudy, creating a cool and pleasant atmosphere. Interestingly, temperatures on Thai beaches are generally two degrees Celsius lower in the summer months – read monsoon – than during the high season winter months. Heavy cloud cover is the main reason.
Diehard beach lovers who come to Koh Changjust to lie in the sun and luxuriate in the calm, clear waters that typify the high season might not like the very different atmosphere that the monsoon brings. But many, including this writer/photographer, do. Fewer people is a big boon, but so are the cooler days and less heat after midday that makes walking more pleasurable. There’s a fresh, cool clarity in the air that makes it easier to remain outdoors longer. Plus there’s the beauty of the lush green environment that envelopes everything.
In contrast, high season afternoons often get hot, dusty and sweaty, sending visitors unaccustomed to the heat running for shade or air-conditioning.
But of course it does rain sometimes, most often in the afternoons, and commonly for just an hour or less each time. Following the path of the Southwest Monsoon, storms sweep in across the ocean towards Koh Chang. With most of the major tourist beaches and resorts facing west, the approaching black clouds are easy to spot, allowing time to seek cover before the rain arrives.
Note that this website has several pages about the weather and seasons in different parts of the country, plus other info pages. Some of these might prove interesting: