In Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao only fools dream of good weather at Xmas & New Year
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So many tourists don't understand Samui's different season ....
November-January holds an unpleasant surprise for many visitors to the three famous Thai islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Those who do not do their weather checks thoroughly often get a nasty shock. Guidebooks that say Thailand’s high season starts in November are telling four-fifths of the truth – but Koh Samui and neighbours live in that oft-forgotten, fifth zone in the country’s far southeast.
November does indeed mark the end of Thailand’s major Southwest Monsoon season and the beginning of the cool, dry weather that brings calm oceans (to most of the country) and millions of tourists flocking to its famous beach resorts. The high season has begun across four-fifths of the country – but not in this southeast corner of the country.
Often, visitors arriving with expectations of high season weather find themselves battered by intense typhoon storms and the violent thunder and lightning they bring. It literally pours water on many a party.
Every Christmas and New Year the resort hotels on these islands play a serious cat-and-mouse game with the skies, watching them intently while trying to put on grand beach parties to please their celebrating guests. But there’s always a quick, sheltered back-up and staff ready to move a complete banquet at the first sign of black clouds.