Khao Lak Weather
What is Khao Lak's weather like?
You'll hear everything from "No problem, come on over"
to "It rained for days!"
This is the place to get the scoop on Khao Lak's weather
- from my opinion to links to weather charts, weather
histories and more. Even daily weather commentaries from
a dive shop on the island!
The short story is that Khao Lak has a fairly typical
tropical weather pattern. Two seasons really, a hot
season, which is fairly dry - and a rainy season, which
is a little cooler. Check the chart below for exact
totals. I like the rainy season partly because I grew up
in a desert - and partly because it cools the weather
down a little. My opinion only, is that the rain will
rarely change your daily plans. Typically (if such a
thing exists!), there is a good afternoon thundershower
(20-60 minutes) and a good hard rain in the middle of
the night. But, we do get the occasional 2-3 day storm -
that you might not enjoy if it is in the middle of your
Here's a chart of the weather from Alex Malcolm - click
on the chart to go to his website and get even more
detailed information, including day by day reports.
You'll find Khao Lak and Phuket weather virtually
identical as they are just an hour's drive away from
each other along the west coast..
When is the best time of year
to visit Khao Lak?
You'll hear many opinions about the best time of year to
visit Khao Lak - and, in fact, it is probably quite a
Since weather is the biggest issue for many people -
just for a start - you might want to check our Khao Lak
Weather page. Since I live in the region, I like low
season (summer and the rainy season) as it is quieter
and traffic is greatly reduced. Some people may be put
off by the rougher seas and some beaches will have a
strong undertow. It is not always safe to swim as the
sea reacts to the weather. Swimming for children in
particular is probably not safe unless you seek more
protected waters. Be safe, ask if you are not sure about
October to April (cold weather season in the northern
hemisphere) is high season as people escape their harsh
winters and flock to nicer climates. Some people suggest
November to February as the high high season - when the
Khao Lak is its busiest. It is a good time to come. I'm
a people watcher - so it is also a fun time to just sip
a beer and watch people walk by. Winter is also the time
of year when the sea is calmer and so perhaps better for
scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming in the sea.
In truth, there is no bad time to visit Khao Lak - do
your research and you'll not likely be disappointed.