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Best time to visit the national parks in Thailand

2014-06-23

With the rainy season in mind it is a common question in most travellers mind; what season is best to visit national parks in Thailand?

For most people, who mainly cares about beaches, wild full-moon parties, swimming and diving the choice is quite obvious; around November to April, maybe a bit into May.

But since you have found your way to this site you are probably seeking relaxing adventures in the hidden treasures of Thailand, far away from the over-crowded tourist destinations.

Normally people who visits national parks have different interests than a beach-person. The question is still same, but there are no straight forward answers. When it comes down to the "bad weather", as someone once said; "There are no bad weathers, there are only bad cloths". Thailand’s national parks can be ideal time for certain people in wet seasons, for others the cold or dry season may be the perfect one. The “best time” to see waterfalls, mammals, birds or activities like trekking, camping can be different.

Let's begin with good and bads in rainy season;

During the rainy seasons, no matter how well dressed, sometimes it can be quite annoying with rain for days. But for the most time, the rain only last few hours a day. Sometimes it can be rain few days in row; other times maybe every 2-4 days or now and then. We have seen same annoying rainy periods in London and Scandinavia too, sometimes it doesn't feel any different.

While it is not pleasant for trekkers to walk the trails in wet conditions, it is more rewarding when it comes to wildlife watching. During the wet season, the forests flourish, animals can be seen more often as they don’t have to move big distances to find food or water. During the wet season, the forests are proper jungles. The most ideal time for wildlife watching is no doubt the rainy season.

Waterfalls are most impressive during the rainy season. During the cold and dry seasons, because of the low water flows, most waterfalls are not worth to visit. We have seen some impressive waterfalls completely dried out from the late cold season. Saying that, during the dry season it is easier to find some animals along the water streams and water holes.

While longer trails can be a much bigger challenge, intermediate and smaller routes shouldn’t be a problem in rainy season. In wet conditions, one big annoyance is the leaches. They are everywhere, and soon or later everyone gets few of them around their legs. But compared to ticks and few other annoying insects during the cold and dry seasons, leaches are completely harmless, only a bit annoying. At the end, there are leach-socks to protect from leaches.

The cold season that in some regions begins around November may still be a bit wet first couple of months, the waterfalls will still be impressive. The longer into the season, the water streams will get weaker by the time, most waterfalls won’t be worth to visit unless they are on a bigger stream.

The cold season around November to February is the best time for general hiking. The risk for rain is minimum, it is not too hot.

From around March and forwards, the big bird migration to Thailand happens. While there are birds all year around, this period of time is the best time for birders to see many species in one go. The best time is March-April, but some birds will still be around until June/July.

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