Khao Lak, Thailand Weather and Climate
General and geography
Khao Lak is still a kind of insider tip for Thailand travelers, because the comparatively quiet and high-class holiday region is often overshadowed by the tourist center in Phuket which is around 60 kilometers away.
But this is by no means a disadvantage, because Khao Lak in the south of Thailand directly on the Andaman Sea scores with fantastic hotel resorts, dreamy beaches and a very stylish environment. Instead of wild parties, Khao Lak mainly offers pleasant relaxation and moments of pleasure.
We do not want to hide the fact that Khao Lak, together with the island of Koh Phi Phi, was probably the most severely affected region of the tsunami in 2004. The endless hard work and courage of the locals as well as the great international support have not only allowed Khao Lak to resurrect. Rather, Khao Lak shines much more beautifully today than before the large-scale destruction.
There are no longer any impairments for vacationers, the region and the fantastic landscape around it has recovered perfectly. Extensive protective measures and early warning systems also ensure that a comparable catastrophe is no longer possible in the future.
The journey to Khao Lak is via the airport of Phuket. The transfer time (by bus, van or taxi) is around 1.5 to 2 hours via well-developed roads.
Climate in Khao Lak
Khao Lak is located in southern Thailand and therefore has a humid tropical climate. This is characterized by year-round high temperatures with only very small fluctuations. There are no classic seasons in Thailand, the Khao Lak region is rather characterized by the dry season and rainy season.
With the change of monsoons, the humidity rises sharply in the course of April and initiates a pronounced rainy season in Khao Lak until around mid- November. Often it is already clearing up by the end of October, but statistically October even records the highest amounts of precipitation of the whole year.
The dry season in Khao Lak not only means a significant increase in the number of hours of sunshine, but is also associated with significantly less humidity. The climate in the region is then perceived as particularly pleasant and is particularly suitable for us Europeans for a vacation in Thailand.
When is the best time to go to Khao Lak?
As described, the dry season in the region begins in November, while heavy rains arrive at the beginning of May. We therefore recommend the time from mid-November to the end of April as the best travel time for Khao Lak. The climatic conditions between Christmas and Easter are particularly ideal.
Thailand is particularly popular as a travel destination during the European Christmas holidays. During this high season, the prices for flights and hotels are therefore particularly high. Those who are not dependent on the school holidays will find the best weather conditions at the beginning of March at significantly lower prices.
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine
|Daytime temperature||32 กใ C||34 กใ C||34 กใ C||34 กใ C||33 กใ C||33 กใ C||32 กใ C||32 กใ C||32 กใ C||32 กใ C||32 กใ C||32 กใ C|
|Night temperature||23 กใ C||23 กใ C||23 กใ C||24 กใ C||25 กใ C||25 กใ C||25 กใ C||25 กใ C||24 กใ C||24 กใ C||23 กใ C||23 กใ C|
|Water temperature||27 กใ C||28 กใ C||28 กใ C||29 กใ C||29 กใ C||29 กใ C||28 กใ C||28 กใ C||28 กใ C||28 กใ C||28 กใ C||27 กใ C|
|Precipitation in mm||30||33||79||115||253||238||256||314||347||352||189||67|
|Hours of sunshine||9||10||9||8||6||5||6||6||5||6||7||8|
The annual average temperature is 28.3 กใ C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 กใ C, in Berlin it is 9.6 กใ C. The warmest month is April (29 กใ C), coldest month of January with mean values of 27.5 กใ C. The maximum water temperature is 29 กใ C. Comfortable bathing is possible at these temperatures. All months have a water temperature of at least 21 กใ C and are therefore suitable for a beach holiday.
Annual precipitation is 2273 mm on 187 days of precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. The months of May, June, July, August, September, October and November are considered the rainy season, as more than 175 mm of precipitation can be expected per month. Overall, around 1949 mm of precipitation can be expected in the rainy season. Snowfall is generally not expected in any month.
As our climate table shows, February is the sunniest month with an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day. In the annual mean, the sun shines an average of 7.1 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
Sights, beaches, activities
In contrast to the often bustling Phuket, relaxation, recreation and enjoyment are clearly in the foreground in Khao Lak. The travel destination is therefore an ideal domicile for couples and families alike. Thanks to the great excursion possibilities, the region offers young and old the best conditions.
You should know that Khao Lak is not a single place in the classic sense, but rather the name of a whole series of small villages along the beautiful sandy beach. In the entire area there are not only great resorts, but also small boutiques, shops and numerous restaurants.
The combination of fine sandy beaches and tropical rainforest is fantastic. The neighboring Khao Lak-Lamru National Park is definitely worth a trip, it attracts with spectacular nature and a great waterfall. The same applies to the further inland Khao Sok National Park.
Khao Lak is also a perfect starting point for divers and snorkelers: the paradisiacal Similan and Surin Islands are easily accessible as a day trip. Three to five-day diving safaris can also be booked on site at short notice and provide an insight into spectacular underwater worlds.
Khao Lak weather in March, April and May
Daily temperatures averaging 33 to 34 กใ C can be expected over the next three months. The temperatures hardly fluctuate during this time.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 28-29 กใ C. This is great weather for a great time on the beach and in the water.
The expected rainfall is around 7 days in March, around 14 days in April and around 24 days in May.
In the period from March to May, the sun shines an average of 6 to 9 hours a day. The sunniest weather in Khao Lak is in March, but with less sun you will have to get by in May.