What’s it like to visit Krabi in the wet season?
The wet season for the Andaman coast of Thailand runs from May through until October. We caught the end of the rainy season in Krabi during our visit this October. In fact, October is wet all over the country so it’s really hard to pick a beach for a holiday in Thailand during this time. There’s no guarantee of good weather in the wet season but it’s not unheard of to just get a massive downpouring in the afternoon and have sunny skies the rest of the days.
Unfortunately, that’s not what we experience in Krabi. It was wet, wet, wet. We saw the odd patch of blue sky but on the whole it was grey and chucking down during our five day visit. This also meant the water was rough and choppy so we ruled out swimming at the beach and any boat trips in the area (which is a real shame as there are apparently some stunning trips in the area.)
If you do get decent weather, here is an itinerary for visiting Krabi for 3 days.
I’ve left all these photos as is, without retouching, so you can see what the weather was actually like. I’d rather be authentic than photoshop in some lovely blue skies. After all, you want to know what visiting Krabi in the wet season is really like!
Ao Nang on a Rainy Day
Ao Nang on a Sunny Day
What can you do in Krabi in the Wet Season?
We spent a lot of time indoors. My mum was travelling with us and we had two interconnecting rooms which was great as there was space for Reuben to play, watch DVDs and have stories with Mema while Lee and I worked next door. It wasn’t raining the entire time so we did manage to get out and about although it was still pretty grey. We had one really sunny morning the day we left. Our hotel provided umbrellas which was handy. There are some great boat trips to be had around Krabi but we didn’t feel safe enough to head out on choppy seas without a proper toddler-sized lifejacket.
We did a lot of swimming in the rain. Heck, it’s wet anyway so why not go all out and get soaked? We stayed at Ao Nang Orchid Resort which had a great resort-style swimming pool. Because the wet season is super quiet we had the place practically to ourselves – only six out of 60+ rooms at the hotel were occupied and we only paid $50 a night for a great room.
We made lots of friends with local kids in restaurants. It must be boring for them but a lot of Thai kids come to work with their parents and just kind of sit about. It does mean that there’s usually someone to play with over lunch or dinner.
We ate pancakes. A lot of pancakes! Surprisingly, the weather was mostly clear in the evenings so we could venture out without getting soaked.
We feed the local band of monkeys. If you head to the left most end (when looking out to the sea) of Ao Nang Beach you’ll meet up with a gang of monkeys ever evening. They come down from the jungle around 5 or 6pm if it’s not pouring down. Bring peanuts but don’t let them see the bag or they’ll mob you.
Should you visit Krabi in the Wet Season?
Sure! If you want to go to Krabi you should. There’s is no guarantee that you’ll get good weather but it won’t be bad the whole time. The prices are great in the wet season. Hotels slash prices and you can stay somewhere pretty nice for a good price. If swimming in the sea and taking boat trips is your thing, I’d say avoid Krabi in the wet season. While it’s wet season in Krabi it’s the dry season over in Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. While these islands are totally different to Krabi you will get clearer, calmer water for swimming and boating in the dry season.
Wet season price for hotels in Krabi are a bargain!
Hotel prices over the wet season are a lot more reasonable. You can get really great bargains by travelling in Thailand in October. We stayed at the Ao Nang Orchid Resort. Click here to check availability and prices. Rooms are from $40/night in the wet season!
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I love your posts and it sounds like a great time despite the wet, but as a vet I just have to pause and say please don’t feed the monkeys! It’s not good for their health or their life skills or their ecological niche, and it increases the chance of zoonotic diseases being spread from them to humans. It also gives them a bad reputation as they can become aggressive etc. which has led to terrible acts of cruelty at times.
In Singapore you’ll notice signs everywhere telling people not to feed the monkeys for all these reasons. We were out at McRitchie Reservoir the other day and one actually came right up and bit a piece out of my pack – I managed to lift my 2yo out of the way so it was going for me, because at first the monkey was going for my toddler (or at least her bag, but she could have been scratched and she sure was scared)! At two separate points in our walk separate people (both strangers) stopped us to specifically make sure we weren’t planning on feeding the monkeys!
It’s definitely not as much fun in Asia during the wet, fortunately it’s not cold.
However if you plan on risking travel during the wet it is really important to choose accommodation with a kids club or have ample space as you did to ensure they are entertained – cramped in a hotel room is not great with kids.
PS love the look of those pancakes!
The wet season is a great time to travel, you get a few days of rain here and there which scares off the tourists! Sun and hardly any tourist!! Win win!
Great post Bethany! I travelled to Krabi last year, in July, at the beginning of the wet season, and got two nice days and two really heavy rain days, but still found there was plenty to do – like massages, catching up on blogging, skipping family, and eating, and you’re right – there are so many places that offer discounts as it is the wet season.
I hear from so many people saying ‘I can’t travel then, it is the wet season’, but travelling isn’t all about the weather!
Awesome! I came across your blog just in time! Woo hoo! We are planning a trip to Asia next month. My hubby is from Malaysia and we go each year to visit family and usually pick an island to relax at for a week or so such as Langkawi or Penang. But this time we want to mix it up and try out Thailand and Bali! 😉 I just booked a room at the Ao nang Orchid Resort! Coincidence that I read your post? I think not! It can be quite wet in November/December in Malaysia so we are hoping for better weather in Thailand. Thanks for the share! 🙂 Robin
That’s great to hear Robin! I’m sure you’ll love it in Thailand.
I have posts on where to stay in Bali and Bangkok with kids too if you need them!