Best Time to Visit Khao Lak

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Khao Lak. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Khao Lak. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Khao Lak for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 23 °C to 34 °C
Waves Symbol 27 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.1813.86 in (3 – 24 Days of Rain)
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General and Geography

Khao Lak is still a kind of insider tip for travellers to Thailand, because this comparatively quiet and first-class holiday region is often overshadowed by the tourist centre in Phuket, some 37 miles away.

But this is by no means a disadvantage, because Khao Lak in the south of Thailand directly at the Andamanensee scores with fantastic hotel resorts, fantastic beaches and a very stylish environment. Instead of wild parties, Khao Lak offers pleasant relaxation and moments of enjoyment.

We do not want to hide the fact that Khao Lak together with the island Koh Phi Phi Phi was probably the most severely affected region of the tsunami in 2004. The endless diligence and courage of the locals as well as the great international support have not only resurrected Khao Lak. On the contrary, Khao Lak shines much more beautifully today than before the extensive destruction.

There are no more impairments for holiday-makers, the region and the fantastic landscape around it have 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 Phuket airport. The transfer time (by bus, van or taxi) is about 1.5 to 2 hours over well-developed roads.

Climate in Khao Lak

Khao Lak view (Kullez)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Khao Lak is located in southern Thailand and therefore has a humid tropical climate. This is characterised by high temperatures all year round with only very small fluctuations. There are no classical seasons in Thailand, the region Khao Lak is rather marked by the dry season and the rainy season.

With the change of the monsoon in the course of April the humidity rises strongly and starts a distinct rainy season in Khao Lak until about the middle of November. It often clears up already at the end of October, but statistically October even registers the highest rainfall of the whole year.

The dry season in Khao Lak not only means a significant increase in the hours of sunshine, but also goes hand in hand with significantly less humidity. The climate in the region is then felt as particularly pleasant and is suitable for us Europeans particularly well for a Thailand vacation.

Best Time to Visit Khao Lak: Overview

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MayMay
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JuneJun
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up to 9.37 in of rain
JulyJul
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up to 10.08 in of rain
AugustAug
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up to 12.36 in of rain
SeptemberSep
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up to 13.66 in of rain
OctoberOct
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up to 13.86 in of rain
NovemberNov
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When is the best time to go to Khao Lak?


As described, the dry season in the region begins in November, while the heavy rains arrive at the beginning of May. The best time to visit Khao Lak is therefore from mid-November to the end of April. The climatic conditions are particularly ideal in the travel season between Christmas and Easter.

Thailand is particularly in demand as a holiday 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 school holidays will find the best weather conditions at significantly lower prices at the beginning of March.

Climate Chart Khao Lak

Climate Chart Khao Lak
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Khao Lak

In the following, you will find the climate table for Khao Lak, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature32°34°34°34°33°33°32°32°32°32°32°32°
Night Temperature23°23°23°24°25°25°25°25°24°24°23°23°
Water Temperature27°28°28°29°29°29°28°28°28°28°28°27°
Precipitation (inch)1.181.33.114.539.969.3710.0812.3613.6613.867.442.64
Rainy days35714242121222323168
Hours of Sunshine9109865665678
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 28.3 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: April (29 °C)
Coldest month: January (27.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 89.49 inch on 187 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): May, June, July, August, September, October, and November
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 76.73 in

You cannot expect snow in any month.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, February is the sunniest month with an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.1 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Sights, Beaches, Activities


In contrast to the often cloudy Phuket, Khao Lak clearly focuses on relaxation, recreation and enjoyment. The destination is therefore an ideal domicile for couples and families alike. Thanks to the great excursion possibilities, the region offers the best conditions for young and old.

One should know that Khao Lak is not a single place in the classical sense, but rather the name of a whole series of small villages along the beautiful sandy beach. In the whole 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 dreamlike. The neighbouring Khao Lak-Lamru National Park is definitely worth a trip, it entices with spectacular nature and a great waterfall. The same applies to the Khao Sok National Park further inland.

Khao Lak is also a perfect starting point for divers and snorkellers: the paradisiacal Similan and Surin Islands are easily accessible as a day trip. Also three- to five-day diving safaris can be booked on site at short notice and give an insight into spectacular underwater worlds.

More information about the best things to do: Thailand | Khao Lak

Popular Activities

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Khao Lak (Station Kapong)
few clouds     few clouds, 28 °C
Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 2 mph O
Air Pressure: 1013 hPa       Humidity: 69 %
Last updated: 21st Jan 2019, 03:00 am
The next days …
21st Jan 201922nd Jan 201923rd Jan 201924th Jan 201925th Jan 201926th Jan 2019
moderate rain24 °C to 33 °Cmoderate rain23 °C to 32 °Cmoderate rain23 °C to 32 °Csky is clear24 °C to 33 °Csky is clear23 °C to 34 °Csky is clear22 °C to 33 °C
24 °C to 33 °C23 °C to 32 °C23 °C to 32 °C24 °C to 33 °C23 °C to 34 °C22 °C to 33 °C
Clouds: 8 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 20 %Clouds: 52 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 60 %
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Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Khao Lak: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 15 reviews for Khao Lak holiday already. Average rating is 4.5 of 5 stars.
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    Roberto, 57 years old was there in March

    just a short thunderstorm, always nice weather. Sunscreen was used several times a day.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Claudia , 51 years old was there in March

    on 11 days (after 3 days in Bangkok) only one evening rain and the next day cloudy. Let’s try November: the next holiday in 7 months is booked!

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Dieter, 50 years old was there in August

    Only had one rainy day in 1 week, very happy to come again

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Viel Spaß, 20 years old was there in July

    We were in Khao Lak at the end of July.
    In 14 days only 1 rainy day, already our 5th visit to Thailand in July

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Andrea, 49 years old was there in November

    It was still the rainy season, but it didn’t matter. The rain is warm and over after 15 minutes. Otherwise cloudy, which was great, otherwise you can’t stand the heat…

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Lothar, 62 years old was there in November

    Temperatures around 30 degrees, rain and thunderstorms every now and then

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Christian, 42 years old was there in February

    About 30 degrees.
    Cloudy every day, average 2 hours of sun per day
    Plus rain and thunderstorms.

    Weather Rating: 2 stars – Tricky

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    Doris, 61 years old was there in April

    My friend Marisa and I had, except for a few downpours, dreamlike sun-summer weather.
    We’re always drawn there! It’s a dream there!

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Dieter, 65 years old was there in February

    We were in Khao Lak in February 2017 and had only great weather that
    The sea was very warm, and everything was great, we will travel there again in 2018.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Andreas, 49 years old was there in January

    Occasional rainfall. Short, strong and pleasant, as it occasionally cooled down.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Peter, 45 years old was there in March

    Only sunshine, better did not go pleasantly warm and super beautiful sunkenutentergänge

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Miriam, 42 years old was there in March

    Shortly before the Easter holidays we were on a big Thailand round trip and at the end 6 days of relaxation in a luxury resort in Khao Lak. It couldn’t have been better! It was very hot, but that somehow belongs to a holiday in the tropics and the sea and pool were always a welcome cooling off. It rained briefly one evening, otherwise perfect summer weather with a lot of sun.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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