Nowadays Primary Forests and ancient trees are rare. There are still spectacular forests with a huge biodiversity or ancient trees to discover.
It’s Thailand’s wettest region with an annual rainfall of 3.500 mm. The reason is the limestone mountain range from north to south. It gets hit by the monsoons from the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand between late April and end of November.
The dry season last from December to late April. Anyway, showers can also occur in the dry season and especially in the rainforest. The hottest months are March and April with temperatures up to 34 degrees and even more and high humidity. The rainy season starts late April until the end of November. Most rainfall from May to July and from October to November.
Seasons in the Khao Sok rainforest
- To experience the vivid rainforest May is the best month.
- For birding, the monsoon season is the best time when they spread out and the very best month is May when the mating season starts. The dry season is not recommended for birding.
- For hiking, the dry season might be the best time. The trails are slippery after heavy rainfall and some parts are closed during the rainy season.
- Rafflesia Kerrii is in bloom between January and March for about 5 days only.
- More mosquito during the rainy season and leeches are on the soil at least until November.
The beginning of the trail to Ton Gloy Waterfall is more crowded. When you get deeper into the jungle, fewer people are along the trail.
Avenue de Baobab is stunning all day long. However, sunset is the best time of the day. Truly magical!
The dry season starts in April/May and lasts until October. Wet season means heavy rain. It's possible that roads aren't accessible, especially in January. Even when the dry season begins in April/May, the roads are usually still recovering. June is the best months before the crowds arrive in summer. More weather details: Monthly Weather and Rainfall – Morondava Madagascar
July/August is the peak season with most visitors. September and October are quieter and a great time to visit. Alternatively visit in June, before it starts to get busy.
Coromandel is a year-round destination with a mild climate. The summer is the best time with pleasant temps but also the busiest time of the year. However, Waiau and the Road 309 are not much trafficked due to the remote location.
The precipitation on the Coromandel peninsula is sometimes significant even in summer. The weather is influenced by the mountain range and the sea. The "driest" months are January to April. The warmest months are December to March mostly between 20 to 25°C, April is a bit cooler but still nice. Most precipitation during winter with its peak in July which is concurrently the coldest month. The winter temps can be 10 to 12°C and drop until 6°C. Frost is not common.
Due to the narrow, winding, gravel Road 309 and the remote location, it's rare to experience it busy.
Unfortunately, parts of the Waitakere Ranges got closed due to the Kauri Dieback disease in May 2018. Also, the trail to the Fairy Falls is closed at the moment. Check out which trails in the Waitakere Ranges are open and which ones are closed. PDF Hiking Trails Waitakere More information about the disease, and the status of closures for hikes and campgrounds can be found here.
If you travel to the famous Piha Beach, don't miss this marvelous rainforest and the Fairy Falls. The falls are most impressive after heavy rainfall, but hiking is much for fun in the drier season with pleasant temps from November until April. Important; if you like to hike to the falls don't leave any valuables in the car!
Warmest and driest months are during summer from December to March with pleasant temps. Coldest months in winter from June to August. Most precipitation during winter but rain already starts in May with its peak in July. Anyhow, moderate to significant rainfall can always occur.
It is a popular trail and easily accessible. Anyhow if you have any mobility issues, it might be too steep to get to the falls. Especially during summer; the peak season and at weekends more people walk this trail. Nevertheless, this hike is still not overrun. Less busy in March, April and November with cooler temps but still lovely.
Fall is great for colorful foliage. Spring is wonderful for better flow over waterfalls and for wild flowers. Summer is outstanding for whitewater rivers and their swimming holes. Travel is difficult here during the winter months because of ice and snow on steep winding roads, especially at the higher elevations.
The trail is accessible throughout the year. If there is too much rain it might be difficult to get there by car on the gravel road. It's more save with a 4 WD.
This area is often cloudy or overcast. Summer brings pleasant temps mostly around 20°C / 68°F. In winter, most days with single-digit temperatures. Frost can occur. Most precipitation in winter with a peak in August. Driest months are December to March. Anyhow, it's Tassie; be prepared for rain.
Due to the remote location and the gravel road only a few visitors, mostly Australian. The reason that the parking area is not huge.