Nowadays Primary Forests and ancient trees are rare. There are still spectacular forests with a huge biodiversity or ancient trees to discover.
It’s a popular State Park close to San Francisco, but less busy than Muir Woods. Somehow crowded at weekends and popular for camping under the astonishing trees. It’s a park you should not miss. During winter it gets wet and trails are slippery and muddy. Nevertheless, hikes can be done all year but ask for trail conditions first.
The wet season starts in November and lasts until February with most precipitation in January. It receives three times the rainfall of the Bay Area. This rain is much needed by the redwoods after the dry summer. The average night temp is around 41°F / 5°C and day temp under 60°F / 15°C.
Summer from June to September is mostly dry with dense summer fog in the morning. The mist provides the trees with moisture. Nights temps are much cooler than in the Bay Area with around 49°F / 9°C and day temps about 74°F / 23°C. Anyhow, in the hot summer months, it can reach up to 86°F /30°C and more.
Where to Stay
You can either camp for $ 35-50 which includes the State Park fee of $ 10 under the ancient redwood trees or choose the charming The Inn at Saratoga ideally situated. Included is a cold buffet breakfast.
The Blue Tier Forest Reserve is still under pressure to get logged. This mystic rainforest is a must see. The 3.2 km long trail can be walked almost the entire year. If it is too rainy, it might be difficult to get to the trailhead by car. The last part of the gravel road is a bit rough.
In April (autumn) it might be a lovely walk with different species of fungi along the trail.
The Blue Tiers are still a hidden gem; remotely located and not leading along of any popular tourist route. Very view hikers visit the blue tier giant the reason that we enjoyed the whole forest for ourselves.
This area is often cloudy or overcast. Summer brings pleasant temps, mostly around 20°C. In the winter, most days with single-digit temperatures, frost can occur, and most rainfall with its peak in August during this time of the year. The driest months are from December to March. Nevertheless, it's Tassie so be prepared for rain when you visit this outstanding destination.
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. Therefore, the driest months are December to April and the most popular ones.
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 with high humidity are March and April with temps around 34°C. The rainy season starts late April and lasts until the end of November. Most precipitation from May to July and from October to November.
Take a refreshing bath
It's pretty busy around the visitor center, and it takes some time to purchase the entrance ticket for 300 Baht / roughly 8 € / 9 $. The ticket is valid for 24 hours. As soon as you start hiking deep into the jungle the crowds thin out. At the beginning of the Ton Gloy Waterfall Trail, it's pretty crowded, but also along this popular hike, fewer people are along the trail after around an hour hiking.
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. Very difficult to predict.
- More mosquitos during the rainy season and leeches are on the forest floor at least until November.
The Avenue de Baobab is stunning all day long and a widely popular attraction. However, sunset is the best and most popular time of the day. Truly magical due to Madagascar's location; sunset is easily predictable. In January sunset is around 6:30 pm and in June you can expect the light to disappear around 5:20 pm. If you want to see the Baobabs in bloom February and March are the right months. Along the dirt road RN8 connecting Morandava and Belon'i Tsiribihina you will find many Baobab trees (Adansonia grandidieri), but only a small part of just 250 m is known as the Baobab Alley due to its photogenic nature. The road leads from Morandava to the Andranomena Reserve or the Kirindy Forest. Photographers around the world visit Madagascar, and it became one of the most visited places in the country.
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. The annual day temp is always around 30°C while nights in the winter time from May to September are below 20°C. Expect a high humidity of 70% and more. 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.
Update closure August 2019: The Fairy Falls Track remains closed.
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.