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The Khao Sok National Park was established in 1980 to protect one of the oldest rainforests in the world and covers an area of 739 km2.

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.

Weather

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. 

Swimming in the Khao Sok National Park
Take a refreshing bath

Avoiding Crowds

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.

Bird in the Khao Sok National Park

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.
Forest
TH Thailand
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The Evercreech Reserve was developed in 1977 to protect these magnificent white gums. The trees are the world's tallest white gums more than 90 meters high. They are called “White Knights”.

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.

Weather

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. 

Crowds 

Due to the remote location and the gravel road only a few visitors, mostly Australian. The reason that the parking area is not huge. 

Forest
AU Australia
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The waterfall is situated in the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, roughly 30 km east of Queenstown.

The short walk to Nelson Falls can be done all year. The 30 m high waterfall is at its peak in winter and spring, particularly after heavy rainfall. We visited Nelson Falls once in February and again in November. During summer in February, it was a trickle only, and in November it was a tremendous fall. It was great fun to watch these falls again although I became utterly wet from the spray. It was freezing cold below 10 °C. It's an unforgettable experience in winter and spring despite the cold temps.

Weather Details

The Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park has a wet oceanic climate and is the wettest area in Tasmania. The “driest” month is February followed by January and March. In summer the temps are about 20 °C, records are over 30 °C but can also drop below 10 °C. During winter, it can drop below zero. The wettest months are May to October. However, be prepared when traveling to the west; expect rain!

Waterfall
AU Australia
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A very bumpy road leads to the starting point. You need a driver with a four-wheel drive. This trail to the beautiful St.

Morning and afternoon is the best time for birding. I recommend the afternoon because it is a bumpy, gravel road and takes some time to get to the starting point.

Climate: 

Best months are during the dry season from December until May. Driest months are February to May. Day temperature always around 30 C°/ 86°F in Soufriere a bit colder and a higher humidity in the forest. Most sunshine in March. However, rain can always occur in the rainforest. The rainy season lasts from June to November with the possibilities of hurricanes and flash floods. Wettest month is September.

Birding
LC Saint Lucia
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Located in Westland National Park, this is one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions. 12 km long, 7000 years old.

The glacier is open year-round. The best time to visit Franz Josef depends on what you’re looking for. Mild temperatures? Ice highlights? Fewer Crowds? Read on for our detailed ‘WHEN TO GO’ tips below. Tip: Make sure to check our complete season guide below and don't miss (quick navigation):


Special Tip: Planning to visit Milford Sound as well?  Check out our detailed guide with many tips: 7 Tips for Milford Sound| A Complete Guide | Link to our article.  If you'd like tips about combining Queenstown - Milford Sound and Franz Josef Glacier, read this TripAdvisor Post: How to combine Queenstown - Milford - Franz Josef — TripAdvisor

 
Weather / Busy Times / Highlights

In general, the weather is highly unpredictable in this region, regardless of the season. Within one day it can change radically. Always bring rain gear, despite a sunny weather forecast. The Franz Josef town experiences more than 5 liters of rain each year and 10-15 meters of snow at the top of the glacier. However, in the winter it’s more stable.

June - July - August | Winter:
Temperatures are low: 5 – 15°C (41-57°F), but the weather is more stable than during other seasons. Winter has the clearest days; everything is clean and pristine. Highlight: The ice moves less in winter, resulting in amazing ice features like crevasses and ice caves which stay much longer. There are significantly fewer tourists, and it’s a lot quieter than in summer months.

September - October - November | Spring:
Temperatures are rising: 9 – 17°C (48-63°F). September is still quiet but also still a cool month with 6-13°C. October gets a little more busy and warmer. November is already peak season which means it gets crowded during the day.

December - January - February | Summer:
Mild daytime temperatures between 12 and 25°C (53-77°F). Great for exploring. However, the weather is very unpredictable and can quickly change from sun to heavy rainfall which can last for hours or a whole day. It’s also the very busy peak season: Starting in November (spring) and lasting until March with up to 2700 tourists each day. Be prepared for crowded tracks and photo spots.

March - April - May | Fall:
Temperatures continue to be pleasant: 9 – 17°C (48-63°F). However, be prepared for rain like in the summer. In March it’s still busy. The heavy crowds start to dissipate during April and thin out even more in May.

 
Avoiding Tourist Crowds

It’s usually very busy and crowded in high season between November and March with one million visitors each year. Especially if you want to take the popular 45 minutes walk to the glacier (90 minutes round trip). Although there is plenty of parking space, it fills up pretty quick by mid-morning. In peak season it can become quite difficult to find a parking spot after 10 AM. The main track itself gets crowded as well, although it thins out a little as you near the glacier. When parts of the track are closed during or after heavy rainfall, it feels even more crowded. Moreover, the helicopter sightseeing and hiking flights start at 8 AM making a lot of noise. Expect one helicopter each minute during the peak season. To dodge the crowds and avoid the disturbing helicopter noise be there early around 7 AM. You’ll experience a much more peaceful walk to the glacier and enjoy the fascinating sights in solitude. You might also try to go after 6 PM in the summer or after 4 PM in the winter when the crowds dissipated again and heli flights are terminated soon for the day. However, the views sometimes can get worse since when clouds descend later in the day. But still, a late hike, still daylight etc., is a great way to dodge the crowds.

Hiking
NZ New Zealand
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It is a very popular pool with a 12 m waterfall. The pool is deep enough for swimming. It is a short 15 min. walk with great views.

Crowds:
Best months and low season are May and June - fewer people. If there isn't any cruise ship in Roseau harbour it is best from December until April, the "dry season". Avoid weekends.

Climate:
The dry season last from December until April/May. This is also the peak tourist and cruise ship season. Anyway rain can always occur. Rainy season from June until November with the possibilities of hurricanes and flash floods. The climate is humid tropical. The driest month is March and the wettest is August.

Waterfall
DM Dominica