The weather in Thailand right now is
The highest average weather temperature in Thailand is 33˚c in August.
At this time of year, the minimum average temperature is around 23˚c.
Thailand was as much a symbol for me as it was a holiday. It was the very first time I travelled alone and therefore the cause of much derision to my friends who felt my adventure was more foolhardily than brave and, frankly, less than advisable. Happily, I had a wonderful time and wouldn’t change a moment about my trip, but unquestionably I did learn some things that might well be of interest if you are planning a trip to Thailand in August.
1. The Weather
There isn’t much you can do about this one, August is monsoon season in Thailand and it will rain, without question. However, you can be prepared. Make sure to check the weather forecasts daily (these may not necessarily be accurate, but they will certainly be a good indicator) and make sure to take a light raincoat with you, and carry it in your rucksack at all times. If possible, even stick it in your handbag at night. Because let me tell you getting caught in a rainstorm at a nightclub is nowhere near as fun as it sounds.
2. The Language
Prior to visiting Thailand, I had vacationed in Spain, France (where to be honest I speak the language,) and various other countries in London where the majority of people speak English. So erroneously I somewhat assumed that everyone in Thailand would have, at least, some level of English; particularly if they were working in the tourist industry. I was wrong. And it may well be worth learning some set phrases like “where is the toilet?” for those desperate times.
3. XE Currency
This app is honesty and genuinely brilliant. If, like me, you are absolute pants at currency conversion and the thought of having to divide complicated numbers (particularly when drunk) it is a winner. Even without internet, you can type in an amount and quickly see how much it costs in English. Easy. Peasy.
We may well like Kate and Wills. Heck the addition of Meghan Markle may have even upped the royal fervour, but we have nothing on the Thais and their love for their, now deceased, King. When I visited they were going through a period of intense mourning; meaning when I visited the Royal grounds – they were all wearing black and looking rather sorrowful. So if you do find yourself talking to a Thai, I’d refrain from making any jokes about their King. And if you feel tempted to stamp on any money; resist that urge – the people will not be pleased. In fact, you could be jailed.
I’m not sure how to put this politely, but some areas of Thailand (Pattaya and Phuket specifically) are visited by tourists with one very specific hope in mind. I’m not judging, I’m just saying right here and now that if that’s not up your alley, probably best to keep it clean and stick to some other areas.
You can also find out about Helena’s trip to Central America, in January
Helena Baker is a freelance copywriter based in London. When not travelling through parts of Asia she can be caught via email on Helena@helenabaker.com or on the phone on 0208 629 6465. If you would like any further information feel free to check out her website here.
Helena Baker is a freelance copywriter based in London. When she isn’t busy travelling the world feel free to contact her on 0208 629 6465 or drop her an email on Helena@helenabaker.com You can also feel free to check out her website here.