Should you travel in monsoon season?

One of the most common problems that couples come up against in choosing their honeymoon is finding that the destination that they had their hearts set on will be in the thick of their monsoon season at the very time of year they are going on honeymoon. If you’ve never travelled anywhere during monsoon season before then this can be a rather disappointing thought – it does conjure up thoughts of days and days of endless rain. But you shouldn’t necessarily be discouraged.

In most instances, the monsoon will bring heavy downpours of rain that last a relatively short amount of time – and before you know it, the sun has come out and everything has dried so quickly that it seems as though it had never rained. That’s not to say that days and days of rain don’t happen – they can do, but the thing about monsoons is that they can be rather unpredictable. Monsoons come at the most humid and hot times of the year – so you’ll most likely find that the rain is a welcome reprieve when it does come, cooling everything down a little and offering some respite. Also, the rain isn’t like that horrible all-pervading cold rain we get in the UK – it’s a lot warmer, so that makes it a bit more bearable.

One big benefit of travelling to a country during its monsoon is that hotels and resorts are usually heavily discounted and a lot quieter – so by taking a bit of a chance you could really reap the rewards, and you could potentially come out really well with the weather. However, a major consideration is transport – some services (like ferries) may stop running during the rainy season, and others will just operate a reduced service, so do make sure you look into these things in advance of booking anything.

My personal opinion of monsoons? Well, if you’re just after a beach holiday then you might not want to take the risk, especially if the thought of spending any unecessary time inside rather than out on the beach fills you with disappointment. I’d personally rather take a risk on the weather right at the beginning or end of the monsoon season, which would hopefully mean that there’s less chance of too-full on rains; I’ve been to Thailand at the very start of the monsoon season and we had two days on which it rained – on both occasions it rained very heavily for an hour or so, and then suddenly the sun came out and we were able to lie out on the beach as though nothing had happened. It all really depends on whether you’re happy to take the risk – if the prospect of a lot of rain makes you worry about your honeymoon then it’s obviously not going to be worth the hassle, but if you’re quite intrigued by the sound of such tropical weather and willing to adapt your plans around it, then it’s definitely worth considering.

Photograph by Llama Zotti

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