Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thailand Weather - what will it be like when you visit?

Jomtien SunsetWeather being weather, it can never be predicted or relied upon, but typically the average temperature is around 33°C. Generally, throughout Thailand the hottest time of year is from March to May, the wettest months are from June to October and the best time to book a vacation is from November to February.

From March until May the country desperately seeks the shade as the increasing temperatures and rising humidity makes this an uncomfortable time to be out and about. Maximum temperatures in some areas can even reach a whopping 40°C.

As June arrives the first of the rains caused by the Asian monsoons starts to bring in cloudy, unpredictable weather. Although Thailand is protected from receiving a direct hit from most monsoons, those reaching China and India do influence the country’s weather. The monsoons bring cloudy days and periodic heavy downpours with occasional thunderstorms. During the monsoon season the temperatures will still be fairly warm but there will be rain most nights with a mixture of cloudy and sunny days. Every now and then you may get periods of continuous rain (three to five days) but this doesn’t happen often.

As October ends the clouds disperse and the weather becomes pleasantly warm and sunny with plenty of cooling breezes. However, as Thailand is roughly the same size as France or approximately twice the size of the state of Oregon in the US there are a few regional weather variations that are worth exploring further. The weather system in Thailand can be divided up into four main areas: the Northern, Central, East Coast and Southern.

Northern Thailand

Phu Chi Fa
Phu Chi Fa in Chang Rai

Hottest time is March to May – (average maximum temperature 36°C).
Wettest time is June to September (average minimum temperature 13°C).

Central Thailand

Ancient City of Ayutthaya
Hottest time is March to April – (average maximum temperature 36°C).
Wettest time is May to October – (average minimum temperature 20°C).

Thailand East Coast

Koh Samet
Koh Samet
Hottest time is March to August – (average maximum temperature 35°C).
Wettest time is September to November – (average lowest temperature 23°).

Southern Thailand

Koh Pan Yi (Floating Muslim Village)
Koh Pan Yi (Floating Muslim Village)

Hottest time is March to April – (average maximum temperature 34°C).
Wettest months May to October – (average minimum temperature 25°C).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Songkran 2014

Songkran 2014

Las night I participated in the Songkran festivities on Silom Road.  It was wet and wild, like a Songkran should be..  Songkran is the Thai New Year and is in the middle of their summer months - the hottest months of Thailand year.  So the water festival of Songkran is well received by everyone. Although I have to admit I do not like the ice water... :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dean & DeLuca comes to Bangkok

Dean and DeLuca's premier oversea restaurant has opened in Bangkok.  The decor is tastefully done and helpful staff was great.  A great place to go to expereince a touch of New York City right here in the heart of South East Asia.  

Dean & DeLuca in Bangkok
The new restaurant is located right next to the Chong Nonsi BTS Station, making it very easy to get to fram anywhere in Bangkok.  the location is right in front of the future home of the Ritz Carlton Residences, which will be THE tallest building in Bangkok when completed in 2016.  A great location!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Thailand Travel Photo Flip on YouTube!

I have been creating these short video clips of my Thailand Photos to share on YouTube and Instagram using the android app - Photo Grid. I am posting all these videos in this Photo Flip YouTube Playlist so you can easily view my Photo Flips!  

Google Photo editing

I am really enjoying the photo editing software provided in Google+ and I thought I would share it here.

The photos below shows before and after editing and it shows an amazing transformation of a dull city photo into something very interesting. I used the HDR filter which allows a lot of flexibility in the various aspects of the filter and it only took at few seconds... .

Saturday, March 22, 2014

YouTube Playlist - Thailand Videos and Photos

Here is a YouTube Playlist of Videos and Photo Sets. I will keep adding to it as time goes on, so follow the playlist closely!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Bangkok's Chinese New Year 2013

Last evening I was celebrating Chinese New Year in Bangkok's Chinatown and I wasn't disappointed. The year of the Horse rang in with a bang with all sorts of activity to enjoy including Chinese traditional music and dancing. I was lucky enough to have a Chinese Tiger Dance spring to life around me while I was videoing, very cool. So enjoy the photos and video!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Wat Rong Khun - White Temple

Wat Rong Khun - White TempleThe White Temple or Wat Rong Khun arose from the imagination of Artist Chalermchai Kositpipat which began construction in 1997. Wat Rong Khun is truly a place to put on your “must see” list if you are planning to be in Chang Rai for any length of time.  The temple is pure white on the outside with imaginative sculptures and architecture covering the landscape.  Departing from the traditional use of gold in temple art, Chalermchai uses pure white with mirrors to symbolize the Lord Buddha's purity and shinning wisdom.  The inside temple walls are decorated with superheroes, movie stars and cartoons juxtaposed with traditional Buddhist motifs to symbolize escaping desire, greed and passion and moving along the "right" path through Buddhist teachings.

Thailand Photo Blog - View my 'Chiang Rai - Wat Rong Khun - White Temple' set on Flickriver

Chalermchai specializes in Thai modern art, which is expressed mostly in paint but the white temple is his three dimensional expression of Thai-Buddhist imagery. He was recognized by King Rama IV and is considered a national artist.

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