Khao Lak’s Unique Weather
Anyone who has visited Khao Lak will know that the local area does not always comply to annual monsoon weather patterns. Khao Lak is situated on the west side of the Kra Isthmus.
The Kra Isthmus is the thin sliver of southern Thailand that joins the Malay peninsular to mainland south-east Asia.
The Kra Isthmus divides the Indian Ocean to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east and lies between 6º and 20° N. The Andaman Sea is part of the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Thailand is part of the Pacific Ocean.
The north-east monsoon winds are more likely to bring rain to the Kra Isthmus due to the winds originating in the Pacific Ocean and blowing in from the Gulf of Thailand.
More rain falls in Khao Lak and southern Thailand during the north-east monsoon when compared with the drier north.
Further south Thailand has more of an equatorial climate due to its proximity to the equator and location on the Kra Isthmus.