When is the best time of the year for a wedding on Koh Samui?
Like most of the world, the weather patterns in the last few years have been increasingly erratic and harder to predict.
In general, during mid December to late April it gets progressively hotter and drier and it is not uncommon to go several weeks without any rain at all. It can still rain occasionally but chances are you can bet on long, hot sunny days. If it does rain during this time, it is usually only a quick shower.
The rainy season on Koh Samui tends to fall between the months of October to the first half of December. During this time, it can rain solidly for up to two or three days, but the usual pattern is for it to rain for a few hours daily. It is normally fine between the showers and it is always warm. The risk of rain is obviously increased during this period, however we have organized many weddings throughout these months without the weather being a major problem.
In between these two weather periods it usually remains sunny with occasional showers. Here again, if there’s a shower it tends to rain for up to two hours or so but the sun will then come out and the remainder of the day can be warm and dry. It’s worth remembering that this being the tropics, you can never completely discount the possibility of rain.
Accommodation and flight prices vary throughout the year based on the weather patterns and holiday seasons. Peak/high season on the island is between the months of mid-December to late April. There’s also a high season in August as this is a popular time for people to visit the island. During these months, you can expect to pay more and for the island to be busier.
December has one half of the month in the rainy season and the other half is usually fine and dry. Therefore, the first half of December will see air fares and accommodation rates still fairly low and reasonable, but round about the 14th of the month, the prices will increase considerably, especially around Christmas and New Year periods. Availability of rooms and flights can also be a problem at peak times.
Any venue we work at has back-up options available to offer alternative, covered areas which cater for the ceremony or the reception dinner in times of rain.