Its hot in Bangkok. Always. But especially in May.
As my friend Ivar from Norway once so aptly described Thailand, “Sometimes its hot. Sometimes its hotter”
Whether you’re in Bangkok, or the islands, or Cambodia or Indonesia or anywhere around here thats SO FREAKING HOT, don’t let it spoil your trip. Or even your day. Here’s some tips (some seem pretty obvious, but here goes):
Find a hotel with a pool. Agoda has a great option for narrowing down search results to include only those with a pool. In Bangkok, my favorite is City at Fifty for only 250B. In Siem Reap, Jasmine is cheap at only $8, and Phnom Penh’s 88Backpackers for only $5 is a budget choice.
If you find yourself in the Khao San area, D&D seldom checks key cards so regardless where you’re staying you can likely get into their great roof pool
Get up early, or stay out late – avoid the midday sun as much as you can (great time to utilize the afforementioned pool)
Wear breathable, light colored, lightweight clothes, or sweat wicking gym wear. If you’ve got long hair, keep it back and up off your neck
If your hotel has a freezer, use it!! Keep a frozen water bottle ready to go at all times. While walking, hold onto it. It’ll cool you off, and melt into drinkable liquid faster than you’d ever thought possible back home in Michigan (also important to stay hydrated!)
Carry a handkerchief or wet wipes to dab at your sweat soaked face.. arms, legs, wherever. There’s nothing worse than that sticky feeling after dried sweat… or the embarassment of your damp arm brushing up against people in a packed BTS train
Eat in air conditioned food courts instead of on the street – Tesco Lotus, Big C, even MBK have awesome food courts with plenty of main dishes ranging fro 30-60THB
Walk slowly, take your time, and stay on the shaded side of the sidewalk