December Weather Averages for Ko Lipe, Thailand
What's the weather like in Ko Lipe in December?
Ko Lipe, Thailand, is lush with native trees and plants. From the air, it looks mostly filled with plant life, but Ko Lipe city is developed and aimed at tourism with various resorts and shopping activities. The occasional shop and restaurant can add to your outdoor fun. During the month of December, average temperatures are around 28°C, which is the approximate annual average temperature. The...
What's the weather like in Ko Lipe in December?
Ko Lipe, Thailand, is lush with native trees and plants. From the air, it looks mostly filled with plant life, but Ko Lipe city is developed and aimed at tourism with various resorts and shopping activities. The occasional shop and restaurant can add to your outdoor fun. During the month of December, average temperatures are around 28°C, which is the approximate annual average temperature. The same average temperature is also observed in January, May, June and August.
The sea temperature in December is a nice 29°C, a comfortably warm water temperature that's observed from October through March. The temperature of Andaman Sea doesn't vary much throughout the year, though—the annual maximum sea temperature of 30°C is observed from April through September.
Cloud cover is rather high all-year round and December is no exception. It averages 90% pretty much every day of the month, with a tiny drop toward the end. The sky in Ko Lipe in December can be considered to be mostly cloudy with the occasional spell of partly cloudy skies.
The amount of daily sunshine hours has increased by one hour since November and is now 7. When taking into account that all days in December have 11.46 daylight hours, you can conclude that more than half of a typical December day is sunny—not bad whatsoever.
The dry season is in full swing in December and the total amount of rainfall has dropped enormously compared with the previous seven months. Now, the beaches and forests of Ko Lipe receive a total of 94mm of precipitation, making this the fourth-driest month of the year. Even in the course of the month, the chance of experiencing some form of precipitation decreases significantly.
December 1 is the wettest day of the month, with a 48% chance of rainfall. By the end of the month, on December 31, this chance has halved. On New Year's Eve, there is a 24% chance of rainfall, which is as low as it has been since mid-February.
The thunderstorms that are related to the monsoon season are much less likely to happen now, although they still occur. When it rains, there is a 31% chance that it's a thunderstorms. In December, the most common type of rainfall is light rain, occurring on 44% of rainy days. Moderate rain is observed on 23% of those days.
You may want to pack an umbrella or rain gear, just in case, depending on the activities you have planned for the day. You can also head inside for a massage when the rain starts. Rain showers are generally quite short.
Hotels in Ko Lipe in December
Forra Dive Resort
Forra Dive Resort consists of two separate bungalow resorts, one on Sunrise Beach and one on Pattaya Beach. In total, there are 28 bungalows, all of them made from bamboo and other eco-friendly materials. They're also located a certain distance from one another to allow for privacy and a sense of seclusion. As its name implies, Forra Dive Resort focuses on diving holidays—they have their own dive centre and a few boats with which they take guests on dive excursions and marine safaris.
Ricci House Resort & Restaurant
Aimed at providing guests with the opportunity to have the most relaxing vacation possible, Ricci House Resort & Restaurant has spacious wooden cottages that are surrounded by peaceful green gardens. They offer ultimate privacy and are amazing places to stay if you're looking to enjoy a book, unwind and get rid of the stress of your life back home.
Beaches in Ko Lipe in December
Ko Kradan is an island to the north of Ko Lipe which offers a resort area and beach for sunbathing and more immersion into the Thai culture. The beach is largely golden sand populated by trees for shade. Local boaters use almost any spot to come in, while the tourist ferry has its own mooring area. For the ultimate beach vacation on a tropical Thai island, this is an amazing option.
Bars and Restaurants
Ko Lipe is dotted with cafés, bars and dining venues. Particularly along the three main beaches—Sunrise Beach, Sunset Beach and Pattaya Beach—you will find a plethora of options, no matter what you feel like. The highest concentration, however, is found on Walking Street, the island's main hub of commerce. This pleasant pedestrian street is lined with everything from street food stalls to massage parlours and bars. Options are plentiful and the beauty of it all is that most places on the island lie within walking distance from each other
Things to do in Ko Lipe in December
One of the must-see islands in the area is Ko Tarutao, which is incidentally one of the area's largest islands as well. The island is 152km² of old-growth jungle, limestone cliffs, a 713-meter mountain peak, coastal mangroves, white sand beaches and caves. One of the wildest islands in Thailand, this island can be visited for a small fee. Interestingly enough, despite its wild appearance, the island has a fascinating human history as well. From 1938 to 1948, this was a prison where more than 3,000 political prisoners and criminal were held. Again, it's a must-see place.
Morakot Cave (Emerald Cave)
In December, the dry and high season is in full swing in Ko Lipe. This is a perfect time of year to go on a boat tour of the island. All beaches of the island lie close enough to one another to be easily reached on foot, but traveling around by boat offers an entirely different experience. Many other islands in this dense archipelago are accessible by boat as well. A place that's strongly recommended visiting, although it's located somewhat further away, is the Emerald Cave, also known as Morakot Cave. This spectacular natural landmark consists of a large roofless hall, a clean white sand beach and emerald-coloured water—to see it properly, you have to swim for about 70 metres through the cave.
H.M The King's Birthday
HM The King's Birthday and Thai Constitution Day are celebrated within the first two weeks of the month. H.M. The King's Birthday celebrates his majesty's birth date of December 5th. It is a national holiday much like the Queen's birthday. It is also Fathers' Day. Thai Constitution Day celebrates the first constitution drafted in 1932. It is also a national holiday.