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Weather in early June & Mosquitoes

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Weather in early June & Mosquitoes

Hello there,

we are considering a visit to Chiang Mai in early June (1 to 10th). We are wondering how rainy it will be and how bad mosquitoes will be as well...

Will we have to use DEET at all times?

Any input would be appreciated!

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1. Re: Weather in early June & Mosquitoes

Chiang Mai is a tropical area with the city located on a river and associated waterways. With such waterways and nearby jungle ir provides a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

We were in Chiang Mai during June 2009 and we had no issues during the day. However we applied DEET in the evening each day when we ventured outside to avoid any bites and we were fine.

Most resorts and hotels spray regularly to keep mosquitoes numbers down. If you are venturing into neighbouring villages and going on treks, then most would recommend you apply DEET daily. IF you are likely to be saying a while and doing lots of outdoor activities, then you may wish to consider malaria tablets as a precaution also.

Again, we had no issues during our stay, and we took minimal precautions.

You will love Chiang Mai, the city, food and what the city has to offer. There is just so much to see and do that we want to go back already!

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2. Re: Weather in early June & Mosquitoes

The thing you need to consider is Dengue Fever. It is wide spread in the tropics.

You can catch it from day time mosquitos (not just early evening and early morning). So - would say yes. Buy some DEET mossie spray and use it.

Caroline.

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3. Re: Weather in early June & Mosquitoes

Rain comes and goes, usually in the form of showers. Chiang Mai doesn't suffer the monsoons you see on the evening news. You could get all day drizzles, but mostly it is short heavier showers that clear out later. On the brightside the cloudiness does cool down the previous months very hot temperatures.

DEET usage depends on what you are doing. If you are out and about during the days, walking, shopping, etc you probably don't need to be slathered up. But if you are lounging in your hotel's garden or an an outdoor cafe, a little bug spray wouldn't hurt. While early evening is the biggest time for mosquitoes, as Carolyn mentioned there are also daytime buggers.

You can find bug repellent wipes in many pharmacies, the box stores, etc here. They come in one wipe packets, stick a couple in your purse or daypack, then if you decide that garden cafe looks like the spot to enjoy afternoon tea or a few cold barley pops, use the wipe on your arms and legs (usually good for two people) for a mossie free time.

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4. Re: Weather in early June & Mosquitoes

Thanks everyone for your helpful responses!

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5. Re: Weather in early June & Mosquitoes

The first week in June is one of our favorite times of the year here in North Thailand. The few short showers have cleared the air and beautiful white puffy clouds surround the mountain tops. Everything is green again, waterfalls full and visibility limitless.

When we go hiking we apply Avon Skin So Soft. Works great against mosquitoes with out the bad smell or harmful chemicals.

Enjoy,

Randy and Ning

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6. Re: Weather in early June & Mosquitoes

I just read your reply about the Avon product and will give it a try here before we go to Thailand. I have decided that June and July look like the best time for us to travel there as we wish to visit both Chiang Mai and Phuket.

Thanks for the info.

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7. Re: Weather in early June & Mosquitoes

I love Avon skin so soft bug spray as well. It doesn't smell too bad and leaves your skin feeling moisturised.

Have just bought some for our holiday in June

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8. Re: Weather in early June & Mosquitoes

We took various sprays with us and ended up buying one at a pharmacy in Chiang Mai called OFF (with DEET). We have a product called OFF in Australia that you can buy from supermarkets - it is the same brand but the ones here do not contain DEET.

We found the OFF spray in Chiang Mai to be good. It did not have such a strong smell as the products we took with us.

There were stacks of mossies around and we found we had to apply the spray during the day as well as at night. Remember the dengue mossies are active during the day (not just mornings and evenings).

The airport check in was full of mosquitos. We even undid our suitcase while in the queue to get the spray out to use while waiting.

Caroline.

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9. Re: Weather in early June & Mosquitoes

You will definitely need deet & mossie coils in Chiang Mia. A great place to visit, I'm sure you will enjoy!

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10. Re: Weather in early June & Mosquitoes

Hi Loveglobe Traveller,

Yes you will need DEET, we were there in February & the mossies were everywhere, kept the deet on & we were not bitten, I also took mosquitoe coils, but didn't need to use ours, as the U Hotel that we stayed at supplied the coils & a spray. Also the restaurants along the river lit coils near the tables at dusk. Have a wonderful holiday, I'm sure you will love Chiang Mia.