Pack your Bags
If you were going to travel with us to Nang Rong, what type of clothing would you pack? The answer depends on when you plan to visit. From November through February, temperatures are mild and rains are infrequent. This period is sometimes called the "cool season" or "dry season." Those who consider 68° F (20° C) cool may wish to pack long sleeves. As February turns to March, temperatures rise to a peak around mid-April, while rainfall remains scarce. This time is called the "hot season," when the temperature can climb to over 100° F (38° C) during the day.
If you should travel to Nang Rong in April or May, be prepared for serious heat! With May and June come the first substantial rains of the year and with them a welcomed end to the dryness. The heat remains, though, and combined with the rain can make for a truly unpleasant stay if you are not prepared for it.
In an average year, residents of Nang Rong can expect to receive about 120cm of rain, or nearly four feet! Some Thais do not even carry umbrellas during the wet season. In the torrential downpours that occur, an umbrella only slows down the process of getting thoroughly soaked from all sides by a minute or two, so why bother? Careful observers will notice that it is not called the rainy season, it is called the wet season.
The weather in Nang Rong varies tremendously over the course of a year. The topography, on the other hand, does not. Topography refers to the heights, or elevation, of different features of a landscape. A place with drastic changes in elevation over a short distance - mountains, valleys, and so on - is said to have high-relief, while a relatively flat expanse would have low-relief. Look at the following pictures of Nang Rong taken by team members over the years. Would you say Nang Rong has mostly high-relief or low relief topography?