At the end of my first year retired in
Thailand (2012), I decided my favorite time of year was after Ohpensa
(the end of Buddhist lent or Vassa)
and the rice
harvest. I like this time of year because of the cooling temperatures and
the end of the Monsoon Season.
Now that I’ve completed my second year and working on my third (2014), however, I’ve changed my mind. My most favorite time in the Isaan is the very short springtime (Feb-Mar) and on into the beginning of summer (Apr-May), before the rains really get going. Even though these later two months are the hottest months of the year, it is not the heat that bothers me.
It’s the nyoong.
Yeah, you’ve read me complaining about mosquitoes before and it is certainly true that these insects are my enemies – I think my only ones, although they are formidable.
The nice thing about February thru May is that it is so dry, there are very few areas of standing water for the nyoong to breed in. The period of rapid heating-up (Feb-Mar) and the hottest months of the year (Apr-May) are virtually mosquito-free. I love it!
Here’s some shots of our downstairs living room:
Looking inside from the front doorway: our seldom used dining table (because we’re outside most all the time); book shelf/cupboard and closet in the background, and the doorway to the kitchen beyond that.