Originally Posted by SugoGosu
I am thinking of traveling Thailand, going to smaller towns/villages, seeing the nature side of Thailand. I'm not too big on large cities, and crowds (i actually have a crowd phobia, where i tense up and start getting really angry when I'm surrounded by people.) but the waterfalls, and beaches look absolutely gorgeous on google images. Especially Erawan Waterfall, and Thi Lo Su.
The question I have, is since I will most likely be traveling during the rainy season (June - August/maybe longer/shorter), will this hinder a few places I can go? I've heard that the rainy season, it's not always raining, but when it does it pours only for an hour or so usually. Would going to a beach like Hua Hin be flooded and not be worth the trip?
Since you will be traveling during rainy season, at least the touristy places won't be packed. However, Thailand is a VERY densely populated country and on top of that, many tourists come here. There are very few places that aren't crowded with people. I don't know where you're coming from, but standard East Coast country side in places like VA, MD and even New Jersey are *much* less crowded than almost every place in Thailand. I think that says a lot.
I have been through many smaller towns/villages all over Thailand and they are not picturesque in the least. Usually a huge multi lane going through town, very concrete industrial feel. In the country side, garbage everywhere because locals don't use trash cans and garbage/clean up collection is poor.
If you want something out of the way and unspoiled, I would skip Thailand because there are better options. If you decide to go anyway, check out Narathiwat/Pattani coast as well as Trang/Satun coast in the South. Both are pretty nice and you can have the beach to yourself. Also, Mae Hong Son in the NE might be a good option. In these areas, you can actually find local towns and villages that have more local flavor to them particularly once you start taking some dirt roads. The problem you will have is hotels, as not many options in these areas, but maybe you're not picky about this... Good luck.