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Best Time to Visit Thailand

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Thailand is a country full of magical experiences which fulfill the dreams and expectations of every type of traveler. From culture lovers looking to experience the Songkran (Thai New Year Water Festival) and sample the street food in crowded corners of Bangkok, to vacationers looking for a nice cabana where they can relax, Thailand has something for everyone.

If you are thinking of planning a trip, you need to consider the best time to visit Thailand because it will depend on what type of traveler you are.

Since Thailand is located closer to the equator, it experiences two main seasons—wet and dry. The wet season is from June through October, and the dry season is November through February.

The weather transitions to wet season conditions from March to May. Read on to figure out what the best time to visit Thailand is for your travel needs.

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Thailand FAQs

Where is Thailand?

Thailand is located in Southeast Asia between Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Malaysia.

What can I do in Thailand?

The country is known for its island paradise qualities. You will find pristine beaches, relaxing resorts, and thrill-seeking adventure activities. Thailand has a little something for everyone. The historical and cultural centers are found in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Nature lovers will love the rural countryside.

How Does Traveling to Thailand Work?

Traveling to Thailand can be done solo by booking your own accommodation and transportation, or through a tour agency who will help book your tickets and plan your trip.

Where Can I Book Hotel Rooms and Plane Tickets For My Visit In Thailand?

Group tours to Thailand can be booked on sites like Klook or Take Me Tours. Transport needs–like plane tickets–can be purchased on sites like 12Go Asia. Hotel rooms and resort accommodations can be found on sites like Booking.com and Agoda.

How We Reviewed the Best Time to Visit Thailand

To decide the best time to visit Thailand, we looked at several factors including accommodation prices, things to do, type of traveler, crowd levels, and weather conditions. Hopefully, this will give you the best idea of when the best time to visit Thailand is for your needs.

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Overall Price Range of Accommodations in Thailand?

Hotel prices in Thailand vary by season. You can expect to pay anywhere from around $600 for a luxury hotel in the high season, to around $50 for a cheaper hotel at any time.


January

Weather, Accommodation, and What to Do

Key activities of this month revolve around the perfect beach-going weather, as well as New Year and Chinese New Year festivities. January has easily some of the nicest weather you’ll experience in Thailand.

Expect clear skies, low humidity, and lots of sunshine. This is the high tourist season in Thailand, so expect crowds at tourist sites like the Grand Palace in Bangkok, and at public beaches.

You should also book your accommodations well in advance because hotels can fill up fast in this season. For nature lovers, this is the best time to travel around the countryside and see the flowers in full bloom.

Another neat festival travelers should check out in January is the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival in Bo Sang which happens in the third week of January.

PROS

CONS

  • Good Weather
  • Flowers start to bloom

 

  • Crowded
  • More Expensive
  • Need to plan in advance

 


February

Weather, Accommodation, and What to Do

The weather in February is a bit warmer than January with little to no rain showers. Beach destinations like Ko Samui, Pattaya, and Phuket are perfect for this month.

If you’re visiting the cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai, make sure to check out outdoor concerts put on by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and the Chiang Mai Flower Festival which takes place in the first week of February.

Valentine’s Day in Thailand is all about flowers and any local flower market in Thailand will show you the Thai way to show love.

PROS

CONS

  • Good weather
  • More affordable than January
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Northern Thailand will be cold
  • Crowded
  • Fewer activities than other months

March

Weather, Accommodation, and What to Do

Thailand weather in March is when the summer heat starts to creep in. This makes March really the best time to visit Thailand for beachgoers.

The weather is good, and the high tourist season has ended, so beaches and prices are less crowded and cheaper. However, if you are in the cities, you should start to be careful of the higher temperatures.

Get in your sightseeing before the afternoon sun and drink plenty of water. In the northern cities, where there is more manufacturing, the air quality also goes down.  

For fruit lovers, March through May is mango season, and you’ll experience some of the best in the world during this time, but the flowers of the countryside are no longer in bloom, so the countryside is not as picturesque.

PROS

CONS

  • Best beach weather
  • Less crowded
  • Cheaper
  • Heat
  • Air Pollution
  • Not as picturesque
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April

Weather, Accommodation, and What to Do

April starts summer in Thailand. Temperatures in the summer can be sweltering, but Thailand accommodates visitors will air-conditioned spaces throughout their time there. Hotels, malls, taxis, and any indoor space will be well air-conditioned.

April is also the month of the Songkran Thai Water Festival, and this is an experience not to be missed. For the Thai Water Festival, the crowds will come again, and you should book any hotels far in advance during this time. It is the tradition for people to pour water on one another as a sign of good luck for the coming year.

Other festivals to check out in April include the Poy Sang Long, when young boys are dressed like princes while preparing to become Buddhist Monks, and Chakri Day, that celebrates the Chakri Dynasty. While the beaches are still perfect, especially for a break from the heat, the rainy season will start in a month, so expect rain showers to happen, but they will be over quickly.

PROS

CONS

  • Songkran Festival
  • Air conditioning
  • Beach weather
  • Hot
  • Crowds
  • Rain

May

Weather, Accommodation, and What to Do

The weather is hot and the tourist season is over in May. To make up for the lack of tourists, hotels and tour companies often have really good deals throughout the month. June officially starts the rainy season, so May will not be constantly wet, sunny skies can still be found.

But, you should expect to encounter a decent amount of heavy downpours if you are visiting during May. Not to mention the humidity that comes with the rain. If you are looking for a beach, head to the eastern coast.

PROS

CONS

  • No crowds
  • Good deals
  • Eastern coast
  • High temperatures
  • Mixed weather
  • Humidity

June

Weather, Accommodation, and What to Do

June is the start of the rainy season in Thailand. If you visit the countryside, you will definitely notice the lush green shades. It’s the reason the rainy season is also referred to as the green season. If you are a nature lover, June is the best time to visit Thailand.

The countryside is green and filled with the delicious, ripe tropical fruit which has made Thailand famous. Your taste buds will love the mangosteens and durian that will be at their best in June.

The rains will be interspersed with the sun, but still, expect the traffic to be worse as drivers navigate the downpours. Also, you might encounter small, localized flash flooding.

PROS

CONS

  • Good deals
  • Fruit
  • Lush countryside
  • Traffic
  • Downpours
  • Bad month for the beach
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July

Weather, Accommodation, and What to Do

July starts the summer vacation season in Thailand. It is also when the rainy season is in full swing. While there will be rain, this won’t ruin any trip. It’s a great time to explore inland Thailand.

Gulf Coast beach towns like Pattaya will still not have that much rain, so if you’re looking for a beach that is the place to head to. Weather can be hit or miss on a trip to Thailand in July. The southern islands might have red flag warnings and jellyfish hazards.

Two main Buddhist holidays fall in July. The Asahna Bucha and the Wan Khao Phansa are right after one another. The Ashna Bucha celebrates the first time the Lord Buddha delivered a sermon, and the Wah Khao Phansa is the start of the Phansa rains, when Buddhist Monks retreat, don’t use electricity and limit their travel.

Local Thai Buddhists donate candles to the Monks and parade the colorful candles to the temples on Wah Khao Phansa.

PROS

CONS

  • Gulf Coast
  • Festivals
  • Green season
  • Rain
  • Summer crowds
  • Hazards

 


August

Weather, Accommodation, and What to Do

August is peak rainy season. All of Thailand will experience showers. Northern Thailand will have heavy fronts of rain and wind and is more likely to have flooding. Despite the rain, it will still be hot and humid. Prepare yourself by staying hydrated.

The countryside will be green and vibrant, and August is a great time for exploring the lesser known rural side of Thailand, or the more cultural side like museums.

PROS

CONS

  • Cheap
  • Lush green countryside
  • Culture
  • Torrential rain
  • Hot
  • Flooding

September

Weather, Accommodation, and What to Do

September is very rainy, but on the plus side, it is a great time to see Thailand’s waterfalls. If you are planning a trip in September, think about a longer stay. A short trip might have rain the entire time. It also isn’t the best month to hit the beaches as the sea can be rough.

Cities like Chiang Mai and Bangkok will still have plenty of indoor activities to keep you busy. You can also take advantage of the deals that are available during the wettest month of the year.

PROS

CONS

  • Waterfalls
  • Cities
  • Deals
  • Bad weather
  • Not a good time to go to the beach
  • Longer stay
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October

Weather, Accommodation, and What to Do

Expect cooler temperatures starting in October. It is the end of the season of low tourists, and good deals, so get them while you can. If you are looking to learn about the local scene, visit the rice patties throughout inland Thailand. The rain is letting up in October. 

However, it’s still a good idea to carry an umbrella with you to be prepared. The monsoons will still be over southern Thailand, so it’s best to avoid the beach. But in Bangkok, you can celebrate the end of the rainy season with the Awk Phansa.

PROS

CONS

  • Cooler
  • Deals
  • Less Rain
  • Southern monsoons
  • Not good for beachgoers
  • Need an umbrella

November

Weather, Accommodation, and What to Do

The end of the rainy season means temperatures and humidity levels will be dropping in November, but that also means the crowds will come back. However, because the peak season hasn’t started, you can still find good deals in November.

The cooler temperatures mean it’s a good time to explore cities, but the beaches will still be experiencing the end of the monsoons. Loy Krathong is also a beautiful festival in November where little lanterns are lit.

Price

A night in Bangkok will be between around $100 and around $200 in November.

PROS

CONS

  • End of rainy season
  • Deals
  • Cities
  • Crowds
  • Final monsoons
  • Not good for beaches

December

Weather, Accommodation, and What to Do

December means Christmas, so expect holiday crowds during this month. While Thailand is a Buddhist country, they embrace the Christmas spirit.

Flights and accommodations are more expensive, but the nice weather makes it worth it. Spur of the moment travelers won’t be able to pick up and pitch a tent on the beach in December and will need to book in advance.

PROS

CONS

  • Good weather
  • Comfortable humidity
  • Christmas

 

  • Crowds
  • Expensive
  • Plan in advance

Best Time To Visit Thailand: Final Thoughts

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The best time to visit Thailand really depends on what you want out of your trip. A beachgoer will want to book their trip in the cooler, dry months. Between November and February is the best time to visit Thailand for a winter vacation.

The best time to visit Thailand for Festival goers is between April and May when the Thai Water New Year happens, and lots of other festivals take place. The best time to visit Thailand for a traveler looking to avoid the crowds and main tourist areas is during the rainy season.

This is the best time to get a real feel for the countryside and take advantage of the lower prices on everything from accommodation to flights.