When’s the best time to visit Thailand

by Travelbag on 06 November 2015, 11:11AM

Thailand is a great place to go on holiday and it’s become increasingly popular in recent years with tourists of all ages. However, before you rush ahead and book your trip to Thailand, you might want to consider the weather conditions first. 
Thailand is a big country so the weather can vary from region to region. In this guide we hope to give you enough general information so that you can make an informed decision about when the best time to visit for you and your travel companions would be.


The three seasons

There are three main seasons in Thailand: rainy, cool and hot. The rainy season runs from May to October, the cool season runs from November to February and the hot season runs from March to May.

Visiting during the rainy season

If you decide to visit Thailand from May to October then you should expect rain most days. You’ll still be able to have a nice time as there is plenty to see and do in Thailand and the rain should only last a few hours in the afternoon or evening. The Andaman coast region experiences the worst rain so it might be worth avoiding this area if you plan to visit during this season.

Of all the months, September and October are the worst months to visit as the rain is usually at its heaviest and it’s difficult to get around because of flooded roads and cancelled boat services. Some islands will shut down during the storms so you may need to revise your travel plans too.

Visiting during the cool season

The best time to visit is from November to February as the flowers are in full bloom and the Thailand landscape is at its most beautiful. Although it’s the cool season, temperatures can still reach 30°C in most parts of Thailand during the daytime,  however if you visit the northern region you could see temperatures plummet at night.

This is the season which is most popular with visitors so you should expect places to be busy. If you decide to spend Christmas and New Year in Thailand then you should expect to pay a premium, but what could beat ringing in the New Year in one of the world’s most beautiful places?

If Chinese New Year falls during your holiday make sure you head to Bangkok to see the wonderful dragon parades and dances, they’re spectacular. There’s also the Chiang Mai Flower Festival, which is held the first weekend of February. It’s something you won’t want to miss as you’ll see flowers you can’t see anyone else in the world.

For more information on the different festivals and events you could see during your holiday, click here > [link to Top 6 Festivals and Events in Thailand blog post]

You might also want to check out our guide to the best foodie spots in Bangkok and Hua Hin >

Visiting during the hot season

If you holiday from March to May then you should expect temperatures of around 35°C. Coastal areas will benefit from a nice sea breeze so you’ll be able to sit back on the beach and relax with a cocktail in your hand – what could be better?
Songkran is the traditional New Year's Day in Thailand and runs from the 13th to the 15th April. Places will be busier as locals celebrate, but it’s a great time to be in Thailand because you can join in the fun. People pour scented water over each other in the streets and there’s a carnival atmosphere everywhere.

If you do decide to visit during the hot season try to avoid the north east region as it’s very humid and dusty.

Booking your holiday to Thailand?

You’ll have an amazing time in Thailand and it doesn’t need to cost the earth. We’ve got some great package deals available, whether you’re looking for 3 star, 4 star or 5 star accommodation.

To see the range of Thailand package deals we offer click here.


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