When to travel to Thailand? Which is the best month?

Post by Mery

April 23, 2024

What images come to mind when someone mentions ‘Thailand’? We’re sure you think of beaches, street food, perpetual summer, cosmopolitan atmosphere, hustle, burst of colors, diving, spirituality, relaxation, vacation… And all of them align with reality. Because Thailand itself is a destination with myriad faces, filled with attractions for different types of travelers, one of those places where anyone would like to go at least once in their life.

In this article, we tell you the best time to travel to Thailand and what you’ll find at each moment, as climatic conditions even vary depending on the area you plan to visit.

The climate in Thailand: a key factor

Given its location in Southeast Asia, Thailand has a tropical climate, which means it’s generally warm and humid throughout the year, with variations depending on the region and the season. It’s essential to highlight the variations between regions of the country, as the territory extends southward, merging with Malaysia, and northward, bordering Laos and Myanmar.

Thailand’s climate is characterized by three main seasons: the hot and dry season, the rainy season, and the cool season.

  • Hot and dry season: From March to May, this is the hottest time of the year. Temperatures can exceed 40 degrees Celsius, especially in northern and northeastern Thailand. This period is usually drier, although rains begin to increase at the end of May in some regions.
  • Rainy season: From June to October, this season is part of the southwest monsoon. During this period, rains are frequent, especially in the afternoon or evening. Humidity is high, and temperatures are usually warm. The heaviest rains generally occur between August and September.
  • Cool season: From November to February, it’s the coolest time of the year, with lower temperatures and drier weather. In the north, it can be quite cool during the night and morning, while in the south, temperatures remain moderate but more pleasant.
The climate in Thailand

High Season vs Low Season

It’s straightforward. During the high season in Thailand, the influx of visitors increases significantly, given the popularity of the destination. This implies higher prices for accommodations or transportation, as well as the saturation of the country’s most emblematic places, such as the cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai or some of its beaches. On the contrary, the weather is excellent, and you can enjoy some emblematic events, such as the Thai New Year. Now, what is the high season? And the low one?

High Season in Thailand

It usually extends from November to April, coinciding with the dry season and part of the cool season. Temperatures are usually pleasant, and rains decrease drastically. It’s the best time to visit the northern part of the country.

High Season in Thailand

Low Season in Thailand

It goes from May to October, when the weather is warmer and the rains intensify, especially in the months of June, July, and August. This occurs especially in the northern and central regions of the country, as in the southern coast, these rains are not so common, so this season is perfect for visiting destinations like Phuket, Phi Phi, or Koh Tao.

Low Season in Thailand

Best time to travel to Thailand

Like everything in life, it depends. On the destination within the country, budget, activities you’re going to do, etc. However, there is a general consensus that, towards the end of the year, especially in the months of December and January, are ideal for enjoying all the country’s attractions without worrying about monsoons and other climatic phenomena.

If you want to take advantage of festivities and don’t mind the heat too much, April can be a magnificent option. While if your budget is limited and you want to focus on the southern part of the country, July won’t disappoint you.

When are you traveling to Thailand?

Now, take the calendar and check the dates you have available for vacationing in Thailand. We’ll tell you what you’ll find in each of the months of the year in different areas of the country, both in terms of climate and festivities and activities to experience.

Thailand in January

January is part of the cool and dry season, so the weather is pleasant and dry in most of the country. It’s one of the best times to visit Thailand, with moderate temperatures and low humidity. Beaches and major cities can be crowded due to the high season, but the weather is ideal for exploration. Temperatures range between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius.

Thailand in February

February continues to be part of the cool and dry season. The weather remains favorable, although temperatures begin to rise slightly. The southern beaches are especially attractive during this time. Being the high season, prices may be higher, and tourist attractions more crowded.

Also, Makha Bucha Day is celebrated, a Buddhist holiday that commemorates an important event in the Buddha’s life, and where Thais go to temples to make offerings and participate in religious ceremonies.

Thailand in February

Thailand in March

In March, Thailand begins to enter the hot and dry season. Temperatures rise, especially in the north and central regions of the country, reaching 35 degrees Celsius or more. Despite the heat, it’s a good time to visit the southern beaches and islands. Prices may start to drop as the month progresses.

Thailand in April

April is the hottest month of the year in Thailand, with temperatures that can exceed 40 degrees Celsius in some areas. It’s a good time to enjoy the beaches and the famous Songkran Festival (Thai New Year) from April 13th to 15th, where water wars and festive events are celebrated throughout the country.

Thailand in May

In May, the weather remains warm, but rains begin to increase, especially towards the end of the month. The rainy season gradually begins, but it’s still possible to enjoy tourism and beaches. This month marks the beginning of the low season, so prices tend to be more moderate. Another Buddhist festival, Visakha Bucha Day, is also celebrated.

Thailand in June

June is part of the rainy season, with frequent but generally brief showers. The weather is warm and humid. Tourism is less intense, which means lower prices and fewer crowds. Beaches and islands are still visitable, although sea conditions may vary.

Thailand in July

July continues to be part of the rainy season. Rains may be more frequent and intense, but it’s also a time with fewer tourists. Temperatures are warm, and the Gulf islands, such as Koh Samui, usually have less rain than the Andaman Sea islands, like Phuket.

Thailand in August

August is one of the rainiest months, especially in the north and the Andaman Sea. Rains can be intense but are usually short-lived. Despite the weather, many tourist activities are still available. It’s a good time to visit less crowded places and take advantage of lower prices.

Thailand in September

September is generally the rainiest month in Thailand, with frequent storms and very humid weather. This month may be less suitable for outdoor activities, but it’s still possible to enjoy local culture and cuisine. It’s the low season, so prices tend to be low.

Thailand in September

Thailand in October

In October, rains begin to decrease towards the end of the month, especially in the north and central regions of the country. The weather remains warm, but humidity decreases as the dry season approaches. It’s a good time to visit if you want to avoid crowds and enjoy lower prices.

In the south, in Phuket, the Vegetarian Festival is celebrated for 9 days, closely linked to Taoist religion, and includes processions and rituals. Additionally, October 23rd is a public holiday commemorating the figure of King Chulalongkorn.

Thailand in November

November marks the beginning of the cool and dry season. Rains decrease significantly, and the weather is more pleasant. It’s one of the best times to visit Thailand, with moderate temperatures and less humidity. The Loy Krathong Festival, one of the most beautiful, is celebrated this month.

Thailand in December

December is part of the cool and dry season. The weather is very pleasant, with cooler temperatures, especially in northern Thailand. It’s a popular time to visit, so tourist attractions may be more crowded, and prices higher. However, the weather makes it worthwhile.

Thailand in December

Tips for your trip to Thailand

Traveling to Thailand can be an incredible experience. To enjoy it to the fullest, consider these tips:

  • Check visa requirements.
  • Ensure your passport has at least six months of validity.
  • Dress appropriately in temples and follow local customs.
  • Remove your shoes when entering temples and houses.
  • Use taxis with meters or services like Grab. Negotiate fares in tuk-tuks before boarding.
  • Use insect repellent.
  • Drink only bottled water.
  • Carry travel insurance for medical emergencies.
  • Enjoy street food in crowded places. Tips are not mandatory, but 10% is common in restaurants.
Mery

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