With this article we want to give you all the information you will need about the weather in Thailand to better prepare your trip to Thailand. In Thailand the climate is tropical . On average, the minimum temperature is 25ºC and the maximum about 33ºC. This makes the temperature fairly constant throughout the year. It is important to keep in mind that for a few months of the year it is the monsoon season, so there is a greater chance of rain. Still, this will not stop you from enjoying your trip!
The three climates in Thailand
In Thailand three different climates can be distinguished throughout the year:
Weather in Thailand from June to October
During these months the probability of rain is higher than the rest of the year . It is the monsoon season. Despite this, if you were planning to travel to Thailand between June and October, don’t worry: the rains are usually intermittent, and usually in the afternoon-night. So it is perfectly possible to enjoy a great trip to Thailand traveling at this time of the year – when there are also fewer tourists. Of course, it is advisable to take a raincoat with you. This season lasts 6 months, so the Thais are perfectly adapted to it and it is part of their culture. For them the rains are welcome. Throughout the country they are habituated and accustomed to precipitation.
Weather in Thailand from March to May
It is the hottest time in Thailand , in which temperatures can exceed 30ºC. During these months the weather is humid and it hardly rains. If you are interested in spending a few days on the Thai beaches and enjoying the sun, this time of year is ideal to do so. Songkran, the Buddhist new year, is celebrated in mid-April . During the celebrations, which last about three days, Thais throw water at each other to welcome the monsoon season.
For them the water is sacred and they purify themselves with it. Formerly they threw water on Buddha figures in the temples and then cleaned themselves with this blessed water. Nowadays the Songkran is a real water fight that, in addition, serves to combat the high temperatures. Traveling to Thailand from March to May is especially interesting if you have a small budget. Despite this, if you plan your trip to Thailand in advance you can also find good deals during the high season (from November to February).
Weather in Thailand from November to February
It is the best time to travel to Thailand . The climate is temperate and usually with little rain throughout the country. December to January is considered the high season in Thailand, and it coincides with the Christmas holidays of Europeans and Americans, so there is more influx of travellers. At the end of January or beginning of February, depending on the year, the Chinese New Year is also celebrated. Being high season , hotel prices are much higher than the rest of the year, a factor that must also be taken into account when choosing the dates on which you are going to travel.
The climate in Thailand by zones
Cities: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Lopburi
The weather in central Thailand, like the rest of the country, is especially pleasant from November to February . At this time, on average, the maximum temperature is around 32ºC and the minimum 20ºC. During April and May the highest temperatures are reached, which can reach 37-38ºC. If you travel during this time, take comfortable and fresh clothes with you and always remember to stay hydrated. In reference to the rains , in the center of Thailand they are especially concentrated from August to October . During the rest of the year it also rains but with less frequency and intensity.
Cities: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Sukhotai, Phitsanulok
The climate in northern Thailand is similar to that of central Thailand . The dry season in northern Thailand is from November to April. In these months you will see the sun every day and the temperatures will be higher. On the other hand, the rainiest days tend to be concentrated in June, July and August and this makes the temperatures, especially at night, drop a little. Keep this in mind especially if you are going to trek on high trails.
Gulf of Thailand
Beaches: Koh Tao, Koh Yao, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan
Summer months (June, July, August and September): The Gulf of Thailand (on the east coast of Thailand) is an especially ideal area to visit during the summer months because according to statistics the probability of rain is not as high as in the Andaman Sea. Despite this, it must be taken into account that the area of the Gulf of Thailand is more exclusive and, therefore, more expensive. Winter months (October to May): The weather in this area, on the other hand, is more unstable from October to May, since statistically there is more probability of rain and cloudiness.
Beaches: Phuket, Krabi, Phi Phi, Similan Islands
The best time to travel to the Andaman Sea (on the west coast of Thailand) is from November to February , as they are in the dry season. On the contrary, during the months of June, July and August there are usually more chances of rain and cloudiness. Although, as in the rest of Thailand, keep in mind that the rain is not usually constant and you can enjoy the beaches of the Andaman Sea for much of the day. If in addition to spending a few days on the beach you are interested in enjoying leisure activities and excursions, traveling in the Andaman Sea during this time is a good alternative that is cheaper than going to the Gulf of Thailand.
So, when is the best weather in Thailand?
You should know that an especially good time is from November to February , which is the high season in Thailand. Temperatures are pleasant and it is considered the dry season, without rain. The climate in Thailand, which is tropical, offers quite pleasant temperatures, with temperature peaks from March to May. If your trip to Thailand is from May to October, you should know that it is common for the rains to be intermittent and last a short time , so they are not a problem. The rains also help keep the weather from being so hot during these months. In the following table we briefly explain the weather in Thailand as well as the best times to travel to Thailand according to your budget.
|June to October||hot season High chance of rain||Good deals can be found during these months, but in July and August there are more influx of travelers|
|March to May||Hottest time of year. chance of rain||Good time of year to travel at reasonable prices|
|November to February||temperate season. Low chance of rain||It coincides with the high season and prices, especially on the beaches, are higher|
Average number of days per month that it rains in Bangkok
We leave you below with a graph with data from the World Climate Guide on the average number of days per month that it rains in the Thai capital : Graph with the average number of days per month that it rains in Bangkok, Thailand Source of information: Worldclimateguide.co.uk If you would like to know in more detail the average temperatures for each month in Thailand, we advise you to visit AccuWeather , where you can also see the forecast for the coming months. It is important to know the weather in Thailand when you go to travel, but it is already known that sometimes it is also a matter of luck. In general, our travelers have not had problems with the weather, so we recommend that it not be a decisive factor when making a decision for your next trip. All times of the year are good to enjoy the attractions of Thailand!