Whether you’re a nature lover who seeks for a long trekking in the mountains or a water baby who just loves chilling out under the tropical sun in one of the best beaches in the world, just get ready to discover all that Thailand has to offer. However, when is the best time to visit which in this amazing land since there’re so many appealing options to be drowning in?
The definition of “best time” here only depends on what your type of a dream trip is. Let us help with some of the highlights in Thailand accompanied by the weather conditions and most recommended activities for foodies, shopaholics, beach bums, adrenaline seeker,… well basically everyone.
Thailand’s tropical climate features warm, cool and monsoon seasons which can be greatly varied from the north to the south. Hence the first step of your trip should be choosing which part of this country to travel.
The northern parts of Thailand are blessed with tropical greeneries and stunning mountain landscapes. The weather here is also classified by a rainy season, cool season and warm season.
October to February is the coolest period in the north and also the favorite time of most travelers for its breathtaking mountains, rice fields, and winter blossoms… Imagine to wake up to fresh air with temperatures peaking at 20-25 degrees Celsius during the day. Hiking in the jungles and lush hills of Chiangmai or Chiangrai is highly recommended in this kind of weather.
The months of March to May is the period of temperature peak here. It can be as hot as the south but the humidity treats you much better. Don’t forget your sunscreen even when it’s not a sunny day.
Monsoon season begins in the middle of June and lasts until October. Rain comes in short downpours and won’t disturb any of your activities as long as you have a raincoat. Regarding to hiking under this weather, the road might be slippery but the temperature is on your energy’s side.
The central part of Thailand highlights the typical tropical climate with a cool season, warm season and rainy season.
From October to January is the best time to visit the central parts of Thailand as everything cools down during this time. 28-30 degrees Celsius is quite lovely for a walk around the dynamic Bangkok.
The warm season comes from February to June, the capital city sometimes bear the temperature up to 40 degrees Celsius. Apart from the sun, the humidity can be quite unpleasant for physical activities! Remember to put on your sunblock and keep your body hydrated by plenty of water. It’s time to take advantage of the swimming pool after a full day of shopping and sightseeing under the tropical heat.
July to October goes by the name of monsoon season. The bright side is that it rarely rains heavily, however the afternoon showers will be much nicer with a raincoat or an umbrella.
Here’s the part of Thailand where the weather is divided by two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season.
December to May are the months which the dry season takes hold of with the temperature ranges from 25 to 32 degrees Celsius. This is also the time most travelers desire to visit the south of Thailand since the plenty of dreamy beaches with the crystal clear waters can do wonder for the tropical heat. For all sea lovers, this time of the year is ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving to touch base with the ocean life.
The rainy season steps in around June and stays until October. However this uninvited guest can still be welcomed with a raincoat. Take a trip to Krabi or the surrounding islands to get soaked up in the sunshine or kick back and relax in the impeccable beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui. That’s totally your call.
Annual Festive Calendar
For all festive fans who like having fun celebrating traditions, don’t miss any chance by keeping yourself updated with the following calendar:
Lunar New Year: around mid January (date changes every year according to Lunar calendar)
This New Year’s celebration is the biggest event of all Southeast Asians. These days is the special chance to enjoy some Thai traditions which might be forgotten in this modern life.
Songkran Water Festival: 13-15 April
This unique festival is also considered as the Thai New Year. Thai people celebrate it in the coolest way they can think of. Yes, water fights in the streets can be crazy and fun at the same time. All you need is a water pistol and be ready to get wet.
Phi Ta Khon: late June-July
Unlike Halloween, this ghost festival is heavily religious according to Buddhism belief of a 3rd world where all the dead spirits go to. But like Halloween, this 3-day celebration is the time to dress up as dancing spirits on the streets. Fireworks, folk games, and parades can be held as well. This event can be enjoy specifically in Dan Sai, Loei province, Isan, Thailand.
Loy Krathong (Lantern Festival): November
For all who haven’t heard of this before, check out the classic scene in Tangled where 2 main characters are surrounded by millions of lanterns. Loy Krathong is like that but even better. Basically, this celebration falls on the night of the 12th full moon every year. And that’s the time for you to either release lanterns on to the water or into the sky at night.
When it comes to travel, we believe that “right time, right place” is all that matters. Share with our experts your ideas of a dream trip to Thailand, and we can give you a hand with putting things together.