When is the Best Time to Visit Thailand?
One of the most common questions we get asked by our readers is “when is the best time to visit Thailand?” Truth be told, there is no straight-forward answer to this question. It really depends on where you are going and what your priorities are, whether it be the best weather, the least crowds or a particular festival you want to attend. The short answer – if you are looking for moderate temperatures for trekking or pristine, turquoise beaches – November through February is your safest bet country-wide. But also note that this is considered high season and with that comes an increase in crowds and accommodation prices. If you are looking to escape the crowds or have a tighter budget, then looking outside of high season may be preferable. However, with low season comes heat, humidity and generally a lot of rain that could put a damper on your plans. Not only is weather an issue, but there are other things you should be aware of and take into account when planning your trip to Thailand. We will cover all of these in our short guide that will hopefully help you determine the best time for you to visit, as well as help you pack your suitcase for Thailand!
Best Time to Visit Thailand
Central to Northern Thailand
Dry season in the north usually runs November – April, seeing little to no rain and a dramatic drop in humidity. November through January is the most ideal time to visit, as temperatures cool down quite a bit with average highs in the 80’s and average low’s in the 60’s. This makes for comfortable days and often chilly nights, especially in higher elevations. This is also when the crowds pick up tremendously and accommodation prices peak. However, by March and April temperatures spike and the crowds seem to vanish. But the lack of rain and extreme heat makes it difficult to spend much time outdoors. Additionally, this is the time that farmers start burning their fields, filling the north with a thick, smokey haze. This is often referred to as the “hazy season” and rightly so. The air pollution during this time has been an on-going problem without much resolution. In fact, many residents claim it is still getting worse each year. After living in Chiang Mai through this season, we highly recommend avoiding it if you can. This period begins in mid to late February and lasts through April, but March seems to be the worst (see video below). Rainy season usually arrives with light showers in May, progressively getting heavier and peaking in August and September. The clouds help to fight the heat but the humidity picks up, making June – October very sticky and uncomfortable with temperatures averaging between 75 – 90.
Hottest Months: March – May | Wettest Months: September – November | Peak Months: December – February
Holidays & Festivals in Thailand
National Holidays for the Remainder of 2014
|May 1||Labor Day|
|May 5||Coronation Day|
|May 9||Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day|
|May 13||Visakha Bucha|
|Jul 11||Asalha Bucha|
|Aug 12||The Queen’s Birthday / Mother’s Day|
|Oct 23||Chulalongkorn Day|
|Dec 5||The King’s Birthday / Father’s Day|
|Dec 10||Constitution Day|
|Dec 31||New Year’s Eve|