The best time to visit Thailand – explained by month
The Best Time To Visit Thailand. The weather is good throughout the country at this time of year. There is little chance of rain, while cooler temperatures in the north make conditions more comfortable and all the west coast beaches are likely to be bathed in sunshine.
A few showers are expected on Thailand’s east coast towards the start of the month, but the rest of the country remains hot and dry.
Even the normally cool early mornings in the north begin to heat up.
Fine weather should be expected throughout Thailand in March, with temperatures rising into the mid 30°Cs and the colder weather in the north disappearing. This means that you can go anywhere in the country to enjoy sun-kissed beaches.
More excellent weather during April and the visitor numbers continue to rise. Be sure to book your accommodation far in advance to get the best choice of hotels. Traveling over Songkran (Thai New Year) means you can have great fun joining in the celebrations, but it is likely to be busier.
A great month to visit Thailand as prices lower following the peak season, meaning that you may be able to take advantage of a shoulder season promotion. For the majority of the month very little rain is expected, but for guaranteed sunshine on the beach, stick to the east coast. The Similan and Surin Marine Parks are closed from May 15th.
June is a good time to visit, allowing you to catch the last of the dry weather and avoid the crowds seen during the European school holidays. Thailand is bathed in sunshine at this time of year, and there are wonderful opportunities to grab a shoulder season bargain.
Temperatures start to drop a little as wind and rain become more common towards the end of the month. The sun is still out on the east coast beaches, but islands such as Koh Samui tend to get busy over the school holidays. The beginning of the month is best.
The rain is widespread across Thailand now; especially in the north of the country where heavy rainfall is common. Beach options start to dwindle, with Hua Hin and Koh Samui being the best places to head; although you may still experience a few showers.
September is usually the wettest month of the year, so it’s not ideal for beachgoers. However, those seeking a low season bargain and no crowds can still enjoy a worthwhile exploration at this time of year.
Rains continue throughout the beginning of October and temperatures begin to drop. However, the more comfortable cooler temperatures and lower humidity, along with less chance of rain at the end of the month, make October a good month to travel. The Similan and Surin Marine Parks open on October 15th.
The sun returns to Thailand’s west coast and beachgoers begin to flock to Khao Lak, Phuket and Krabi once again. If you visit at the start of the month you can beat the crowds. Early mornings and late evenings in northern Thailand begin to cool as winter approaches.
Thailand’s west coast beaches prepare for the Christmas rush and it’s best to book far in advance to secure your preferred option.
With good weather all around, it’s peak time to visit Thailand. We recommend going at the beginning of the month to avoid the hotel surcharges over Christmas.
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