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Best time to visit Thailand

Month-by-month guide of when to visit.

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A month-by-month guide of when to visit Thailand

Thailand is a diverse and enchanting destination that welcomes visitors year-round. The best time to visit Thailand depends on your preferences for weather, budget, and the types of experiences you seek.

The peak tourist season in Thailand occurs during the cool and dry months of November to February. This is when the weather is most pleasant, with cooler temperatures and lower humidity. It's an ideal time for beach lovers, as the islands and coastal areas offer pristine conditions for sunbathing and water sports. Inland attractions, like Chiang Mai and Bangkok, are also pleasant to explore during this time. However, it's essential to book accommodations and tours well in advance, as this is when prices are at their highest due to the influx of visitors.

March to May brings the hot and dry season to Thailand, making it the low season for tourists. While temperatures can be scorching, this is a good time to enjoy fewer crowds and lower prices. If you can handle the heat, it's a great opportunity to explore cultural sites, as well as take advantage of discounted accommodations and tours. Songkran, Thailand's New Year festival in April, is a lively celebration known for its water fights and traditional rituals.

The rainy season, or monsoon season, typically runs from June to October. The weather can be unpredictable, with heavy rain in some regions, particularly on the west coast and in the north. However, the Gulf of Thailand's islands, like Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, have their rainy season during this period, offering a unique experience of lush greenery and vibrant landscapes. Prices are lower during the rainy season, making it an affordable time to visit, but be prepared for occasional downpours and potential flooding in certain areas.

Thailand hosts a wide range of festivals and events throughout the year. Songkran, celebrated in April, marks the Thai New Year and involves joyous water fights and cultural rituals. Loy Krathong, usually in November, is known for its floating lanterns and candlelit offerings on the water. Many other regional and cultural festivals occur at various times, so consider your interests when planning your trip.

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Chiang Mai


January is one of the most delightful months to visit Thailand. The weather is characterized by pleasant temperatures and dry conditions. Daytime temperatures typically range from 25°C to 32°C, making it perfect for outdoor exploration.

The month kicks off with vibrant New Year's Eve celebrations in major cities, such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Spectacular fireworks displays light up the night sky, and many establishments host special parties and events. Towards the end of January, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival takes place, featuring colourful parades, floral exhibitions, and garden competitions, adding a touch of natural beauty to your visit.

Yi peng lantern festival Thailand


February is a continuation of the pleasant weather experienced in January. The cool, dry conditions persist, creating a comfortable atmosphere for travellers.

Chinese New Year, celebrated in various Thai-Chinese communities, adds a dash of cultural festivities to the month. In Chiang Mai, the Lantern Festival coincides with this period, where you can release lanterns into the night sky for good luck.

Thai ladies celebrating Songkran in traditional dress Thailand


March is still a great time to visit Thailand. While temperatures start to rise as the month progresses, it remains relatively comfortable with low humidity and minimal rainfall.

The highlight of March in Thailand is the Songkran Festival, marking the Thai New Year. This event is celebrated with water fights, parades, and traditional ceremonies. It's a unique cultural experience that's both fun and refreshing.



April marks the beginning of the hot season in Thailand. Temperatures can soar, reaching up to 40°C (104°F). It's generally dry but increasingly scorching.

The Songkran Festival celebrations often continue into the first half of April, making it a vibrant and festive time to visit. Be prepared to get drenched in friendly water fights as part of the festivities.

Phi Phi Island


May is still part of the hot and dry season. However, temperatures might be slightly more bearable compared to April.

While May doesn't feature any major festivals, it's an excellent time to explore Thailand's beautiful beaches and islands without the peak-season crowds. The clear skies and warm waters make it ideal for beach vacations and water activities.

Fields near Chiang Mai Thailand


June is the start of the rainy season in most parts of Thailand. Humidity increases, and sporadic rainfall becomes more common.

While there are no major festivals in June, this quieter period allows you to explore popular tourist destinations with fewer crowds. Consider indoor and cultural activities during occasional downpours.

Flowers at atemple in Chiang Mai Thailand


July is firmly within the rainy season in most of Thailand. Frequent downpours are expected, especially on the west coast and in northern regions.

July doesn't feature significant events, but it's a time to experience Thailand's lush green landscapes. You can visit national parks and enjoy the vibrant flora that thrives during the rainy season.

Royal Pavilion Chianmai Thailand


Rainfall continues in August, but the east coast islands like Koh Samui and Koh Phangan tend to have better weather during this period.

On August 12th, Thailand celebrates the Queen's Birthday, a national holiday. It's a time when Thais show their love and respect for the monarchy.

Maya Bay Island


September marks the transition as the rainy season starts to wane. The weather gradually improves, particularly towards the latter part of the month.

Mahidol Day on September 24th is another national holiday, commemorating the life and contributions of Prince Mahidol, the father of modern medicine and public health in Thailand.



October is a great time to visit as the rainy season recedes, and the weather becomes more comfortable. You'll notice a decrease in rainfall, and conditions become ideal for travel.

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand


November offers pleasant weather with less humidity. It's an excellent time for outdoor exploration and activities.

Loy Krathong, the Festival of Lights, is a major event in November. During this celebration, people release lanterns and float decorative krathongs (small rafts) on rivers and lakes, creating a magical, illuminated spectacle.

Railay Beach Krabi Thailand


December is the peak tourist season in Thailand. The weather is cool and dry, providing ideal conditions for various outdoor activities.

Christmas and New Year's Eve are widely celebrated in major cities and tourist areas. You'll find festive decorations, special dinners, and lively parties to ring in the new year.

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