When is the Best Time to Visit Thailand?
Thailand is a favorite of many travelers. The guaranteed sunshine, the low costs and the beautiful beaches draw in the crowds. One thing that people tend to overlook is when is the best time to travel to Thailand? Surely it can’t be all rosy year round? There is indeed a rainy season in Thailand! If you are looking to visit the country, you may want to understand the seasons and get a better understanding of when the sun will shine. Have no fear, this is the information we’ll be providing you in this article! Sit back, strap in and enjoy the ride.. or 5 minute read.
When is the rainy season?
Generally in Thailand, the low season is from May – October. This means that there is a higher chance of rain during this period. It does not mean that you are guaranteed rain every single day and there can be moments of sunshine. When it does rain, it rains hard. It tends to be heavy rain with some thunderstorms which will last for about an hour at a time. Whilst it is possible to have a full rainy day, it is uncommon. Traveling to Thailand during this period isn’t necessarily a bad thing and if you time it right, you can have a cheap holiday and enjoy all the great aspects that Thailand has to offer.
If you are planning to travel to Thailand during the low season, we’d advise coming early May or late October. This means that you get the best of the weather and also the low prices. Most accommodation in Thailand will drop their prices during this period meaning that you can get rates which are 30-50% less than you would find during the high season or peak season! Just remember to bring the umbrella as you may need it during your holiday.
When is the best time to visit Thailand?
This is of course subjective but the time when most people like to come is December – February time. This is where the weather tends to be a bit cooler averaging between 30-35 degrees celsius. You are more likely to have a cool breeze during this period and little to no rain. It is perfect for a trip to the islands or your favorite beach destination. You will find prices tend to be a little higher at this time of year with late December and early January topping out as the most expensive times to visit Thailand.
If you do plan on visiting Thailand during this period, it will most likely be the most crowded time of year also. Occupancy rates will be higher than usual and beaches and popular destinations will appear busy. It might be worth booking earlier than normal to guarantee you get the accommodation that you desire during this period. It is not unheard of for some of the most desirable accommodation to be fully booked months in advance.
When is the hottest month in Thailand?
The hottest month in Thailand tends to be April. This is the month before the rainy season kicks in and culminates in the Songkran Festival which runs from the 13-15th of the month. If you haven’t experience Songkran in Thailand, it is worth a visit! The streets turn into a giant water fight where everyone is equipped with water guns. It is quite the experience and will be the subject of another blog. The weather in April can be a little sticky and the heat a little unbearable at times. You will often see people walking from 7/11 to 7/11 to make use of the AC to cool down. If you want to just lie on the beach and sun away and know your body can handle the temperatures then it can be a good month for you. Sun cream is definitely recommended! Crowds tend to be less and you may be able to get a decent deal on accommodation. Give it a go!
We hope this has been helpful!
Whatever you have planned for your next holiday in Thailand, we hope this gives you a better knowledge of the seasons. Low season tends to be lower prices but increased risk of rain. Late December to end of January is arguably the best weather but tends to be the most expensive time and staying during April will ensure you see the hottest temperatures Thailand has to offer. Of course, everyone is different and if you are just looking to relax in a little bamboo hut like the ones in the photo above, does the weather even matter?