Thailand weather is primarily known for being warm, sunny and sometimes humid. But what many first time visitors aren’t aware of is how different the climate can be between the North and the South of Thailand throughout the year. We’ve comprised this handy guide to help you decide when is the best time to visit Thailand.
The hottest season falls between April and May and is generally a popular time to visit the south of Thailand to stay on the islands.
The coolest time to visit Thailand is between October and February when temperatures don’t get too high and is a great time to visit the jungles in the North.
The rainy season starts in the North of Thailand around mid-May and can last until mid-October. In the South, the rainy season typically lasts from November until December.
The high and low seasons differ between each province so while you may find in the North of Thailand that it is busy with fellow backpackers, the islands in the South could be the complete opposite, with only a handful of visitors.
High and Low Seasons in Thailand:
January to March
January to March is the most popular time to visit Thailand and generally the most expensive. It is advised to book activities and accommodations well in advance during this period. The weather is generally good across the country so it is a wonderful time to visit.
Songkran/Thai New Year
April is not only the hottest month of the year but is also the month of the Thai New Year, Songkran. It is like no New Years celebration you have ever experienced with people taking to the streets for a massive water fight. It is the perfect way to cool down during this hot month! Songkran typically falls mid April and can last anywhere between one to three days.
May to August
While these months are considered low season months they are often a great time to visit Thailand, especially the southern island. Accommodation is generally cheaper as well and the temperatures do not get too hot.
September and October
Between September and October in the North of Thailand is the rainy season meaning many activities might get you a little wet! Make sure to pack a rain coat and rain gear to stay dry or visit the Southern islands during this time for more pleasant weather.
November and December
Start of the High Season/Rainy Season in the South
November and December is the start of the high season in the North and the beginning of the rainy season in the South. However, it is also the lead up to Christmas and New Years so it is also a great time to visit and enjoy the celebrations. Prices of accommodation will be at its highest during this time so be sure to book ahead to try and land a good deal with most places requiring a minimum stay of 5 – 7 nights over New Years.
With all that being said, Thailand is a beautiful country to visit year round. The low seasons can sometimes be preferential with cheaper accommodation rates and less tourists, whilst the rainy seasons are also great for visiting the waterfalls. For more information on activities around Thailand you can visit our list of our suggested tours here.