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The most popular time to visit Thailand is during November – February. Less rainy days, cooler weather and lower humidity defines this time as the ‘high season’ and accommodation prices reflect that. Beach lovers tend to pick this time of year to minimise the chance of overcast and rainy days, but other travellers may like to visit during April (the hottest month of the year) to experience the Songkran festival, or during monsoon / low season, when prices are cheaper and tourists are still at home.

Just because it’s ‘low season’, doesn’t mean sunny days won’t arrive – often the storms are spectacular and followed by beautiful weather and the northern and southern regions don’t follow the same patterns, more on that later.

Seasons

Cooler season

November – February

The ‘cooler’ season is the most popular time of year for travelers. We say cooler, because Thailand is rarely cold, except for in the northern mountainous areas during this time of the year. Central and Northern Thailand will receive a few weeks of cooler weather, whilst the south remains dry, hot but not unbearable.

Hot season

March – June

Temperatures in Thailand soar beginning in March and lasting through until June. Some days hotter than others, with high humidity. Coastal areas are more bearable during these months, without too much rain. Many of us hide in malls and abuse our air conditioners during this time.

Rainy season

July – October

After the heat, it’s what we’ve all been waiting for – some rain. Although it’s called the rainy season, the rain isn’t consistent and you’ll see many sunny blue days, but when the rain does come, it comes fast, and flash floods happen.

Temperature & rainfall

Average Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temp (°C) 24 26 28 30 29 28 28 27 27 27 26 24
Min Temp (°C) 18 20 22 24 24 24 24 24 23 23 21 19
Max Temp (°C) 30 32 34 35 33 31 32 31 31 31 30 30
Rainfall (mm) 28 23 40 85 183 177 196 219 252 190 125 57

Regional weather

Northern & central Typically defined by three seasons

The South: Two seasons, wet and dry.

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