Is Thailand a good travel destination
Climate and the best time to travel to Thailand
When the trip is worth it, all information about climate and weather!
“When does the sun shine in Thailand?” - “How bad is the rain in December on Koh Samui?” - “Can we fly to Phuket in October?” - these are just a few questions that keep coming back to us.
That is why we have summarized for you the best months for a Trip to Thailand are.
Thailand is large and stretches for several thousand kilometers from north to south. It is hardly surprising that we cannot easily answer the question of the best time to travel to Thailand.
In general we say: You can travel to Thailand all year round. It always depends on where and in which region you want to spend your vacation.
- Determine where you want to travel.
- Determine when you want to travel.
- Define travel period.
General information on the climate:
Due to global climate change, one can also observe in Thailand that the rainy seasons are shifting. This makes it harder to plan the weather in advance. The following tips and seasons continue to serve as a guide for your booking.
Where to go in Thailand
In order to find out the best months for your vacation, it is important which regions you want to visit.
Are you going on a round trip and visiting the north as well as the islands in the south and central Thailand with Bangkok? Or do you want to relax on Phuket, Koh Samui or Koh Phangan?
The weather on the islands in the south can also be very different. The rainy season in the Gulf of Thailand (Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan) is a different time than in the Andaman Sea (Koh Phi Phi, Phuket and Koh Lanta).
For spontaneous travelers who do not book anything before the trip, this has the advantage that you simply have to briefly change coasts. By the way, flights are quite cheap to get from Phuket to Koh Samui, for example.
So here you can find all our experience after several trips to Thailand about - in our opinion - the best travel time for Thailand.
There are three seasons in Thailand
Dry season, hot season and rainy season or monsoon season
Because of the monsoon there are these three seasons in Thailand. But rainy season is not synonymous with rain all day. Neither does dry season mean that it never rains.
Here are all the facts in detail:
November - February: northeast monsoon.
The weather is then dry and cooler. The average temperatures are 26-29 degrees. The risk of rain is low.
May - October: southwest monsoon and rainy season.
It is very hot and heavy monsoon rains can occur almost every day. Floods and landslides occur in some regions. It rains the most in October.
You can read my opinion on the rainy season below.
Hot season - also transition period
From mid-March to May the temperatures rise to 35 - 40 degrees. It's very hot and humid.
If you have problems with extreme heat, you should avoid Thailand from mid-April. If there is also a rain shower, the humidity is extremely high. For some, the cycle becomes slack.
The monsoons and therefore the rainy season are between June and October. Most rainy days are in October.
Best travel time for Thailand
Are you insecure and don't feel like reading the whole article? Then here is the answer to your question, when is the best time to travel to Thailand:
It is generally said that between November and February the probability of good weather is best. A lot of hours of sunshine and little rain are then usually guaranteed. You keep the risk of rain low.
Our opinion: End of December - end of February it should be dry everywhere. It's not too hot and mostly dry.
However, then the prices are also the highest. The main travel times are Christmas and New Years. Then you have to book your accommodation in advance on the popular islands in the south and for Bangkok.
If there are showers, they are heavy but short. After 1-2 hours you won't even notice that it rained at all.
Temperatures around 26 ° - 32 ° degrees in southern Thailand and around 20 ° - 24 ° degrees in the north near Chiang Mai make the stay very pleasant.
Northern Thailand: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai
Generally it is cooler in northern Thailand than in the south or central Thailand.
The best time to travel to Northern Thailandis of November to March. Due to the north-west monsoon, it is dry with temperatures around 24 - 33 degrees Celsius. Nights below 10 ° C can happen here from time to time. Temperatures below zero are even possible at higher altitudes.
There are actually three seasons in northern Thailand: hot summer, cool autumn and the rainy season with a lot of rain.
The rainy season is from June to October. This is strongest between August and October.
It gets very hot in April and May. If you like hot temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius, you can also travel to the north.
Best travel time for southern Thailand
Southern Thailand is divided into the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
Andaman Sea: Phuket, Krabi, Koh Lanta, Koh Yao Noi, Koh Yao Yai, Phang-Nga, Khao Lak, Trang, Koh Phi Phi.
Gulf of Thailand: Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Surat Thani
In the south it rains with 2,400 mm / year more than in the north (only 1,400 mm / year).
in the Gulf of Thailand (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao) is the rainy season between September and early December and heavy rain showers and storms can accompany you during your trip.
In contrast, theAndaman Sea around Phuket, Khao Lak, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi or Krabi the rainy season between April and October.
If you only want to travel to the south of Thailand is an option, first the Andaman Sea (Phuket) and then the Gulf of Thailand (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao) to visit. If you are lucky, the monsoon will be over by Christmas and you will also have great weather with little rain on Koh Tao.
Central Thailand: Bangkok, Koh Chang, Ayutthaya, River Kwai.
Here in central Thailand there are only two main seasons: the dry and the rainy season. The best time to travel to the Bangkok region is from November to May. From March to May it is quite mild and from June to October is the rainy season.
The temperatures in and around Bangkok are relatively constant all year round between 32 ° - 34 ° C.
From March to May it is not only humid but very hot in Bangkok. Temperatures over 40 degrees and high humidity are not uncommon.
The months from October to February are therefore the most popular. The same applies here: the main travel season with higher prices.
The rainy season is from April to October. But there are seldom several rainy days in a row.
The best travel time for a beach holiday in Thailand
If you only want to lie on the beach and do not want to experience any culture, the months December - April during the dry season are the best for the Thailand trip. But especially in December and January, many Europeans escape the winter temperatures. Thus it is the main travel season in Thailand.
Even in the hottest months of March and April, Thailand is ideal for a beach holiday and island hopping.
The best travel time for a round trip
If you are a fan of round trips (at least I am) you will definitely travel to several regions. Then it is important to check exactly when and where it is the rainy season. Or you just stay flexible and reschedule spontaneously on site. If it rains on the islands in the southeast (e.g. Koh Samui), then check whether the weather is better in Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi.
If you don't feel like it and prefer to plan and book before your trip (which is good at some travel times - especially in December), then you should definitely travel during the dry season between November and March.
As already written above, you can generally travel to Thailand all year round. It is generally cooler in the north. I like to travel in the off-season. Then there are often bargains on airline tickets and hotels often have special offers.
Rainy season in Thailand - what does that mean for the trip?
The rainy season in Thailand is between June and October. As already mentioned, this does not mean that it will rain all day during the rainy season. The rain showers are often very heavy but short (around one to two hours a day). Or it pours in torrents all night and the next morning it's all over and the sun shines as if nothing had happened.
The only unpleasant thing about the rainy season is the high humidity, which can then increase by up to 90%. It feels extreme, especially in Bangkok.
A short time before and after it looks like this:
In the rainy season to Bangkok and central Thailand?
In Bangkok, the rainy season falls in the months of September and October. The rain is not as heavy and not as long as on Koh Samui or Koh Phanghan. Already in June - July you have to expect short rains and thunderstorms. The positive thing about it: It's not as humid and hot as it was in December - April.
Traveling in the rainy season can even bring benefits such as:
- Fewer tourists (ok Koh Phangan was once deserted for us)
- Larger choice of accommodation
- The accommodations are cheaper
- Flights are cheaper
And in the evening there is a beautiful sunset - it couldn't be more kitschy - where it was raining a short time before, as if the world was about to end….
But traveling during the rainy season sometimes (not every year) also has disadvantages:
- Large-scale flooding can occur.
- Landslides can also occur.
Both then have the disadvantage that traveling around can be impaired. The last major floods always occurred in December. This underpins my theory that the seasons are shifting backwards and forwards.
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