Best time to visit Thailand
Thailand is an excellent destination for digital nomads, backpackers, and vacationers all year round. The seasons can vary significantly from coast to coast and region to region. Let’s look at the seasons in each area and determine when is the best time for you to travel to Thailand.
Thailand has been a great destination for most of the years.
You’ll need to plan to ensure you visit the right places and at the right time.
We’re here to help!
Thailand’s climate varies significantly from one region to another because of its diverse landscapes. From the mountains in northern Thailand to the islands on the southern coast, the weather is different in each area.
The seasons in Thailand aren’t as predictable as in other parts of the world. The Thai seasons are “cool,” ” hot, ” and rainy instead of winter, spring, and summer.
This article will help you decide the best time of year to visit Thailand based on what you want to do and see.
When is the best season to visit Thailand?
From November to February, temperatures are generally comfortable, and there is little chance of rain.
Let’s now break it down into regions…
Bangkok and Chiang Mai
The best time to visit Bangkok and Chiang Mai is November -February. You can expect extreme heat and heavy rains in the North.
The best time to visit Thailand’s islands is from November to April. The monsoon season in this area is from May to September.
The best time to visit Thailand’s Gulf Coast is from December -March. However, the summer months (July -September) also offer good weather and fewer crowds. The Andaman Sea’s monsoon season is shorter, lasting only from October to the end of November.
When should I visit Thailand?
This question is challenging to answer. We won’t leave you hanging.
We’ve arranged Thailand’s seasons in this article by region and listed the best things to see and do at each season throughout Thailand. These suggestions help you choose the right time to visit Thailand.
Start by answering these questions:
- Which region of the country are you planning to visit?
- Could you please rain?
- Do you get easily annoyed by crowds of people?
- Do you suffer from high humidity?
- Would you rather spend time hiking outdoors?
- Do you plan to scuba dive in Thailand?
Answering these questions will help you decide when to travel to Thailand.
Best time to visit Thailand Guide
General Thailand Information
- Our experience in Thailand
- Thailand Geography Overview
- Map of Thailand
- Weather in Thailand
Do you know where you would like to travel in Thailand? You can jump to the section in this article describing each season’s weather conditions.
Seasons in each Region
- Northern Thailand
- Central Thailand
- Southern Thailand and Thai Islands
- West Coast (Andaman Sea)
- Gulf of Thailand
Where can you go in each season?
You may not know where you want to go, but you know when you will travel. You can click on the month to see the best destinations for that time of year.
The BEST time to visit Thailand
Want a quick recommendation? See our tips for the best times to visit Thailand. We’ll also share the times of year that we would avoid!
Our experience in Thailand
We visited Thailand in all seasons
We lived in Chiang Mai during the burning season one year and do not recommend it if you can avoid it!
- We have spent a lot of time in Thailand, living and traveling. Except for June, we were in Thailand every month, many of them multiple times.
The best time to visit Thailand
November to January
It is our favorite time to visit Chiang Mai. This is also a good time to visit the Andaman Coast and the islands of the Gulf.
The worst time to visit Thailand
The burning season starts in mid-February and is not the best time to visit the North of the country. It’s rough. We’ve been twice during the burning season. (Not recommended!)
In April, the heat is unbearable in the North. Only the (very enjoyable!) Songkran festival can provide some relief. Songkran (a water celebration) takes place in April.
It’s good to know that from February through April, the islands and coastlines are a better option.
Thailand’s summer months can be very humid, hot and rainy. They also bring monsoon rains to the Andaman coast and islands.
Thailand Geography Overview
Thailand is located in Southeast Asia, with an area of nearly 320,000 square kilometers (513 120 km2). It has a strange shape with a tail that leads down to the equator.
Thailand is a country with a wide variety of landscapes, from the high mountains and upland plateaus in the North to the central plains and tropical islands in the south.
Map of Thailand
The map shows the rough division of the northern, middle, and southern regions of Thailand. In general, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Bangkok are in the northern region, while the lower leg, Thai islands, and Bangkok make up the central area.
Weather in Thailand
The climate in Thailand is different from one region to another. The north experiences the most extreme temperature fluctuations throughout the year, while the south has very little variation as you approach the equator.
The weather is tropical and warm throughout the year, with the exception of the mountain ranges in the far North.
Thailand’s seasons can be divided into three groups: Hot, Cool and Rainy.
Although they are unpredictable and vary from one coast to another and region to region, the general pattern is as follows.