Thailand is famous for being hot and sunny, but it’s not year-round great weather. The rainy season affects different parts of the country at different times of the year, which means you need to plan ahead to make sure you don’t arrive when it’s pouring with rain!
The best time to visit Thailand is traditionally considered to be from November to February. This is the cool season, when there is little rainfall and less humidity. It’s ideal for sitting on the beach, although temperatures are regularly over 30 degrees celcius. As you might expect, this is also the peak season period to visit the country. Hotel prices rise sharply over November to January, and during the two week Christmas and New Year period, they usually double again. (See my article Christmas in Thailand: Booking A Hotel Isn’t Easy Anymore or just have a look at online Thailand Hotel booking pages to see what I mean).
February is a great time for budget travellers to visit Thailand – the weather is still cool but the peak season is winding down. You also have all your options open for visiting the islands of the west or east coast.
From March through to May Thailand gets scorchingly hot, with temperatures moving up to 35 – 40 degrees and humidity topping 100 per cent. The Songkran festival happens in the middle of April, a 3 day public holiday where a water fight breaks out over the entire country in an effort to cool off.
The monsoon rains traditionally begin in May and last through to October, with June through to September usually being