365 days of summer – that’s what’s the weather like in Thailand, in brief. High humidity combined with temperatures virtually never dropping below 25 degrees Celsius and seldom below 30 make Thailand the perfect destination for those seeking warm climate. And if you’re looking to escape the heat while in Thailand. you might find some relief in the northern parts of the country.
There are three main seasons in Thailand:
The coolest (though definitely not cold) season in Thailand lasts from November to early February. It seldom rains then and the temperatures oscillate around a comfortable 28 degrees. Unless you’re planning some mountain trekking, you can leave your long sleeves at home – and either way, you can buy anything you need locally. And while we are at it – the cool season is also the high tourist season in Thailand so it’s recommended to make some bookings in advance. For example, when booking hotels I like to use Hotels Combined which collects the best rates from all other hotel search services.
It begins in February and lasts approximately until June. The temperatures can go over 40 degrees, the air is perfectly still and the sky perfectly blue. I like this season, a lot – the warm rays of sun on my skin give me a sense of calm. But it’s important to stay hydrated, use lots of sunscreens and seek shade. If you visit Bangkok in that season you’ll find relief from the scorching heat in convenience stores, public transport, shopping malls and taxis – all of which blast their air conditioning to the max. A word of warning though – it’s surprisingly easy to catch a cold in Thailand exactly due to this ever blasting AC.
It lasts from June to October, though it varies year by year and also by Thailands region. For example, it’s supposed to start and finish a bit later in the Easter coast of the Malay peninsula. Either way, rainy season is not all bad. A typical day in that season will have maybe one or two intense, refreshing showers and still plenty of sunshine to enjoy. The skies might be cloudy but the temperatures rarely drop below 25 degrees. The air is clearer, the foliage greener, the waterfalls come alive – monsoon is a surprisingly good time to visit Thailand. Unless of course, you’re unlucky and you visit during one of those weeks when it rains non stop – and they do happen. But even then, usually it’s enough to move to another part of Thailand to avoid rain – it rarely rains everywhere. It’s also a reason why it’s better to stay flexible and not book long term hotel stays during the rainy season (even though the prices are some of the lowest at that time).
The end of the rainy season is often marked by floods – they are a common occurrence in Thailand and rarely affect tourists. What about typhoons and such? Thailand is spared the most severe ones. In my 8 years in the country, there hasn’t been a single one that caused a major disaster, including the recent, very much overhyped topical storm Pabuk.
Unfortunately, no one can guarantee great weather during your trip to Thailand. Chances of rain diminish in the hot season but it still does happen. Like everywhere else in the world, weather anomalies are more common in Thailand these days. Heavy rains in January and beautiful weather in the middle of monsoon season are not yet common but definitely not unheard of.