March 28, 2014

When is the best time to visit Thailand?

When is the best time to go to Thailand?

A good question but one that does not have a set answer! You see it all depends on what you want to go to Thailand for…

Thailand long boats

Peak season

If you want the best weather, avoiding the rainy season and not passing out due to the heat and humidity, then you need to go in the peak season when hotels are at their most expensive. But if saving a few baht is not your main priority (and for most of us, we’d rather be there in the most comfortable season) then you should be looking at heading over between January and March.

Temperatures in Bangkok average a balmy 32˚C and in the north it drops lower overnight. But book in advance as every traveller with their sights set on Thailand is looking at this time of year too.

Songkran Thailand

Getting soaked during Songkran. Pic from www.freedigitalimages.net

But wait!

April is a great month to go to experience the crazy Songkran festival where the locals soak each other in water fights as they celebrate the new year. In spite of the hilarity, Songkran is a ceremonial event meant to cleanse them from the bad luck of the year that is finished and washing them in preparation for the new.

Warning: if you don’t want to get wet then stay indoors all day! April is also a month before the official hot rainy season starts.

 

Rainy season

May to August is more pleasant than the peak of the rainy season. But the humidity will be rising – an excuse to enjoy the respite of shopping malls and hotels. Temperatures will be around 35˚C with a rain storm that will last a couple of hours late afternoon.

What’s great about this time is the lack of crowds, cheaper hotel rates and actually it’s quite a relaxing time to be here. You can also expect a few sunny days which are a nice bonus.

Thailand rainy season

Capturing a unique perspective in the rain! Pic Flickr/Bart Hiddink

Low season

I’d probably avoid September and October – unless I was on the bones of my bum and wanted a cheap holiday! It is wet and humidity is really high.

Thai girl at temple

I came across this little cutie at one of the temples

The affordable shoulder season

Then we come out of the rains, the humidity begins to fall and before the peak season prices kick in and the throng of tourists arrive, November and December is great. Expect some sunny blue sky days, more space and good deals on hotel prices.

This post is kindly sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. For more information about what to do and where to stay when you go, click here >>>

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Megan Singleton is a travel writer, blogger and radio correspondent. She's been gallivanting around the world telling stories for the last 16 years and has her suitcase always half packed (or half un-packed!) Follow along on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want to keep up with the journey!

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