Getting the most out of Thailands weather!
Thailand is nestled between Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, Thailand’s northern region is thick and wide, but travel south and the country becomes a thin thread connecting Malaysia with
mainland South-East Asia. There are many contrasts between northern and southern Thailand – different cultures and cuisines are some examples, and the weather is another.
An easy way to make sense of Thailand’s weather system is to understand that the northern region has three seasons while the southern peninsular has only two.
Dry season is between November and May and is hot with far less rain. This seven month period can be further broken into two weather patterns:
First dry season: November to February (cooler of these two periods with cooler breezes making their way from the north-east monsoon conditions down south)
Second dry season: March to May (the hottest time of the year).
Wet season :Between May and November the southwest monsoons bring rain to the north (from intermittent showers to heavier rainfall).
The southern peninsula does tend to get more rain than the north, but there are so many wonderful islands and beach destinations to choose between you definitely don’t want to pass up travelling here. In the same way that there are variations between the weather patterns in the north and south of the county, there are variations between eastern and western regions of the southern peninsular, specifically that the dry and wet seasons occur at different times. So it’s easy to plan around the seasons!
West coast(Koh Lipe, Phuket, Phi Phi)
Dry season:November to March
Wet season: Rains and sometimes heavy storms from April until October brought by southwest monsoon.
East coast(Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Koh Tao)
Dry season: January to August
Wet season: Most rainfall between September and December.
Best time to visit Thailand.
In general, the weather is the most pleasant between November and February when it is coolish and dry. It’s worth noting that this is also peak season so prices are generally higher and places are fuller (so book well in advance). If you’d like to travel Thailand another time of year, there are plenty of places for you to visit. April is considered the country’s hottest month so make sure you have access to the ocean or a swimming pool if you need to be in Thailand at this time!
· This advice is meant as a guideline only – we can’t control the weather!
Giles first opened up Checkout Travel (Club Travel Fourways in those days) over 15 years ago. He is passionate about researching new technologies whether it be in the digital marketing space or actual travel platforms ensuring seamless quoting procedures for our travel creators – gone are the days of dusty hotel guides! Currently completing his MBA, this adventure junkie’s best travel memory thus far is trekking around South East Asia for 3 months.
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