When to visit Thailand
November - April
May - October (Northern Thailand, Andaman Coast)
September - December (Gulf of Thailand)
November - April (Andaman Coast)
February - August (Gulf of Thailand)
December - April (Khao Sok National Park)
January - March
If you want to tour Thailand extensively, this is the perfect time to go. The north and central regions will be hot and dry, with sun-drenched beaches across the southern peninsula. The chance of rain is minimal, and conditions are comfortable throughout the country.
Brilliant weather will continue across all of Thailand in April, making it a great place to visit in the Easter holidays. Temperatures will reach well into the mid to high 30°C across the country, particularly in Bangkok where it will be scorching.
May - August
A mixed bag for Thailand, this time of year brings monsoon weather to much of the country, including the north, central region and south-west. It will rain heavily for a few hours each day, but there will still be intervals of great weather. Beaches on the south-east coast are dry and hot during these months.
September - October
These are two of the wettest months in Thailand, where humidity and rain will be frequent across the whole country. One bonus of the accumulation of wet weather is that the national parks are very lush and green, with waterfalls bursting with water making for some stunning natural vistas. By late October, the weather will start to improve.
This month marks the start of the dry winter season in Thailand, and the monsoon rains should have abated significantly across most of the country. Warm and dry sunshine will cover the north and central regions, and bright sunny days will return to the southern beaches. November is generally a good month for spotting wildlife in Thailand, too. A great month to travel.
Thailand’s weather in December is brilliant, making it a very popular time to visit. Bangkok and the central regions are dry and warm (average 25°C), the beaches are hot and, most importantly, totally dry with the monsoon rains wholly wrapped up. The northern regions are also hot and dry in the day, but if trekking or staying in the highlands expect slightly cooler temperatures at night.
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Meet the Thailand experts
Becky joined the Experience Travel Group team in July 2012, but was an explorer from a young age, thanks to her globe-trotting parents. Southeast Asia was where her young journeys began and later, combining her passion for history with travel, she delved into the culture, religions and traditions of Asia and the Middle East. Becky also spent a year studying at the University of Otago, in New Zealand, as part of her History degree.
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Holly’s first job in travel was in a marketing role. However, it didn’t take her long to decide to exchange inspecting photographs of amazing destinations for being in them herself.
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James didn’t leave Europe until he was 19, first venturing to California for three months and then four months in South America. But it was his first trip to South East Asia, travelling from Hanoi to Bangkok overland, which really captured his imagination. A few years later he embarked on an epic eight-month tour of India which saw him, among other things, working in the holy city of Varanasi and volunteering in a rural development commune in southern Kerala. James has since been back to India over ten times, and travelled to Malaysia and Borneo, becoming obsessed with the street food of Penang in the process. More recently he's been to Bali and Lombok where he particularly enjoyed climbing Mount Rinjani, Sri Lanka where he fell in love with the Mudhouse and back to off-the-beaten track Sikkim in India.
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Our Head of Travel, Nick loves exploring life in Asia and over the past decade he has spent a great deal of time in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. To add to his impressive repertoire, Nick also pioneered our Indonesia holidays and having done exhaustive tours to Bali, Java, Flores and Indonesian Borneo he is passionate about extolling the virtues of this often overlooked country.
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