Thailand Weather and Seasons: the best time to visit Thailand

Thailand Holiday Ideas

We are often asked when is the best time to travel to Thailand. There is no easy answer but you will find helpful guidelines on the best months in which to visit below.

Thailand Weather Forecast

The weather forecast below includes up to the minute weather information for Bangkok.

Choose your holiday in Thailand with an eye to the weather

In our opinion there is no "best time" to visit Thailand. Each season has its merits, and visiting the same place twice, but at different times of the year, can offer an utterly different holiday experience.

Visit the Northeast during the hot season and you will be surrounded by golden rice fields under an azure sky and never wander far from the gurgling waters of your swimming pool; visit again in the green season and the paddies are inundated with water and shout with dazzling green rice shoots as water buffalo wallow in mud holes and fireflies glimmer in the night sky.

At Christmas I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May's newfangled mirth; But like of each thing that in seasons grows."
(William Shakespeare)

The Main Thai Seasons

Thailand is fundamentally a tropical country that enjoys hot and sunny weather most of the year. Most of Thailand will experience three main seasons:

November to January: Dry, sunny days and cool nights.

February to May: Hot and dry. April is considered the hottest month.

June to November: The Green Season (when rain is no fun for a beach holiday, but can make rural Thailand spectacular, with shimmering emerald rice fields!)

Weather in the South of Thailand: Phuket or Samui?

The weather in the South of Thailand is an exception to the rule. It is important that you choose the location of your holiday house carefully if you are worried about rain, as the South generally gets twice as much rain as the remainder of the country.

Simply remember that the west coast (Phuket, Kao Lak, Krabi) will experience rain and stormy weather from April to October. The East coast on the other hand (Koh Samui) will witness most rainfall between September and December.