When planning your holiday to Thailand, it helps to know when the best times are to visit. While there really is no bad time to visit Thailand, there are a few considerations that may influence your preference of when to travel. Considerations such as weather, festivals, prices of flights and accommodation as well as which regions you would like to visit, all play a crucial role in holiday planning. Consider the following factors when deciding the best time to visit Thailand for your perfect holiday.
Flights and accommodation tend to be more expensive from November to February due to the favourable weather conditions over the holiday 'high' season. If you're looking to visit Thailand during this time, we recommend booking as far in advance as possible to get the best deals and value for money. The low season generally occurs between March (After Chinese New Year) and October where flights and accommodation are much cheaper.
In regards to climate, November to February is the best time to visit Thailand. During this time, the weather is relatively mild and sunny with humidity levels dropping and temperatures cooling from the North East breeze. Central Thailand and its eastern provinces heat up from February to April, with maximum temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius. The wet season arrives in May and lasts until about October, with frequent but short bursts of rain and the occasional severe storm. Winter is from November to early February, with cooler temperatures but only a couple of days of actual cold weather. The northeast and northern Thailand have similar conditions, although winters are much cooler due to the mountainous terrain of this region. The best time to visit Thailand in these areas is November to February when it's cool and dry, the flowers are blooming and misty mountain fog enhances the spectacular scenery.
Southern Thailand experiences less distinct seasons with summer and the wet season dominating conditions. The best time to visit regions like Phuket and Krabi is from mid-November to April while places like Koh Samui are at their best from December to June. If you're planning on exploring both the east and west coasts of the peninsula, then the best time to visit Thailand is from December to April.
Thailand enjoys a number of festivals and events throughout the year with at least one major celebration each month. The most popular event which draws thousands tourists from all over the world is known as Songkran. Occurring in April, Songkran is a nationwide festival celebrating the Thai New Year. Locals celebrate by cleaning their homes and then pouring water over people in the streets to wash away sings and bad luck. It is essentially one huge water fight that goes for three days straight! A truly unique and amazing cultural experience, we highly recommend visiting Thailand during this time of year.