Thailand is a beautiful warm country where you can relax all year round. However, there are still seasons here with varying degrees of temperature. Not to worry, though, it never drops below freezing 🙂

The odd tropical downpour can even be quite entertaining at times.

Here is our brief run down of the climate in The Kingdom.

THE HOT/DRY SEASON
March–May

Shades on – Check
New Bikini/ManKini bought – Check

Cocktail season is here and to top it all off you have the world-famous Songkran spirit to carry you through April.

 

 

 

The season is as it says. Lots of hot sunny days with not much rain.

Great time of the year for sun worshipers and island hoppers. That said, it can get seriously HOT so make sure you have that sunblock to hand.

Where to be:

The Andaman Sea is where it’s at: Phuket, Koh Phangan, Khao Lak and Krabi.

 

 

 

MONSOON/WET SEASON
June–October

Umbrella – Check
Raincoat – Check

This time of year is usually accompanied by heavy rain and will normally have rough seas.

Great time of the year to gorge on Thai food, stay in cities and maybe indulge in the odd massage or two.

 

 

 

The rain isn’t constant in the early months of the period as it will rain for one or two hours and then dry out. However, it can be torrential when it does rain.

Remember, you’re in the Tropics.

Where to be:

Bangkok or Pattaya

 

 

 

THE COOOOOOL SEASON
November–February

Light jumper – Check
Coffee Shop List – Check

We have a winter. Well, kind of. It normally runs from November through February and will still feel hot to most visitors, but much of the country does experience a short cold snap for a week or so in December, especially in the north and north-east where it can get quite chilly.

 

 

 

This has to be my favourite time.Instead of overbearing heat, you feel an oddly unfamiliar cool breeze when you step outside and there’s often a week or so with that cold snap in the air.

Where to be:

Chiang Mai/ Chaing Rai, Bangkok, Pattaya and Hua Hin

Otherwise, head to the postcard-perfect Pai, a town tucked in the valley on the banks of the river of the same name. Other places in northern Thailand with an abundance of stunning natural delights are Khao Kho and Nan.

 

By Paul Johnson