Best Travel Time for Thailand

Thailand is one of the most popular travel destinations in Southeast Asia and for good reason. Because the country has everything to offer for a dream vacation: fantastic beaches, fascinating temples, jungles and national parks, mountain villages and social relationships and of course the megacity of Bangkok. But what is the best time to travel to Thailand?

Thailand - Railay bay - Westküste Thailand

The best Travel Time for Thailand depends on the region

The climate is as diverse as the country. The optimal travel time always depends on which part of Thailand you want to visit. The weather on the east and west coasts is very different. The positive thing about it: there is always a good place for a beach stay, in every season. Another note: the main travel season for Thailand is between November and April. This also means that the prices for hotels, tours and excursions are the highest here.

Northern Thailand – Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Isan

Northern Thailand is particularly well suited for trekking tours and intercultural encounters with ethnic Thai minorities. Here you can take wonderful 2 or 3 day tours through the mountains of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Or you can discover the remote region of Isan in the northeast of Thailand.
Chiang Mai Rice Paddy

But when is the best time to travel to North and Northeast Thailand? We recommend that you travel to Northern Thailand between November and April. These are the months when it rains the least and therefore the hiking routes are the best to walk.

Warning: November to April are also the “coolest” months in Northern Thailand. It can get “cold” here at 14 ° C. We recommend that you take clothing with you. The hottest months in Northern Thailand are between March and July, although the rainy season starts in April / May and heavy rainfall can occur. Therefore, the humidity is also the highest here.

  • Dry Season: November to April (Temp max: 28 ° – Temp min: 14 °)
  • Rain Season: June to September (Temp max: 36 ° – Temp min: 24 °)

Central Thailand – Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Koh Chang

Most of the time your journey through Thailand begins in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. From here you can make wonderful little trips to the ancient temple city of Ayutthaya, to the Kanchanaburi province to the Kwai river or to the island of Koh Chang.

When is the best time to visit Central Thailand? We also recommend that you use the time between November and April. It is dry season and there is almost no rain. The humidity is not quite as high. Here are the hottest months from February to May.

  • Dry Season: End of November to April (Temp max: 37 ° – Temp min: 20 °)
  • Rain Season: May to early November (Temp max: 35 ° – Temp min: 27 °)

East Coast of Thailand – Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan

The east coast of Thailand is particularly known for its many different diving spots and snorkeling opportunities. You can also hop from one island to another and explore the entire archipelago of Koh Samui.

Thailand - Koh Samui - Strand
Hua Hin

When is the best time to travel to the east coast of Thailand? Here we recommend you to travel the east coast of Thailand from January to May. The temperatures here are between pleasant 30 ° and 34 °. So perfect bathing weather.

Of course, many want to visit Koh Samui between the holidays, from December to January. This is absolutely possible, here the temperatures are between 24 ° and 30 ° and the rainy season has just ended.

  • Dry Season: January to May (Temp max: 34 ° – Temp min: 24 °)
  • Rain Season: May to November (Temp max: 35 ° – Temp min: 26 °)

West Coast – Khao Sok National Park, Phuket, Krabi

The west coast is very different from the climate to the east coast of Thailand. Known for his picture book dream beaches like Koh Phi Phi or James Bond Island. But also for its southern islands, largely undiscovered by tourism, where you can simply let your mind wander.

Krabi - Thailand

Note: the island of Phuket often serves as protection from the open sea. The weather on Krabi can be sunny and hot and it can rain on the west coast of Phuket and up. That is why islands like Koh Phi Phi or Koh Lanta are often particularly popular with travelers due to their stable climate.

When is the best time to travel to the west coast of Thailand? We recommend that you travel the west coast between November and March. The west coast is of course particularly popular between the months of December and January and therefore also has the highest volume of tourism.

Did you know that the sea takes on a different color in the rainy season than in the dry season? So you can have fantastic bathing weather in August, but the sea looks rather cloudy for Thailand’s standard. In December you have turquoise water and a white beach on the same stretch of coast.

  • Drying time: November to April (temp max: 35 ° – temp min: 22 °)
  • Rainy season: May to October (Temp max: 30 ° – Temp min: 25 °)

The Green Months

At Green Tiger Travel we naturally visit our destinations every year. But since we look after our customers in the high season, we travel in the low season, between the months of May and August. Or as we call it “the green season”. It is often not quite as hot as in the main season and – everything is green!

There is a heavy shower in the morning and / or afternoon but the air is so fresh and pleasant afterwards. The rain is not cold but pleasantly warm. The vegetation sprouts from all corners and there is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Finally, it should also be mentioned that there are very few tourists in the green season. This is particularly noticeable in well-known places such as the southern islands or Bangkok.

If you have any questions about the traveling to Thailand, we look forward to your message or call.