Travel Guide: What are the 3 seasons in Thailand and when to visit in 2022?
Thailand is the most visited country in Southeast Asia. Its beautiful beaches and lush mountain jungles, unlike Bangkok’s colorful contradiction (where modern concrete skyscrapers sit alongside traditional temples), are all popular destinations, not to mention the many delicious dishes and street foods that are famous all over the world.
To a distant eye, Thailand may seem like a country with consistent topical heat throughout the year. While this may be true for most places, in reality the weather is much more nuanced and changes over three distinct seasons. So when is the best time to visit the Land of Smiles? Keep reading to find out!
To begin with, Thailand is located in the intertropical convergence zone and has three seasons: the dry and “cool” season is, in general, from November to February; the hot season oven weather extends from March to June; and the wet, rainy season lasts from July to October (there are regional exceptions to these general rules).
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Hot season: March to June
The temperature begins to rise in February, but will not reach its maximum until April. It will stay hot until the end of June and maybe July, until it starts to rain. Temperatures tend to hover in the mid-30s and can even exceed 40 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country. This is the best time to visit the beaches, where you can enjoy sunny weather and walk around without worrying about a sudden thunderstorm.
The popular Songkran festival takes place from April 13 to 15, when you can participate in public water fights. Just be sure to arm yourself with plenty of water balloons and water guns, and stick to the rules of the new festival normal etiquette. Songkran, the Thai New Year, is the festival that celebrates the arrival of the annual monsoon.
Monsoon season: July to November
The rainy season in Thailand is like a bad cocktail: the two don’t mix. This is when scorching temperatures meet monsoon rains. Humidity can be quite high.
The rainbow in the rain cloud is that the rainy season is also traditionally the low season for tourism in Thailand. This is the quietest time to visit the country, when most tourists prepare their beach bodies for the return of still sunny weather with no clouds in sight.
On the other hand, it is an excellent opportunity for all those who want to save money or who do not want to travel with too many other tourists. Just be sure to bring an umbrella or pack your bag with a 20-baht plastic poncho from 7-Eleven. But, usually, the rain is strong, but brief. And it’s always hot.
So what causes the rainy season in Thailand? As the southwest monsoon sweeps across the Indian Ocean, it carries moist air and heads northeast, where it is sucked into a vacuum replacing the hot air rising over the Asian continent warmed by the summer sun. The monsoon also coincides with Thailand’s location in Southeast Asia’s tropical rain belt.
Dry and “cool” season: December to February
The dry season is the most recommended period for travelers and is considered the peak tourist season. Yes, it’s always sunny, mostly clear and can have ‘cooler’ mornings (if you consider 20°C to be ‘cool’). The wind is more of a cool breeze than a hot hair dryer, especially in the early morning and evening.
The weather seems to strike a perfect balance, unlike other seasons where it is either too wet or too hot. If you go to visit the north, like in Chiang Mai, you will experience the “cold” weather in Thailand. Thais love to go there to camp during the last days of December to experience the drop in temperature and dust off their jackets and sweaters.
When is the best time to visit?
So there you have it, a breakdown of Thailand’s three seasons. Although the heat does not disappear, it changes throughout the year. If you don’t like rain, it’s best to avoid the monsoon season, especially during the wetter months of August and September (but some of us like the refreshing interlude…it doesn’t last never too long).
As for the hottest months, you should avoid traveling to Thailand in April and May. Perhaps the best reason to visit during this time is to enjoy the clear blue skies and beautiful sunsets over the beach.
For the average tourist and those who can wait until later in the year, we recommend visiting from November to February due to the relatively cool and dry weather.
What is your point of view ? Have you known the seasons in Thailand? Which season do you find the most pleasant and why? Let us know your thoughts in the Thaiger Talk comments section below!