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When is the best time to visit Thailand?

Although the climate varies throughout Thailand, you can visit all year round. The best time to travel is during the cool and dry season between November and early April. In the south, the climate differs between the eastern and western coasts. The west coast is more favorable during the winter months, when diving and snorkeling will be at its best. The weather on the east coast is good for most of the year, with the lowest rainfall in January and February and the highest in November.

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Thailand is another country with a distinct east versus west climate. The pick for us is either November, for the beautiful west coast beaches, or June, for beating the crowds and enjoying some of the country's cultural highlights with great weather.

Hannah, Southeast Asia Specialist

Thailand Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Ayutthaya 90°F 0" 93°F 1" 97°F 1" 97°F 3" 95°F 6" 93°F 7" 91°F 7" 90°F 7" 90°F 11" 90°F 7" 88°F 2" 88°F 0"
Bangkok 90°F 0" 91°F 1" 93°F 1" 95°F 3" 93°F 7" 91°F 6" 91°F 6" 90°F 8" 90°F 13" 90°F 9" 88°F 2" 88°F 0"
Chiang Mai 82°F 0" 88°F 0" 93°F 1" 95°F 2" 91°F 6" 88°F 4" 86°F 6" 86°F 7" 86°F 8" 84°F 6" 84°F 1" 82°F 1"
Khao Lak 88°F 1" 91°F 1" 91°F 3" 91°F 7" 90°F 15" 88°F 18" 86°F 18" 86°F 18" 86°F 22" 86°F 14" 86°F 7" 86°F 2"
Koh Samet 91°F 1" 91°F 2" 91°F 2" 93°F 4" 91°F 8" 90°F 8" 90°F 8" 90°F 8" 88°F 11" 90°F 9" 90°F 3" 90°F 0"
Koh Samui 84°F 7" 88°F 2" 91°F 3" 93°F 2" 91°F 5" 91°F 3" 90°F 5" 90°F 4" 90°F 5" 88°F 11" 84°F 18" 84°F 10"
Krabi 88°F 1" 91°F 1" 93°F 2" 93°F 6" 90°F 7" 90°F 10" 90°F 9" 88°F 9" 88°F 13" 88°F 10" 86°F 8" 86°F 3"
Phuket 88°F 2" 90°F 1" 91°F 2" 91°F 6" 90°F 13" 88°F 11" 88°F 11" 88°F 11" 86°F 15" 86°F 13" 86°F 7" 88°F 3"
Udon Thani 84°F 0" 88°F 1" 93°F 2" 95°F 3" 91°F 9" 90°F 10" 90°F 10" 88°F 12" 88°F 11" 88°F 3" 86°F 0" 84°F 0"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Thailand

Coral Island (from Vijitt)

Visiting Thailand in November

The sun returns to Thailand's west coast and beach goers begin to flock to Khao Lak, Phuket and Krabi once again. Perhaps the only exception being Koh Samui, which often sees high levels of rainfall at this time of year. If you visit at the start of the month you can beat the crowds. Early mornings and late evenings in northern Thailand begin to cool as winter approaches.

Events & Festivals

  • Loy Krathong (November): A festival predominantly celebrated by southwestern Thai cultures. Decorated baskets are hand-made using banana tree trunks, bread or styrofoam and floated along a river as locals make a wish.

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