When Is The Best Time For Thailand Vacations?
Thailand has three seasons: rainy, winter, and summer. But the southern portion of the country doesn't experience winter. The best time of the year to visit Thailand is from November to February because it is during these times when the place has cooler weather but less rain. You should avoid rainy season which usually starts July and ends in October.
Since Thailand is a huge country with various landscapes, it is important that you know the seasons in different parts of the country.
Central and Eastern parts of Thailand
In Thailand's central and eastern provinces, hot summer begins mid February until April when the temperature can reach 40 degrees centigrade. Winter is from mid November through mid February. During these months, there are few days of really cold weather. Despite this cold climate, tourists from Europe may find this a little warm.
The month of May marks the beginning of the rainy season in this part of the country. Frequent rains and rainstorms that last for almost 30 minutes can be experienced and this weather goes on until October. So if you're planning to go to the famous beaches in the east such as Rayong, Pattaya, and Koh Chang, it is best to visit such place from the months of December to May.
Winters in this part of the country is cooler compared to Central and Eastern provinces. Mountainous provinces can get really cold; sometimes temperature even goes down to 0 degrees centigrade. Winters in this region begins in November and lasts until February. So this is basically the best time to visit Northern Thailand. During these months, flowers are in full bloom and the weather is dry yet cool. You'll usually observe fog formations that make the already beautiful scenery even more breathtaking. You can also consider an April visit because this month marks the celebration of Songkran festival.
Climate in Southern Thailand is very much different because this portion only has two seasons – summer and rainy. In this region, you'll find the Gulf of Thailand which lies in the east part of the Thai peninsula while the Andaman Sea is situated in the west. Those who want to visit the west part of the peninsula such as Phuket, Krabi, and Phang Nga should go there between mid November to April. This way, tourists can avoid monsoons that make island visits by boat not only difficult but dangerous as well.
On the other hand, vacations in the eastern part of the peninsula, which includes Hat Yai and Koh Samui, are best done from December to June. Its good news that the Gulf of Thailand can be visited any month of the year. But it is still advisable to monitor the weather situation in this area to avoid rain. If you want to visit both sides of the coast during your Thailand vacations, better go to this place between December and April.