Thailand promises astonishing diversity with bustling cities, stunning scenery, and beautiful beaches on idyllic tropical islands. Beach lovers are well catered for in Thailand and can relax on long stretches of golden sandy beaches on lively islands with plenty of bars and restaurants. Or venture to smaller, tranquil islands surrounded by striking limestone scenery. Away from the beaches, you’ll discover Thailand’s intoxicating blend of royal palaces, temples and spiritual retreats along with fun-filled nightlife, fabulous shopping and delicious cuisine.

Thailand is a destination for everyone, from budget backpackers in search of full moon parties and buckets. To families and couples looking for a tropical beach retreat or cultural break. To the underwater adventurer, looking to experience some of the region’s best scuba diving.

When to Visit

Thailand has two distinct seasons throughout most of the country. Although there are slight variations due to its sheer size. November to March is the dry season and the perfect time to visit much of the country. Although hot the real intense heat doesn’t occur until the summer months. Making it a little more bearable. This time is often the peak season, however, so things are likely to be a little busier and maybe a bit more expensive too.

Thailand’s rainy season is generally between May and October. But this means there are some great deals to be had and things will be a little quieter. You just have to be prepared for a little more heat and the occasional downpour.

It’s also worth considering, burning season, which occurs in the far north of the country between the months of February and April, although it can run later. During this time farmers set fire to their fields to clear last year’s finished crop, in preparation for the next growing period. Smoke from similar activities in Myanmar, Indonesia and Malaysia can also reach Thailand. It’s often referred to as the “Southeast Asian Haze”.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Bangkok, Chaing Mai, Phuket & Koh Tao / Samui / Pha Ngan.

Graph showing average high and low temperature by month for Bangkok, Thailand
Graph showing average rainfall and days with rain by month for Bangkok, Thailand
Graph showing average high and low temperature by month for Chiang Mai, Thailand
Graph showing average rainfall and days with rain by month for Chiang Mai, Thailand
Graph showing average high and low temperature by month for Phuket, Thailand
Graph showing average rainfall and days with rain by month for Phuket, Thailand
Graph showing average high and low temperature by month for Koh Tao, Samui & Pha Ngan, Thailand
Graph showing average rainfall and days with rain by month for Koh Tao, Samui & Pha Ngan, Thailand