When you travel the world, it is important to get the timing right. Not know if a country’s seasons and possible weather conditions can transform the holiday into a nightmare. In the same way to collect some basic details about what to expect will help you make the right decisions about where and when to go.
As far as Thailand is concerned, there is no absolute extremes. If you can avoid the rainy season (July-October), it would probably be best, but if you can not, the rain is not permanent – it comes in bursts and cools things down after it has gone!
The weather in Thailand is the most reasonable times of the year, although it certainly gets hot in the summer! November to February is the coolest times this year and it is certainly less rain then than at other times of the year. But Thailand is a big country with diverse landscapes. There is nowhere to go anywhere at any time of year you visit the kingdom.
Thailand’s seasons are fairly uniform across the country, but there are some regional differences. Basically Thailand has three seasons: summer, rainy and winter. The southern part of Thailand, however, has no winter. The following is a summary of the seasons as the impact of the kingdom’s various regions:
Central Thailand and the East
In central and eastern provinces of Thailand, the really hot summer weather begins around March and lasts to around June. During this period, extreme temperatures can go up to 41 degrees mark. Vintermånaderna is november-February. There may indeed be only a few days of real cold weather during those months, but the time until the New Year is a welcome respite from the heat throughout the rest of the year. Apart from these days, visitors from Europe still can feel the temperatures to a little warm during the winter of Thailand, but not unpleasant. The rainy season kicks in around the end of May and goes on until October. The rain is frequent and sometimes harsh. Typically, heavy rain go on about 30 minutes or so.
North and Northeast Thailand
Northern Thailand and the Northeast have the same basic seasons as in central and eastern regions. The winters, however, is much cooler. Mountain areas can be particularly cold, sometimes down to 0 degrees. In these parts, winter begins in november and lasts until February. Without a doubt are the best months for a visit to the north and northeast – the flowers are in bloom, it is dry and cool, and in the mountains “mists and fog often makes what is already wonderful nature quite delicious. But despite the hot, is april also a great month – during the Songkran Festival people are likely to throw water on you… You’ll be drenched so it will keep you cool!
Southern Thailand’s seasons are less distinct and really are only two real seasons – summer and the rainy season. The Gulf of Thailand lies to the east of the Thai peninsula while Andamansjön lies to the west. Visiting areas west of the peninsula (Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi) is best achieved between november and april to avoid monsoons that occur in other months – monsoons clear that visiting the islands by boat difficult and sometimes dangerous. Clearly the best to be avoided. Areas east of the peninsula (Koh Samui, Hat Yai) are best visited november to May. But visiting the Gulf region, Thailand is possible throughout the year, but those who come to this region should check the current weather situation in order to avoid the rain. If you plan to visit both sides of the coast during your stay in Thailand, november to april would be best.