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The Best Time to Visit Thailand

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By Sarah Hemsley

Last updated: 31st January 2024

Is Thailand next on your bucket list? It’s obvious to see why! With its Instagramable islands, the thriving city life and its iconic Full Moon Party, all year round it’s a backpacker's dream. Find out the best months to visit Thailand.

Visiting Thailand from November to February

Travellers making elephant food at ethical sanctuary in Chiang Mai

November to February is peak season, so it's the perfect time to meet other like-minded travellers roaming around Thailand as you tick must-do activities off your bucket list. Whether it’s partying at the world's best beach party on Koh Phangan, taking a Tuk Tuk through the thriving streets of Bangkok or seeing adorable Thai elephants at the ethical sanctuary in Chiang Mai. November to February is a great time to travel to Thailand.

Winter in Thailand

Thailand’s warm winter falls between November and February. The warm and comfortable weather makes it a great time to travel as the average temperature is 27ºC. It’s far from cold!

Visiting Thailand from March to June

Traveller in the water at the beach on Maya Bay.

If you plan to spend your days on islands soaking up the sunshine, taking in the breathtaking views or simply having a refreshing iced cocktail on the beach, March to June is the perfect time to visit. The stunning beaches are even more jaw-droppingly gorgeous and, when the cooler evening comes around, it’s the perfect time for hitting the thriving beach clubs too.

Summer in Thailand

The months of March to June are ideal for picture-perfect clear blue skies and some hot sun, with temperatures reaching 35ºC.

Visiting Thailand from July to October

Thai rice fields near Chiang Mai, Thailand

This time of year, the scenery is seriously so lush and green, and the views are simply blissful. Watch the landscapes thrive during their favourite season, as you immerse yourself in the charm of Thailand. These months tend to be quieter and cheaper so it’s perfect for backpackers on a budget too.

Rainy Season in Thailand

Apart from the odd afternoon rain shower, July to October is a beautiful time to visit Thailand. You can still enjoy warm temperatures, averaging 28-32ºC, and sunshine most of the day. Just make sure to pack prepared and keep your raincoat on hand.

Festivals in Thailand 

Nowhere does a festival like Thailand! For a memorable trip, don’t miss these incredible festivals. Add these to your list now.

Full Moon Festival

Group of travellers at Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan

Thailand’s biggest festival - this is seriously one for your bucket list! Every month on the night of the full moon, backpackers gather on the dreamy sands of Koh Phangan to party hard. Make lifelong memories by joining thousands of like-minded travellers at this legendary party. Dance on the idyllic sands and sip delicious tropical cocktails as you watch in awe of the night unravelling around you. From professional fire performers, circus acts, worldwide DJs and much more, you will surely be entertained at this unmissable festival. Celebrate in style and cover yourself head to toe in neon face paint!

Full Moon Party Dates & Guide

Half Moon Party Festival

Travellers holding buckets at Full Moon Party

You guessed it… this festival falls every half-moon on Koh Phangan! Similar to the Full Moon Party, there are buckets of cocktails, backpackers covered with pretty patterns of neon paint, and unbelievable fire performances to keep you entertained from dusk till dawn. It’s seriously an epic beach party! Plus this one has more dates!

Half Moon Party Dates & Guide

Songkran “Water Festival”

Thai person on streets with water gun

Arguably the most exciting festival in the world! In April, a huge water fight takes over the streets of Thailand. Whether you’re hopping paradise islands or immersing yourself in the city of Bangkok, expect to get soaked in bucketloads of water as you celebrate the Thai New Year. The tradition began with rituals of splashing water over Buddha to symbolise washing away the year and bringing in a new one with a fresh start. Over the years, it has become one big country-wide water fight. It’s the perfect mix of fun and high-energy vibes all day long.

Loy Krathong Festival “Festival of Lights”

Traveller holding lit krathong beside river at Loy Krathong Festival

During this cultural festival, the waters of Thailand’s rivers, canals, and lakes light up with candlelit offerings called krathongs. People gather to release krathongs as a gesture of respect to the goddess of water. It is believed that you will have a good year if you take part. Set free a krathong to experience this magical moment and watch in awe of the water illuminating as your offering gently floats away. It’s an authentic Thai experience not to miss if you’re visiting in November. 

 

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