If you are planning to travel to Thailand, then it is important to know what the weather is like there throughout the year. In Thailand, the hot season, the rainy season, and the time when the air temperature is most comfortable are clearly expressed. Since Thailand is strongly elongated from north to south, almost 2,000 kilometers, the difference between the climate of the north and south is the largest compared to the rest of Southeast Asia. In the winter months in the south of Thailand the temperature can be + 28 ... + 30C, and in the north + 25C and below, up to + 10C at night.
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- one When is the best time to relax in Thailand
- 2 Showers in Thailand by months and resorts
- 3 Thailand Monthly Weather
- 4 Weather now, at the moment
When is the best time to relax in Thailand
Despite the small size of the kingdom, the weather can be seriously different in neighboring resorts, between which there are only 200 km in a straight line. Each of the ten most popular and well-known seaside resorts has its own nuances in the weather, and in particular, the best months to visit. Thanks to such discrepancies, you can save your vacation if you have the opportunity to go on vacation at the wrong time of the year..
Resorts in Thailand are located on the east coast of the mainland and on the west, so the weather at the same time on them can be very different. So if you are going on vacation to Thailand, it is better to immediately see the weather (water and air temperature, rainfall) in Thailand by months at the resort you are interested in. Below I have listed the best months to travel to Thailand, by top ten popular resort areas.
And further. The information below is provided for a rough understanding of the weather situation in Thailand by month, and for adequate vacation planning. Mm of water column is a very difficult thing to understand, so it is better to focus on the number of rainy days in a month. But just in case, for comparison: the wettest month in Moscow is August (according to statistics) and the average precipitation for it is 15 mm.
December and January: Hua Hin and Koh Chang
The weather in Hua Hin and Koh Chang is approximately the same in terms of average annual temperatures, with a slight difference of 1 ° С or 2 ° С for any of the months. But in terms of rainfall, these two resorts are very different: on Koh Chang, there is twice as much rainfall during monsoon rains. The wettest month in Hua Hin is October (200 mm of precipitation per square meter).
On Koh Chang, 296 mm of precipitation falls in October, and before that, it pours 500-550 mm for four months. And both resorts are equally good only two months a year, when there is almost no rain, and the air temperature reaches 29-30 ° C - this is December and January. The water temperature in December and January averages 28 ° С. Hua Hin is unique in one weather feature: in summer, despite the monsoon season, Hua Hin has many sunny days and little rainfall, so you can keep in mind the months of June, July and August as a fallback for Thailand..
January and February: Koh Lanta, Krabi Province and Pattaya
Pattaya is located near Koh Chang, also in the Gulf of Thailand, but to the north. The average annual temperature in the capital of debauchery is slightly lower than in the southern Ko Lanta and Krabi (they are located in the Andaman Sea on the opposite side of the mainland), but in terms of rainfall, all three resorts are surprisingly similar. In Pattaya and Krabi, it starts pouring in May, until November, as well as on Koh Lanta - here it rains a little less often, but more powerful.
What is typical - November showers on Koh Samui (it is only 200 km from Krabi) bring three times more precipitation. Therefore, Samui tourists, who were not warned about the weather when selling the tour, save their holidays by leaving for Krabi or Ko Lanta. The water temperature in Krabi, Koh Lanta and Pattaya in January and February is about 29 ° -30 ° С.
January, February, March: Phuket
Monsoon season in Phuket: May to October. November to February seems to be considered high season, but any resort can be credited with one month before the ideal rest time, and one month after. And if we talk specifically about the best time for a vacation, then it is worth flying to Phuket from January to March, and preferably in February..
In December, it is also not bad there, in principle, but it often rains, albeit not torrential. January is drier and February is the ideal month in Phuket. An increase in the number of cloudy days is already beginning in March, but it is not critical. But since April there have been tropical rains - as the doctor ordered. Sea temperature 28 ° -29 ° С.
February: Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi are the islands of Krabi province in the Andaman Sea. But since they are located close to Phuket, people often ride to Phi Phi for short excursions. The weather in Phuket and Phi Phi differs only in the precipitation schedule, and the air temperature is approximately the same on both islands..
In Phuket, the rains gradually increase from April to peak values in September, after which they gradually subside by December. And on Phi Phi in May, a crane opens in heaven and consistently watering until November, 250-400 mm of precipitation. In December, Pi-Pi is wetter, and in February, it is drier and hotter than Phuket. January and March on Phi Phi are wetter than Phuket, but can also be considered good months for a trip. Sea temperature 28 ° -29 ° С
February, March: Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao
From May to September, the islands are dominated by a large number of sunny days with intermittent rains. In September and October, the proportion of sunny and cloudy days changes towards the latter, and the rains become more frequent and longer. It gets chilly in the evenings, and from the beginning of November the weather gives out tons of water. The showers are so strong that short-term flooding occurs, but the water leaves very quickly immediately after the rain stops. From December to January, showers lose their strength and the proportion of sunny and cloudy days changes again..
February becomes the golden time from the middle, March is the ideal month for a trip, and April is the hottest time of the year, so this month is already not for everybody. Koh Samui and Koh Phangan (and Koh Tao too) are unique in one weather feature: in the summer, despite the monsoon season, Surat Thani has many sunny days and little rainfall, so you can keep in mind the months of June, July and August as a fallback for Thailand..
Showers in Thailand by months and resorts
Thailand Monthly Weather
As I said above, in different regions of Thailand, the best time to visit falls on slightly different months. In addition, in the south of Thailand the climate is generally hotter and humid, in the central part of the country (Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Cha-Am) the air is slightly drier, and in the northern part it is more or less cool, but humid. And, before you move on to viewing the tables, I want to remind you that the data in them are averaged figures from a meteorological site that have been collected for two decades at the time of this writing (January 2018). Global warming has not been canceled, so temperature and precipitation changes are a very real and unpredictable thing..
I will say even more: in the English and Russian-speaking segments of the Internet there is a large number of meteorological resources, of which a dozen more or less serious and authoritative ones can be distinguished, but the paradox is that data on temperatures, precipitation and other details of the weather do not converge from minimal to absurd. So do not consider the data below as the only correct one and do not criticize too much, for I honestly shoveled a bunch of sites to find one where the data is more or less similar to my personal observations, and which I could show to people who trust me.
Weather now, at the moment
The weather in Thailand can be monitored through online cameras installed in different parts of the country. Links to them can be easily found on the Internet. You can also watch the current weather on any weather site or banal on Yandex. I compared and did not see any direct cardinal difference between them. For example, informers.
P.S. If you need to plan a travel itinerary in Asia, then my good friends will be happy to help you in this matter..