Thailand Weather – The Seasons Explained
Something you will really need to pay attention to when you travel is weather patterns.
It would be a disaster to carry only warm clothing to a hot country or be stuck with a sundress and thin shawl when it is winter. Weather counts for a lot as you go on vacation so make sure to know what weather to expect before you leave so you can be adequately prepared.
Weather in Thailand is pretty straight forward to understand and plan around.
Depending on which part of Thailand you are going to, you can expect to experience different weather patterns where you are. The two main different weather patterns are either towards the north or towards the south.
In the north, there are three different seasons at different times of the year. From around November to February is the cool season. It should be noted that there is no winter season as such and the really cool regions are in the highland areas to the far north.
This is the most ideal time for tourists to visit because it is cooler than the hot season and not much rain falls during this period until the monsoon season in May or June.
The hot season follows the cool season in the north. It is still dry so little or no rain falls. Try and avoid arriving in Thailand around April unless you are used to very hot conditions. This is the hottest month overall for the entire country. The hot season runs all the way from March to June.
After all the sweltering heat then comes the rainfall.
The period from June to November is known as the monsoon season. Most of Thailand’s rain falls in this season throughout the country. It is not so much that it remains cold and rainy throughout this season but more that the region will experience flash floods and periods of very heavy rainfall.
The south of Thailand has two distinct seasons; the dry and the wet. Like the north, the southern region experiences dry seasons and wet seasons with no distinction between cool and hot for the dry season. What is experienced in the South that is in any way cool is a nice warm sunny day.
The sun doesn’t beat down on you but it isn’t cold enough to need a sweater per se either. This is where the similarities of weather patterns end.
There is further division in the south of the east coast and west coast. These two regions experience their monsoon seasons at different times. The west coast will experience its monsoon season from April to October and the east will have a monsoon season from September to December. This is followed by a dry season until the rains come again.
Overall, the south of Thailand gets the most rainfall.
Be sure to plan ahead. If you arrive in the hot season, make sure you can handle the heat. Look at weather charts and carry all the necessities – not forgetting your sun screen. If you plan to arrive in the wet season, come prepared for it. It is ideal for most tourists to arrive in Thailand during the cool and dry season.
So, pack right and enjoy your trip!