When does the rainy season start and end in Thailand?
In order to plan an unmarred vacation in Thailand, you need to consider the climatic features of this country, located in several climatic zones .
In Thailand we are not used to talking about the usual in our latitudes four seasons, and the seasons, which can be distinguished only three: tropical, hot and rainy. The rainy season in Thailand is a period characterized by frequent and heavy rainfall – from 80 to 90% of the annual norm. We are not talking about bad weather on a global scale.
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The rains are usually brief and usually fall in the early morning or at night, leaving no trace by morning. With rare exceptions, it rains during the day, but lasts no more than 15 minutes. The air temperature does not decrease significantly, but in the evenings it can be quite cool.
Important! The rainy season is not only accompanied by high humidity, but often gusty winds.
Many travellers mistakenly believe that it pours daily around the clock during the wet season across the Kingdom from May to October and that the journey should be rescheduled. In some cases this is true, but there are exceptions, thanks to which we can say that the rainy season in Thailand – this is not a reason to reject a beach holiday in this country in certain, not very favorable, periods of time. Despite the weather surprises, the trip may be bright on impressions and memorable.
Travel during the wet season has several advantages: with a decrease in the number of tourists from the streets of Thailand disappears bustle and noise, which guarantees a more comfortable holiday. In addition, many hotels lower prices for accommodation, so that the tours purchased from tour operators are also significantly cheaper.
Prices for excursions are also reduced by up to two times, but some routes, being unclaimed, at this time are closed before the next peak tourist season.
What time of year is it and why?
The Kingdom of Thailand, stretching from north to south, is located in a subtropical and tropical climate zone, directly influenced by the monsoon wind directions: north-east and south-west. That is why the rains are very frequent here.
At the beginning of summer, strong winds (southeast monsoon) blowing over the ocean and pushing air streams toward the land for a long time bring a long-awaited drop in temperature to the coast.
Beginning in mid-February, the northeast monsoon has a major influence on the weather and does not affect the central, northeastern or eastern parts of the area.
Since in Thailand, as in other tropical countries, the rainy season is associated with the movement of the so-called “rain belt” between the tropics, the gap in time between the pair of wet seasons that follow each other is almost invisible. It is customary to distinguish only one, long season. Rains, abundant and long, are characteristic mainly for the first and last third of it.
The monsoons only recede between February and May, when Thai resorts experience a return to sunny days.
When does it start?
The timing of the wet season varies depending on the geographical location of a particular locality. In most parts of the Kingdom, the wet season begins in May, but the peak of tropical rainstorms is usually between July and October.
In October there is a significant increase in rainfall on islands such as Phangan, Ko Tao and Phuket . Based on this, the second month of autumn can be confidently called a rather unfavorable time to travel to our favorite Thai resorts.
The rainy season is quite impossible to avoid in some regions due to their geographical location. The main thing is the north of Thailand, where the rainy season fully justifies its name. At the same time, heavy rains in the north can last from a couple of days to several weeks in a row.
On the mainland of the Kingdom the rainy season is not as pronounced as on the islands. In some years, it may not even begin.
When does it end?
The rainy season usually comes towards the end of the second half of November. At this time the rain almost ceases to fall in Pattaya, Ko Chang and Bangkok.
On the Andaman coast the rainfall also decreases and the popular resorts of Phuket and Krabi province meet many tourists who missed the sun.
The wet season can last on Ko Tao, Samui and Pangan until the end of December. From December to April, the probability of heavy rainfall is much lower.
Rainfall data for popular resorts by month
The rainy season in Thailand is much milder than in other Asian countries. Nevertheless, before a trip, you need to consider the geographical location of a particular resort, so that before the planned trip to be prepared for the various surprises that the weather can present.
Phuket, Krabi, Phi Phi
The holiday season starts in Phuket, Krabi Province and surrounding areas in November and lasts through May. The rainy season comes with the end of spring and rainy weather lasts until mid October.
In April the rains are rare, but this month in Phuket begins so-called monsoon season, when strong winds form big waves on the sea, preventing a pleasant beach holiday.
The rainy season on the resort island is characterized by real tropical showers, lasting several hours a day. The sea often storms, there are small floods. The heaviest rainfall occurs in late spring and October. The rest of the time it is sunny.
Holiday season on the islands lasts from November to May. The tourist season is characterized by sunny and dry days with relatively low humidity.
In general, the weather is favorable in Bangkok almost all year round, and the rainfall is 2-3 times less than in most Thai resorts.
The rainy season in the capital city lasts from May to November. Rains here are short – up to 1-2 hours per day. Occasionally small floods occur on the outskirts of the city.
The best time to travel to Bangkok is in high season – from mid-November to April. This is the time when the capital is not very hot and humid.
As the resort town of Pattaya is located in a bay and thanks to its geographical location is the least influenced by the monsoon, the holiday season here lasts long – from November to the second half of August.
Summer in Pattaya is relatively dry and weather conditions are quite suitable for recreation from June to August. The rainiest period is the first two months of autumn, when the resort is at risk of flooding. The temperature during this period does not rise above 25 degrees Celsius.
Sometimes there are heavy downpours in November, but in the last winter month gradually the weather is sunny and pleasantly hot.
The ideal place for a holiday in the Land of Smiles in the wet season is Pattaya, where you can not only have a good time, but also to save money.
Samui, Ka Tao, Pangan
Holidays on Koh Samui, Kha Tao and Pangangan is best from January to the end of September. A month later the swimming season is interrupted by storms and heavy rains that continue until December. The rains can be prolonged and pour for several days in a row. After that, the weather becomes fine again.
The largest amount of precipitation on the favorite tourist Samui is observed in November and early winter, so to acquire tickets for the period from October to December – not the best decision.
Season for vacations in Thailand. When is the best time to go to 2022?
We orient on the months that are most favorable for a trip to Thailand. Everything on the case: weather, tour prices in 2022, features of the resorts.
Tourist season in Thailand lasts all year round. Nevertheless, the question of where and when it is better to go on vacation is always relevant:
- when the beach season in Thailand begins and ends
- Where is the warmer sea
- how prices for packages differ depending on the season
- when to go for cheap fruit
- and if the low season is better to rest than the high season?
For more interest note that in the winter of 2021-2022 tour to Thailand for two people can be found from 110 000 rubles for 10 days. Where to look for such favorable options? We tell you two sections below.
Update-2022: information about attractions, resorts and weather in Thailand remains relevant. We’ve fixed everything you need – and we’ve written a separate text about the rules of entry, which are constantly changing. In brief, you can enter Thailand (Phuket, Krabi, Pattaya, Samui) if you are vaccinated with Sputnik – in addition you must pass PCR tests (before the flight / at the airport and on the 5th day) and live in the same hotel (and resort, of course) 7 days, but you can go to the beach and the street! After a week and a negative test, you can legally move around the country.
Today we will share information based on personal experience of 3 trips:
– Phuket in May and January-February.
– Bangkok, Pattaya and Krabi in December
Beginning and end of the holiday season in Thailand
Ko Lan Island in Pattaya with beautiful beaches and clear sea / The extremity of Phuket – Cape Promthep
In general, in Thailand, the season for recreation is an ambiguous concept. In December you bask in the sun on Phuket, and on Samui the less fortunate count the “dry” days on their fingers. In April you conclude with regret that you did not have time for the hot season at the Andaman Sea, and in Pattaya – the Gulf of Thailand – at this time do not get out of the water.
The best months to vacation in Thailand are those when it rains the least, there is moderate humidity, and the sea is calm and warm, up to +30°C. The high season is:
May, June, July, August, September and October are considered the low season. And although the high season in Thailand starts in late fall and ends in spring, you should not be categorical about a trip in summer.
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View of Phuket’s beaches – Katu and Karon / And such views on the beaches of Krabi (Raleigh Beach)
If you are determined to spend your vacation during the tourist season in Thailand, then democratic dates fall in late November / early December and March / April.
The “package” boom on the beaches subsides only when Thailand’s rainy season is in full swing. However, the planes continue to deliver vacationers who are either a little more sophisticated or driven by the low cost of the tour The rainy season in Thailand is not the only time when the rainy season is in full swing.
During the rainy season in Thailand, tours do come at a lower cost – prices for packages collapse from 55,000 rubles per person in January to 41,000 rubles in May. The same story and with independent recreation. Taking into consideration how long it takes to get to Thailand, a ticket can’t be superchip, but still prices tend to go down during the off-season: from 23,000 to 25,000 rubles Moscow-Bangkok-Moscow (we recommend searching through Skayscanner and Aviasales).
We advise to save wisely and not to sacrifice relaxation and choose the beginning and the end of the bad weather period. Namely, April-May and the second half of October.
Went for a cocktail at Kata Rocks Resort
Is it worth going in the off-season? The answer from our own experience – we were in Phuket in April and May – is yes, definitely worth it! Recommended to read the top 10 best places in Thailand.
- We were not flooded with rain (rather, refreshed a couple of times for 20 minutes),
- We were not upset by the desire of the locals to make a profit on the white man (willingly go to the bargain, because that’s what to sell, and who – no )
- We did not suffer from a lack of fruit (in April ripe yellow mangoes) and an overabundance of people (having been for the first time in Thailand in the low season, we were stunned by the number of tourists in the high season!)
- Moreover, last minute tours were on a dime and for a very nice amount (our 2 weeks cost 62,000 rubles for two).
When is the rainy season in Thailand? Features
Sailing on the ferry to the island of Ko Lan – the only closest to Pattaya, suitable for a beach holiday
Weather in different resorts during the rainy season in Thailand varies in the amount of rainfall by month, so even at this time a full beach vacation is available.
- Phuket: The wet season comes in late May, and the rains come until mid-October. On the sea there are big waves, and those few who spend time on the island in the summer are surfers.
- Pattaya: The rainy months are September and October.
- Krabi: Tourists escape the downpours for the June-September period
- Koh Samui: The island gets watered from October to December
Why does the rainy season vary by region? It’s all tied up with the monsoon winds, which bring a change of climate periods. Because of their different locations (the first two are near the Andaman Sea, the second is in the Gulf of Thailand), the winds don’t arrive on the same schedule.
By the way, are you still dreading the loud name – rainy season? Then we come to you with this fact: we got more rain in January than we did in May! About 9 days versus 3 (a sampling of 2 weeks ). Plus, the water from the sky usually pours for no more than half an hour during the day or for 1-2 hours after sunset. The rest of the time, Thai resorts are definitely comfortable temperatures, but high humidity.
Season at popular resorts in Thailand
A clear idea (but not guaranteed, because this is an unpredictable tropics) of the weather in different resorts and islands in Thailand by month gives a summary table.
The season in Phuket
Kata Beach, one of our favorites in Phuket (at the far end is a water equipment rental and a good inexpensive cafe with a view)
The most popular tourist destination is the pearl of Thailand, Phuket (see link for our guide to the island). The season for recreation in this truly beachy corner of the country lasts a long time and is interrupted only for a few especially wet months.
The resort season starts in November and ends in March. The hottest period falls in April and May, but in these months of vacation is still allowed. In late spring, the rainy season begins, and like most places to vacation in Thailand, Phuket becomes less crowded. High waves and muddy water in June will not please the beachgoers, but the surfing season in Thailand in Phuket is only heating up. Beginning in the second half of October, the island is regaining its status as the most visited resort.
- On average, the prices for tours in Phuket in 2022 during the season start from 85,000 rubles for 10 days for two people
Season in Pattaya
Ko Lan Island (next to Pattaya)
The city-resort is located in a bay on the Gulf of Thailand, less susceptible to monsoons, and therefore the tourist season here does not calm down. In Thailand, Pattaya is the center of entertainment and sightseeing trails. Go-go bars, night discos, massage parlors and shows for adults – the first thing that attracts tourists here, but also the beach season is the longest here. Because of its geographical location, the city has the driest summers, and short-term downpours do not cause discomfort.
Season in Thailand in Pattaya lasts from November to mid-August. It is relatively dry and still warm in summer, so the resort is suitable for travel to Thailand from June to August.
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Interestingly, there are periods in Pattaya when it is cold for everyone – really cold! A couple of years ago, the temperature in January (seemingly the sunniest) dropped to +15°C! Speaking of unpredictable weather
- 10-day trip to Pattaya for two people cost from 90 000 rubles
The season on Koh Samui
On the islands of the Gulf of Thailand, which includes Samui (Thailand), the season, best suited for recreation, begins in January and lasts until late September. Beginning in October, the swimming season can be considered closed due to heavy rains and storms. Rainfall begins to fall noticeably in January, and in February, Samui becomes a blooming paradise. Spring on Koh Samui – not only low prices, but also an abundance of exotic fruits. In April, the mango season, and in May you can try durian, mangosteen, rambutan and other exotics, not available in our latitudes.
- The cost of tours to the island starts from 150,000 rubles for 10 nights for two.
Weather in Thailand by month
On our second trip to Thailand we got to Christmas, there is no special atmosphere of the holiday, but they put up a Christmas tree for the tourists The weather in Thailand is very hot.
Having figured out the seasons, hot and humid, let’s look at the weather in Thailand by month. Although the temperature values may vary slightly within the same time of year, there is still a difference in the feeling.
Thailand in December, January and February
Thailand in winter is rave reviews of tourists who have been in paradise. In the coldest months in Russia is the height of the bathing season in Thailand, the weather stabilizes, there is almost no precipitation. The sea is calm and clear, the water gets up to +26°C … +27°C.
The average daytime air temperature during the winter months:
- December – +29°C
- January – +30°C
- in February – +32°C
Winter is the highest season, peaking in late December and early January. Read more about holidays in Thailand in winter.
Thailand in March, April and May
Kayaking in the mangrove forests of Krabi – we loved it
Thailand in the spring beckons vacationers with more favorable tours and an abundance of fruit. At this time the weather is conducive to both beach holidays and sightseeing programs.
The water temperature on the coast is +29°C … +30°C.
During the daytime the air temperature is:
- in March – +33°C
- April – +35°C
- May – +35°C
In March, the swimming season is in full swing, but in April in Thailand it gets hotter and the humidity increases.
Thailand in summer (June, July, August)
The famous Walking Street in Pattaya – noisy, dirty, and crowded.
If your plans include going surfing, it is better to go to Thailand in summer. The low price for packages in the summer months attracts athletes from all over the world, although in some resorts there are enough sunny days and for beach goers.
- in June – +33°C
- July – +33°C
- August – +32°C
The sea at this time is often restless, the weather is variable, but tropical showers are short-lived and followed by bright sunshine.
Thailand in September, October and November
Thailand in the fall, especially in September, can not boast of great weather, but remains just as attractive to tourists.
The water temperature during the autumn months is +27°C … +28°C.
The average air temperature in the fall during the daytime:
- September – +31°C
- October – +32°C
- November – +31°C
Already in late fall it’s the velvet season, and a trip to Thailand is much more expensive. If you want to save money, the second half of October-early November is a good time to do it.
Fruit season in Thailand
In season (from March) mango costs 50 baht per kilo
- Mango: March to September
- Rambutan: May to August
- Mangosteen: March to November
- Longan: June to September
- Papaya: all year round
- Durian: May to October
- Dragonfruit: all year
- Passion fruit: January to April
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