Thailand's Climate

Thailand's climate is tropical, high both in temperature and humidity, and dominated by monsoons. April and May are the hottest months of the year, when even the locals are moved to complain about the heat. June sees the beginning of the South West Monsoon, and brings with it the rainy season, which continues intermittently until the end of October.

From November to the end of February the climate is much less trying with a cooling North East breeze and a reduction in the humidity level. This is also the main tourist season, and the best time to visit Thailand.

The north and north-east are generally cooler than Bangkok in winter, and hotter in summer. In the far north, around Mae Hong Son temperatures can occasionally drop as low as 2oC.

What to Wear

For the Western visitor there is no such thing as "cool". Just cooler than "hot" and "drier than humid", so light cotton clothing is the order of the day. Don't worry about bringing too much clothing with you, as almost everything can be purchased locally, at a fraction of the price you will pay at home. Do remember that the tropical sun can be quite fierce so a hat is useful, and don't forget to use a good sun screen.

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Climatic Table
Average Daytime Temperature (oC) - Central Thailand
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
30 31 34 36 35 33 32 33 32 32 31 30
Average Rainfall (cm) - Central Thailand
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1.0 2.5 3.5 6.0 8.0 14.5 16.5 17.5 30.0 21.0 7.0 0.5
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