The Best Time to Visit Bangkok

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Mandarin Oriental - Riverside
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W Bangkok - Silom
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Choosing When to Visit Bangkok

Thailand map with monsoon information

Thailand has a monsoon climate which creates two basic seasons commonly referred to as Wet and the Dry Seasons. The Wet Season is caused by the South-West Monsoon bringing moist air from the Indian Ocean while the North-West Monsoon brings drier, cooler air that leads to the clear skies of the Dry Season.

Though its start can vary slightly, the dry season runs roughly from November to April and the Wet from May to October. As Bangkok is only about 1000 miles from the Equator the temperature seldom drops below 25° C regardless of whether its night, day or raining.

The dry months attract far larger numbers of overseas tourists than the wet which ensures that travel expenses such as air fares and accommodation are usually at their highest. Rain is rare with sunny days being common.

The Wet or Rainy Season as its sometimes known begins around May and normally tails off in late October or the first part of November. Rain during this period typically comes in short but intense periods accompanied by lots of lightning and thunder. While definitely not a time to be outside the good news is that the rain usually stops after an hour or two so its bad luck to lose a whole day's activities because of it.

Two things worth noting about the wet months are that its not raining all or even most of the time and that Bangkok’s hotels often have big discounts running.

Bangkok Rainfall Comparison

Average Rainfall Compared with Chiang Mai in the North and Phuket in the South of Thailand

Phuket Rainfall and Humidity Chart

Bangkok's High Season

November to March - Dry Season Months

Nov to March Weather Stats.
Av. Temperature High 33° C.
Av. Temperature Low 24° C.
Av. Relative Humidity 70 %
Av. Rainfall 2.6 cm

Though November can get a fair amount of rain as the Wet Season rains fade away, these months bring generally dependable weather with lots of sunny days and are less humid than at other times of year. It may surprise some to learn that the North East Monsoon which brings this lovely weather is also known as the "Winter Monsoon"

The peak months for tourists are December to February so expect to pay top rates for accommodation and air-fares. Booking early for flights in particular is advisable and, although its also wise to do the same for a place to stay, its not quite as important because Bangkok has so many quality hotels to choose from.

March is also popular but, with tourist numbers dropping slightly, popular tourist attractions might be little less crowded plus there’s a better chance of finding travel and hotel discounts.

The Good :
  • Good weather not much rain
  • Conditions at their best for sight-seeing
The Not So Good :
  • Highest prices for travel and accommodation
  • Flights usually need to be booked well in advance
  • Attractions such as the the Grand Palace may be more crowded

Songkran in Bangkok

April - Dry Season Month

April Weather Stats.
Av. Temperature High 35.5° C.
Av. Temperature Low 30° C.
Av. Relative Humidity 72 %
Av. Rainfall 9.1 cm

April April is an especially significant month in Thailand because its the time when the start of a new year on the Thai calendar is celebrated. Known as Songkran the main festivities take place in the week surrounding the official days from the 13 to the 15th and its a time of great fun or chaos depending on your point of view.

Songkran is a water festival which means that many of Bangkok’s streets and particularly those with bars are filled with people throwing water over each other for the best part of a week. Its great fun for some and many travel to Thailand specifically to enjoy it. As well as the water fights there are many concerts and other events to enjoy.

However, for those who don’t want to take part in the celebrations it can be difficult to go about other business without getting soaked so choosing accommodation a little removed from the hot spots would be a wise choice. Silom Road, Sukhumvhit bar areas and Khaosan Road would be places to avoid for example while Riverside hotels with their own pier and others right next to a Skytrain station should allow you to bypass the mayhem.

The Good :
  • Usually good weather though wet season can start towards the end of the month.
  • Songkran festivities
  • Good discounts available on hotels after Songkran
The Not So Good :
  • Songkran water fights can get in the way of sight-seeing and other activities
  • Hottest time of year
  • Can get some heavy rain especially later weeks

Start of Bangkok's Low Season

May - Wet Season Month

May Weather Stats.
Av. Temperature High 34.5° C.
Av. Temperature Low 26° C.
Av. Relative Humidity 75 %
Av. Rainfall 24.7 cm

May is the first full month in the rainy season and it can be a very wet one athough, as with any Wet Season months there can still be lots of beautiful weather in between the showers.

Bangkok is a huge and thriving place of business so is not really affected by tourist high and low seasons. However, tourism does drop in this month so visitors who do go will have the benefit of big hotel and air-fare discounts as well as less chance of having to deal with crowds at the main tourist attractions.

The Good :
  • Big discounts for hotels and air fares
  • Less chance of crowds at tourist hot spots
  • Though it usually has high rainfall there can still be plenty of nice weather
The Not So Good :
  • Start of the Wet Season so usually quite a lot of rain

Bangkok's Best Low Season Months

June, July and August - Wet Season Months

Jun to Aug Weather Stats.
Av. Temperature High 33° C.
Av. Temperature Low 26° C.
Av. Relative Humidity 75 %
Av. Rainfall 18 cm

Although rain can come in the form of frequent and sometimes awe-inspiring tropical storms throughout the whole of the Wet Season its worth knowing that they tend to be short-lived and are punctuated by spells of dry, often sunny weather. Usually visitors will be able to enjoy all that Bangkok has to offer as long they keep their plans flexible enough to allow for the occasional one or two hour storms that can pass over the city.

The period from June to August gives the best chance in the Wet Season of seeing lots of fine weather so can be a good time to consider visiting Thailand to get the benefits of lower travel and accommodation costs. Its worth noting, however, that statistically rain increases towards the end of August.

The Good :
  • Statistically the months with the lowest rainfall within the Wet Season
  • Lots of discounts on hotels and air fares
  • Less tourist crowds at attractions
The Not So Good :
  • Rain storms can be fairly common

Bangkok's Wettest Months

September and October - Wet Season Months

Sept & Oct Weather Stats.
Av. Temperature High 33° C.
Av. Temperature Low 31° C.
Av. Relative Humidity 78.5 %
Av. Rainfall 31.3 cm

Not only the wettest months of the year but also the most humid so September and October are most definitely not the best time to go looking for nice weather. That said, beautiful sunny days can still appear between the rain storms.

Hotel prices and air fares tend to be at their rock-bottom and as Bangkok has so much to offer in the way of indoor attractions and entertainment travelling there during this quieter tourist period may have great appeal to some people.

The Good :
  • The quietest season for tourists so less chance of crowding
  • Bargain rates for many hotels including some of the most luxurious
  • Still a chance of some sunny days
The Not So Good :
  • Rainfall is high and short-lived flooding a good possibility
  • Hot and humid which can be uncomfortable for some


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