Thailand Map and Weather

The Climate in Thailand

Climate in Central Thailand / Bangkok
Travel to Thailand is possible during the whole year but what is the "best time" to travel ? The Land of Smile is a destination for all seasons. The southwest monsoon brings short but strong tropical rain from May to October in the most regions of Thailand in exception of Koh Samui and its surrounding islands. For the region Surat Thani and Koh Samui is the best time in the summer. The monsoon from northeast brings cooler air from November to February. Experienced travelers use the time immediately after the monsoon season, because it illuminates the whole country in deep green.

There are three distinct seasons:

First : The cool season from November to February when it is sunny, dry and relatively cool.

Second : The hot season from March to May when the temperatures range between 32 and 38 degrees.

Third : The rainy monsoon season (except Koh Samui) lasts from June to October. The onset of southwest monsoon brings rain from the Indian Ocean, especially on the west coast (Phuket, Krabi and Ranong). In the north the rainy season normally begins in the middle of June and end in October. From May to August you can visit the North, Northeast, Central Thailand and the coast on the Gulf of Thailand while the place on the Indian Ocean are quite rainy. In December there are big differences between East and West Coasts. And please forget the comparison with rainy days in Europe. Rain in Thailand means a shower with warm temperatures, then the sun and the occasional clouds in the sky.