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Thailand is a great year-round travel destination, but when should you book your flights? Well, it depends. Most people tend to visit Thailand during the cool and dry season between November and early April, but flights and hotels can get expensive. The climate varies throughout the country, so there’s always a place you can visit all year round.

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Weather overview

Thailand has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons:

  • hot (March to May)
  • wet (May to October)
  • cool & dry (November to February)

Weather averages

High / Low(°C)Rain
Jan32° / 22°1 day
Feb33° / 24°1 day
Mar34° / 26°2 days
Apr35° / 27°6 days
May35° / 26°14 days
Jun34° / 26°14 days
Jul33° / 26°14 days
Aug33° / 25°16 days
Sep33° / 25°18 days
Oct33° / 25°15 days
Nov32° / 24°5 days
Dec32° / 22°0 days

High / Low(°C)Rain
Jan31° / 24°2 days
Feb32° / 25°2 days
Mar33° / 26°4 days
Apr33° / 27°6 days
May33° / 27°11 days
Jun33° / 27°10 days
Jul32° / 27°11 days
Aug32° / 27°10 days
Sep32° / 25°14 days
Oct31° / 25°15 days
Nov31° / 24°7 days
Dec32° / 22°1 days

High / Low(°C)Rain
Jan31° / 23°4 days
Feb32° / 23°2 days
Mar32° / 24°6 days
Apr32° / 24°11 days
May31° / 24°17 days
Jun31° / 23°17 days
Jul30° / 23°18 days
Aug30° / 23°18 days
Sep30° / 23°20 days
Oct30° / 23°19 days
Nov30° / 23°14 days
Dec30° / 23°8 days

High / Low(°C)Rain
Jan27° / 23°10 days
Feb28° / 23°4 days
Mar29° / 24°4 days
Apr30° / 25°7 days
May30° / 25°13 days
Jun30° / 24°11 days
Jul29° / 24°12 days
Aug30° / 24°12 days
Sep29° / 24°11 days
Oct28° / 23°16 days
Nov28° / 23°17 days
Dec27° / 23°13 days

High / Low(°C)Rain
Jan32° / 22°1 day
Feb33° / 24°1 day
Mar34° / 26°2 days
Apr35° / 27°6 days
May35° / 26°14 days
Jun34° / 26°14 days
Jul33° / 26°14 days
Aug33° / 25°16 days
Sep33° / 25°18 days
Oct33° / 25°15 days
Nov32° / 24°5 days
Dec32° / 22°0 days

High / Low(°C)Rain
Jan29° / 14°0 days
Feb33° / 15°0 days
Mar35° / 19°1 day
Apr36° / 22°5 days
May34° / 23°13 days
Jun33° / 23°12 days
Jul32° / 23°14 days
Aug31° / 23°17 days
Sep32° / 22°15 days
Oct31° / 21°9 days
Nov30° / 18°4 days
Dec29° / 15°1 day

The high season lies between November and February, when the weather is also the most pleasant and the skies are blue. The temperatures still rise up to 30°C during the day. This is the most crowded period to travel to Thailand, so be ready to pay extra for hotels and flights.

Our recommendation to avoid the crowds is to visit Thailand during the summer. Humidity levels can get pretty high and downpours are common, but you won’t be sheltering from the rain all the time. It does rain almost daily, but it’s usually only a short storm during the afternoon, which might last an hour or two. If you plan it right, you can spend that few hours in a restaurant, reading a book, or video calling a friend. You’ll get to visit beautiful uncrowded areas, and what’s the harm in getting a bit wet?

Planning to visit in a certain month and want a more detailed look? Check out our article for a month-by-month travel guide to visiting Thailand.

The climate in Thailand varies between the east and the west coast. Travel to the east coast in November, or visit the west coast in February for the beautiful weather and slightly more affordable hotels and flights. If you’re on a budget and not afraid of the daily downpours, June gives the best bang for the buck.

Gabriel Wylde

Editor, Thaijunkie

Cheapest time to fly into Thailand

The cheapest flights to Thailand range from May until October. The southwestern monsoon usually rolls in from mid-June and stays around until the end of the summer months. This isn’t as bad as it sounds if you don’t mind getting caught in by the occasional downpour, the cheap flights are a bargain if you’re a budget traveler.

It doesn’t rain all the time, and watching a tropical rainstorm from a hammock next to a bungalow is pretty relaxing. Learning to enjoy the nature and the climate while timing your rhythm around it is the secret of enjoying cheap traveling experiences.

We recommend finding the cheapest flights through skyscanner.com (we’re not affiliated, just appreciate their service).

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