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Thailand is a famous tourist destination, drawing in backpackers, families, honeymooners, and adventurers from all walks of life. Many have their favorite beaches and destinations already in mind, but when is the best time to travel to the Land of Smiles? This month-by-month guide will help you decide.

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January is a pinnacle time for tourism in Thailand, with the southern beaches on the two coasts seeing hot radiant days, and the focal and northern territories having cooler temperatures that are ideal for days trekking in jungles or touring. Remember to pack a lightweight sweater for those chilly night temperatures.

Accommodation prices are including some built-in costs around the nation, however, you will even now have the option to discover incredible arrangements if you head away from the attempted and-trodden track and investigate less-visited regions. Seashore darlings could swap Krabi and Phuket for Trang, a stunning southern diamond. This is additionally the ideal season to visit Sam Phan Bok, a characteristic miracle in Isan’s Ubon Ratchathani. Just available in the dry season, a large number of gaps are dissipated over the bed of the Mekong River.

In the north, the little town of Bo Sang springs to life for the yearly Umbrella Festival. An incredible side outing from Chiang Mai, the celebration is held over the third few days of the month. It exhibits the talented customary craft of making the vivid paper parasols and there are marches, unrecorded music, conventional moving, and a lot of nourishment stands. In the south, the Bay Regatta sees several vessels in the waters around Phuket, Phang Nga, and Krabi.


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Another mainstream month for the travel industry, the climate is still great in many regions. While numerous spots the world over are getting energized about Valentine’s Day, this isn’t such a serious deal in Thailand. Rather, head to the Red Lotus Sea in Udon Thani for a sentimental vessel ride. Off the beaten track, the lake springs into sprout in the cool season, canvassed in lovely pink lotus blossoms.

Chinese New Year typically falls in February, however the accurate dates fluctuate from year to year. Go anyplace with a huge Chinese populace, like Bangkok’s Chinatown, to watch lion moves, aerobatic exhibits, Chinese drama appears, winged serpent moves, and then some.

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The Buddhist festival, and Thai national occasion of Makha Bucha is additionally regularly in February. (Exact dates change every year.) Observe profound customs in sanctuaries and see individuals making merit, imploring, and chanting; Bangkok’s Wat Saket is particularly air. On the other hand, move away from the standard and head to Prachinburi’s Makha Bucha reasonable for parades, social exhibits, and a light discharge.

Sun worshippers can absorb their vitamin D’s on both of Thailand’s southern coasts, with business blasting in places like Phuket and Koh Samui, and Krabi Naga Fest brings music to the beaches.


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In March, temperatures start to truly warm up. It’s prime time for making a plunge the Similan Islands and different places along the Andaman coast. Tree huggers and nature darlings should look at the Turtle Release Festival in Phang Nga. Chumphon Marine Festival is likewise exuberant, with sand models, water sports, marine the travel industry, and seafood aplenty.

On the off chance that you’ve at any point needed to take off over the skies in a sight-seeing balloon, Thailand International Balloon Festival could be perfect. For the most part, held in March, the dates shift so make a point to check ahead of time. Additionally, the area changes from year to year. The three-day Pattaya International Music Festival is one of Thailand’s best concerts, and it’s totally allowed to visit.

National Muay Thai Day, on the seventeenth of March, is an incredible time to become familiar with this customary military craftsmanship and its long social affiliations. Albeit numerous arenas and Muay Thai camps around the nation have shows and occasions, the ancient city of Ayutthaya is the best spot for boxing fans to go through the day.


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April is one of the hottest months in Thailand. Drink a lot of water, slap on the sunscreen, and make conceal your companion. It is well worth paying the extra for accommodation with cooling — fan rooms don’t generally cut it in this warmth.

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April sees one of Thailand’s greatest festivals: Songkran. Well known for its immense across the nation water battles, festivities for Thai New Year happen all around the nation. The three open occasions are between the thirteenth and fifteenth, with additional days to redress if these fall over the weekend. Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai are probably the best places to get wet and wild.

April is additionally generally the time that Thai men briefly appoint as priests, with huge functions to stamp the promising events. April the sixth is an open occasion that recollects the beginning of the Chakri Dynasty.


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Another hot month in Thailand, May is an extraordinary time to visit some of Thailand’s increasingly odd destinations and experience surprising celebrations.

Love it or loathe it, there’s no denying that durian makes itself known in Thailand. Chanthaburi, renowned for its diamond exchange, hosts The World Durian Fruit Festival every May (accurate dates change), with rivalries and games, deals fairs, marches including glides embellished with organic product, and heaps of tasting openings.

On the off chance that you need May to truly go with a blast, visit Yasothon in Northeastern Thailand. Normally hung on the second few days of the month, Bun Bang Fai Festival sees local people propelling numerous rockets into the skies in order to receive downpours. On the other hand, see uncommon priest appointment customs in Chaiyaphum, with priests to-be marched around town on bamboo stages, shaken overwhelmingly along the course. It’s no big surprise that the one of a kind customs are known as the Brutal Ordination Parade!

Dates for the Buddhist occasion of Visakha Bucha Day pursue the lunar schedule thus fluctuate every year. It’s for the most part in May or June. An open occasion, it is the most critical occasion for Thai Buddhists, recognizing the birth, illumination, and passing of the Lord Buddha. Sanctuaries all over the country are loaded up with individuals making merit. The absolute best places to watch nearby customs are at Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok.

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You’ll most likely notice more showers by June and it pays to convey an umbrella and wear shoes that won’t slip. Play it safe when riding a scooter; Thailand’s streets can be deadly. Relax at Hua Hin Jazz Festival or respect the brilliant fields of Siam tulips at Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Chaiyaphum.

In case you’re traveling north, don’t miss the Phi Ta Khon Festival in Dan Sai area of Loei region. A nearby otherworldly celebration, it highlights marches with individuals wearing elaborate apparition outfits, total with tremendous covers, and loads of music. The celebration looks to conciliate spirits and look for downpours. The careful dates shift every year and are set by sages and celestial prophets, however May is a genuinely basic month for the spooky celebration.


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July is commonly an entirely wet month all around Thailand, and it frequently feels damp. Make mosquito repellent your closest companion this month and remember siphon socks if venturing into the wildernesses.

Talking about wildernesses, this can be a breathtaking month to visit national stops; the downpours top off the cascades and the scenes are lavish and fertile. Khao Yai National Park and Kanchanaburi’s Erawan National Park are particularly excellent.

The driest beaches and islands include Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Hua Hin, and Cha Am. Fanatics of submerged investigations should wear their plunging apparatus and swimming gear this month, with July and August the best (and busiest) times for diving around Koh Tao.

The 30th is the King’s birthday and a national occasion. The Buddhist occasion of Asahna Bucha is a national occasion as well. Dates change as indicated by the lunar cycle. It denotes the beginning of Vassa, frequently alluded to as Buddhist Lent. Extraordinary services are held in temples around the country and the Central Thai territory of Saraburi has an enormous strict procession. On the other hand, head to Isan for Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival. Gigantic wax models are strutted through the boulevards and there’s loads of singing, moving, and music. It’s an extraordinary method to appreciate neighborhood Northeastern Thai culture.

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August is regularly the wettest month all around Thailand. Get ready with downpour ponchos, slip-verification shoes, and umbrellas. Backpackers should more likely than not ensure they have waterproof spreads for their sacks. Make a rundown of the best indoor exercises; Bangkok’s numerous sanctuaries, museums, art exhibitions, and shopping centers make it an ideal city come what may.

August the twelfth is the Queen’s birthday, Mother’s Day, and a national occasion. In case you’re in Phuket in August you’ll witness Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival, when individuals regard their progenitors and make contributions to spirits.

Foodies should add Hua Hin Food Festival to their schedule, and the Akha Swing Festival in Chiang Rai offers a look into intriguing conventions from one of Thailand’s ethnic gatherings.


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The downpours ease in September, aside from the Andaman coast — this is the wettest time here. Around the country, waterfalls flow with wealth and the streams are at their fullest.

September, for the most part, observes the beginning of long vessel races, hung on numerous waterways across the country. The air is frequently electric, with thundering groups, fair like games, road nourishment aplenty, and customary exhibitions. Phitsanolok, Petchaburi, Singburi, Naan, and Surat Thani are only a couple of spots where you can watch the well-established conventions on the water.

The multi-day Bangkok International Festival of Dance and Music draws huge groups, with melodic exhibitions from various types, move appears, dramas, ballet performances, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. For something extremely bizarre, visit Lam Dome Yai in Ubon Ratchathani. Consistently, a huge number of little shrimps advance up the stream, climbing out of the water to walk along the waterway banks to sidestep the seething waters of the rapids before moving down into the water once more.

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Central, Northern, and Northeastern Thailand are for the most part dry and the temperatures begin to fall. Practically all of the islands, be that as it may, are wet. This is the perfect time to visit anyplace from Bangkok upwards before huge groups show up. The well-known hippy home base of Pai is particularly incredible in October.

Additionally in the north, the Naga Fireballs of Nong Khai are odd marvels that normally show up towards the month’s end. Puzzling bundles of fire eject from the Mekong River, said to be crafted by the mythical Naga. In Nakhon Phanom, the finish of Buddhist Lent is set apart with an excellent lit up vessel parade. Different celebrations mark the event around the nation.

Numerous southern regions have enormous and beautiful veggie-lover celebrations, perfect for any sans meat foodie. Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival is particularly surely understood, with shocking customs that include self-humiliation and fire strolling.

Loi Ruea Chao Le Festival on Koh Lanta is an extraordinary opportunity to adapt more about the Moken individuals, otherwise called ocean wanderers. In view of the lunar schedule, the dates change. Individuals glide vessels on the waves and cheer with conventional moving and singing.

October the thirteenth is an open occasion to recollect the death of the beloved previous Thai ruler, King Bhumibol. It is probably going to be an extremely grave day all through the nation. The 23rd is another national occasion regarding a previous Thai lord: King Chulalongkorn.


 Known as the Thai Festival of Lights, Loy Krathong

The dry season is well in progress in many pieces of Thailand, with moderate temperatures and a lot of daylight. Seashore sweethearts will be pleased that the Andaman coast is currently at its best, along with Koh Chang and different islands along the eastern Gulf. The western Thai Gulf is, be that as it may, in any case, blustery and stormy.

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Mid-November (dates differ) sees one of Thailand’s loveliest festivals: Loy Krathong. Celebrated around the nation, individuals glide pretty krathongs on the waterways to express gratefulness to the water spirits. The north of Thailand has an additional festival around a similar time, known as Yee Peng. Well known for its staggering light releases, Chiang Mai is probably the best spot to encounter this delightful celebration.

Initially settled as an approach to honor elephants, Surin Elephant Roundup (third few days of November) includes an enormous smorgasbord breakfast for the mammoths and a few shows. Try not to miss the close-by sound and light shows at the antiquated vestiges of Prasat Sikhoraphum. Another strange festival with a creature center is Lopburi Monkey Feast. It happens on the last Sunday of November and is an unusual exhibition to observe!


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December is one of the pinnacle of the travel industry months in Thailand, with extraordinary climate all around the nation. Temperatures are, generally, agreeable, without being excessively hot or excessively cold. There’s practically no precipitation, and the beaches have heaps of sun.

There are a few national occasions during this month. The fifth is the birthday of the late King Bhumibol, and is additionally when Thai individuals observe Father’s Day. The tenth is Constitution Day.

For war history, don’t miss River Kwai Bridge Week in Kanchanaburi (held in November or December). For something novel, visit Loei territory; it’s the main area in Thailand where temperatures can dunk to freezing in the cool season. Ayutthaya World Heritage and Red Cross Fair have shocking sound and light shows in the midst of the ancient ruins. Phetchaburi has one of the greatest and most seasoned performances in the Land of Smiles: Big Mountain Music Festival.

Christmas isn’t such a serious deal in Thailand, however, numerous shopping centers do have merry improvements. For a true Thai Christmas, notwithstanding, head to Sakhon Nakhon region. Home to Thailand’s biggest Christian populace, the territory has a charming Christmas Star Parade, with numerous social and strict exercises, between the 23rd and 25th. What’s more, obviously, New Year is gigantic all around the Land of Smiles.

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The Worst Time to Visit Thailand

With such a wide program of occasions consistently and various seasons and climate conditions relying upon the locale, there truly is no terrible time to visit Thailand. There are, in any case, better occasions to visit specific zones.

Avoid traveling during the monsoon season. Northern territories can see streak floods, overwhelmed streets, and loads of mud in the stormy season. The south is commonly best kept away from in October and November, and the Similan Islands are shut among November and March. Keep away from Koh Chang and the Andaman coast in June and July. Substantial rains and tempests joined with rough ocean conditions imply that you won’t encounter the best that the zones bring to the table.

The hot season in Central Thailand and Isan can be ruthless and awkward, while the cool season in Northern Thailand might be a piece unreasonably cold for certain individuals’ preferring. The so-called burning season in Chiang Mai normally happens among February and April, with thick smoke lingering palpably and the air quality significantly lessened.

The pinnacle vacationer seasons are normally the most costly occasions to travel. In case you’re hoping to minimize expenses, visit in the shoulder seasons.

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