When you hear ‘best beaches in the world’, it’s that Thailand pops into your mind automatically. It’s one of the most visited countries in Asia. World-famous cuisine, lush forests, favourable exchange rates, easily obtainable tourist visa, and luxe beaches accessible to all beckon us to enter this new realm of fun travel experiences and memories. You might think that any time is the best time to visit Thailand since it’s so popular. But, to thoroughly enjoy a location, you need to be in the right place at the right time. You might visit the best beach in Thailand but if you go in the wrong season, it can turn into a bad experience. Thailand is also known as the ‘Land of Smiles’, so make sure you return with a smile and a lot of happy memories.

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The landscape of Phuket, Thailand
The landscape of Phuket, Thailand

Seasonal Advice

Weather plays the most important role in travel. It has the power to make or break your trip. Southern Thailand has coastlines that will make you forget the best beaches in the world. But if you visit them in scorching heat or in the pouring rain, you will have a miserable time. Since Thailand is a tropical country, it is warm throughout the year. But the best time to visit Thailand is from November to April. It is ideal because the start of November marks the end of the rainy season, and summer starts from April. September witnesses the heaviest rainfall of the year, and the heat during April is blazing. January is an ideal month for trekking and hiking. 

Winter is believed to be the best time to visit Thailand, since it’s not very humid and you can see  clear skies. The days are also slightly sunny making it the perfect time to spend time sightseeing. Furthermore, if you want to visit the mountains, you will need to pack a few warm clothes as the nights get colder up there. 

Although the east and west coasts have slightly different weather, the east coast sees the highest rainfall of the year in November, so the most favourable months to visit there are January and February. Famous places like Koh Samui, Sai Kaew Beach and Koh Mak Island are on the east coast. On the other hand, if you are planning to travel to the west coast then the best time to visit Thailand is winter, between November and March. Phuket, Khao Lak Beach and West Railay Beach are some most visited destinations on the west coast. The best time to visit north and central Thailand is from October to January, and the skies pour down through the other months in these regions. Northern Thailand includes places like Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, and Chiang Mai. The central part of the country has tourist spots like the capital city Bangkok, Phra Pathom Chedi, Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya.

Kata Beach on Phuket Island, Thailand, the best time to visit Thailand
Kata Beach on Phuket Island, Thailand

Away From The Crowd

If you are not a big fan of the heat and have sensitive skin, it is best to avoid Thailand from March to May. The average temperature goes up to 34 degrees Celsius. But if you don’t want to miss out on events and festivals, you must visit in summer. Festivals like The World Durian Fruit Festival, Songkran (water fights), Bun Bang Fai Festival (rocket festival) make summers one of the best times to visit Thailand. Also, if you are planning a budget trip to Thailand then this is the best time to book your tickets, as there are fewer tourists and better discounts. If you cannot deal with huge crowds, it’s the best time to visit Thailand. But always remember to carry sunblock and a water bottle in your backpack, because the sun is unforgiving.  

Monsoons in Thailand are not for the weak-hearted. The rainy season starts in July and extends up to October in some parts of Thailand. If you love the rain and don’t mind getting wet then this is the best time to visit Thailand. The average temperature is around 29 degrees Celsius. This is also a good time to visit national parks in Thailand because everything is green and dried up water bodies like waterfalls are filled to the brim. Festivals in Thailand wait for none, not even the rain. During this season the people celebrate both the King’s and the Queen’s birthdays throughout the country. Additionally, foodies must visit Hua Hin for the Hua Hin Food Festival, and culture enthusiasts must aim for the Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival in Phuket, where the locals make offerings to their ancestors out of respect. 

Lion dance Chinese New Year Bangkok, the best time to visit Thailand
Celebration of the Chinese New Year in Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand

Decide Your Best Time To Visit Thailand

Thailand is one of the most welcoming countries for tourists. It’s one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, thanks to all the culture, food, experience, and fun it offers. The country has different ecosystems with rice fields, coastlines, dense forests, and even a plateau. The diversity is very evident. Every season presents you with something interesting to do. The  best time to visit Thailand will therefore differ depending on the things you are interested in doing. You’re spoilt for choice, so you need to decide what is your right time and the right place. 

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