Are you planning out a tour based on the อากาศ (pronounced as aa-gàat) or the weather in Thailand? Well, worry no more because this post will walk you through everything you need to know about Thailand's climate, season, and weather throughout the year and the vocabulary words related to it. In addition, we will list here some of the phrases which you can use whenever you want to express something about the weather in Thailand.
The Kingdom of Thailand is a country situated in the center of mainland Southeast Asia. Given that it is just about 15 degrees above the equator, the country boasts a generally tropical climate with three seasons: hot/dry, monsoon, and cool/dry. Despite the fact that it can have high temperatures, we firmly believe that the average temperatures are much bearable than the heat index from neighboring countries such as the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Malaysia.
Many people are dreaming of visiting Thailand because, unlike any other country, this one has a unique culture, tradition, and history. In fact, it is best known as the land of the free ( ประเทศไทย or Prathet Thai), and what better country to distract yourself than to be in one branded as such, right? Aside from that, Thailand is also the home to some of the top-rated wondrous places on Earth, including Bangkok, Koh Samui (or Samui Island), Chiang Mai, Krabi, and Phuket.
If the pristine beaches, jaw-dropping temples, and stunning city life are not enough to convince you to visit Thailand, then we guess you have to try out their very fulfilling cuisine year-round. From popular Tom Yum Goong, Tom Kha Gai, to traditional Thai food such as Massaman Curry and Pad Kra Prao, the country has just so much to offer for everyone! If you visit during the hot, dry season (February to May), then you can easily grab fruity, ice-cold thirst quenchers and treats.
So, we guess we have pretty much given you all the reasons why you should check out every single region from Thailand. So, before you book your tickets, make sure to read our guide related to the weather that you can expect per month.
If you are traveling to Thailand for the first time, what better way to start a conversation with a local than to discuss the Thailand weather, right? While the subject may be a bit overused, it practically works every single time. If you'd like to try it out, be sure to use any of the words below:
|หน้าฝน||nâa fŏn||Rainy season|
|หน้าหนาว||nâa năao||Cold season/winter|
|หน้าแล้ง||nâa láeng||Dry season|
|หน้าใบไม้ร่วง||nâa bai mái||Fall season|
|หน้าร้อน||nâa rón||Hot season/summer|
|เย็นนี้||yen née||This evening|
|อากาศดีเย็นนี้||aa-gàat dee yen née||Nice weather this evening|
|แดดออกวันนี้||dàet òk wan née||It's sunny today|
|วันนี้ร้อนมากๆ||wan née rón mâak||Today it’s really hot.|
|อากาศอบอ้าว||aa-gàat òp âao||It sure is hot and humid.|
|มีเมฆมาก||mee mâyk mâak||Cloudy|
Generally, Thailand's weather is mainly characterized by humid and high temperatures throughout the whole year. You can expect the following: February to May are very sunny. When the hottest temperatures are, June to October are generally a bit colder due to the heavy rain, and November to January is for the dry/cold season.
The whole country experiences the same weather although out except for the places in southern Thailand (or the Malay peninsula) where places like Ko Phi Phi, Similan Islands, Koh Lipe, Phang Nga Bay, and Ko Tao are experiencing monsoon climate. You can expect that May to October is for the rainy season on the Southwestern side and September to December for the southeastern side.
If you plan to drop by the northern regions and central Thailand (where Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Issan are), you can expect the summer to last from March to June. It will immediately be followed by heavy rains and brief rainfall from July to October. Lastly, the cold season can be expected from November to February, where the temperature can be around 30 – 35 °C.
Now that you already understand the Thailand weather, it's not time for us to give you a few tips on the celebrations that are to be expected every month. To give you a better overview of the best time to visit Thailand, allow us to give you a by-month explanation of what to expect and the typical event/holiday you should watch out for to get the most of your travel.
|January||Chilly||Wan Dek or the celebration of children's day|
|February||Chilly and hot||Mahka Bucha Day (Buddhist holiday) / Chinese New Year celebration since the country also has a huge Chinese population|
|March||Start of summer||National elephant day / National Muay Thai day|
|April||Extremely hot||Songkran celebration where you can expect water fights / Chakri memorial day/ Thai Heritage Conservation day/ Air Force day|
|May||Start of the rainy season||Boon Bang Fai / Wan Chatramongkol or the celebration of the formal coronation day/ Royal ploughing ceremony/ Visakha Bucha day|
|June||Heavy rain (with a chance of flash floods)||Phi Ta Khon / Queen Suthida's birthday|
|July||Cloudy with heavy rain||Asana Bucha / Khao Phansa / Ubon Ratchathani Candle festival/ King Maha Vajiralongkorn's birthday|
|August||Rainfall will decrease||Mother's day|
|September||Lesser rains||Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival / Mahidol day / Thai National Flag day|
|October||Start of winter||Awk Phansa / Chulalongkorn Day / Vegetarian festival / Lai Ruea Fai Festival|
|November||No more rainfall to be expected||Loy Krathong / Yi Peng / Lopburi Monkey Banquet|
|December||Coldest period||Father's day / Constitution Day / New Year's eve+A1:C12 celebration where the city of Bangkok becomes a party central.|
To be honest, you can visit Thailand anytime since its tropical climate ensures that you won't need any special gears or winter coats. In fact, it doesn't have snow in Thailand, which means that the only thing you should watch out for is the blazing heat from the sun and the wet season. With all that considered, it is recommended that you visit Thailand between November to early April, where the temperatures are playing around 29°C to 34°C.
So, which of the region in Thailand are you going to visit this coming month of July? Would you be planning to dive into the sea of Khao Lak or take snapshots of Phuket anytime soon? No matter where you plan to go, we are sure that Thailand will snag a spot in your heart. If you enjoyed this post, feel free to read more about the country's amazing language in our previous posts, like its vocabulary, alphabet, grammar, and pronunciation. Want to get more out of your hours and speak Thailand's language? Read on below!
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