More and more travelers look at Thailand with dreamy eyes, ready to lay down on its havenly beaches of Phuket or wander around a bustling Bangkok. Unfortunately, national summer holidays coincide with Thailand’s rainy season. Should you avoid it then? This blog post will answer your questions!
When is the Rainy Season in Thailand?
In Thailand, the rainy season starts in June and lasts until the end of October, although rain will not cause too much trouble during the month of June and the weather will still be sunny enough for you to wander around. Rainfalls do not occur frequently but when they do, they can last a few minutes or several hours. Temperature does not change during the rainy season so if you happen to get caught in a rain shower, at least you’ll enjoy a cozy 30 degree climate.
Storms can be unpredictable and heavy, especially in July. Every day could be a rainy day… but only for an hour or two. In August and September, downpours get heavier and last longer, sometimes for days on end. Rainfall intensity varies according to the region though, so southern islands get less rain for example.
What About Tourist Sites During the Rainy Season in Thailand?
If you’re planning to visit Bangkok during the Monsoon, the rain won’t stop you from living an authentic experience, especially downtown Bangkok because the rain falls typically in the afternoon so in the morning, you can visit tourist attractions under a sunny weather. In Krabi and Phuket, the weather could be an issue during the rainy season even though sometimes, there can be no rain at all for several days which allows tourists and travelers to enjoy those beautiful seaside destinations.
If you love Thai islands like Koh Samui, Koh Tao et Koh Phangan, the weather there will be sunny even in the rainy season and heavy storms do not last longer than two hours.
There are two other destinations where it does not rain in Thailand during the monsoon: Koh Samet island and the seaside resort city of Pattaya. It’s sunny there year-round. Clear and enjoyable weather will make your stay even more memorable.
Why Visiting Thailand During the Rainy Season Is a Good Idea and Tips to Keep in Mind
The rainy season is Thailand’s low season so you’ll find much less tourists there at that time. As for accommodation, prices are generally lower, especially in southern Thailand. In Bangkok though, prices are more or less the same during this period.
When visiting tourist attractions, you’ll be spared the large tourist crowds and peace and tranquillity will be your companions for the whole trip.
You’ll be pleased to notice that you’ll be remarkably well received, even better than “usual” tourists. It should be a good opportunity to learn to know the local people and to immerse yourself in the local culture. However, you should get organized and plan your trip meticulously to be able to fully enjoy a unique experience.
That’s pretty much all you need to know to be able to decide when to travel to Thailand. It’s obvious that during the rainy season, Thailand doesn’t get as many visitors. You’d think that there should be no rush to book your hotels but you should do it as soon as possible if you don’t want to miss out on the best accommodation available. After all, Thailand is getting more and more popular, even in low season.
By the way, here’s a list of the hotels I recommend for each city I visited during my trips in Thailand:
Talk to you all very soon,