Thailand tends to have 3 main climates…. Hot, Very Hot and Super Hot!
In between these times you may get a few tropical rains. Especially when travelling to the islands on the East or West coast of Thailand, you may get passing rain or storms falling over, but usually these do not last long and can be quite exciting to see if you have never experienced it before.
Unlike most countries, Thailand remains hot all year round even with the rain cooling it down from time to time!
There are also the “wet seasons” in Thailand and they vary depending on which part you are heading to.
Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and Angthong National Marine Park
Off the East coast are usually good spots all year round. The wet season starts to come in around middle of November to late January. The Angthong National Marine Park is closed for a few weeks in late November, beginning of December when the worst of the weather usually, for protection to the Park.
When is the best time to visit for a diving trip?
During the months of July-August it can get quite busy at this time on the East Coast, so if you are looking to beat the crowds, June is usually a quieter month than most. These are the months diving and snorkelling will also be best around the islands.
Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Pattaya, and Similan Islands
Off the West coast are usually good for most of the year. The wet season starts around July and go into the later month of October. The Similan Islands in particular is shut during these months to ensure protection of the sites.
When is the best time to go on a diving or snorkelling trip?
During the months of November to late January, the west coast is usually a good time of the year to go. December can be one of the busiest months on the west coast so if you are looking to beat the crowds here. Best to try and go for the November or beginning of the year months January or February. These are the months diving and snorkelling will also be at it’s best.
Visiting Chang Mai, Chang Rai and Rayong
Up the North of Thailand it is usually nice all year round. It can get slightly colder up in the mountains of the North.
However, in the early and late evenings and early mornings you may want to take a light jumper or cardigan with you.
In February, you can head to Chang Mai for the “Chang Mai Flower Festival” which is a parade and festival of beauty and colour with displays of all the different types of flowers you can think of.
The Thai New Year is from 13th to 15th April and can be celebrated absolutely anywhere. From the smallest remote towns to the biggest islands and Bangkok. Very known for its water festival, you will see all the shops including the 7/11’s and Family Marts selling many different types of water guns.
Our professional advice: ARM YOURSELVES!! You will not get out dry. We recommend buying a Dri Dock for your phone and a Dry bag from any dive shop or water sports provider. An amazingly fun experience and definitely one for the memory books if you have never been to Thailand during this time. Depending on where you go in Thailand it can last 1 day or up to a week! Always amazing fun but remember to stay safe! Walking is the wettest but safest transport method, if you have rented motorbikes we do not recommend driving them, if you must get a taxi!
All year round, whether on the West or East coast, the water temperature is between 31-29 degrees. Still a warm bath all year round! As you can see, depending on the side you are wanting to go to, the weather can be quite different. Usually if it is raining on the West coast, it will be ok on the East coast and vice versa.
However, most of the year Thailand is a sought after travel destination for people from all around the world. With the worlds climate as it is, weather can change un-predictably anywhere you go, so it is always best to check the weather forecasts before booking, or even better yet, get in contact with where you are planning to stay and get a live update. Especially on the islands, just because it is raining one minute, it could be blue skies and sunshine the next.
Welcome to Thailand!!