What is the Best Time to Visit Bangkok?
What is the best time to visit Bangkok? Here we will give you the facts for each month of the year including; when it rains the most and when you’ll stay dry, when hotels and cheap and when they’ll cost you an arm and a leg, and when there are certain public holidays or celebrations on which can change the entire travel experience for you.
From my experience, the best time to visit Bangkok is either February to March or late October to mid-November. However, that doesn’t mean that it is the only time you should visit Bangkok. I’ll go into more detail below.
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The weather is cooler in January with an average daytime temperature of 31 degrees. Rain is pretty much non-existent. However, this is the peak tourist season so expect accommodation prices to rise by up to 50%. It is also common for hotels to be booked out in advance. Check out the best hotel deals in Bangkok on Agoda. The only public holiday in Bangkok in January is New Years Day.
The cool and dry season continues. The average daytime temperature stays at about 31 degrees with no rain around. February is the shoulder tourist season. Hotel prices go back to normal and there is more availability. In my opinion, February is one of the best times to visit Bangkok.
Things start to warm up and get more humid by March. There is an average daytime temperature of about 33 degrees but still not much rain about. It is common to have a couple of rainy days in March, but do not expect monsoon weather just yet. There are no major Thai celebrations in March to note. This is the off-peak season where hotels are cheaper.
April is the hottest month of the year. It is common to have daytime temperatures between 35 to 40 degrees. The constant 90% humidity can quite uncomfortable as the monsoon season gets ready to unleash on Bangkok. April marks the start of the wet season (monsoon) and has the Songkran festival. Half of Bangkok’s population goes to the countryside during the two week Songkran celebration. This is the least traffic you will ever see on Bangkok’s street. April is the best time to visit Bangkok if you want to catch the Songkran festival, just be prepared to brave the heat.
This is when the rain shits down on Bangkok. Expect heavy rain to fall from 7am to 5pm or even later. It can rain relentlessly for hours on end and is common for the streets to flood. Whenever it rains, traffic comes to a standstill with entire suburbs in gridlock. When the rain stops the humidity will sit about 95%. May is not the best time to visit Bangkok. Go to Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai where it is slightly cooler.
June to September
The wet season continues in Bangkok. The days are hot and wet. Expect rain on a daily basis, uncomfortable humidity, and bad traffic. This is the low season in Bangkok. There are plenty of hotels available and no major national Thai holidays to note. These months are the best time to visit Bangkok if you want to experience a monsoon. However, I’m not sure why you would.
Finally, the wet season starts to come to an end in early October. While mid-October is still classified as the wet season there are considerably less rainy days. Truth be told, I usually visit Thailand starting in the third week of October. Hotels are cheap and the weather is good! There are no major holidays in October so you won’t be competing for a room.
November is the start of the cooler season with daytime temperatures dropping to as low as 20 degrees. Believe it or not, this is cold enough for Thai’s to bring out their winter jackets and beanies. By November the wet season has just about finished. It is not uncommon to have a few rainy days in the month, but the rain doesn’t last long. November is considered the shoulder season with plenty of hotels still being available. It is also the month of the Loy Kratong Festival (Lantern Festival). In my opinion, this is also the best time to visit Bangkok.
December is the cool and dry season. The rain is over, humidity is at a comfortable level and the daytime temperature is about 25 to 30 degrees. December has a few national Thai holidays including the King’s birthday celebration. Christmas is not celebrated locally but there is a huge influx of international tourist. December is the peak season so expect hotel prices to rise by as much as 50% and booked out in advance. Prepare ahead and check out Agoda for the best hotel prices in Bangkok.
Where to go in Bangkok
Before you visit Thailand you must check out this post I wrote on the top things to do in Bangkok. I’ve included some of my favorite things here from temple hopping around the old quarter to watching amazing sunsets from some epic rooftop bars across the city.
When you’ve finshed exploring the city then move onto this post I wrote on places to visit near Bangkok. You will discover some amazing waterfalls, floating markets, and even some islands right near the city! Let me know what you think!
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