Chiangmai is the second largest city of Thailand, about 700km north of Bangkok. Hence, Chiangmai attracts tourists from all over the world thanks to the tranquility, many activities associated with nature tourism, impressive festivals and many beautiful ancient temples with unique architecture. Food in Chiangmai is also extremely delicious and people are very hospitable. If you are planning to take a trip to Chiangmai, it would be wise to find out Chiangmai’s climate and Chiangmai’s weather.
Chiangmai has three main seasons: hot, rain and cool. Although they have different characteristics, that cannot deny the fact that the weather in Chiangmai is always pleasant and the atmosphere is fresh. The detail guide travel experience and the ideal time to visit Chiangmai which help you to make an unforgettable trip to this beautiful golden temple is as follow:
1. OCTOBER – FEBRUARY:
1.1. Chiangmai Weather:
Chiangmai is being known as a year-round destination but the best time to visit Chiangmai is between October and February. In these months, the weather in Chiangmai is the most comfortable.
In this time, the temperatures are quite low. Daytime temperature is about 25 degrees and night temperatures can drop to 19 degrees (and even lower than this in high mountains, especially in Pai or Doi Inthanon). In the morning, it can be a bit cold and then it becomes hotter at noon but not bad. Due to pleasant weather conditions, there is a large number of tourists in Chiangmai from mid-November to mid-February.
Despite the fact that it might be a little crowded and hotel prices are often high these months, there are many exciting activities for you to do during your holiday. In November, there are many big festivals such as Loy Krathong, Yi Peng.
Loy Krathong Festival is a traditional festival which is held on the full moon in the Thai calendar throughout Thailand. This festival is one of the most beautiful, colorful and romantic festivals of Thailand with sparkling light of tens of scented candles and skylights. During Loy Krathong, visitors can easily catch the romantic image of many couples. When the night falls, hundreds of Krathong lights and fireworks are lighted up on thousands of buoys floating in the Ping River. In the middle of each Krathong lights is a scented candle, fresh flowers, and colorful cloth. After lighting the lamp, everyone closes their eyes and prays for their family and relatives. In addition, there are many couples praying for their love.
Visiting Chiangmai in February, you can also catch the Chiangmai Flower Festival. The time from late November from early February is the season of many flowers blooming, especially, there are many resorts in Mae Sa valley where has a lot of hillsides and flower gardens. Besides festivals, this season is a good time for outdoor activities. If you like adventure games, Chiangmai is one of the best choices for you. Chiangmai has rugged mountain terrain and fast-flowing rivers, which are well suited for challenging adventure games such as bungee jump, crossing Mae Taeng river by rubber boat, Jungle flight, etc.
2. MARCH – MAY:
2.1. Chiangmai Weather:
Chiangmai between March and May is considered to be the hottest time of the year with an average temperature from 30 to 35 degree Celsius, even it can be up to 40 degree Celsius in the daytime. In summer, farmers usually burn the fields and forests so the atmosphere is very poor.
Due to the dry and hot weather condition, there is a decrease of tourists to Chiangmai.
Chiangmai is an ideal place for your holiday if you like to travel in summer. Summer is also the season of hunting deals of flights as well as hotels. In April, although the daytime is always hot, you can relax in the pool and see the sunset for the rest of day. If you do visit Chiangmai at this time, don’t forget to catch Songkran festival and Poy Sang Long festival.
Songkran is also called Thai New Year. It is held from April 13th – 15th to welcome the new year. The word Songkran coming from Sanskrit, meaning “at the time of transference, the sun goes from the Zodiac to the Taurus in the universe”, the people greet the Buddha by spraying water to wash the sadness of the old year. Everyone pours into the main streets, uses water pumps, buckets, pots, especially water guns to catch and spray together.
Songkran festival attracts a numerous of tourists visit Bangkok in summer time, however, Bangkok will be a good choice for you.
For a detailed guide of Songkran festival, you can read here
Furthermore, during the festival, there are many palaces, traditional dishes, and colorful costumes. At this time, Kite Festival is also held in March because of appearing a hot wind blowing.
3. JUNE – SEPTEMBER:
3.1. Chiangmai Weather:
From June to September, because it is rainy with high humidity and heavy monsoons, the number of tourists has fallen dramatically. That makes Chiangmai quieter than usual.
If you need a quiet holiday to walk around the old towns or to visit the ancient temples, rainy season in Chiangmai is a great time for you to look for your peace. Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple in Chiangmai, is an attractive destination for rainy days. This temple is blend of culture and wildlife. It gives people a spiritual beauty.
In addition to Wat Chiang Mai, you can visit Wiang Kum Kam, U-Mong pagoda, Noong Noc village, Chiang Dao national park, etc. If you want to find some bustling places, come to two markets on the weekend. The biggest and most interesting weekend market is the Sunday Market in the Old Town. When you come here, you might not prevent from shopping because thousands of beautiful souvenirs are extremely cheap for you such as gifts, clothes, handicrafts, etc.
Is Chiangmai a good destination for your holiday? If you have chosen your ideal time to enjoy your holiday in Chiangmai, do not hesitate to go. You will be glad you did.