Before making a plan to Bangkok, you probably have to consider when to come for the best experience. It’s necessary to get the idea of the weather in Bangkok to decide when is the best time of year to visit this city.
Like other cities in Thailand and tropical countries in the world, the weather in Bangkok is divided into three main seasons: hot season, rainy season and cool season. But you should keep in mind that the seasons’ barriers are not very clear. For example, in the cool season, the weather is never exactly “cool” but it remains hot throughout the year. Now we will go into more details of three seasons in Bangkok.
1. The Hot Season
Basically, the hottest months of the year there is from March to June. The average high temperature during the day range between 34’C and 36’C. There are some days that the temperature can rise greatly up to 40’C and some days that happens to be an occasional summer storm. This weather can be an obstacle to tourists who come from cold areas like Europe. You should take care of yourselves well and prepare necessary things such as medicine or clothes in order not to be sick due to the changes in weather.
The high temperature can make you feel weary fast but there are various interesting things you can do instead of just sitting in the hotel room. If the accommodation you are staying in is equipped with a swimming pool or spa, it’s a good idea to soak in the pool or to have a Thai massage at the spa. If you are staying at a place that there are no swimming pool or spa, don’t worry, you will have another choice which is the Songkran festival in April. This festival is a water festival to celebrate the Thai’s New Year.
Songkran 2019 is held between the day 13th and 15th of April in 2019. Tourists will have a chance to join friendly water fights with many other people on the streets. Not only will you release all the bad things in your mind but you will also beat the heat in your body. How great it is! Additionally, a lot more events to participate in this time include Bangkok International Fashion Week (mid-March), Visakha Bucha which is The holiest of all Buddhist holidays (on the full-moon day of the sixth lunar month), etc.
Because of the hot weather, people don’t often come to Bangkok at this time. The number of tourists decreases much between March and June. Therefore, average prices also drop. You can easily get a great deal when booking flight tickets, reserve hotel rooms or buy goods in the markets. So the hot season is more suitable for travelers who love shopping and indoor activities. You have to consider traveling with children because they can easily be ill in this season.
2. The Rainy Season
Thailand is a country that rainy season depends much on the arrival of southwest monsoon, so it’s hard to tell exactly when the rainy season comes. It is said that the wet time of the year is from June to October. But actually, it begins to rain at the mid of May, when there are occasional summer storms here in Bangkok. The highest average precipitation is in September, about 290mm. So it’s not a good idea to visit Bangkok this month because it probably rains all day long. In July, August or October, the average rainfall levels drop a bit, from 160mm to 210mm. Despite the rainy season, it doesn’t mean that there is continuous rain during this time. You still can find some days that there’s no rain at all to enjoy the amazing places around Bangkok. Arriving in Bangkok at rainy season, you will have an opportunity to take part in many religious and cultural festivals:
- Asana Bucha and Khao Pansa: these are two of the most important Thai Buddhist holidays usually held in July. Tourists and travelers will be able to watch the parade along the streets and develop some ascetic practices such as avoiding meat and alcohol.
- Chinese Mid-autumn Moon Festival in September: This festival originated from China and held in Chinatown. If you are a food lover, this is definitely an awesome festival with hundreds of cuisines available at the food stalls.
- Kin Jay Vegetarian Festival in October with exclusively vegan food.
In these months, the number of travelers coming to Bangkok drops because of the rain so it’s a good chance to get a cheap price at almost everything. Furthermore, this season is absolutely suitable for travelers who want to experience religious things together with interesting cultures of Asian countries.
3. The Cool Season
Last but not least, November to February is the cool season in Bangkok. People are usually recommended to visit Bangkok at this time because of the most beautiful weather then. The sky is blue most of the time and the rainfall is very little. The average temperature here ranges from 27’C to 30’C and a bit cold at night as temperature goes down to 20’C. It’s cool but still warm enough for you to enjoy your time there.
Usually, a lot of tourists come to Bangkok at the cool season, especially families. They often have a luxury holiday at a resort or a Thai style trip with the locals. Not only can tourists go sightseeing around Bangkok but they also are able to join different satisfying festivals. Some impressive festivals in the city during this season are Loy Krathong, The King’s birthday and New Year’s Day.
- Loy Krathong Festival: this is one of the most picturesque festivals of Thailand where both locals and tourists join in releasing “Krathong” (a small boat made from banana leaves and banana trees) to the river. It happens on the evening of the full moon on the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, which probably on 13th November in 2019.
- New Year’s Day: Unlike other Western countries, New Year’s Day in Bangkok, Thailand is quieter. People often spend time going to local temples to make merit for the next year. This is a good chance for those who want to experience a new way of celebrating the New Year.
Of course, this season has the most number of tourists coming to Bangkok, as a result, the average prices are higher than the hot or the rainy season. However, many travelers still pay a large amount of money to visit Bangkok at this time because of the nice weather.
Overall, it’s possible for you to travel to Bangkok at any time of the year. But remember to consider the features of the seasons you want to visit. The hot season is more suitable for solo travelers who have good physical health and who prefer indoor activities. The rainy season is for people who love a quieter Bangkok, with plenty of Buddhism festivities. And for family holidays or those who love being outdoors most of the time, the cool season is perfect. Hope that you will find the best time to travel in Bangkok and plan a trip soon!