To find the Best cold Places in Thailand where it’s not so Hot is a bit of a challenge.
Up’s got ya, cold places in Thailand, for me as an ex-Swiss, do not really exist.
No, this pic is not made in Thailand:)
If you don’t like it too hot in Thailand it is important to choose the right time to come. Here we are slightly north of the equator and that means we have also the coldest season at the end of the year. From October until January is the cool season here and at least at night and in the morning, you might find it a bit fresh.
Around December my neighbors often lite a fire in the morning and you can see them covered in blankets and warm jackets luring around the small fire. They smile at me and say, “its very cold today” Haha. It really is a bit cool then, maybe 15-20°C, but around 9 am. we are back to 25-30°C and in the afternoon it is again too hot for me to work outside.
A big difference also, makes whether you go up on higher grounds, which is much colder than at sea level. To go north or south doesn’t really change things, Thailand is just a little above the equator and therefore hot almost everywhere. A better way to outrun the heat is to find the best cold places in Thailand and stay in one of the many rainforests or get on a mountain all over the country or to visit a cave near you.
Of course, about every resort or hotel provides air-conditioned rooms and to take a swim in any of the waters around the country can down your body temperature as well.
Best Cold places in Thailand
Thailand has many beautiful caves to visit. Some are involved with climbing and are not that easy to access, others you can sit on a float and enjoy the ride inside the cold mysterious holes in the mountains.
Depending on where you decided to explore Thailand you find caves in different locations.
Some caves are temples now, others are left natural. In some, they found relicts from people of the stone age and others are used to harvest the valuable ingredients of the bird’s nest soup.
All in all, to visit a cave here in Thailand is very exciting and will definitely let you cool down for the time being.
Visit my post about caves in Thailand and get more insight and directions of some of the most beautiful and famous caves in Thailand.
Three nice little caves to discover are right here near our Dragonfly Farm Resort.
A wonderful thing to do on a hot day here at the Dragonfly Farm is to visit some nearby caves. Here right next to my house we have some beautiful caves that are not much known. The site is called Coral Mountain because it is also or mainly a sightseeing point on top of the caves. Very special looking rock formations, really reminding on corals are to be explored by foot, up hundreds of stairs.
If you want to visit this site you best contact me personally, I can arrange a tour and ensure there are people that care for you. For flashlights, climbing help but at least to show you the entrances to the caves you can use the help of locals. There are so few visitors that no one actually is in charge of this site.
It is not possible to enter the caves during rainy weather, but that is very rear here anyway.
Hills and Mountains
A great way to flee the heat is to go to higher grounds. There are several mountainous regions around the country, some higher some less. Many of these mountains are natural parks and offer accommodations and attractions for the visitors to have an entertaining time.
Chiang Mai Region
In the Chiang Mai District, you find several mountains loved and visited frequently. For all of these sites, it is recommended to go when there is no chance of rain due to the steep and narrow roads.
Doi Inthanon, (check location)
The mountain rages from heights of 800 to 2565 meters and the average temperature are around mid-ten’s.
Doi Inthanon National Park features Bird watching and hiking to waterfalls and other sights. You can find beautiful flower gardens or walk through tropical rain forests. It must be a great experience to drive up to the top with a motorbike.
Guided tours from Chiang Mai are around 4000 Baht.
Mon Jam, (check location)
Closer to the city of Chiang Mai you find this not that overloaded mountain site. A steep curvy road leads up to where you find scenic picnic spots where you can enjoy local food sold at a local market on top.
There is a restaurant that serves Moo Kata and a neat clean resort where you can stay for a few days.
Other than that it is nice for a few hour trip with a moped, car or motorbike that has a bit of extra power.
Doi Ang Khang, (check location)
A beautiful place along the valley in the Daen Lao Mountain rage, with a 1928 meters altitude and close to the border with Myanmar to the very north of the Chiang Mai District.
Another favorite for motorbike fans. From Chiang Mai city it takes about 200 km. up 107 through may scenic regions up and down in forests and hills.
The close town at the foot of the mountain invites for a nice holiday close to many attractions like waterfalls, caves, natural springs, and walkabouts through a lot of untouched nature.
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North- East, Isan Region + Central Thailand
To tell you the truth, in this flat and hot region you will have a hard time to find a cool place apart from under the water or in a cooled room. The highest elevation you can reach in Isan is when you climb a palm tree and there it is still quite warm:)
One exception is the mountains around the Nam Nao National Park and the region above direction Loi. (See Map). I drove the roads from Phetchabun to Khon Kaen and to Loei and really enjoyed the scenic drive. On the way to Loei on top of the high plateau you find lots of nice resorts, Thais like to stay at for the fresh air and a rather cool climate.
Phu Phan Mountains range is a bit higher than sea level, the peak, Phu Lang Ka is 624 meters high, is not really worth going if you are looking for a cool place.
A bit further to the west on the same map above you can see another popular higher area which Thai people love to visit. The Thung Salaeng Luang National Park gets you from Phitsanulok to Phetchabun on a nice curvy and partly huge scenic road. On the hight of the hill, you see grasslands with cows and wooden chalets, that let me as an Ex Swiss feel a bit homesick:).
The eastern end of the park borders a very nice not yet too popular region called Khao Kho “Island Mountains”. (See Map). When the weather is right only the hilltops reach out of the fog in the morning and make the landscape look like a sea with lots of small islands. The hilltops are not really cold but even in the valleys, the temperature sinks overnight to a comfortable low. The region is being developed at the moment and wants to get a more popular tourist magnet in future.
The hilltops are not really cold but even in the valleys, the temperature sinks overnight to a comfortable low. The region is being developed at the moment and wants to get a more popular tourist magnet in future. For a family holiday where it is not too hot in Thailand, this is a great choice. Many nice and quite new accommodations are everywhere to choose from. For activities like walking, bicycling or sightseeing is the place a paradise and small lakes and rivers you will find at many locations as well. You kids will love it there due to the many strawberries being cultivated in these cooler regions.
In another region of central Thailand, near the border with Myanmar in the Tak District you can find another absolute paradise with lower temperatures due to elevation. Even to get there lets you experience an unforgettable adventure. The R1090 which brings you from Mae Sot to Umphang has quite some stories to tell. Not is it one of the curviest road, with 1219 corners, of which some of them I had to change in first gear. But also it is famous for the high death toll counted on this road. Not for nothing, it is called the Death Highway.
Check out this great little movie and get a small impression of what will await you if you decide to visit Umphang.
Once you arrive in Umphang there is no way out than the way you came. The small village has gotten famous amongst tourists and travelers due to the remoteness and many natural adventure features. Caves, river rafting hiking or guided tours into the deep forests of the national parks.
Take your time once you are here, it might be the last time. Check the waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries. All the information and reservation boots about the activities you will find in Umphang town. The high season is also the dry season from November till February. Before high season, the chance to have a lot of water in the rivers is greater, after the chance to have a more quiet experience with less foreign tourists is better.
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As much as there is to see and explore, really cold or fresh places are not on the top of the list in Thailand. In southern parts of the country, you will not find many areas where the climate is not just hot. Luckily around southern Thailand, there is a lot of coasts and refreshing seawater and the chance to get a rain shower even in the winter months is a bit bigger than in the north.
Nether than less, there is one more mountain I would like to introduce here in this article. Khao Luang.
Khao Luang lays in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, somewhere near Krabi and Surat Thani, (check here). The mountain peak is in the middle of a huge rainforest, referred as the green roof of south Thailand. With a hight of 1835 meters above sea level, it is the highest mountain in southern Thailand. To get up on the mountain you must walk and hike and camp. It takes three days and two nights at least to do the round trip guided by rangers. The starting point is the Ban Khiri Wong village from the southeast.
Try these numbers for confirmation
Tel. +66-7530-9047, +66-7530-9644-5
Ban Khiri Wong Eco-tourism Club. Tel. +66-9501-2706
The park also offers some waterfalls to see and campsites where you can rent all the equipment to stay overnight. Resorts and restaurants around the park office are open all year. The hiking season is from September to January.
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