Welcome to the weather page of exploringrealthailand.com
As you know, Thailand is a large country. As a result of this, there are many kinds of weather at the same time but different places. We have three weather seasons here in Thailand. The hot, the rain and the cold season. Mainly it is hot and humid.
Hot season in Thailand means really hot. It can easily get over 40 °C/ 104 °F all day long and at night it does not cool down much. The hot season starts early as the end of February and lasts till around June, normally. For many western visitors, it is hard to stay in the hot season, and you should really think about coming to Thailand during this time of year.
It is not only hot but humid too. I start having a sweat attack, only from sitting outside and smoking a cigarette. If I want to work outside during the hot season, I have to get up early. As the daylight here is always about the same, around 12 hours, the time to do something outside in hot season is very limited. At about 10 to 11 am. I am back in my air conditioned room.
You don’t have to wait till evening, thinking then is another cooler time. Won’t happen. After sunset everything is so much heated up it can only cool down a bit towards morning.
A beautiful thing about the hot season is, most trees are in blooming and the mango season starts. You don’t need more than a shirt and shorts and no one blames you when you are a bit lazy.
The Rainy season, also called monsoon season, starts officially in June and lasts till October. In the southern parts of Bangkok, it is possible though, that the rain already starts in April or May. The Andaman sea is fairly wavy during the rainy season and the long tail boats are secured in inland harbors.
Thailand looks great during the rainy season. It is my personal favorite. Everything is green and growing full power. Normally it doesn’t rain all day. In the afternoon or evening heavy, real heavy rains fall and temporary can flood everything. Everything is a bit extreme here, when it’s hot it is hot and when it rains it rains. Only when they say it is cold, I think this is not cold.
If you explore Thai nature during rainy season be aware of flash flooding. It can easily happen, that a riverbed you cross in the morning, is not crossable after a two-hour rain in the evening. I had to sleep in a guesthouse once because the street to my home was flooded. So never leave the house without a little money during the rainy season, you never know where you get stuck.
Cold season, or as I prefer to say, the not that hot season. It never gets really cold around here, although it might feel like that. In the morning around new years, it might be actually comfortable to light a little fire outside and sit around it and have a chat. This is what many Thai people in the countryside do. They even might grill some egg drenched sticky rice for breakfast.
The so-called cold season starts around November and lasts till February. Around this time most foreign visitors are in the country. It is a great time to visit Thailand too. At home, where most visitors live it is cold now and here it is not that hot.
What does it mean, cool season? In the morning, till maybe 9 am, you might want to wear a sweatshirt with your shorts and flip flop. During the day it will also get 30 ºC or 86 ºF. It is the high season at the beaches and many fresh fruit and vegetables are available.
The average temperature, Bangkok
These numbers do not accrue all over Thailand
The average rainfall in Bangkok
These numbers do not accrue all over Thailand
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