The season for holidays in Thailand. When is the best time to go to 2022?
We orient on the months most favorable for a trip to Thailand. All business: weather, tour prices in 2022, features of the resorts.
Tourist season in Thailand lasts all year round. Nevertheless, the question of where and when it is better to go on vacation is always relevant:
- when the beach season in Thailand begins and ends
- Where is the warmer sea
- how prices for packages differ depending on the season
- when to go for cheap fruit
- and if the low season is better to rest than the high season?
For more interest note that in the winter of 2021-2022 tour to Thailand for two people can be found from 110 000 rubles for 10 days. Where to look for such favorable options? We tell you two sections below.
Update-2022: information about attractions, resorts and weather in Thailand remains relevant. We’ve fixed everything you need – and we’ve written a separate text about the rules of entry, which are constantly changing. In brief, you can enter Thailand (Phuket, Krabi, Pattaya, Samui) if you are vaccinated with Sputnik – in addition you must pass PCR tests (before the flight / at the airport and on the 5th day) and live in the same hotel (and resort, of course) 7 days, but you can go to the beach and the street! After a week and a negative test, you can legally move around the country.
Today we will share information based on personal experience of 3 trips:
– Phuket in May and January-February.
– Bangkok, Pattaya and Krabi in December
Beginning and end of the holiday season in Thailand
Ko Lan Island in Pattaya with beautiful beaches and clear sea / The extremity of Phuket – Cape Promthep
In general, in Thailand the season for recreation is an ambiguous concept. In December you bask in the sun on Phuket, and on Samui the less lucky on the fingers count “dry” days. In April you conclude with regret that you did not have time for the hot season at the Andaman Sea, and in Pattaya – the Gulf of Thailand – at this time do not get out of the water.
The best months to vacation in Thailand are those when it rains the least, there is moderate humidity, and the sea is calm and warm, up to +30°C. The high season is:
May, June, July, August, September and October are considered the low season. And although the high season in Thailand starts in late fall and ends in spring, you should not be categorical about a trip in summer.
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When is the cheapest time to go on vacation to Thailand? Is it worth buying a tour in the off season?
Please note that all prices listed in the article are current at the time of publication and are indicative.
View of Phuket’s beaches – Katu and Karon / And such views on the beaches of Krabi (Raleigh Beach)
If you are determined to spend your vacation during the tourist season in Thailand, then democratic dates fall in late November / early December and March / April.
The “package” boom on the beaches subsides only when Thailand’s rainy season is in full swing. However, the planes continue to deliver vacationers who are either a little more sophisticated or driven by the low cost of the tour The rainy season in Thailand is not the only time when the rainy season is in full swing.
During the rainy season in Thailand, tours do come at a lower cost – the prices of trips collapse from 55,000 rubles per person in January to 41,000 rubles in May. The same story and with independent recreation. Taking into consideration how long it takes to get to Thailand, a ticket can’t be superchip, but still prices tend to go down during the off-season: from 23,000 to 25,000 rubles Moscow-Bangkok-Moscow (we recommend searching through Skayscanner and Aviasales).
We advise to save wisely and not to sacrifice relaxation and choose the beginning and the end of the bad weather period. Namely, April-May and the second half of October.
Went for a cocktail at Kata Rocks Resort
Is it worth to go in the off-season? The answer from our own experience – we were in Phuket in April and May – is yes, definitely worth it! Recommended to read the top 10 best places in Thailand.
- We were not flooded with rain (rather, refreshed a couple of times for 20 minutes),
- We were not upset by the desire of the locals to make a profit on the white man (willingly go to the bargain, because there is what to sell, and who – no )
- We did not suffer from a lack of fruit (in April ripe yellow mangoes) and an overabundance of people (having been for the first time in Thailand in the low season, we were stunned by the number of tourists in the high season!)
- Moreover, last minute tours were at a time or two and for a very favorable amount (our 2 weeks cost 62 000 rubles for two).
When is the rainy season in Thailand? Features
Sailing on the ferry to the island of Ko Lan – the only closest to Pattaya, suitable for a beach holiday
Weather in different resorts during the rainy season in Thailand varies in the amount of rainfall by month, so even at this time a full beach vacation is available.
- Phuket: The wet season comes in late May, and the rains come until mid-October. On the sea there are big waves, and those few who spend time on the island in the summer are surfers.
- Pattaya: The rainy months are September and October.
- Krabi: Tourists escape the downpours for the June-September period
- Koh Samui: The island gets watered from October to December
Why does the rainy season vary by region? It’s all tied up with the monsoon winds, which bring a change of climate periods. Because of their different locations (the first two are near the Andaman Sea, the second is in the Gulf of Thailand), the winds don’t arrive on the same schedule.
By the way, are you still dreading the loud name – rainy season? Then we come to you with this fact: we got more rain in January than we did in May! About 9 days versus 3 (a sampling of 2 weeks ). Plus, the water from the sky usually pours for no more than half an hour during the day or for 1-2 hours after sunset. The rest of the time, Thai resorts are definitely comfortable temperatures, but high humidity.
Season at popular resorts in Thailand
A clear idea (but not guaranteed, because this is an unpredictable tropics) of the weather in different resorts and islands in Thailand by month gives a summary table.
Season in Phuket
Kata Beach, one of our favorites in Phuket (at the far end there is a water equipment rental and a good inexpensive cafe with a view)
The most popular tourist destination is the pearl of Thailand – Phuket (at the link – our guide to the island). The season for recreation in this truly beachy corner of the country lasts a long time and is interrupted only for a few especially wet months.
The resort season starts in November and ends in March. The hottest period falls in April and May, but in these months of vacation is still allowed. In late spring, the rainy season begins, and like most places to vacation in Thailand, Phuket becomes less crowded. High waves and muddy water in June will not please the beachgoers, but the surfing season in Thailand in Phuket is only heating up. Beginning in the second half of October, the island is regaining its status as the most visited resort.
- On average, the prices for tours in Phuket in 2022 during the season start from 85,000 rubles for 10 days for two people
Season in Pattaya
Ko Lan Island (next to Pattaya)
The city-resort is located in a bay on the Gulf of Thailand, less susceptible to monsoons, and therefore the tourist season here does not calm down. In Thailand, Pattaya is the center of entertainment and sightseeing trails. Go-go bars, night discos, massage parlors and shows for adults – the first thing that attracts tourists here, but also the beach season is the longest here. Because of its geographical location, the city has the driest summers, and short-term downpours do not cause discomfort.
Season in Thailand in Pattaya lasts from November to mid-August. The summer is relatively dry and still warm, and so the resort is suitable for travel to Thailand from June to August.
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Interestingly, there are times in Pattaya when it’s cold for everyone – really cold! A couple of years ago, the temperature in January (seemingly the sunniest) dropped to +15°C! Speaking of unpredictable weather
- 10-day trip to Pattaya for two people cost from 90 000 rubles
The season on Koh Samui
On the islands of the Gulf of Thailand, which includes Samui (Thailand), the season, best suited for recreation, begins in January and lasts until late September. Beginning in October, the swimming season can be considered closed due to heavy rains and storms. Rainfall begins to fall noticeably in January, and in February, Samui becomes a blooming paradise. Spring on Koh Samui – not only low prices, but also an abundance of exotic fruits. In April, the mango season, and in May you can try durian, mangosteen, rambutan and other exotics, not available in our latitudes.
- The cost of tours to the island starts from 150,000 rubles for 10 nights for two.
Weather in Thailand by month
On our second trip to Thailand, we got to Christmas, there is no special holiday atmosphere, but they put up a Christmas tree for tourists The weather in Thailand is very hot.
Having figured out the seasons, hot and humid, let’s look at the weather in Thailand by month. Although the temperature values may vary slightly within the same time of year, there is still a difference in the feeling.
Thailand in December, January and February
Thailand in winter is rave reviews of tourists who have been in paradise. In the coldest months in Russia is the height of the bathing season in Thailand, the weather stabilizes, there is almost no precipitation. The sea is calm and clear, the water gets up to +26°C … +27°C.
The average daytime air temperature during the winter months:
- December – +29°C
- January – +30°C
- in February – +32°C
Winter is the highest season, peaking in late December and early January. Read more about holidays in Thailand in winter.
Thailand in March, April and May
Kayaking in the mangrove forests of Krabi – we loved it
Thailand in the spring beckons vacationers with more favorable tours and an abundance of fruit. At this time the weather is conducive to both beach holidays and sightseeing programs.
The water temperature on the coast is +29°C … +30°C.
During the daytime the air temperature is:
- in March – +33°C
- April – +35°C
- May – +35°C
In March, the swimming season is in full swing, but in April in Thailand it gets hotter and the humidity increases.
Thailand in summer (June, July, August)
Famous to many nightlife Walking Street in Pattaya – noisy, dirty, crowded
If your plans include going surfing, it is better to go to Thailand in summer. The low price for packages in the summer months attracts athletes from all over the world, although in some resorts there are enough sunny days and for beach goers.
- in June – +33°C
- July – +33°C
- August – +32°C
The sea at this time is often restless, the weather is variable, but tropical showers are short-lived and followed by bright sunshine.
Thailand in September, October and November
Thailand in the fall, especially in September, can not boast of great weather, but remains just as attractive to tourists.
The water temperature during the autumn months is +27°C … +28°C.
The average air temperature in the fall during the daytime:
- September – +31°C
- October – +32°C
- November – +31°C
Already in late fall it’s the velvet season, and a trip to Thailand is much more expensive. If you want to save money, the second half of October-early November is a good time to do it.
Fruit season in Thailand
In season (from March) mango costs 50 baht per kilo
- Mango: March to September
- Rambutan: May to August
- Mangosteen: March to November
- Longan: June to September
- Papaya: All year round
- Durian: May to October
- Dragonfruit: all year
- Passion fruit: January to April
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What is the best season to have a rest in Thailand?
The popular season, when it is better to rest in Thailand, lasts all winter, capturing the end of autumn (November) and early spring (March). At this time the island literally becomes a tourist mecca, which causes an increase in the price of vacation packages and related tourist services significantly increases.
Why exactly at this time of year Thailand is most attractive for a beach holiday?
- First, on the island there are comfortable for Europeans daytime temperatures.
- Secondly, the amount of precipitation comes to naught.
- And thirdly, the sky is almost constantly clear and cloudless. Such conditions are unusually attractive for fans of measured beach and active recreation excursions.
From the advantages of rest in Thailand in high season born and disadvantages, although they are not so essential. At this time of year the prices for tours and rental villas / houses / apartments reach a maximum. The number of tourists from Russia and the CIS countries simply goes off the scale. So if the neighborhood with fellow countrymen and inflated prices for packages do not bother you, a holiday in an exotic country at almost any of its resorts will be ideal.
The rest of the year is called the low season in Thailand. From early April to late October in most parts of the country the weather is quite hot and the rainy season begins. However, holidays in these months can be quite comfortable, because the influx of tourists decreases by several times. And the rains come mainly in the evening and at night.
Because of changes in weather conditions significantly reduce the prices for tours for tourists, as well as food and related services. If you want to rest at democratic prices, this is the best time.
When choosing a place to stay should be aware that in certain areas of Thailand during the hot and rainy season conditions for recreation are very unfavorable. In this case, most hotels are closed for repairs, and the staff is sent on vacation.
Before you make a choice, you should carefully examine the extended information about the resort and the weather, which is typical for it at a certain time of year. Because it is not only rain and midday heat can spoil the rest. The wind and waves, the condition and transparency of the water, the level of humidity, as well as the tide, the tides matter.
The most popular excursion destinations in Thailand are the northern provinces (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Maehongson). Here the seasonality of holidays does not correspond to generally accepted trends on the island. It is not recommended to come here at the beginning of spring, the weather is too hot and does not dispose to a comfortable stay.
The cool season
All the most prestigious resorts in Thailand are concentrated in the south of the country, where with great pleasure many tourists from around the world rush every year. The perfect time for a vacation in this part of the country is the cool season, which begins in December and ends in March.
Traditionally the flow of tourists rushes to the hospitable Thai coast in December and January, so you should book rooms in hotels and rent villas, houses or apartments in advance during these months.
The hot season
When the hot season begins, the influx of holidaymakers at the resorts of Thailand decreases markedly. This is due to the fact that the average temperature during the day is kept at around 35-38 degrees, and sometimes much higher.
Under the scorching sun is not so pleasant to walk around the city, the heat quickly exhausts and does not contribute to active leisure, and to spend time in rooms under air conditioning quite boring. Although they do not always save not that in the daytime, but even at night. In addition, in the midday heat it is easy to “burn” even in the shady area.
What else can holidaymakers face in the hot season? The sea in some places is almost unfit for swimming due to the fact that it multiplies the amount of plankton.
However, there are beaches where there is no plankton, so even in the hot season you can relax with pleasure and enjoyment, inspired by the wonderful nature of Thailand and the beautiful sea scenery. The hot season in Thailand has its own advantages for vacationers. For example, substantial discounts on most food and other products offered by local merchants, which makes the holiday more affordable.
The period from June to October is considered the rainy season. But even at this time of year you can have a great vacation in an exotic country. In addition, precipitation and showers, which scare many vacationers, not critical. It rains no more than 2-3 times a week, with a quick (2-3 hours) replaces the sunny weather. The only drawback is the high humidity.
Another unpleasant thing – during the rainy season the sea becomes quite rough, big waves prevent swimming and diving, and if you do not swim well, it can be very dangerous. Trash, which appears on the beaches everywhere, also does not paint the holiday in Thailand in the rainy season.
But even in this case, you can find a solution if you really want to relax at this time of year. For example, the beaches, which are located in the bays and protected by coral reefs, perfectly protected from high waves and debris. And this is most of the coastline of Phuket.
To rest in the rainy season was as comfortable as possible, you need to choose carefully the place of residence and the beach. Then you can enjoy the amazing climatic conditions of a tropical country at the most democratic prices.
Since from June to October prices are significantly reduced not only for shopping, but also for hotel reservations, so the trip can be quite budget-friendly. In this case, the experience and comfort of holidaymakers will be provided at the highest level.
The Kingdom of Thailand is famous not only for a surprisingly pleasant beach holiday and a variety of excursions. All year round in an incredible abundance of a variety of exotic fruit trees, so juicy and delicious fruits are always at the service of holidaymakers. However, you should consider a certain seasonality if you want to catch your favorite fruits.
For example, mango lovers can enjoy the juicy fruit with great pleasure from January to May. Then from April until the end of June the lychee fruit is active. Two months of the year, especially a lot of fruit, such as durian, mangotan, mangosteen and longhana. Try karambola, pink and sugar apple in the summer: from the beginning of June until the end of August.
Pattaya – a tourist paradise all year round
Pattaya is one of the most popular resorts in Thailand. Here the tourist activity boils all day long due to the wide variety of restaurants and bars, a large number of entertainment complexes and facilities, nightclubs and extreme attractions.
Pattaya is especially loved by travel agents, because here you can send holidaymakers direct flights without a connection. Due to this tours are very democratic in price with a wide variety of entertainment, available accommodation options in hotels and a huge number of well-equipped beaches.
Holidays in Pattaya will be comfortable from November to April, and you can go here in July and August. In the remaining months it is also possible to spend a great vacation, given the peculiarities of the local weather and affordable accommodation prices.
Thailand is a popular resort, one of the few in the world, where vacationers flock all year round. This is due to the fact that the length of the country from north to south is 1860 km.
The second factor is the proximity to the equator. That is why the climate is unusually attractive for tourists and is ideal for the most comfortable beach holidays throughout the year.