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Best time to go to Bangkok

Taking a trip to Bangkok is always a good idea, but knowing the best time to go will make your trip much easier. I tell you what is the best time to travel.

Andressa García

Andressa García

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Best time to go to Bangkok

Benjakiti Park |©punyawee twentytwo

If you already have an idea of an itinerary to travel to Bangkok, but your main concern is to choose the best time for the weather, it will be very useful to read all the information I have for you on this subject. Thailand is a tropical country, so most of the time its weather is humid, and that makes it a bit difficult to choose the best time to travel.

But in general, no matter what season you go, you will always find good things to see and do in Bangkok. That's why I tell you about what is the coolest season, or what is the cheapest season, so you can plan your visit based on the weather condition or even your budget in Bangkok.

1. When is the best time to visit Bangkok ?

people in the market|©Dirk Fischer
people in the market|©Dirk Fischer

To begin with you have to know that the weather in the city varies according to the time of the year, because although it is a city with a tropical climate, it is possible to find high temperatures and frequent rains throughout the year. Despite this, the weather will almost never be an impediment to enjoy your visit and much less to sign up for one of the best tours in Bangkok.

As the Thai capital is located in the central area of the country, it is an important tourist destination, so undoubtedly the best time to visit is between November and February, which is also known as the cold season. The truth is that at this time is when temperatures are more pleasant and you will find a busier tourism in the capital.

Between November and February is the high season in Bangkok, so tourism is usually at its peak and hotel prices are higher compared to the rest of the year. However, it is the best time to visit the city thanks to the pleasant weather conditions.

On the other hand, in the months of July to October, rains become more common, but hotel prices are cheaper. So to give a general answer, the best time to visit Bangkok definitely depends on whether you are in a mood to endure long queues and meet many other tourists, or not.

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2. Visiting Bangkok in winter

Bangkok in the daytime|©Leo Koolhoven
Bangkok in the daytime|©Leo Koolhoven

Undoubtedly, if you want to have a visit with good temperatures in the city, visiting Bangkok in winter can be considered a very good option. Winter in Bangkok occurs between December and March, when temperatures drop a little. However, as it is a tropical country, you do not feel cold being in the city for winter. In fact, unlike other cities in the world, the winter season is considered the high season thanks to favorable weather conditions.

During this time, you will be able to enjoy the city with much more pleasant temperatures and less rainfall compared to other periods of the year. In fact, thanks to the favorable weather conditions, the winter period is the best time to sign up for one of the best tuk tuk tours in Bangkok. Of course, to visit the city during this season, you must take into account the hotel prices, which may rise due to the high demand of tourists.

If you go towards the beginning of November, you are likely to encounter some rainfall, taking into account that between July and October is the rainy season in Bangkok. In fact, come this period, it is common that you can see three to four rainfalls per day. In addition, the average temperature is slightly below 30°C throughout the winter.

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3. Visiting Bangkok in summer

View over MBK Center|©Willem Jan Beving
View over MBK Center|©Willem Jan Beving

Visiting Bangkok in summer will be a really interesting experience for you, although before traveling you will surely like to know some points to keep in mind. Mainly you should keep in mind that the weather during the summer season in Bangkok, and in Thailand in general, is hot and humid and temperatures can exceed 30 ºC, so you will have to wear very light clothes.

You also have to take into consideration that this is a season where there is frequent rainfall. In fact, July and August are the months with the highest amount of daily rainfall in Bangkok. If you want to know which are the months when temperatures are the highest, you have to know that they are usually between the months of March, April, May and June, with average maximum temperatures of around 40°C.

Thanks to all these characteristics, you should know that if you visit Bangkok during the summer, it is important that you always have an umbrella with you and also keep your body always hydrated. By the way, if you visit the capital of Thailand in summer, I recommend you to sign up for one of the best cruises in Bangkok, to take advantage of the coolness of the navigation.

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4. Visit Bangkok in spring

Khlong Rop Krung with reflections and trees in Bangkok|©Uwe Schwarzbach
Khlong Rop Krung with reflections and trees in Bangkok|©Uwe Schwarzbach

Thailand is a tropical country, so the spring season in Bangkok is not very well differentiated thanks to the fact that there is only one very hot, one very cool and one very wet season, however, the months from March to May are considered spring. But in general, if you travel to Thailand, and Bangkok specifically, during the spring season, you should wear more shirts than usual because you are going to sweat excessively, thanks to its hot and humid weather at the same time.

During spring in Bangkok, the amount of clouds increases rapidly and the percentage of time when the sky is cloudy or mostly cloudy increases significantly, so if you travel during this season, it will be a bit more difficult to look at the sun, despite the heat you will be able to feel in almost the whole trip.

If you want to have an even clearer description of what the days are like during spring, you have to know that the clearest day is March 1, when the sky is much clearer or partly cloudy almost half of the time. On the contrary, you have to know that, almost always, May 30 is the cloudiest day of the year, and it is the day when there is a high probability that the sky is cloudy or mostly cloudy.

In general, and taking into account the weather, during the month of March temperatures can exceed 30ºC. In April, which is also part of the spring season, the average temperature is usually above 31ºC. During the month of May, which is also considered part of the spring season, temperatures may drop a little to around 31ºC.

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5. Visiting Bangkok in autumn

Bangkok Traffic|©Alisdare Hickson
Bangkok Traffic|©Alisdare Hickson

Autumn in Bangkok coincides with the cool and dry season and precedes the winter season, so it falls between the months of September and November. During this time, temperatures are slightly cooler and the weather becomes increasingly pleasant for outdoor activities. As the season progresses, the temperature drops a little more

One of the biggest advantages of traveling to Bangkok during the fall season is the weather and the ambient temperature, because although you will find the weather a little more humid than other months, traveling during this season, which is classified as low season, means enjoying the cooler temperatures and fewer people and crowds on the streets of Bangkok.

Visiting the city during this season is an excellent opportunity to visit temples such as Chiang Mai and the beaches of the Thai islands. You can also participate in a yoga retreat on the banks of the Kok River in northern Thailand, if you stay in Bangkok for 3 days or more.

Also the weather which is outstanding during the fall season, allows you to tour Bangkok's floating markets to go shopping for local ingredients or even take the opportunity to learn the art of Thai cooking if you sign up for one of the best Thai cooking classes.

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6. Best time to visit Bangkok if you want to go with children

Siam Park City|©TAVEPONG PRATOOMWONG
Siam Park City|©TAVEPONG PRATOOMWONG

As one of the most important things to consider when traveling to Bangkok, is the weather condition, you should also consider it if you are traveling to Bangkok with children.

You are probably worried that the kids won't get wet in the rain or swelter in the heat. To avoid these weather extremes, the best time to visit the city is undoubtedly during the cooler and drier months from November to March. During this season you can enjoy your vacation with the kids without worrying about the weather conditions.

In addition, from November to March, which are the driest and coolest months of the year, not only the weather is much more pleasant for children, but it is also a time when you can find different attractions for them. By traveling during these months you can enjoy outdoor activities without having to deal with the sweltering heat and humidity.

And if you are looking for festivities where you can share with the kids, you also have the option of going to see and enjoy the Loy Krathong Festival of Lights, which is really exciting for children. However, if your trip is already planned during the rainy season, which runs from May to October, what I recommend is to avoid outdoor activities, and look for other options to entertain yourself and the kids.

7. Best time to visit Bangkok if you want to see it in a less crowded environment

Building in Bangkok|©Alain Poder
Building in Bangkok|©Alain Poder

The best time to visit Bangkok if you want to avoid the crowds is during the low season, which generally runs from May to October. During this period, there are fewer tourists in the city, so you will be able to enjoy the attractions and activities without having to deal with the large crowds or waiting in long lines before entering each attraction.

However, not everything is rosy, because the downside of the low season, which is when you will find fewer tourists in Bangkok, is that you will also encounter very humid and sweltering weather due to the rainy season. Another advantage that you will surely like to keep in mind is that during the low season, not only will you find fewer tourists in the city, but you will also find much lower prices for accommodations and tours.

Although this is an advantage, you should still make reservations before your trip, so that when you arrive in the city, you won 't have to wait in long lines to get into each of the attractions.

8. Best time to visit Bangkok if you want to save money

park in Bangkok|©Wady
park in Bangkok|©Wady

In general, Bangkok is a city that always has a lot to offer and is also quite cheap to visit, but if you are looking to save even more money, I recommend you to visit this place at certain specific times. In fact, the best time to visit the city and save some money is during the low season, that is, between May and October.

What you will get during these months is that the prices of hotels and tourist attractions in general are lower, thanks to the absence of tourists in the city. The disadvantage of going during these months is that, as I explained previously, you will encounter precipitation and rain throughout the trip.

But without a doubt, it is worth to endure the weather during your tour in Bangkok in low season, because you will be able to buy many things at lower prices, in addition, the tours you want to do you can pay them at a lower price and above all, you will have the opportunity to find reservations in hotels and restaurants for much lower prices than during the high season.

9. Best time to visit Bangkok if you want to save time

Bangkok, Lumpini Park|©Laura King
Bangkok, Lumpini Park|©Laura King

Also the low season is a good time to visit Bangkok if you want to save time and avoid the crowds. To achieve this goal, the ideal dates to visit the city are the months of June to October, which is the low season in Bangkok and there are fewer people, and also the prices are much lower.

This in terms of the amount of people, but without a doubt, if you are looking to go to Bangkok and save time, the best recommendation you can receive is to make all your online reservations well in advance and prepare your trip for the high season, which is between November and February.

The reason why you would save time when visiting Bangkok if you do it this way, is that you would have the opportunity to visit each of the interesting tourist places without worrying about the weather, and without having to miss any stops due to the weather. In addition, you would have all your reservations made, so you would not have to wait anywhere or stand in long lines to enter each of the places on your itinerary.

Also to save time, I recommend making an itinerary according to your specific interests, but including places that are relatively close in distance to each other. And finally, another way to save time on your Bangkok tour is to sign up for guided tours that take you to visit multiple places.

Year-round weather conditions in Bangkok

Park Bangkok Thailand|©Wady
Park Bangkok Thailand|©Wady
  • Winter
  • December - March
  • Climate: Temperate and dry
  • High 32ºC
  • Minimum 23ºC
  • Spring
  • March - May
  • Climate: Hot and humid
  • High 34ºC
  • Low 26ºC
  • Summer
  • June - August
  • Weather: Hot and very humid
  • High 33ºC
  • Low 26ºC
  • Autumn
  • September - November
  • Climate: Temperate
  • High 32ºC
  • Minimum 23ºC