The best times to visit North Thailand for ideal weather are
October 29th to April 22nd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
North Thailand Travel Guide
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Weather in North Thailand
Average temperatures in North Thailand vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for most of the year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 17th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit North Thailand, the hottest months are April, May, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid April where highs are regularly around 101.2°F (38.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 78.8°F (26°C) at night.
North Thailand Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
North Thailand Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
North Thailand Perceived Temperature (F)
North Thailand Perceived Temperature (C)
Average North Thailand Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in North Thailand are February, January, and then November. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid January. For example, on the week of January 15th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid September with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of September 10th.
When can you find snow in North Thailand? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in North Thailand.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in North Thailand (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
North Thailand has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (54.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (75.9%).
Wind in North Thailand is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and July. April’s average wind speed of around 0.5 knots (0.5 MPH or 0.8 KPH) is considered “very calm.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late July where average top sustained speeds reach 4 knots, which is considered a light breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in North Thailand.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to North Thailand?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Thailand; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in North Thailand is January, followed by July and February. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit North Thailand in May. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall North Thailand Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 101.2°F (38.4°C) and 96.1°F (35.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 2 to 11 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 11 to 14 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in North Thailand, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 93.4°F (34.1°C) and 90.8°F (32.7°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 1 to 12 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in North Thailand to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 96.3°F (35.7°C) and 87.2°F (30.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.