Best time to visit Bangkok

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Best time of year to visit Bangkok

The best time to visit Bangkok kicks off in late October–November. Visitors can participate in beautiful lantern festival Loi Krathong or head to Lopburi Monkey Banquet Festival. The dry season continues until February, so winter months are perfect for cycling, boating, and exploring floating markets. Spring is hot both in terms of weather and events. Songkran celebrations in mid-April draw crowds, and in May you can see the Royal Ploughing Ceremony that kicks off the rice-growing season. In late spring, longan, mango, and lychee are in season. From May to October, expect southwest monsoons that bring rains and lower prices.

14 THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK (APRIL 30 - MAY 09)

Floating Markets

Floating Markets

November–May • activity

Your Thai vacation can't be complete without shopping at traditional floating markets around Bangkok

Beach Season

Beach Season

December–May • activity

Torquoise clear waters are inviting you for the best beach experience in Thailand

Synchronous Fireflies

Synchronous Fireflies

May–October • nature

Mangrove forests and river banks come alive at night with thousands of flashing lights

Boat Cruises

Boat Cruises

November–May • activity

A great way to explore the old town of Bangkok

Durian Season

Durian Season

May–June • food

Durian may not be the most loved fruit, but it is definitely the king of all fruit!

Lychee or Litchi Season

Lychee or Litchi Season

April–May  • food

Transplanted from South China, lychee used to be a fruit of the emperors

Mangosteen Season

Mangosteen Season

May–July • food

Known as the queen of fruit, mangosteen or mangkhut has a delicate texture

Rose Apple Season

Rose Apple Season

May–June  • food

Looking nothing like an apple, the fruit smells like rose when a first bite is taken

Longan Season

Longan Season

May–July • food

The fruit that was once transported from China has flourished and become one of the most popular in Thailand

Yongchak or Stink Bean Season

Yongchak or Stink Bean Season

May  • food

Also known as yongchak, the long twisted bean is smelly in a unique way due to its gas containment

Mango Season

Mango Season

March–May • food

In Thai cuisine, mango is a major ingredient, both ripe and unripe. Therefore, aim for its season to get the best taste!

Jackfruit Season

Jackfruit Season

October–May • food

Try one of the largest fruits in the world

Cycling in Bang Krachao

Cycling in Bang Krachao

November–May • activity

The best way to escape the chaos of Bangkok city while exploring a tropical jungle

Rambutan Season

Rambutan Season

May–June • food

One of the most beautiful fruits, rambutan has fluffy skin and juicy flesh

25 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Songkran Water Festival (Thai New Year)

Songkran Water Festival (Thai New Year)

out of rangeApril 13–April 15 • event

Thai New Year lasts for at least three days, depending on the region, and is one of the most joyful celebrations of the new year worldwide

Loi Krathong

Loi Krathong

out of rangeNovember 1, 2020 • event

A beautiful festival to make a wish that will come true

Burapa Bike Week, Pattaya

Burapa Bike Week, Pattaya

out of rangeFebruary 11–13, 2021 • event

Bringing bikers all across Thailand together with the whole world, Burapa Bike Week is one of the most anticipated events of the year

Makha Bucha Day

Makha Bucha Day

out of rangeFebruary 26, 2021 • event

One of the holiest days for Buddhists, celebrates the day when 1250 disciples of Buddha gathered for his preaching. The holiday includes one of the most spectacular ceremonies in Buddhism

Thailand Grand Sale

Thailand Grand Sale

out of rangemid-June to mid-August • activity

The Thai hunting season has officially begun!

Pattaya International Fireworks Festival

Pattaya International Fireworks Festival

out of rangeNovember 27–28, 2020 • event

One of the major firework shows in the world, with different competitions between plenty of countries

Rub Bua Festival

Rub Bua Festival

on holdOctober 1, 2020 • event

The beautiful ancient tradition of throwing lotus flowers from the banks of the river is one of the most heart-warming in Thailand

Chonburi Buffalo Racing

Chonburi Buffalo Racing

out of rangeOctober 1, 2020 • event

The event to apreciate the hard work of buffaloes is full of adrenaline and competitions

Wan Ok Phansa

Wan Ok Phansa

out of rangeOctober 1, 2020 • event

The festival that marks the end of the Buddhist lent is full of celebrations and interesting authentic activities

National Elephant Day

National Elephant Day

out of rangeMarch 13 • event

Elephants are unique animals: they are social, cute, and helpful. Therefore, it's natural that they have got a day totally dedicated to them

Thod Kathin Robes Offering Ceremony

Thod Kathin Robes Offering Ceremony

out of rangeOctober 1–31, 2020 • event

The period lasting for a month when monks are offered various goods is also known as Thod Kathin or Kathina

Queen’s Cup Muay Thai

Queen’s Cup Muay Thai

out of rangeAugust 12 • event

National Thai sport which means "science of the two limbs" is fascinating all year, but during Queen's birthday the ordinary fights change into spectacular championships between the best ones

Visakha Bucha Day

Visakha Bucha Day

out of rangeMay 26, 2021 | May 15, 2022 • event

The day that marks three most important events in Buddha's life with beautiful ceremonies

Rains Retreat or Vassa

Rains Retreat or Vassa

out of rangeJuly 25–October 20, 2021 • event

This is a period marked by Buddhist Lent, which lasts three months and makes the monks stay at a single monastery

King’s Cup Muay Thai

King’s Cup Muay Thai

out of rangeDecember 5 • event

The tournament of the national Thai sport dedicated to the King's of Thailand Birthday

Lopburi Monkey Banquet Festival

Lopburi Monkey Banquet Festival

out of rangeOctober 28, 2020 • event

The town of Lopburi is known to be a monkey city due to its vast population of monkeys. Moreover, monkeys are so highly regarded here that once a year they receive a special banquet

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

canceledFebruary 11–12, 2021 • event

The sea of red, the parade and royal procession highlight Asia's biggest festival

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

out of rangeMay 10, 2021 • event

The ceremony marks the start of the rice growing season with sacred oxen that plough the field​ across the Royal Palace

Tamarind Season

Tamarind Season

out of rangeNovember–February • food

Winter is harvest time for this delicious Thai fruit

Sapodilla Season

Sapodilla Season

out of rangeSeptember–December • food

Try fresh sapodilla fruits while visiting Thailand

MAYA Music Festival

MAYA Music Festival

out of rangeFebruary 19–20, 2021 • event

No music festival in the world can boast a more stunning stage than a 26-meter high monkey head of MAYA 2016

International Thai Martial Arts Games & Festival

International Thai Martial Arts Games & Festival

unconfirmedmid-March 2021 • event

If you are interested in martial arts, especially Thai martial arts, that are traditional and spectacular, you just can't miss this out!

Custard Apple Season

Custard Apple Season

out of rangeJune–August • food

With hard skin that is easy to break with a squeeze and soft flesh inside, the fruit is a total summer delight

Jujube Season

Jujube Season

out of rangeOctober–February  • food

Pear-shaped and not too big in size, the fruit resembles a yellowish apple with hard skin

Pomelo Season

Pomelo Season

out of rangeAugust–October • food

Thai pomelo is very famous, especially among the ethnic Chinese

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