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Best time of year to visit Thailand

Generally, cool season from November to February is considered to be the best time to visit Thailand. This season is the busiest time of the year. Besides great weather in most parts of the country, you can enjoy events like Loi Krathong and Lopburi Monkey Banquet. Even though you'll have to plan your trip well in advance and tolerate tourist crowds, you will relish seasonal fruits while lolling on the heavenly beach.
March to May period with its lower rates is considered shoulder season, usually deadly hot, especially in the north-east with higher humidity levels. Fun seekers should definitely join water battles during the Songkran celebrations in mid-April.
Southwest monsoon affects northern territories and west coast of the Thai peninsula (Phuket and Krabi areas) from May to October, peaking in September. East coast of the Thai peninsula, facing the Gulf of Thailand (places like Koh Samui), experiences the northeast monsoon roughly between September and December. Just for the record, you still can enjoy your diving and kiteboarding during the low season. Besides, May to October is the best time to get good deals in Thailand.

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Watching Baby Gibbons

October • nature

Gibbons were once major population in Thailand, but due to illegal hunting and capturing, the amounts of these cute guys have been falling rapidly

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

October 09–17, 2018 • event

One of the most notorious festivals in Thailand that does not have that much common with vegetarianism

Kayaking on Koh Phangan

May–October • activity

Paradise island with serene beaches and mysterious caves should be explored from water

Kiteboarding

April–October | November–March • activity

Phuket is Thailand's Mecca for kiteboarders with two major seasons

Diving

October–June  • activity

Thailand offers spectacular diving any time throughout the year, but only a limited period is considered the best!

Erawan Falls

July–October • nature

Regarded as most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand, their multiple levels will astonish your imagination

Thai Cosmos Bloom

June–February • nature

The beautiful flowers will melt your heart with their pinkish warm colour

Royal Winter Palace

April–December • activity

Bhubing Palace boasts one of the most beautiful gardens in Asia

Bamboo Rafting (Rainy Season)

July–November • activity

If you enjoy some adrenaline rush, be sure to try out the bamboo rafting during the rainy season!

Sailing During Southwest Monsoon

May–October • activity

Weather in Thailand mostly depends on the influences of monsoons in different regions. Therefore, while sailing is available all year round, the locations are different

Jujube Season

October–February  • food

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

Rains Retreat or Vassa

July 28–October 24, 2018 • event

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

Jackfruit Season

October–May • food

Try one of the largest fruits in the world

Sapodilla Season

September–December • food

Try fresh sapodilla fruits while visiting Thailand

Sakon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival

October 19–24, 2018 • event

Lasting for a few days, the festival signifies the end of the Buddhist Lent. A lot of artists during this time create marvellous wax sculptures

Pomelo Season

August–October • food

Thai pomelo is very famous, especially among the ethnic Chinese

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Songkran

April 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

November 23, 2018 • event

A beautiful festival to make a wish that will come true

Full Moon Party

June 27, 2018 | July 29, 2018 | August 26, 2018 | September 24, 2018 | October 25, 2018 | November 22, 2018 | December 22, 2018 • event

Perhaps the most known and anticipated party in the world takes place every full moon night and draws up to 30 000 people to the island of Koh Phangan

Yasothon Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival

May 11–13, 2018 • event

The fertility rites and ceremonies play a major role in Thai culture. One of the most famous is the Rocket festival

Makha Bucha Day

March 01, 2018 • 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

Wan Ok Phansa

October 24–25, 2018 • event

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

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

February 01–03, 2019 • event

The celebration of the end of the cool season with plentihood of flowers is one of the most colourful event of the year

Bo Sang Umbrella Festival

January 18, 2019 • event

The festival of umbrellas in Bor Sang, not far from Chian Mai, is a highlight of the region and the beauty of the time

Chonburi Buffalo Racing

October 05, 2017 • event

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

Pattaya International Fireworks Festival

November 2018 (TBA) • event

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

Floating Markets

November–May • activity

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

Bamboo Rafting During Dry Season

February–May • activity

A slow pace ride on a bamboo raft may be a nice way to explore stunning nature

Candle Festival in Ubon Ratchathani

July 27–28, 2018 • event

Plenty of religious events are associated with Buddhist Lent. The Candle Festival is one of them, but it is also one of the most spectacular festivals during the year

Rub Bua Festival

October 24, 2018 • event

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

Hungry Ghost Festival

August 25, 2018 • event

The generally Chinese festival Por Tor that is very important to the ethnic Chinese in Thai features plenty of activities and special food

Phi Phi Viewpoint

December–March • nature

Koh Phi Phi's famous viewpoint is a must destination, especially during the clear sunny days that make it a photographer's treasure

Trekking Mount Doi Inthanon

November–February • activity

The route on Mount Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest peak, is one of the most beautiful routes in the world. It is located some 2 565 meters above the sea level

National Elephant Day

March 13 • event

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

Thod Kathin Robes Offering Ceremony

October 25–November 22, 2018 • event

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

Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay

December–March • activity

Discover the unique hidden world while visiting Phang Nga Bay

Visakha Bucha Day

May 18, 2019 • event

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

King’s Cup Muay Thai

December 05 • event

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

Queen’s Cup Muay Thai

August 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

Lopburi Monkey Banquet Festival

November 24, 2018 • 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

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

May 11, 2018 • event

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

Poy Sang Long Festival or Festival of the Crystal Sons

late March–mid-April • event

The festival in northern Thailand celebrates young boys entering the monasteries. Three days of festivities are all about traditions and colour

Big Mountain Music Festival

December 08–09, 2018 • event

Every frequent festival-goer eventually realises many of these events are pretty the same—Thai music festival is a great alternative when you crave for something new

Beach Season

December–May • activity

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

Chinese New Year

February 05, 2019 • event

Chinese community is quite big in Thailand, and the holidays associated with the Chinese New Year are widely celebrated

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

Thailand Grand Sale

mid-June to mid-August • activity

Thai hunting season has officially started!

Oysters Harvest in Phuket

November–April • food

If you fancy oysters, have a taste of them in Phuket province!

Dok Krachiao Bloom Season

June–July • nature

Beautiful lush and pink flowers that bloom during rainy season will amaze your eyes

Mexican Sunflowers Bloom

November–December • nature

Travel from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son to get the amazing view of a golden sea of Mexican sunflowers

King’s Cup Elephant Polo

March 08–11, 2018 • event

Elephant polo may be not an ancient sport, but it surely is very exciting!

International Thai Martial Arts Games & Festival

March 12–22, 2018 • event

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

Mangosteen Season

May–July • food

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

Sailing During Northeast Monsoon

November–December | March–April • event

Weather conditions in Thailand are geographically diveded by two monsoons. Therefore, sailing is available year round, but in different regions.

Longan Season

May–July • food

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

Pattaya Bike Week

February 06–15, 2018 • event

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

Phuket Raceweek

July 18–22, 2018 • event

The yacht racing event that is both huge and international while being cosy and friendly gathering

Red Turtle Sweet for Hungry Ghost

August 25, 2018 • food

The festival of Hungry Ghost aims to feed all the hungry ancestors as a way to show them how strong they are respected. Typical gift and taste of the holiday is a red turtle cake

Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony

February 12–14, 2018 • event

It might sound a bit cheesy to get married underwater with a crowd of other couples, but it may also be a unique experience

Rose Apple Season

May–June  • food

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

Lychee or Litchi Season

April–May  • food

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

Tamarind Season

November–February • food

Winter is the harvest time for this delicious Thai fruit

Boat Cruises

November–May • activity

A great way to explore the old town of Bangkok

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!

River Kwai Bridge Week

late November–early December 2018 (TBA) • event

To commemorate the sad events of World War II, the special ceremonies are organised on the River Kwai

Samui Regatta

May 26–June 02, 2018 • event

The famous Yacht Regatta is hosted by Centara Grand Beach Resort and is famous for good sailing, spectacular environment and most awesome parties!

Custard Apple Season

June–August • food

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

Durian Season

May–June • food

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

Rambutan Season

May–June • food

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