Probably the most common question that a foreigner living in Thailand will hear from people planning to visit the Kingdom is " What is the best time to come to Thailand? "… not an easy question to answer without knowing" why "a person wants to come to Thailand.
There are essentially three seasons in Thailand (although the cold season seems to have disappeared recently), the seasons are: The Hot, The Wet and The Cold. The cold is a rather subjective description however, the plans of emergency blankets are distributed in the northern provinces when it is very cold, it is 10 degrees Celsius … it is 10 degrees Celsius. So what does each season offer.
March to June: the hottest month is April, even geckos stay indoors and most expats look out at lunch time and decide not to eat rather than to melt during the walk that leads to a food stall. The hot season is the beach season. If you like this place, it's time to go to Thailand, guaranteed sun all day, day after day. For Trekkers, you may find that it's a little hot to climb hills unless you're riding an elephant, the sun and dehydration are at the top of the list of things not to neglect. Bangkok turns into a molten pollution tank as the winds die and the smog just hangs around to smother the oxygen. Hotels are at their highest price during the hot season and weekends will see many of the mid-range hotels fully booked.
July to November: The transition from hot to wet is the worst time to be in Thailand, no matter what you like. It's hot, it's wet and the humidity is ruthless. You can not wait to take at least three showers a day … living in the shower for a month might not be a bad plan. If you can imagine living in a sauna for a month, you will get the good image of Thailand at the beginning of the rainy season … unless you are in Bangkok, go to a sauna and direct the gas. exhaust your car to the sauna to get the good idea … hmmm yummy. Fortunately, the sky really opens, the wind blows and things cool off. Rain is virtually guaranteed every day and usually starts in the afternoon, sometimes all night long. Floods are common, as are power outages. So why come to Thailand now … the cost … the hotels are empty, the tourists are away, it's a good time to see Thailand with less tourists than usual and get the best prices, even Thais stay at home on weekends.
From December to February: Thailand freezes, snow falls from the sky and skating is the most popular sport in the nation … well if you watch TV or Thai people running in winter jackets, of boots, gloves and scarves, you might start to think that it's true .. in Bangkok, it can fall to 15 bones at night, and in the north it sometimes dropped to 2 degrees, the South is much lighter and you can escape with a body warmer and a pompom cap. Thailand is full of tourists coming to enjoy the cool weather to see Thailand without getting burned. This is the best time of the year to "see" Thailand, you will enjoy seeing the sights and visiting the cities and the hike will be at its best. Again, prices will be up and hotels relatively full.
So, in summary, the best time to come to Thailand is the one that suits what you want to do. Trekkers and Tanners will have different needs, those looking for bargains will have different needs. Just add that there are sometimes avalanches even in the hottest parts of the year and that even the rainy season can be dry for a week or more ….. but leave your skis at home … there will be no snow .. … guaranteed.