Weather Conditions in Bangkok
Are you planning a trip to Thailand and wondering what is the best time to visit Bangkok? It does after all help to plan your vacations ahead of time – whether you need to pack your beach clothes or if you need to pack a raincoat! If one plans to visit the Land of Smiles, one doesn’t want to be stuck in the hotel while there’s a raging downpour outside.
Here’s an easy and comprehensive guide which will help you decide on a good time to visit Bangkok.
Bangkok has a tropical climate and is expectedly hot throughout the year. During the months of April and May, it can get positively uncomfortable with the heat and humidity, if you’re planning to be in Bangkok. The positive side is that most places are airconditioned, so you can explore the city in comfort. But then, places like temples and outdoor parks are not, which would make it difficult and cumbersome.
The best time to visit Bangkok would be during the months of November and December when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. While most of the world is reeling under a cold winter spell, Bangkok stays cool and fresh during these months. Visiting the many Wats can be simply delightful in this weather. Also, you can shop till you drop and not feel exhausted, as you would during the hot summer months.
Bangkok sees heavy rains in the months of August and September. It can get messy and squelchy, although that doesn’t deter many people who still find their way into the city even during these months. Most often, hotels and travel to Bangkok is much more affordable during these months and people tend to take advantage of this. Truly, there is no bad time to visit this city as there’s something for everyone in every weather condition.
While Bangkok is a shopper’s paradise, things get more interesting during the months of June to August when there’s the Amazing Grand Sale. If shopping is your mantra, then this would indeed be the best time to visit Bangkok. There are discounts that can go as high as 80 percent during this time and you don’t want to miss out on this chance!
Some of the malls that participate in this sale are Siam Paragon, Central World Plaza and MBK to name a few. The icing on the cake is that people who are not residents of Thailand can participate in a draw with some excellent prizes like first class plane tickets, vacations, meals and the chance to participate in other tourist attractions. The Amazing Grand Sale often lasts only till August 15th, so don’t miss your chance to be in bargaining heaven.
One more thing to remember when you’re in Bangkok is that the best time to go shopping would be during the mornings and evenings to avoid the heat and the crowds.
Like most Southeast Asian cities, Bangkok is known for its many colourful festivals that often spill over onto the streets, allowing passers-by to participate. If you’re looking for the best time to visit Bangkok so you can attend some of the vibrant festivals here, then do try and visit during mid-April. This is when Songkran, the Thai new year is celebrated.
The Thai like to do everything larger than life and their new year festival is an expression of this joie de vivre they seem to possess. If you’re out and about in Bangkok during Songkran, then there’s a high chance that you will get soaked. This is a highlight of this festival. People throw water at each other, usually in buckets, because it’s believed to ward off evil. Leave your important belongings like travel documents back at your hotel or remember to put them waterproof covers to avoid them getting wet.
Another good time to visit Bangkok would be during the Chinese New Year. Despite it not being a public holiday, Chinatown is awash in red and people everywhere can be seen participating in colourful parades. The Chinese New Year is based on the Lunar calendar and can fall anytime between late January or early February.
If you love photographing some amazing scenes, then the best time to visit Bangkok would be during Loy Krathong festival which is celebrated every year in November. While the main festival takes place in Chiang Mai, Bangkok is also a good spot to see people light up hundreds of Chinese lanterns and release them into the sky. There are also beautiful lotus floats that the Thai people light up and slide onto different water bodies. It is a mesmerising and memorable sight.
Bangkok tends to be busy with tourists from all over the world, converging there for their dream vacations, throughout the year. While there are often always crowds, global festivals like New Year and Christmas see even more tourist streaming in. If you want to enjoy a trouble-free sightseeing experience, then avoid visiting during these months. Although weather-wise, you will find that the period between November and December is indeed the best time to visit Bangkok.
Bangkok is one of those cities of the world that never sleeps. You can find people here at all times of the day and night, round the year.
If you’re planning a vacation to destress and rejuvenate your mind and body, you will want to leave the crowds behind and have a peaceful moment for yourself. In Bangkok however, it’s not always possible. The popularity and the inherent vibrancy of this place will sweep you along in its flow.
Select your slice of this wonderful destination with one of the many Bangkok tour packages from SOTC. And be off on your dream holiday.