When’s the best time to visit Bangkok? In general, Bangkok is a great place to visit year round. When it’s hot, there are always plenty of places to seek air-conditioning to cool down. When it’s rainy and wet outside, there’s always the subway train and sky-train to continue traveling to and from places. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to understand how the weather fairs during your preferred vacation period.
In general, Bangkok’s weather goes under the definition of tropical monsoon climate and has the highest average temperature of any city in the world. The standard temperature in Bangkok is more or less 30 degrees Celsius and rather humid. The dry period runs from November to February. The hottest time is between March and August while the rainy season tends to fall between June and October.
November to February
Contrary to the idea of Thailand being all beaches and sunny, the most popular time travelers come to Bangkok is in fact during this dry period. The temperature during this period has been known to dip as low as 15 degrees Celsius in the early morning and evenings. Be sure to bring a summer jacket just incase you might need it if you plan on traveling during this period. Overall, during the daytime, the temperature continues to be around 30 degrees Celsius.
There are some parts of Bangkok such as Bangna area where it could get rather windy as well due to the lack of skyscrapers and buildings packed tightly together.
June to October
June to October marks the rainy season. Rain showers during this period could come quite unexpectedly and disappear just as fast. Rain storms that rage throughout the night or day are also quite common. If you’re visiting Bangkok during this time, it’s highly recommended to come with shoes or sandals you’re ready to ditch because walking through the rain is a given. A rain coat, umbrella or at least a cap would also come in handy. In convenience stores and supermarkets, you could also easily find disposable rain coats should you prefer to pack light while traveling around the city.
Due to the frequent rain showers, hotels and accommodations with convenient access to the BTS skytrain and MRT subway stations are filled up quite quickly. Book your hotel well in advance to make sure you get a hotel with easy access to the skytrain and still be in the city center. A highly recommendable hotel is Mercure Bangkok Siam; you could check availability directly from their website here. It’s located near many attractions and highlights with access to the BTS station and the skywalk that is directly connected to many large department stores.
March to August
The hottest time in Bangkok is during March to August. The Songkran (water festival) also falls in this period between 13 to 15 April every year. With the humidity, walking round in the heat can be rather uncomfortable. Pack light and breathable clothing if you’re traveling during this period. Nevertheless, Bangkok is very inviting throughout the year regardless of the rain, heat or dryness.