What is the weather in Thailand? Thailand lies just south of the Tropic of Cancer, within the tropical monsoon zone of Southeast Asia, and enjoys a warm mild climate throughout the year.
Roughly divided, there are three seasons: the cool season (Nov.-Feb.), the hot season (Apr-May), and the rainy season (Jun.-Oct.). Average temperatures are about 29° C, ranging in Bangkok from 35° C in April to 17° C in December. The northern region can be a bit cooler during the cool season, so visitors are advised to pack a sweater or light jacket at this time. Closer to the equator, the southern peninsula of Thailand has little seasonal variation in climate.
When is the best time to come?
The best time to travel to Thailand is when the weather is cooler during mid-October to early March. It's OK to visit off-season too as the temperature is generally moderate throughout this period and there are always lots of festivals and activities all-year-round.
What about currencies, exchange?
We recommend you change your currency in Thailand as at this time you will achieve far higher rates, unlike many countries you will find that wherever you change your money you will get the same deal. If you wish to change larger amounts, say over £200.00 sterling then talk to us as we can refer you to a private bank where exchange rates are slightly higher than the traditional banks.
Is Thailand a good place to bring kids?
There are many activities available for children both land and water based, please see the activities page on our website. The evenings for the younger children other than cinemas and ten pin bowling is limited after 7pm. We do offer a baby sitting service.
Are there any special festivals or events I should consider?
There are a number of events throughout Thailand through the year, the major event for Tourists is Songkran held in April please see our website for details, New Year is also spectacular and is a major event in Pattaya it starts early evening and goes on often past breakfast - don't forget your camera.
What credit cards can I use?
Visa and Mastercard are widely used at major hotels and some restaurants, AMEX is not accepted everywhere. Small hotels, restaurants and many shops do not accept credit cards so be prepared. Use your credit/debit card to obtain cash from ATM’s(limit 20,000 baht a day). This is the cheapest way to obtain Thai Baht. ATM/s are located in the main tourist areas, department stores, and outside banks and shops. You can also withdraw cash on your credit cards from local exchange tellers but need to show your passport.