Generally, in a tropical climate, instead of 4 seasons that are present in the continental climate, there are 2 main seasons: the wet and the dry season, and the dry season can be divided into the cool and the hot season.
Notice that that cool season is winter for people who are accustomed to the tropical weather, but for those of us who know what a real winter is like with snow and ice, for us that tropical winter is a perfectly pleasant spring or even early summer! So, the cool season in the tropics is usually the most pleasant time to be in the tropics.
- Weather in city of Chiang Mai
The wet season – starts in June and lasts until the end of October. Although this is the season that is only pleasant for those who love rain, umbrellas and rubber boots, we have to give this season one big credit: during the wet season, greenery is beautifully lush. And this applies in general to the tropics: during the wet season, nature turns magically green.
And while all that greenery is really stunning, it is a bit difficult and impractical in everyday life to move around in the frequent rain, especially if it rains so much that the streets are literally flooded.
As for the air temperature, despite the rain, the average temperature is around 80 degrees F, that is 27 degrees C.
The dry season starts in November and lasts until the end of May, and is divided into the cool and hot season.
The cool season lasts from November to mid-February, and the hot season lasts from mid-February to the end of May. The cool season is the most pleasant season to stay in Chiang Mai. During the day, the temperature is around 82 F, 28 C, and at night it drops to around 50 F, 10 C.
If you go to the mountains around Chiang Mai, then prepare for slightly cooler weather. But in the city, during this cool season, you can comfortably wear summer clothes during the day, while you may need something warmer to wear in the evening. This is also the season when there is almost no rain, so you can enjoy outdoor activities.
The hot season is the hottest period in the north of Thailand, with an average daily temperature of around 90F, 32 C. In April – the hottest month, around 104 F, 40 C can be expected during the day.
Since there is no rain in this period, just like in the cool season from November to mid-February, the leaves fall from the trees and the grass takes on a brownish color.
To make the atmosphere even gloomier in this season, this is also the period when the farmers burn the fields surrounding Chiang Mai, resulting in smokey air in the city. Hot weather, greenery that has turned brown and smokey air make this season – from mid-February to the end of April – ideal for escaping to one of the Thai paradise islands.
Conclusion: the best months to visit Chiang Mai are: November, December, January and the first half of February.
- Weather on the island of Phangan
The wet season – begins in October and lasts until mid-December. This season is the reason why many houses on the island are intelligently built on pillars. Then you can imagine how flooded the island streets are during heavy rains.
The dry season – starts in mid-December and lasts until the end of September, and is divided into the cool and hot season.
The cool season lasts from mid-December to the end of April
The hot season lasts from May to the end of September. This season is also interspersed with short showers.
The air temperature on Phangan is quite constant throughout the year and ranges from 80 to 86 F, 27 to 30 C.
- Conclusion: the best months to stay on Phangan are: January, February, March and April.
I hope you enjoyed this one lesson out of the 22 video lessons in the online course
Winter in Thailand
What will you learn in the online course Winter in Thailand ?
In the 22 video lesson series of this course, you get all the most important information for your Thai trip – from preparation to the final moment of your trip:
- How to use this online course
- About the city of Chiang Mai and the island of Phangan in general
- How to pronounce the names of these places
- What is the weather like in Thailand the year around
- What is the Flower Festival, where and when it takes place
- How to book flights to Thailand
- How to choose accommodation in Chiang Mai
- How to choose accommodation on Phangan
- How to apply for a Thai visa
- How to plan your itinerary, in other words
- What places are a must visit
- What should you pack for your trip
- What are the power outlets like in Thailand
- What kind of restaurants are available
- What is and where is Mueang Mai Market
- Which water is safe to drink
- Which transport means are available
- What is the burning season
- How to plan flights to the island
- How to match a flight with a ferry departure time
- How to board the ferry efficiently
- What to do when you arrive to the paradise island
- And finally – happy travel!
And in addition to these 22 lessons, in the content of the BONUS part you will learn:
- How to consume tropical fruits
- Which tropical fruits exist
- How to make a delicious raw vegan dinner in accommodation without a kitchen
- And you get access to a group for sharing experiences and support
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Marina from Health Glows
Marina is a passionate traveler who has been spending winters in the tropical or Middle East countries since 2013. Over the year, Thailand has become her go-to place that she likes to call "My Asian Home". Marina loves giving tips on traveling the beautiful kingdom of Thailand and she is the creator of the whole website Travel to Thailand Tips where you can find all the information you need for your Thai escape.