Thailand is a wonderful country to travel at any time of the year, but it does still have some particular climate zones. Generally speaking, the driest months are December to May, ideal for all types of activities in both North and South. We have put together some tips about what to expect according to weather across North, Central and South Thailand to help you plan the best destination to travel in Thailand throughout the year.
Visiting Thailand in August
Although this is rainy season in Thailand, it doesn’t mean that you will not enjoy Thailand. There are plenty of good reasons to visit Thailand during the low season in August. Undoubtedly, tourist attractions are less crowded, special offers and discounts are often available on internal flights and discounts can be obtained on hotel rooms too.
Thailand weather in August
Visiting Thailand in August for any longer than a week and it’s almost certain you will see some rain but do not get too obsessed with the weather. When the rain comes down it can be heavy, but the temperature remains at a high point and you will still be able to see plenty of sunshine. The green season is a great time to get out into the Thai countryside and enjoy the rural beauty of Thailand in provinces such as Mae Hong Son or soak up some of the cultures of the country in locations like Sukhothai and Chiang Mai.
The best Thai island or beach resort to enjoy in August
Statistically speaking, there is less rain on the Gulf Coast of Thailand during August compared to the Andaman Coast of Thailand. This means that islands like Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, and Ko Tao in the Gulf of Thailand will see far less rainfall compared to Phuket and Krabi on the Andaman Coast. Nakhon Si Thammarat and the quieter beach areas of Khanom are another good choices.
Not everybody likes the brashness of Pattaya, but the seaside resort can be a good reason to visit Thailand during August. The weather is reasonably good at this time of the year in Pattaya and there is plenty to do on rainy days. The incredibly beautiful little island of Ko Larn is only a short boat ride away whilst Ko Si Chang to the north is also another good excursion. Proximity to Bangkok also makes day-trips to the Thai capital easy to arrange. Further along the eastern coast, Rayong and Ko Samet offer more attractive beaches as compared to Pattaya, so, are also worth visiting.
August events & festivals
The main event in Thailand in August is the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen on August 12. This day is celebrated as Mother’s Day and, is a public holiday in Thailand too. Wherever you find yourself on August 12, there are likely to be some kind of local celebrations arranged.
Where is best in Thailand in August?
Although some rain should be expected anywhere, both the upper Gulf coast (Hua Hin, Phetburi, Sam Roi Yot) and lower Gulf coast (Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat) are significantly drier in August than the rest of the nation. Expect soggy shoes and leeches if trekking in Northern provinces like Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai. Do remember to carry an umbrella and waterproof shoes if hitting the ruins at Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Phimai and Phanom Rung.
Bangkok and Central Thailand
Bangkok in August sees a bit of a hop in the overall rainfall figures, but elsewhere in Central Thailand, while the rain increases a little, it isn’t too bad. Temperatures remain very warm —almost similar to those of July. Expect to see street flooding in Bangkok in August — especially after torrential downfalls — we’ve waded down waist deep sois in Bangkok in August.
The weather on Ko Chang in August can be normally undesirable. Prepare yourself for rain almost dailyu and not just a light one. Not surprisingly, landslides can be a problem. Trat province (where Ko Chang is situated) is the wettest province in Thailand for the entire year.
August marks the peak of the wet season in Northern Thailand. Surely the wet season has more months left, but this one is the wettest. Normally ,a little over 20 days are rainy in August, mostly along the Burmese border. Chiang Mai and some other urban centres may face some street flooding and, in especially wet years, there may be some more general flooding issues and landslides in deforested of the north — particularly in Phrae, nan and Chiang Rai.
As with northern Thailand, August marks the peak of the wet season in Thailand. From here onward the rains start to roll back and the temperatures continue to decline. The eastern provinces, bordering Laos and the Mekong River, enjoy the most rain this period of year.
The temperatures in Southeast Thailand continue to inch south through August. As with the preceding months, the mainland remains a little drier, but in August the prevailing winds swing to the west and the east coast of the islands can be lovely. The east coast of Ko Tao is really quite attractive. August and September mark a respite from the rain before it ramps back up in October.
Southwest ThailandAs the rains continue to increase, the temperatures start coming down slightly. The northernmost province on the Andaman Coast, Ranong, faces its wettest month of the year , and that is why , it is generally said that Ranong has the highest rainfall, annually, in all of Thailand. In other parts the west coast, the rain is not so interrupting, but this month is yet in the midst of the wet season here, so you ought to expect, and admittedly plan for, wet weather. Look out for good hotel deals online!
As the rains continue to increase, the temperatures start coming down slightly. The northernmost province on the Andaman Coast, Ranong, faces its wettest month of the year, and that is why, it is generally said that Ranong has the highest rainfall, annually, in all of Thailand. In other parts the west coast, the rain is not so interrupting, but this month is yet in the midst of the wet season here, so you ought to expect, and admittedly plan for, wet weather. Look out for good hotel deals online!