Best Time To Visit Thailand

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It’s no secret that Thailand is home to luxury beaches. It just so happens the two go together like Champagne and caviar. So if the idea of snow-white sands and crystal-clear waters sound like your kind of thing, you won’t be disappointed. In the south of the country, you’ll find other-worldly strips of sand. Take Phuket, for example, which boasts a 40-kilometre-long coastline – meaning you’ll never have to worry about finding a place to unroll the beach towel. And there’s also Mai Khao Beach. You’ll find this sanctuary-like beach nestled on the northern side of the island. It’s home to miles worth of unspoiled sands thanks to its national park credentials. Plus, wildlife lovers will feel right at home here – sea turtles come to lay their eggs between November and February – it’s a really spectacular sight.

But if it’s your first time to Thailand, you might not know when to visit. That’s why we’ve put together an expert guide to help answer your questions. We’ve ticked off all-important information, including when you can expect tropical weather, when you’re likely to be the only beach dweller there, plus four amazing events you may catch a glimpse of while you’re there.


PHUKET’S VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL – 8TH-17TH OCTOBER 2018

Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival is one not to be missed while you’re in Thailand. This meat-free celebration runs for nine days every year, honouring the Buddha’s belief that abstinence from eating meat during the ninth lunar month (aka October) will improve your health and peace of mind. This festival is ideal if you’re a vegan foodie, as you’ll come across tonnes of food stalls selling specially prepared vegetarian and vegan meals, including pad thai, thai curry, green curry, red curry and tom yum.

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LOY KRATHONG FESTIVAL – 4TH NOVEMBER 2018

Loy Krathong is Thailand’s own version of the ‘festival of lights’. This brightly-coloured event takes place around various Buddhist temples in Phuket Town, where locals and holidaymakers all join in together to celebrate. It marks the bringing of good fortune, where wishes for health and happiness are made. Just one of the highlights of this festival is the countless floating lanterns that light up the sky and rivers. You can buy your own krathong – a lotus flower covered ‘boat’ – from one of many stalls that line the streets. They’re usually covered in flowers, candles and incense sticks. Plus, this festival is perfect if you’re a little superstitious – it’s said the floating lanterns will carry any bad luck away…

NEW YEAR’S EVE – 31ST DECEMBER 2018

Thailand is one of the best places in the world to spend New Year’s Eve. There are so many events and venues to pick from, whether you’re after chic rooftop bars, all-night-long beach parties, romantic river cruises or the equivalent of New York’s Times Square – you can bet Thailand has it covered. We think the best place to ring in the New Year is in sun-kissed Phuket. Here, you can celebrate at one of the most popular beach events, which takes place on Paradise Beach. This cove-covered swathe of sand offers a free, fun-filled party where fire eating, dancing and fireworks at midnight are on the agenda. Elsewhere, in Phuket Town, you’ve got music concerts, singing contests, several food stalls and you can release a colourful lantern into the sky for good luck when the clock strikes 12.

SONGKRAN FESTIVAL – 13TH-15TH APRIL 2018

Did you know Songkran is the most celebrated festival in Thailand? It’s also known as the Thai New Year, and it’s usually marked by three days of fun-filled festivities. The main celebration includes a nationwide water fight that symbolises spiritual cleansing. It starts with the innocent sprinkling of water over Buddha statues all over the towns and cities, before turning into a fully-fledged water fight. And because the festival falls in April, when temperatures are at their hottest, it’s the ideal way to cool down in the summer heat. We think the best place to get involved in the action is Phuket. Here, huge strips of sand like Patong Beach are packed with locals and holidaymakers alike, and you can bet they’re all armed with water pistols, garden hoses, and water buckets.

WHEN’S THAILAND’S HOT SEASON?

The best time to visit Thailand is during the hot season. Throughout the months of January and April, you’ll be guaranteed sunshine-filled days, with temperatures reaching up to 34 degrees, so it’s the best place for beach lovers. January is generally the least humid month, while February and March are the driest and sunniest (with the heat still bearable). Plus, during the hot season you’ll have access to amazing World Heritage Sites, like the Similan Islands. As they’re UNESCO protected, the cluster of other-worldly islets are only open to the public between November and April, so it’s the perfect time to visit.

WHEN’S THAILAND’S RAINY SEASON?

Thailand’s rainy season runs from March to October. It’s the least predictable of the three seasons, as some days are continuously warm and sunny as normal, while others will have you running indoors from a sudden shower. Don’t let that put you off, though. When it does rain in Thailand, it’s usually in the late afternoon or evening, and it only lasts for a few hours at a time. Plus, the rain is a great way to keep cool and combat the humidity.

WHEN’S IT QUIETEST IN THAILAND?

Did you know nearly a million British tourists flocked to Thailand last year? It’s not hard to see why, either. With delicious cuisine, spectacular beaches and countless breathtaking sights up its sleeve, the Land of Smiles is one of the most popular destinations for all kinds of travellers. But, if you’re looking to escape the usual touristy crowds, you should visit Thailand between the months of May and September. This is the best time to holiday, as humidity and temperature levels will have dropped – and prices are generally lower, too. Although you won’t be guaranteed full days of sunshine, you can bet that the temperatures can still reach up to a whopping 34 degrees.

Now you know everything about the Land of Smiles, it’s time to book.


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