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When is the Best Time to visit BANGKOK in 2023

best time to visit bangkok

If you are visiting Thailand, it’s almost certain that you will start or end your trip to the capital city. So, you may be wondering when the best time to visit Bangkok is.

It’s a vibrant city with plenty to keep you entertained for a few days. Whether you enjoy sightseeing, culture, shopping, dining, or partying, Bangkok has something for you.

Today I’m going to share my thoughts on the best time to travel to Bangkok. I hope this guide will help you experience the best weather and activities during your time in Thailand’s capital city.

When is the Best Time to Visit Bangkok?

average rainfall bangkok by month

Visiting Bangkok between November and March is your best option. This is when the heat and humidity are at their lowest.

However, it’s important to remember that Thailand has a tropical climate, so you could experience high temperatures at any point of the year. 

If you are planning a trip around the country then you should check our travel guide for the best time to visit Thailand.

Check our recommendations for the best places to stay in Bangkok.

Bangkok Weather in January

If you’re looking for somewhere to ring in the New Year, Bangkok is a great option. The average temperature is about 27°C, and there is minimal rainfall in the city.

Expect reasonably high humidity, but I found it to be quite manageable at the start of the year. In January, you will usually experience over nine hours of sunshine in a single day.

Bangkok Weather February

With similar weather to January, February is another good month for visiting the city.

Temperatures will start to rise slightly, to an average daily temperature of just under 29°C. Humidity hovers at about 72% during the month of February. 

Bangkok in March

Temperatures continue to rise still in March, with the mean temperature now increasing to 30°C. Humidity is about the same as in February, and rain is still minimal, with only about three or four rainy days in the month. 

Bangkok Weather April

The hottest month of the year in Bangkok in April, with an average temperature of 31°C. it’s not quite the rainy season yet, but there is an increase in rainy days to an average of six or seven in the month of April.

If you visit this amazing city you shouldn’t miss the best of Bangkok’s night markets.

Bangkok Weather in May

Temperatures in May are only a tiny bit less than in April, so expect another hot month in the city. If you are visiting during this period, ensure you plan plenty of relaxation time by your hotel’s swimming pool.

Rainfall significantly picks up this month, with over half of the days in the month usually experiencing rain in Bangkok in May.

Bangkok in June

Temperatures in June still hover around an average of 30°C, however, the average daily sunshine hours drop to about 6 hours a day.

Rainfall in June is about the same as May, so plan to spend plenty of time sheltering from the rain if you are visiting this month.

Bangkok Weather July

We are fully into the rainy season now in July, with about 18-19 rainy days in the month, and over 17cm of rainfall. The average temperature remains about the same as June, so expect a very warm and sticky month in the city. 

Visiting Bangkok in August

The Bangkok rainy season is in full swing during August, with an increase in rainfall from the last two months. The city can experience up to 20 days of rain, making it a difficult time to visit if you are planning to enjoy the city’s outdoor cultural sites.

Bangkok in September

If you are looking for one of the cheapest times to visit Bangkok, September is a good option as the rainy season in Bangkok continues.

September is the month with the most rainfall, with over 21 days per month usually experiencing downpours. The average temperature is just under 29°C during this month.

Visiting Bangkok in October

Marking the final month of the rainy season, October experiences the second-highest rainfall after September.

Average temperatures remain about the same as the previous month, and it is the last of the cheaper months to visit before the tourists return in November. 

Bangkok in November

Visiting Bangkok in November offers a great experience for travelers. The rainy season is finally over, although the city may still experience up to six rainy days in the month.

The temperature hovers around 28°C. This is the perfect month for enjoying the city’s sights and party scene.

Bangkok in December

The weather in Bangkok in December offers you the perfect tropical escape for Christmas. The average temperature is 27°C and this month experiences the least rainfall of the whole year. Expect over 9 hours of sunshine each day during this month.

Events in Bangkok

songkran festival thailand
Songkran Festival. Source: Image by 丽丹 雷 from Pixabay

While the weather is always the most important consideration for me when planning a trip, I also like to see what unique events are happening during my trip.

Here are a few of the key highlights in the Bangkok cultural calendar. It’s worth checking out if they coincide with your travel dates. These can be some of the best times to visit Bangkok.

  • Chinese New year – January/February – Chinese New Year is a fun event to celebrate in Bangkok. I’d recommend heading over to the city’s Chinatown, where the biggest celebrations take place.
  • Songkran – April – This celebration brings in the Thai New Year, and is a huge water fight throughout cities in the country. Prepare to be soaked in areas such as Khao San Road.
  • Loi Krathong – October/November – This is one of my favorite festivals in Thailand, where you will see locals floating lantern boats on the rivers and waters around the country. 
  • New Year’s Eve – expect to see fantastic fireworks and large party crowds bringing in the New Year in the city.

See also: Top 10 CULTURAL Festivals in Southeast Asia

Of course, whichever month you choose to visit the city in, you’re bound to have an amazing time. If you are planning a Bangkok trip with heavy sightseeing, pace yourself with the high temperatures and humidity.

See also: Bangkok Nightlife

Factor in plenty of breaks and refreshment stops so you don’t get worn out at the start of your trip.

Throughout Bangkok, seasons expect to see the city come to life with different events and festivals. This is what makes me and many others keep coming back here year after year.