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Worst Time to Visit Bangkok & Best Time to Visit

Are you planning to visit Bangkok for the first time and trying to figure out what the worst time to visit Bangkok is and the best time is? You’ve come to the right place!

The worst time to visit Bangkok is from June through October, when the city experiences its rainy/monsoon season. Some years, the rainy season starts as early as mid-June.

Also, depending on your tolerance to heat, April and May may be bad times to visit Bangkok; these two months are the hottest times of the year in the city. With temperatures around 37°C (97°F), the city is very humid/muggy during these months.

The best time to visit Bangkok is from November through March when the weather is dry, and humidity levels are lower than in other months.

Below, I’ve shared the worst time to visit Bangkok by month and the best time to visit by month. Don’t think twice if you’re debating visiting Bangkok during your trip to Thailand. It’s a must-visit!

One of the best things about Bangkok compared to other popular destinations in Thailand is that there are many things to do, no matter the weather that day. Floating markets, massive malls to explore, daytime markets to eat at, neighborhoods to explore, and more!

a pond amongst many tropical trees at Lumphini Park in Bangkok, known as Bangkok's largest city park

Worst Time to Visit Bangkok by Month

June — Hot & Some Rainfall

In June, Bangkok experiences the beginning stages of its rainy season, with constant high humidity for most of the month.

The average low temperature is around 26°C (79°F), while the average high temperature can reach up to 35°C (95°F).

If you choose to visit in June, try to visit during the first half of the month to increase your chances of less rainfall. It’s advisable to carry an umbrella and dress in light, breathable clothing in June.

July — Moderate Rainfall

As the rainy season continues into July, Bangkok experiences frequent rain showers and occasional thunderstorms.

Average low temperatures in July are around 26°C (79°F), with highs reaching approximately 32°C (90°F).

It’s advised to be prepared for sudden heavy downpours. Also, humidity levels are increased in July.

August — Rain Increases

In August, Bangkok remains in its rainy season with forecasts similar to those in July, with occasional showers and high humidity.

The average low temperature is around 26°C (79°F), while the average high temperature can reach up to 33°C (91°F).

You can expect an increase in rainfall during August compared to July, and humidity also slightly increases.

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September — Rainiest Month

Don’t visit Bangkok in September if you want to spend lots of time outdoors. In September, Bangkok experiences its peak month of the monsoon/rainy season.

For July, the average low temperature is around 26°C (79°F), while the average high temperature can reach up to 32°C (90°F).

However, if you visit during this rainy month, remember there’s so much to do indoors in Bangkok. Malls, Muay Thai boxing fights, indoor markets, excellent restaurants, and more.

And rain consistently for the full day is only likely some days, so you should be able to go out at some point without rainfall.

October — Ending of Rainy Season

October is a transitional month in Bangkok weather-wise; the city begins to experience a gradual decrease in rainfall, signaling the end of the rainy season.

The average low temperatures hover around 25°C (77°F), while the average high temperature reaches about 31°C (88°F).

Unfortunately, Humidity levels remain relatively high in the city, but overall, the weather is more pleasant with fewer showers.

If you choose to visit in October, try to visit during the second half of the month to increase your chances of less rainfall!

a tuktuk parked on the side of the road in Bangkok as rain is pouring down

Best Time to Visit Bangkok by Month

November — Sunny & Little Rain

November is a great time to visit Bangkok as it enters its dry season, with temperatures ideal for exploring the city. Humidity levels are also low this month.

The average low temperature drops to around 23°C (73°F), while the average high temperature reaches about 31°C (88°F).

In November, the weather is generally sunny with minimal rainfall. In the later evening hours, you may need a light sweater. Loy Krathong is a famous festival in November, a Thai festival, and a great visitor experience!

December — Dry & Cool

Bangkok enters its coolest month, though depending on where you’re visiting from, you may still think these temperatures are rather warm.

The average temperature in December dips to around 20°C (68°F), while the average high temperature reaches about 31°C (88°F).

December is a great month to visit Bangkok; the weather remains mostly dry and sunny, making it an ideal time to explore the city’s many attractions. Wearing a light sweater in the late evening is a good idea.

January — Dry & Sunny

In January, Bangkok remains in its cool season, with pleasant temperatures for exploring the city for all it offers.

The average low temperature hovers around 22°C (72°F), while the average high temperature reaches about 31°C (88°F).

The weather remains dry and sunny in January, making for a great time to explore Bangkok. Early morning and late evenings are slightly cool, but middays are still warm.

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street vendors and tourist dining on street eats amongst many bright lights in the vibrant Chinatown in Bangkok

February — Still Dry & Sunny

February is another excellent month to visit Thailand. The weather in Bangkok has begun to transition, and it’s slightly hotter than the previous two months, but it’s ideal!

The average low temperature is around 24°C (75°F), while the average high temperature reaches about 33°C (91°F). The weather remains mostly sunny with low chances of rain.

Despite rising temperatures in February, humidity levels in Bangkok remain low. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and seek shade when needed on the hotter days.

March — Hot & Slightly Humid

Temperatures in March heat up relatively compared to February, and Bangkok’s dry season is in full swing.

The average low temperature is around 26°C (75°F), while the average high temperature can soar up to 35°C (95°F). But with humidity, it’ll feel hotter most days.

March is an ideal time to visit Bangkok, and you can expect consistent dry weather with little to no rainfall this month. It is a perfect time to experience Bangko’s many attractions, areas, and tours.

Are you thinking of visiting Phuket after Bangkok? Refer to this Bangkok to Phuket guide.

famous roundabout location by theWat Traimit Withayaram Worawihan temple in China Town, Bangkok

April — Hot & Humid

In April, Bangkok experiences its peak of the dry season, and it’s the hottest month of the year.

The average low temperature is around 26°C (79°F), which is not too low at all, while the average high temperature can reach a scorching 36°C (97°F) or higher because of the high humidity levels.

Daily, the weather remains hot and sunny, with minimal chances of rainfall. For those who can’t bear the heat, beware: visiting Bangkok in April is not advised if you struggle.

If you visit in April, it’s crucial to stay hydrated during your visit. But don’t worry; Bangkok offers many indoor activities, and doing things in the evening hours is recommended.

Songkran Festival happens during April 13 – 15, Thailand’s most famous yearly festival, where locals/tourists spray one another with water. Many tourists visit during this time to experience the festival; it’s definitely one way to cool off!

TIP: If you’re uncomfortable being sprayed or soaked in water by strangers, DON’T visit Bangkok during Songkran, which is April 13-15th in Thailand.

May — Cloud/Rainy & Humid

In May, Bangkok continues to experience hot and sweltering weather, unbearable to some. Both April and May are the two standout hottest months in Bangkok.

Low temperatures hover around 26°C (79°F), while high temperatures can soar up to 35°C (95°F) or higher. Humidity levels are also quite high in May.

While the weather remains mostly sunny, with limited rainfall, it can be an unfavorable time to visit due to the city’s muggy atmosphere as weather patterns transition into June.

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High Season in Bangkok

The time in which Bangkok sees its most visitors is from November through February, known as Bangkok’s high season travel time.

During these months, the weather is ideal for exploring the city for all it offers without worrying about constant rainfall or unbearing humidity levels.

Around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Bangkok sees plenty of tourists visiting from worldwide looking to celebrate in the big city.

If you’re looking to visit Bangkok during the high season but also looking to find deals on flights/hotels, you’re best to visit at the start of November before it gets even busier or near the end of February when the city begins to see a slight decline in tourists.

Remember, no matter when you choose to visit, Bangkok is a well-developed city with plenty to do and experience indoors!

Beware of the many scams in Bangkok; they’re even more prevalent during the high season in Bangkok. Refer to this list of scams; the same ones happen in Bangkok!

several locals and tourists walking amongst the many food stalls at Jodd Fairs, a popular night market in Bangkok, Thailand

Shoulder Season in Bangkok

Suppose you want to visit Bangkok when the weather is still fairly favorable for experiencing the city and more affordable than during the high season. In that case, you must visit during shoulder season!

Bangkok’s shoulder season is from March through June. During shoulder season, you can expect fewer tourists in the city.

However, from April 13- 15, it gets rather busy due to the Songkran Festival in the city!

The prices for flights and hotels to Bangkok during the shoulder season months are excellent. Both airlines and hotel chains offer deals to entice travelers to visit during shoulder season before travel to Bangkok decreases in the off-season.

The weather during the shoulder season is still fairly decent, especially compared to the rainy season, but if you choose to visit during this time, prepare yourself for the heat.

On the positive side, when you need a break from the heat, you can take a break at one of Bangkok’s many malls in the city center.

greenery with buildings in the distance at Bencharsiri Park in Bangkok, Thailand

Off Season in Bangkok

Visiting Bangkok during the off season isn’t the worst idea, but it’s not the best either. Ultimately, it depends on when you choose to visit during the off-season.

As mentioned before, weather trends are different monthly during the off season in Bangkok, and some are worse than others.

If you visit during late October, the chances of rainfall are the lowest during the off-season in Bangkok. After mid-November, Bangkok’s rainy season is in full swing.

During this time, Bangkok sees its fewest tourists due to the unfavorable weather conditions. This also means it’s the cheapest time to visit Bangkok. Hotels offer various deals to entice tourists to visit during the off season months!

August and September are two standout months in Bangkok when significant rainfall and thunderstorms occur. At times during these months, some streets in the city even flood, and the water in the streets can become ankle-deep, which is not the most pleasant thing!

a tuktuk driving along the streets in Bangkok on a day when it's pouring rain in the off season

Where to Stay in Bangkok

Sukhumvit: Known as Bangkok’s most vibrant and bustling area, staying there will mean you’re in the city’s heart, nearby by numerous hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, and nightclubs/rooftops. It’s an excellent area for first-time visitors!

Skyview Bangkok – 5 Star / Skyview Hotel offers luxurious accommodations, stunning views of the city skyline, excellent amenities, and convenient access to attractions/transportation

Aira Bangkok – 4 Star / Set in the heart of the city, Aira offers a comfortable modern stay and is near countless restaurants/shopping

Ibis Bangkok – 3 Star / An excellent choice that’s affordable yet comfortable in the city center, with comfortable rooms and convenient amenities

Silom: Serving as Bangkok’s financial hub with its towering skyscrapers, Silom is an excellent area to stay in the city; it’s home to the best rooftop bars in the city, night markets, and plenty of shopping opportunities.

Amara Bangkok – 4 Star / Set in a prime location, the Amara offers beautiful spacious rooms with top-notch facilities for guests

Beanstalk Hotel – 3 Star / An aesthetic, trendy, and eco-friendly boutique hotel offering stylish rooms at great prices with a nice rooftop garden for guests to enjoy

two cocktails being served on a popular rooftop bar in Bangkok, Thailand

Khao San Road: Famous amongst backpackers, Khao San Road is full of budget-friendly guesthouses and street food/vendor stalls during the day. At night, it becomes a nightlife haven for those who enjoy bar hopping. The main road is infamous and considered a tourist attraction in itself.

Bed Station Hostel: Offering a vibrant atmosphere in the co-living space with roomy rooms, and only a 4 minutes walk from the main Khao San Road

Once Again Hostel: A very well-kept hostel with modern finishes, they host a social hour daily for guests to meet one another as well as a fun rooftop with daily activities

Thonburi: is a historic and charming district in Bangkok, located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The area offers a glimpse into the city’s cultural heritage with its traditional atmosphere. It’s a great area for families, and it’s quieter and less touristy than other areas in Bangkok.

Avani Riverside Hotel – 5 Star / Sitting riverside; this luxurious oasis offers some of the best city views, modern amenities, and top-notch service

Bangkok Loft Inn – 3 Star / A stylish boutique hotel offering loft-style accommodation, with a nice rooftop pool and the hostel is also near many restaurants and attractions

a vibrant sunset setting in amongst a skyscraper in Bangkok, Thailand

Things to Do in Bangkok

Railway/Floating Market Tour: There are many unique traditional markets in Bangkok, but these two stand out above all markets due to their unique locations and are a must-visit!

Canal Sightseeing Tour: The famous Bangkok canal goes all around the city, and what better way to see the city than getting on a traditional Thai longtail boat and seeing it from the canal?

Bangkok Temple Tour: Bangkok is home to some of the most beautiful temples in the country; visiting at least two of them is a must when in the city. This tour takes you to the three best temples in the city!

Private Bangkok Tour: Bangkok is a large city with too much to experience, and if you’d like to experience the most, the best way is to attend a private guided full-day tour of the city

Foodie Tour: The food selection in Bangkok’s night markets can get overwhelming; on this foodie tour, a local guide will share everything you need to know and guide you!

Pearl Dinner Cruise: This famous cruise is one of the top things to do in Bangkok at night. Enjoy dinner on this slow cruise around the city as you enjoy Bangkok’s many sights!

Visit Pattaya: If you’re visiting Bangkok for a short stay but looking to visit a beach city, Pattaya is your best option; it’s only around a 2-hour bus ride from Bangkok!

What are the rainiest months in Bangkok?

August and September are the rainiest months in Bangkok amid the monsoon/rainy season.

It’s best to avoid visiting Bangkok during this time as the rain in the city can be overbearing. Some streets in the city flood, and the rainfall can get ankle-deep!

What is the best month to go to Bangkok?

Both January and February are the best months to visit Bangkok.

During this time, the weather is ideal in Bangkok; it’s warm but not overbearingly humid, and rainfall chances are minimal.

What is the coldest month in Bangkok?

December is the coolest month in Bangkok. Temperatures come as low as 20°C (68°F) during the evenings and nights, with average daily temperatures around 29°C (84°F).

What is off season in Bangkok?

The off season is when Bangkok experiences its rainy season, known by locals as the monsoon season.

From around mid-June through mid-October is the off-season in Bangkok.

During this time, the city experiences heavy rainfall, occasional thunderstorms, and few sunny days.

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