Things to Know When Backpacking Thailand

Backpacking Thailand can be an affordable way to visit a country that is vibrant, visually stunning, and filled with lots of interesting things to see and do. Before you go, however, there are a few things you’ll need to know about the weather there.

Thailand is perhaps best known for its breathtaking beaches (filled with white sand and turquoise waters), its temples and palaces, and its markets. Since you’ll be backpacking and because much of what you’ll be seeing and doing will be outdoors, you’ll want to visit during a time of the year when the weather is nice.

Summer in Thailand is March through May. While summer seems like a good time to visit an area with beautiful beaches, summer in Thailand can be intense and unpleasant for those who are not used to the hot, muggy climate. Temperatures can reach around 35°C, which is over 100°F. This can greatly limit your ability to enjoy outdoor activities.

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Beware visiting during the rainy season, as well! The rainy season, or monsoon season, in Thailand is May through October of each year. Each monsoon season is very unpredictable; it may be marked by daily rainfall in the afternoon or it may be marked by tropical downpours. Either way, to thoroughly enjoy backpacking Thailand, you’ll want to visit during a pleasant time of the year.

November through February is the winter season. This is the most popular time to visit Thailand, as the temperature becomes pleasant and the weather is mostly dry. Average daily temperatures in the winter in Thailand are 26°C (or about 78°F). Some people refer to the winter as the “cool” season, but it’s worth noting that the weather in the southern part of Thailand never really gets cool; it simply becomes cooler and dryer than during the summer and rainy season.