Thailand in July is a beautiful time of year for many reasons, but one of the most notable is the vibrancy of the country’s landscape. Green season is underway in Thailand, and July is moving right into it with light rain that hydrates the valleys, mountains, and plant life.
July is one of the best times to take a Thailand vacation because many travelers have less work, their kids are out of school, and great travel deals are on the rise. While you may be worried about the rain, rest assured that there are only a couple of hours of rain each day followed by clear blue skies.
There are many Thailand destinations to visit in July, and we’re going to highlight 5 of our favorites for you to add to your travel wish list!
The island of Ko Samui offers an outstanding array of photo-worthy hidden gems to see for those who love to explore. On Lamai Beach are Hin Ta and Hin Yai, Grandpa and Grandma rock, Samui’s renowned fertility shrine. On the same beach is a fascinating cultural attraction known as Wat Khunaram, a temple home to Ko Samui’s mummified monk offering insight into Buddhist and Thai culture.
A long stretch of beachfront overlooking a serene bay offers total tranquility at Silver Beach. Warm turquoise waters feel refreshing against the skin after sunbathing on the soft sand beach. Numerous restaurants line the beach with exquisite views of the beachfront for you to admire while you dine.
If you like to connect with nature and want to get away for a moment, take a short drive up from the main road where you’ll find Na Muang Waterfall 2, an outstanding waterfall with two natural pools overlooking the landscape. The best time to visit is early in the morning for softer light.
For those that prefer wellness, visit the Dipabhavan Meditation Center on the highest mountain in Ko Samui. Attend a Monk Chat and mediation session and find inner peace surrounded by the island’s natural beauty.
If you’re a history buff, head to the Bridge Over the River Kwai, a bridge that the Japanese Imperial Army constructed during the occupation of Thailand. This iron bridge was part of the Death Railway, which transported prisoners during the war. After the Japanese transported the Bridge from Java, the Allied POWs reassembled the Bridge, which is now a popular historic destination.
To experience the more natural side of Kanchanaburi, visit one of Thailand’s most beautiful national parks – Erawan National Park. The park boasts an idyllic scene of magnificent waterfalls surrounded by emerald green forest that comes to life after a short rainfall. After discovering the vibrant flora and fauna around the park, take a dip in the pools while admiring the flowing falls.
Situated between Ko Chang and Ko Kut is a destination perfect for a relaxing holiday with no distractions and little foot traffic. Ko Mak is a hidden gem of Thailand around 20km south of Ko Chang with long deserted beaches, coconut groves, and exquisite marine life. If you want to see every beach on the island, rent a scooter or bike as the island is quite large with many attractions to explore. After the rain passes, the skies open up, and the sun shines brilliantly down on the shores of Ko Mak.
Suan Yai Beach lies in the northwest region of the island with 2 km of soft sand beach. After lying on the warm sand, head up to Thaidaho Vista, where you’ll find panoramic views of the beachy landscape. The “busiest” area of the island is on Ao Kao Beach on the southwestern shore with small resorts and quaint cafes and restaurants. This area is best for the nights you want to go out on the town, but expect a more laid-back scene than areas like Ko Chang.
Rainbows and sunshine follow the rain on the gorgeous island paradise of Ko Phangan off the Gulf coast of Thailand. The island is only 20 minutes from Ko Samui and can be reached by speedboat. After the rain passes is the best time to go snorkeling at one of Thailand’s best diving spots. Wreck diving, day diving, and night diving are offered for you to discover vibrant fish, colorful coral, and extraordinary whale sharks and stingrays.
Aside from the water activities, Ko Phangan also boasts lush hills perfect for trekking and chasing waterfalls. Be prepared to do intensive hiking in Nam Tok Phaeng, a protected national park with a 15-minute climb to Domsila Viewpoint. From there, you can take a longer trail through the jungle and find beautiful waterfalls and exotic animal life.
The sun never stops shining on the island of Ko Tao, a destination known for scuba diving and its vast array of sea turtles that reside on the crystal blue shores. Vibrant marine life thrives in the blue waters that wash along the white sand beaches. Partake in the island’s many diving activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling, and free diving. Nodding palm trees sway in the breeze near the hills that provide shade over the shores. If you love the beach, you’ll want to visit this paradise as it boasts some of Thailand’s most gorgeous beaches.
One of the most famous islands next to Ko Tao is Ko Nangyuan, a small island with three tiny islets and stunning views of the water. Explore shops, bars, and restaurants in Mae Haad Beach, the island’s main town. Finally, you can’t miss the well-known, vibrant Sairee Beach with a long stretch of beach and vibrant nightlife. One of the furthest beaches from Mae Haad is Haad Tien, or Rocky Bay. The bay boasts crystal clear waters and pristine beaches with black-tip reef sharks swimming in the sea. Catch a glimpse of these beautiful creatures while snorkeling.
Plan Your Vacation to Thailand in July!
As life starts to slow down during these summer months, start planning the Thailand getaway you’ve been waiting for. While Thailand in July is a wonderful time to visit, the following months are also great for experiencing the breathtaking sights after the rain passes. The plant life is thriving, the oceans are glistening, and the opportunities for exploration never end! Stay updated on Thailand travel here!