As Thailand’s green season comes to an end, you may be wondering what weather to expect in the coming months. Since mid-May, Thailand has seen frequent heavy rainfalls that open to sunny skies and cooler temperatures. Although the rain may seem off putting, green season is actually one of the best times to visit the tropical beaches of Thailand. The rain may appear, lasting only 1-2 hours, but shortly welcome bright and sunny skies perfect for a beach day!
In mid-October, green season comes to a close, welcoming the cool season that many refer to as “high season.” From mid-October to February, the weather cools down slightly, there is less humidity, and the rain from the previous season leaves the landscape quite lush for absolutely stunning scenery.
In northern and central Thailand, you’ll find cooler temperatures as these parts of the country are at higher altitudes. In the Gulf of Thailand, in areas such as Ko Samui, you may run into some rain. However, it does not last as long as the rainfall during green season. For those in search of a beach alternative, but are looking to travel during green season, consider Ko Samui as it does not see as much rain as the rest of the country during this time.
In the Gulf of Thailand during cool season, you’ll also experience refreshing winds that keep the temperature nice and cool while creating more than ideal conditions for water sports such as surfing. For calmer sea conditions, southern Thailand’s west coast in areas such as Krabi will have quieter waves perfect for snorkeling or diving!
There are many activities to take advantage of when traveling to Thailand during cool season, as some are weather-dependent. Let’s take a look at destinations to visit and activities to take part in for you to add to your travel wish list!
Sam Phan Bok
One of the most extraordinary destinations in Thailand most enjoyed during cool season is Sam Phan Bok in Ubon Ratchathani. This natural phenomenon is referred to as the ‘Grand Canyon of Thailand’ due to the eroded rapids created under the Mekong River, which turned into more than 3,000 holes across 10 miles.
During green season, the rapids under the Mekong River erode from the swirling water and appear once the season comes to a close. Once green season comes to a close, the rapids appear. Don’t miss this magical environment when visiting Thailand during cool season!
Red Lotus Sea
Another must-see hidden gem to visit during cool season is the Red Lotus Sea in Udon Thani. From December to February, a sea of blooming pink lotus flowers covers the surface of Nong Han Lake, creating one of the earth’s most exquisite natural beauties.
Visitors can hire a boat and float amid the blanket of lotus blooms. Prepare to be mesmerized by the lake’s beauty. Don’t forget your camera for this vista-worthy moment, or you can hire a photographer to take drone shots of you! One of the most popular times to visit the Red Lotus Sea is during Valentine’s Day when lovers flock to admire the romantic scene across the river.
When the seas are calm and the visibility is clear, you’ll want to join in on a scuba diving adventure in Thailand! Although diving is enjoyed year-round in Thailand, beginner divers may prefer calmer waters to get started, and the best time to experience the calm sea is during cool season. Another great water activity to experience in Ko Lanta is snorkeling! There are small reefs with colorful fish swimming about with great visibility. The best time to go snorkeling is at high tide.
Ko Lanta is well-known for its many dive spots, where divers can spot some of the country’s most amazing marine life and colorful reefs. Sea temperatures from February to May will average around 84 degrees. These months are also the best time to catch a glimpse of the manta rays and whale sharks that frequent the waters! During cool season, other marine life you can see are leopard sharks, seahorses, Hawksbill turtles, and Scorpionfish! If you’d like to explore more islands, there are many day trips to different islands around Ko Lanta to discover.
As previously mentioned, after green season, the landscape is abundant with lush vegetation and hilly mountains, perfect for nature-lovers. One peaceful village tucked in the valley with mountains on all sides is Pai, Mae Hong Son. The environment of Pai is kept pristine by the harmony between locals and the love for traditional ways of life in the community.
The weather is perfectly comfortable during cool season to enjoy the outdoors with cooler temperatures and less humidity. While in Pai, you can’t miss the sunrise viewpoint at Yun Lai Viewpoint, located just 15 minutes from the center of the village. At the peak, you’ll be met with panoramic views of the mountainous region. At times, the landscape is blanketed in a sea of clouds that will leave you awe-struck.
Loy Krathong Festival
Besides the lush landscape and clear diving conditions, cool season is also a time of year when one of Thailand’s most enchanting festivals takes place. During November, Loy Krathong is held all over the country. The celebration symbolizes new beginnings for the Thai people, who let go of negativity and start fresh in the new year.
To commemorate, people release krathongs (floating lanterns) into a river, pond, or lake, sending their worries and troubles away with it. The sea of lanterns is a sight to behold and one you won’t want to miss when traveling to Thailand in November. One of the best cities to experience Loy Krathong is in Chiang Mai, where another lantern festival known as Yee Peng is celebrated alongside it.
Start Planning Your Thailand Vacation This Season!
There are many more fun-filled activities and exceptional destinations to experience in Thailand during cool season. Now that green season is over, prepare for cooler temperatures, less humidity, and fewer bouts of rainfall! We can’t wait to welcome you back to Thailand this season. For more information on travel to Thailand, visit here.