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Low Season in Thailand

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There is a very distinct high season in Thailand from November to February, when prices in the tourism sector skyrocket. Hotel rates triple, airfares, even motorbike rental prices are hiked. It's obviously also the period you'll find crowds.

So what about travel in the low season? Thailand is a year round destination. Even during the rainy season, it's still possible to enjoy warm weather and blue skies. In fact, a spell of rain clears the air and cools things down. The countryside is greener. Many beaches are almost empty. There are even more local fruits coming into season during this time of year. Let's examine the pros and cons...


Low Season Pros

Low Season Cons

Weather

The weather is one of the most attractive things about Thailand for foreigners, particularly for those from colder countries. Thailand is hot all year round, although it can be unbearably hot at times. In fact, the capital Bangkok is officially the hottest city in the World.

It's worth mentioning that there is almost no variation between daytime and night time temperatures, making most evenings sultry and warm.

The hottest part of the year is generally from April to June. The winter months of November to March are the coolest but you can hardly describe them as cool. The north of the country has more of a noticeable cool season however and you might occasionally need a very light jacket. Temperatures in the daytime often soar above 40 degrees centigrade, especially on the rural plains and above 30 degrees centigrade is the norm.

Rainy season is mid to late summer/autumn, when city streets can become flooded. However, the Thais are used to this and it doesn't generally disrupt things too much.

In summary, don't pack your winter coat. . . Do pack your sunglasses.

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