When Is Best Time to Visit Thailand?
Thailand is in the tropical monsoon climate, likely to Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. From November to February is the prettiest time to explore Thailand with average temperature between 30-37 °C and relatively decreases to 14 °C in the northern part while the southern part varies between 24-30 °C. The hot season falls from March to May, the heat can reach up to 37-39 °C in the central area and varies a bit lower in North and areas at coastline and islands of South. When the rainfall arrives in June to October, the temperature slightly varies from the early of the beginning of the rainy season June, July, August and leave heavy rain from mid of August to mid of October but things look green, cool and less touristy.
Occurring from 13th to 15th in April, Songkran is the main important festival in the country, likely to Myanmar’s Water festival, Pi Mai in Laos and Songkran in Cambodia. The locals, families, relatives and friends take the day off, gather to enjoy the cheers & snacks, make the ritual merit for good fortunes, Buddha image ritual washing as well as welcoming the end of dry season. During Songkran celebration, people happily gather at streets to enjoy the fun and begin the water-pouring battle with water-guns and powder pasting which everyone is friendly invited. Importantly, many local businesses, shops, restaurants and others are closed and main streets are really crowded and hotels are pre-booked up while other tourism businesses generally lack of service staff.
When November arrives, people think of the excitement time of both Yin Peng and Loy Krathong festivals on 19th and 20th November based on Thai lunar calendar which gather hundreds of tourists to celebrate the most interesting and meaningful lantern festivals in Chiang Mai, north of Thailand and along Chao Phraya River. It’s a good time to capture picturesque photographs, fireworks, observe people practice religious events, Buddhist monks in saffron with ritual speeches, a great chance to participate with locals to experience Yi Peng and Loy Krathong at the same time.
What’s the difference between Yi Peng and Loy Krathong?
Yi Peng festival gathers thousands of people to lighten paper lanterns then release them floating into the starry sky and it takes place in Chiang Mai while the crowds at Loy Krathong festival can create their own Krathongs (banana trunks decorated with banana leaves, flowers, candles, incense sticks) or purchase ones from stalls nearby, when the dark arrives, people start to light the candles and burn incenses, and make whishes then let Krathongs floating on the river, lake or moat. Loy Krathong festival is mostly celebrated along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Sukhothai and Chiang Mai. Both festivals are actually served for similar purposes of wishes, to release negative past, bad luck, the darkness of life and in return to receive good fortune, happiness and prosperity as well as making merit after letting lanterns go.
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