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When is the Best Time to Visit Bangkok?

From magnificent temples and luxury hotels to exotic street food and wild nightlife, you won’t find a dull moment to be had in Thailand’s ‘City of Angels.’ In addition to being the capital, it’s also the country’s largest and most vibrant city, with things to see and do throughout the year.

If you want to find out more about the best time to visit Bangkok, read on for our advice on weather, annual events, attractions, and much more.

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The Weather in Bangkok

There are typically three main seasons in Bangkok and the rest of Thailand: the wet/monsoon season, the cool season, and the hot summer season. Each offers something unique for visitors to experience.

Wet Season (July to October)

This is considered monsoon season, but much like the rest of the year, many days are hot and sunny, with highs of 91°F. Expect sudden rain showers, which could mean dashing inside to take cover. But don’t let that put you off, as the rain usually arrives late in the afternoon or evening and only lasts a couple of hours.

Cool Season (November to February)

Bangkok has cooler temperatures at this time of year, with highs of 89°F and lows of 71°F. Less rain also makes the atmosphere less humid. As a result, this is the best time to visit Bangkok for many travelers interested in sightseeing and outdoor activities.

Hot Season (March to May)

The weather heats up during the hot season, and Bangkok summers get intense with highs of 94-95°F. Consequently, the hot season is a great time to laze by the pool at your hotel, check into a spa resort, or enjoy a cruise on the river.

There’s always something going on in Thailand’s lively capital. These are the iconic annual events worth planning your trip around.

Chinese New Year (February)

Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year transforms the city’s streets with colorful processions, drummers, and dancers. Head to Chinatown around Yaowarat Road and Charoen Krung Road to soak up the atmosphere and watch the rhythmic lion dance.

Songkran (April)

Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year, and Bangkok is one of the best places to celebrate it. Be sure to visit Silom Road, where the nation’s biggest water fight will go down. If you want to witness the antics while staying relatively dry, head up to the BTS skywalk above the street.

Loy Krathong 2022

Due to take place from November 8th to 10th, Loy Krathong (or the Festival of Lights) will light up Bangkok at night with a spectacular lantern display. Prices for a river cruise during the festivities range from 1000 to 4000 baht ($29-118 USD) per person.

Lopburi Monkey Festival 2022

Just a couple of hours outside of the city is Lopburi, and each year this town celebrates its large monkey population with a traditional banquet. Visit the San Phra Kan and Phra Prang Sam Yot shrines to witness the mass feeding of over 3,000 macaque monkeys. This year, the festival is scheduled for November 26th to 27th.

The Best Tourist Attractions in Bangkok (And When to Visit Them)

Bangkok is often a stopover for beach lovers flying in from various parts of the world, but it’s a destination worth exploring further if you have the time. Here are some sights and attractions to add to your itinerary.

The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

Walk around the grounds of this famous palace and Wat Phra Kaew Temple. While many of Bangkok’s temples offer free admission, this site costs 500 baht ($15 USD) per person. However, as the city’s most popular attraction, it’s definitely worth the price tag.

Next Vacay Travel Tip: Avoid holidays such as Christmas, New Year, Chinese New year, and Thai New Year to beat the crowds.

Wat Pho

Located just south of the Grand Palace precinct, Wat Pho is the perfect addition to your palace tour. The temple is home to the giant Reclining Buddha, which is so big (45 meters long) that it can only be appreciated in sections. The entrance fee is affordable at 100 baht ($3 USD).

Next Vacay Travel Tip: Visit in the cool season for pleasant weather, and try to go early in the morning before the tour buses arrive.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak is one of the many floating markets in the capital, and it’s known as the most tourist-friendly. Merchants sail down the river with fresh produce and wares, and you can get the complete experience by hiring a boat (starting from 1500 baht or $44 USD).

Next Vacay Travel Tip: The best time to visit Thailand for floating markets is during the drier months (November to May).

Chao Phraya River

If you’re looking for the best views in the evening, book a cruise down the Chao Phraya. A basic dinner cruise starts from 1,280 baht ($38 USD), but there are luxury options for special or romantic occasions.

Next Vacay Travel Tip: Book your cruise during the driest months to ensure the best weather conditions.

Chatuchak Market

Head to this massive indoor and outdoor market, considered an important landmark in Bangkok. It stretches over 35 acres, and there are over 10,000 stalls selling clothing, accessories, handmade items, home decor, souvenirs, and gifts.

Next Vacay Travel Tip: For fewer crowds, go to the market as soon as it opens in the morning.  

Thai Public Holidays and Occasions

Certain public holidays in Bangkok can mean shop and business closures, as well as busier public transport networks, so be sure to factor this into your travel plans.

The main holidays are Chinese New Year, Thai New Year (Songkran), Christmas, and the western New Year. During these times, temples can get busy, and other attractions may close.

If you don’t mind the crowds, visiting during one of these holidays can be a great way to get into the festive spirit. Experience the street processions in Chinatown for Chinese New Year, big celebrations across the city for Songkran, and fireworks displays for New Year’s Eve. 

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