Weather in Thailand in August
Is August a good time to visit Thailand?The wet monsoon season progresses in Thailand in August with the heavens opening most days across the country, causing street floods on occasion in Bangkok. The rain peaks in north and north-east Thailand in August, and will subsequently begin to tail off, but elsewhere the hot, wet weather will persist for another month or two. The wettest part of Thailand in August is Trat Province in the east (especially Koh Chang), which is deluged throughout the month. Rainfall also increases on the southern coasts during August. All in all August is not a good month to visit Thailand.
Climate in Thailand in AugustWith an average temperature of 28°C (82.4°F) and humidity levels averaging 82%, Thailand is muggy and very hot in August, the weather conditions exacerbated by the fact that this is the month with the highest rainfall in many regions.
In Bangkok expect 191mm of rain for the month, with a heavy shower or two every second day. In swamped Koh Chang off of the east coast there will be in excess of 1,000mm of rain in August, while Phuket on the south-west coast experiences an average of more than 300mm. East, south, north, west – there is nowhere to stay dry in Thailand in August.
What’s on in Thailand in AugustAugust is a relatively quiet month in Thailand because it is low season with wet weather. There is, however, a notable regatta run at the resort town of Hua Hin, and in Bangkok lights and decorations adorn the streets around the Grand Palace for the celebration of Queen Sirikit’s birthday, along with some festive events at Sanam Luang park.
What to packA raincoat is too heavy in the heat, but a waterproof of some sort is vital for a visit to Thailand in August when it rains for part of almost every day. An umbrella is unlikely to be enough protection from a heavy tropical rainstorm. Take plenty of light, cool clothing because despite the rain it will be very hot and humid. Bathing suits are definitely necessary, and even though it’s the rainy season take along sunscreen for frequent sunny interludes. It is a good idea to have a waterproof bag for your important documents, camera, mobile phone and other valuables which could be damaged by a deluge of rain.