Weather in Thailand in December
Is December a good time to holiday in Thailand?
Tourist resorts swing into high gear during December in Thailand as hundreds of thousands of holiday visitors arrive to enjoy what is one of the best months of the year weather-wise in the country. There is a wealth of brilliant sunshine, blue skies, very little rain, and temperatures are warm to hot during the day, with pleasant cool evenings. If you don’t mind crowds, especially around the Christmas holiday period, December is the ideal time to holiday in Thailand.
Climate in Thailand in December
Central Thailand and Bangkok enjoys well-nigh perfect holiday weather in December. Average temperatures range between a maximum of 30°C (86°F) and 25°C (77°F), humidity levels average 76% and there is little or no rain during the month – ideal for sightseeing and shopping.
Eastern Thailand – Ko Chang and surrounding islands – also enjoys sunshine and moderate temperatures. Of the southern coasts the east (Andaman) is the best bet for a holiday with only very occasional showers, temperatures hovering around a maximum average of 27°C (80.6°F), while the Gulf Coast is a little wetter with a brief shower every other day.
Northern Thailand is the coolest part of the country in December, with Chang Mai experiencing night-time temperatures as low as 15°C (59°F). Days are sunny and comfortable with little or no rain: just right for a trekking holiday.
What’s on in Thailand in December
Beach parties, park concerts, trade fairs, cultural festivals – it all happens in Thailand in December, when the country pulls out all the stops to entertain the deluge of tourists and take advantage of the clement holiday weather.
Worth watching in Bangkok’s Royal Plaza in the first week of December is the colourful Trooping of the Colour ceremony, held in honour of the King’s birthday. The city is dressed up in lights and decorations for the occasion and a festival is held at Sanam Luang field.
Phuket is the venue in December for Asia’s top yachting event, the King’s Cup Regatta, with international competitors taking part.
What to pack
Break out your best beachwear for a holiday in Thailand in December. You will also need to pack some shorts, t-shirts, light trousers and sun-dresses for sight-seeing and shopping, and if you are going trekking up north take a warm jacket for night-time. Sunscreen and a sun-hat are essentials for a Thailand holiday.