Weather in Thailand in July
Is July a good time to visit Thailand?
Heavy rain turns Thailand muddy with increasing frequency during July, but there are still plenty of sunny interludes and the heat is unrelenting as the monsoon season becomes entrenched. The Andaman coast is particularly wet, but even here there is enough tropical sunshine to catch a tan. This is a good time of year for viewing waterfalls which are in full spate because of the wet weather, or taking on the swollen rivers with white-water rafting. Beware of landslides and flash flooding.
Up north in Chiang Mai the forest grows increasingly lush as rainfall increases, and trekking becomes muddy and difficult.
The west coast of Thailand can experience some rough seas in July.
Ferry services to the islands are reduced as the number of tourists decreases, and some tourist facilities close down for the wet season.
Climate in Thailand in JulyWith an average rainfall for the month of 178mm, and heavy rain showers experienced in most areas on every second day of the month, Thailand is wet, wet, wet during July. Relative humidity levels of an average 83% add to the discomfort, but the rain brings only little relief from the heat – the average temperature remains constant at 28°C (82.4°F).
The Gulf Coast and offshore islands are probably the driest places in Thailand in July. The town of Hua Hin, for example, receives only 100mm of rain for the month, and the island of Koh Samui 123cm – well below the national average.
The month of July marks the beginning of the Buddhist Lent (“Phansa”), when the monks retreat to their temples for the rainy season. This event is celebrated particularly well in the towns of Ubon Ratchathani province, which arrange “candle festivals”. Massive elaborate wax sculptures, described by most as “truly amazing” are paraded through the streets. The best of these parades is held in the city of Isan.
What’s on in Thailand in July
In Phuket there is an annual film festival in July, and in Pattaya a marathon along a pleasant beach route.
There is a public holiday in Thailand on 15th July (Asahna Bucha day).