Weather in Thailand in November

Is November a good time to visit Thailand?

In November in Thailand the wind changes direction to north-easterly, bringing an abrupt end to the soaking wet monsoon season, and pushing temperatures and humidity down to more moderate levels. Thai’s regard November as the start of “winter”, which in western visitor’s terms means that the heat is a little more bearable for a holiday in this tropical country.

The driest parts of Thailand in November are the north and central areas.

There is still the chance of some brief, heavy showers in the southern part of the country and the popular holiday islands, but not enough to impede visitors in their enjoyment of the hot, sunny beaches and warm, clear sea.

Climate in Thailand in November

In Bangkok, capital of Thailand, the weather in November is pleasantly dry and hot, with an average temperature of 26°C (78.8°F), and the rainfall just 55mm – perfect for holiday shopping and sightseeing.

On the southern holiday resort islands the hotels are gearing up for high season, as the weather dries out and daytime temperatures hover around the 30°C (86°F) mark. There may still be some late afternoon and evening thundershowers, but these only occur every few days. The Gulf coast is wetter than the Andaman coast in November: Phuket on the Andaman side for example receives 216mm during November, while Koh Samui off of the Gulf Coast has an average rainfall of 490mm.

Northern Thailand is very pleasant for a holiday in November – warm, sunny days and cool nights. Chiang Mai’s average temperatures range between a maximum of 30°C (86°F) and 19°C (66.2°F), with rainfall of only 51mm for the month.

What’s on in Thailand in November

During early November there is a spate of long-boat races and elephant festivals to enjoy on your holiday in Thailand. The most spectacular of these can be seen on the Mun River at the Buriram Long Boat Races; at the Phimai Historical Park; and on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.

At the end of the month Bangkok turns out in force for the Bangkok Marathon, which starts in front of the Royal Grand Palace.

What to pack

You can risk leaving the waterproofs at home when you holiday in Thailand in November, but pack to beat the heat if you are visiting the beaches and islands in the south. A swimsuit, sunscreen, cotton shorts, shirts, and a pair of flip-flops are the basic essentials. If on holiday in the north of the country or Bangkok add a light jacket or pull-over to your suitcase because evenings can feel rather chilly.