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Spring in Thailand

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The weather for Thailand in spring is hot, but Songkran, the Thai New Year festival, makes up for scorching temps! Although not as ideal as winter, spring is still a great time of year to visit Thailand before the monsoon season begins in late spring or early summer.

Thailand’s shape is elongated, so there are variances in climate between the north and south. If the southern islands are too hot or rainy, there’s a good chance the north will be enjoying slightly drier, cooler temperatures.

Weather for Thailand in Spring

The weather for Thailand in spring goes something like this: hot, then hot and humid, then eventually hot and wet. Temperatures and humidity climb steadily from around the end of February until April, the hottest month. By the time monsoon rains cool things down in May or June, depending on which part of Thailand, locals and tourists alike are thankful for some respite from the heat!
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Mother Nature doesn’t always play by the rules. The monsoon season should begin around the end of spring in Thailand, but much to the chagrin of rice farmers, the start has been delayed in recent years.
Even during spring, what is considered the “dry” season, pop-up thunderstorms are common. These showers are often of short duration and end up raising humidity more than helping alleviate it.

Spring Weather in Bangkok

Average high temperatures in March, April, and May are typically in the 90s Fahrenheit. The average temperature in April is around 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius). Bangkok’s urban landscape and pollution exasperate the heat and humidity to three-shower-a-day levels.

Bangkok receives plenty of rain in May, but showers slack off slightly in June then climb steadily until September, usually the wettest month.

Haze and Smoke Hit Thailand in Spring

An annual problem, seasonal fires from slash-and-burn agriculture create smoke and haze that lingers in the air. The problem is mainly concentrated around Northern Thailand; Chiang Mai is particularly affected. Despite the government’s efforts to curb the practice, inevitably the fires come back every year around March. By April, particulate levels in the air actually reach dangerous levels in some places. In 2015, the airport in Chiang Mai had to be closed for several days due to poor visibility.
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Travelers with asthma, severe allergies, or other respiratory issues should check haze conditions before traveling to Chiang Mai and Pai during the spring months.

Songkran – the Thai New Year

Songkran, the Thai New Year celebration (April 13 to April 15), is arguably the wettest, wildest New Year festival on earth. It ranks among the largest festivals in Thailand. Love it or hate it, you won’t be dry in public for three days! Songkran is enjoyed by locals just as much -- or more -- than the tourists. You’ll receive a bucket of ice water over the head each time you leave the hotel -- perhaps not such a bad thing given the hot temperatures in April.
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The only way to survive Songkran is to embrace the good-natured fun and join the water fight or stay clear of busy places in Thailand until the festival ends. Only the King of Thailand, monks, and pregnant women are exempt from a soaking, everyone else is fair game.

The epicenter for Songkran is Chiang Mai where the city practically shuts down for three days. You’ll need to book a hotel in advance and plan to simply enjoy the festivities; traffic is gridlocked around the city moat for the entire three days.

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