Whether you’re concerned about the rainy weather or simply looking to save some money on your next trip east, we’ve got ten reasons why you should pack your bags and visit Thailand in low season. You won’t regret it!
When is low season in Thailand?
Lasting from July to October, the ‘low season’ is Thailand takes place where the hot season meets rainy season, resulting in some heavy afternoon monsoons and scorching temperatures of up to 38°C.
Where is the best weather in Thailand during low season?
We spent the month of July in Thailand this year and, despite common perceptions that east is best, we experienced far drier weather in the Andaman Sea (other than Phuket), with particularly beautiful days on Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. On the mainland, Bangkok’s weather is equally unpredictable but known to receive only short bursts of showers rather than longer wet afternoons, like the islands. Even further north, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are often not affected by low season weather at all, but if a storm passes then you’ll be sure to know it in these stunning parts of rural Thailand.
Why visit Thailand during low season?
As promised, here are our five reasons why visiting Thailand in low season is bound to blow your expectations of dreary wet afternoons and ruined day trips out of the water, so to speak.
1. It’s quieter
As expected from the name, ‘low season’ sees far fewer tourists venture to the busiest parts of Thailand. We’ve traveled on half empty ferries, even quieter budget flights and enjoyed tranquil golden beaches with not a (human) soul for miles around.. you’ll still probably encounter some poor soi dogs looking for a cuddle and a snack!
If you prefer to get away from the crowds, then low season is the perfect time for you to visit Thailand… you can enjoy all the tourist favourites, like Ang Thong National Marine Park, the awe-inspiring cliffs of Koh Phi Phi and world-famous Railay Beach, with a fraction of fellow tourists by your side compared to the later months.
Since there are less tourists roaming the streets (and jungles!), you’ve got a better chance of seeing the amazing wildlife Thailand has to offer, including macaque monkeys, monitor lizards and brightly coloured centipedes, to name but a few.
2. There are good deals to be had
Thailand’s economy relies on tourism, so it’s not a surprise that you’re in for a special treat if you pop over when there are less tourists to compete with. Grab yourself a private long tail with a driver or bargain budget flight to Air Asia as unbelievably cheap prices thanks to the perception that ‘low season’ means less tourists are expected to spend their hard-earned baht in Thailand.
We found even restaurants in busier tourist spots like Ao Nang, Krabi, were advertising discounts on their menus for ‘low season’ – another amazing opportunity to grab a bargain as you experience one of the most incredible tourist destinations on earth!
3. The rain is actually pretty epic! (And nowhere near as bad as you think)
As long as you’ve got a waterproof bag (available for around £5 from most tourist shops), you can survive a bit of rain! If it gets too heavy, dive into a little cafe and tuck into some delicious thai food, or just enjoy the epic storms Thailand has to offer and then make the most of a warm shower back at the hotel.
During our month in Thailand, we only got caught in a couple of major storms and, even then, they pass so quickly – the ground is drying up before you know it!
4. Friendly locals
Since the streets are not flooded with tourists, the locals have plenty of time to stop and chat with you. In bars and restaurants, we found they were keen to talk to us about all things from politics to tourism, and it’s really nice to get a chance to make this connection when the opportunity arises.
5. More authentic experience
My fifth and final point is more of a summary of the previous four points. As a result of the lack of seas of other tourists, alongside the mixed weather prospects and cheaper prices, you’re bound to have a much more authentic Thai experience if you travel during low season.
When is your favourite time to visit Thailand? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.