Best Time to Visit Chiang Mai.

When should we visit northern Thailand and Chiang Mai is a very FAQ, there are pros & cons for each period of the year but before we go into that, let’s address a pair of common climate misconceptions, namely: Chiang Mai and northern Thailand are cool (temperature-wise) and The rainy season is a no-no.

the winter months of November, December & January are usually nice and cool up here, but the hot season months of March, April and May can be really hot! (City temperatures able get down to 10 degrees Celsius in winter and well into the 40s in April.)

During the rainy season, from May to September, it doesn’t rain every day and is unlikely to rain all day either. You able get short, sharp, refreshing showers with sunny intervals in between, and often you can have fine days with rainy nights, therefore, it’s not necessarily a big problem.

In fact, the rainy season is one of our favorite times of year in northern Thailand. Showers keep the temperatures down, the countryside is green and lush, the birds and wildlife more active, & there are far fewer people around.

While the cool winters are a pleasant time to visit, its peak season so it is much more crowded and costs go up. Note that in mountainous areas, the temperatures in December and January able plunge to as low as zero. Be prepared!

The dry, hot season able be pretty uncomfortable but then that’s when a lot of flowers bloom & you’ll have the place lovely much to yourself. You can tailor your activities to early morning & late afternoon & hole up by the pool in the middle of the day. The main disadvantage of the dry season is the smoke and dust haze, which able get very bad in certain years.