Chiang Mai is one of the top eco cities in Asia that doesn’t makes you feel crammed and confined. End of the year is the best time to go on a holiday which causes large crowds at most tourist destinations. Yet in Chiang Mai, it doesn’t feel that way. Its like you have the space and places to visit without another tourist breathing down your neck.
The northern province of Chiang Mai is defined geographically by numerous mountain ranges that stretch from Myanmar’s Shan Hills to Laos, as well as the deep valleys that cut across them.
Chiang Mai most popular place to visit is Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain and is situated near the town area. Hill tribe trips as well as hiking through the nearby hills and forest are among of the best attractions for tourists.
This post will provide you with all the necessary information that I had experienced on the best months to visit Thailand which will pretty much make your travel plans easier.
Weather Overview Thailand
Chiang Mai climate like most provinces in Thailand is humid, typically of a tropical country. It is pretty much accessible to most areas unless you are planning a trip to the southern islands and beaches.
Though, it has a tropical dry and wet climate like the rest of Thailand, its vast mountainous areas contribute to more marked seasonal temperature change with cooler winters than the rest of the country.
The 3 seasonal categories are HOT, RAINY & DRY.
Hot: March – May. Average temperature 29°C – 38°C largely in Northern Thailand.
Rainy: June – October. Average temperature 26°C – 32°C whereby the rain are quick and short downpours.
Dry: November – February. Average temperature 19°C – 30°C and get even colder at attractions like Doi Ithanon National Park in Chiang Mai.
Best time of year to visit Chiang Mai
The best time to visit Chiang Mai is from May to February. March to April is the season when farmers burn their crops. Most probably, there will be hazy air condition in most parts of Chiang Mai. Not suitable for visitors with breathing issues.
November is best time to visit as the air is cooler and end of rainy season. Doi Ithanon and Sunflower Bloom are the top attractions on this timeline. On the flip side, November to end February is peak season whereby hotel’s prices are higher.
Best time to go Chiang Mai I would suggest…
- On the full moon of the 12th month of the traditional Thai lunar calendar, Loi Krathong (Yi Peng) is held. This occurs in November on the European calendar.
- Songkran is a Thai New Year celebration that takes place in mid-April. Chiang Mai has become one of the most popular destinations for this fun water splashing actvity.
- The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is a three-day celebration that takes place every year during the first weekend in February, when Chiang Mai’s landscape tropical flowers are in full bloom.