Thailand weather & when to go: May

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May weather top tip

Still a very strong all-round month, the better beach weather more likely to be found on the eastern coast, however both sides are still promising plenty of sunshine.

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May Overview

The good weather continues across the country, with temperatures likely to stay at their peak (avg temp: 30-35°C).  Across the north and central regions of Thailand, the chance of rain is on the rise, especially towards the end of the month (avg temp: 29-32°C).

On the beaches of the south, temperatures remain high (avg temp: 30-35°C) however the chance of rain on the west coast increases with the rainy season just around the corner.

Heavy rain would be unusual at this time of year, with short showers more expected, clearing the air and leaving bright blue skies. On the eastern side of the peninsula little, if any, rain is expected throughout the month.

Slash & Burn

During April and May you may witness the effects of 'slash and burn' farming used throughout Asia. New ground is cleared in February and, once dry, any wood and brush not required is burnt. Fires are lit across the country and particularly in rural regions this can create a hazy effect at times.

Where's the
sun and sand?

sun and sand

Hua Hin, Pranburi, Cha Am, Koh Chang, Koh Samui

Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies

Coronation Day

Coronation Day

Marking the crowning of King Bhumibol Adulyadej  as King Rama IX on 5th May 1950.

Bun Bang Fai (Rocket festival)

Bun Bang Fai (Rocket festival)

Usually held during the second week of the month. Expect lots of dancing, singing and rockets being fired into the sky! The rockets are prompts for the rainy season to begin

Visakha Puja

Visakha Puja

(May full moon) the holiest of all Buddhist holidays, celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha, which all occurred on the same day.

See Thailand’s weather in other months