Thailand is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Namibians and South African travellers. The shopping is unparalleled, the food is delicious, and the Thai people are some of the friendliest you'll ever meet - Thailand is a holiday not to be missed.
The "Land of Smiles" offers an array of absolutely beautiful beach destinations. Among the many tourist attractions, there are jungle and mountain resorts to visit, as well as glittering royal temples and ancient monasteries to explore. There are street markets and elegant town squares filled with beautiful wares and the nightlife is unparalleled. Did we mention that Thailand holidays are also very affordable?
The best time to visit Thailand is between the months of November and April. During this period, it is generally the warmest and driest time to holiday in Thailand. Thailand’s tropical climate has three main seasons: Hot: March to June, Rainy: July to October Cool: November to February. Average temperatures range from 20°C to 35°C. The monsoon season in the Andaman Sea (West coast/Phuket and surrounds) is from approximately May to October. The monsoon rains are generally short and heavy, clearing quickly and days of constant rain are rare.
Thailand enjoys a hot climate all year round, with three distinct seasons: hot, dry, and wet. These seasons bring about significant variations in rainfall, cloud cover, and wind patterns throughout the year. If you're planning a visit to the Andaman Sea islands like Phuket, Phi Phi, or Koh Lipe, you can expect the wettest months to occur between June and October. On the other hand, the Gulf of Thailand islands, such as Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao, experience their highest rainfall from September to December. The remaining months are generally dry, providing ample sunshine. April stands out as historically the hottest month, while January to April receives the least amount of rain and wind.
Rainfall is typically brief, lasting only about an hour per day, with the majority occurring in the late afternoons and evenings. The post-rain freshness brings a delightful respite from the heat of Thailand. The islands boast vibrant and dense tropical greenery, which becomes even more vivid during the wetter months, enhancing their natural beauty. The waterfalls also become more impressive during this time.