The weather in Bangkok is often warm and sunny with occasional rain showers that don't last for long. This is because Thailand lies close to the equator, giving it a tropical climate and three seasons instead of Australia's four.
The hot season starts in March and gives way to the rainy season around June. Then, in December, winds from the north cool down the country, making this one of the best times to visit Bangkok.
Here are a couple of weather-related considerations to keep in mind when planning your trip to Bangkok.
Australia's summer months are actually Thailand's cool season. The temperature averages around 25°C, with highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C. The days are mostly sunny with only an occasional rain shower. This is why many consider summer the best time to travel to Bangkok.
Appropriate clothing: A shirt and loose pants or shorts.
Don’t forget: A sarong (use it as a shawl if it gets a bit too chilly for your liking).
While Australia's temperatures cool down in autumn, it gets hotter in Bangkok. From March until the end of May, temperatures average around 31°C with highs of around 35°C. Thai people celebrate their New Year, held on April 13 to 15, with a great water fight that you can't miss.
Appropriate clothing: Lightweight shirts and shorts.
Don’t forget: At least one outfit of conservative clothes (essential for visiting temples, even in the heat).
The rainy season begins around June and brings the Bangkok temperature down to a more pleasant average of 29°C. This is low tourist season, giving you more time to enjoy the city's attractions without having to hustle so much for good photo opportunities.
Appropriate clothing: Lightweight jeans and a jacket to keep the rain off.
Don’t forget: An umbrella that’s strong enough to withstand a heavy downpour.
In September, monsoons roll in, bringing around 220mm of rainfall in Bangkok. There are about 22 wet days during this rainy season, but don't let it stop you from enjoying the wonders of the city. Both shopping centres and museums provide excellent indoor adventures.
Appropriate clothing: A raincoat and sturdy, waterproof footwear.
Don’t forget: A change of dry clothes.