Spending the Summer in Thailand: Why It’s a Great Time To Visit

Imagine a Thailand less traveled, where lush landscapes and serene moments await – welcome to Thailand’s green season! Far from being a deterrent, the rainy months reveal a side of Thailand that’s truly magical. This is when nature is at its peak, offering vibrant scenes and authentic experiences without the crowds of tourists some parts of Thailand have become known for. And if those weren’t enough reasons, it’s also cheaper!

Let’s dive into why the green season is an excellent option for a summer escape.

Understanding the weather

The rainy season in Thailand typically spans from May to October, with the wettest months running from August to October. However, the timing and intensity of the rainy season can vary significantly across different regions of the country. For instance, the Gulf Coast of the southern peninsula, including areas like Ko Samui, experiences heavy rainfall later in the year, sometimes extending into early December. On the other hand, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and Koh Phangan typically enjoy sunny weather even during the rainy season, with occasional storms lasting no more than a couple of hours.

In the north of Thailand, in regions like Chiang Mai, the weather patterns during the rainy season are slightly different. The north also experiences its rainy season from May to October, similar to the rest of Thailand, but the amount and frequency of rainfall can vary within this period. The rain in the north is often less intense compared to the southern regions and is usually characterized by shorter, sporadic downpours.

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Planning tip

Overall, these weather patterns allow for outdoor activities and sightseeing in the mornings, with afternoons best spent at leisure to make the most of hotel facilities or indoor activities like cooking classes or museum visits.


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Our favorite areas to visit during the rainy season

Northern Thailand

Northern Thailand, with its cool and fresh air during the green season, is a realm of highlands and cultural diversity. The landscape is dotted with dense forests and rice terraces, where hill tribes like the Akha, Karen, and Hmong have settled down. Chiang Mai is the main gateway to this part of Thailand. From here, your guests can explore the region, the city, and its many temples, historical sites, and markets.

Special mention: The Mae Hong Son Loop

Several regions shine during the Green Season, but none like the Mae Hong Son Loop. This 600-kilometer journey, starting and ending in the Rose of the North, runs through stunning landscapes around Chiang Mai, Pai, and Mae Hong Son provinces.

The route features well-maintained highways and mountain roads, offering scenic views and a thrilling experience overall. Key attractions along the loop include Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest point in Thailand, the quaint town of Mae Sariang, a serene riverside retreat, and the lively town of Pai and its waterfalls. Mae Hong Son, the loop’s sake, is a culturally diverse town with unique Burmese-style temples like Wat Chong Kham.

As rain transforms this loop, it evolves into a mesmerizing journey through the natural and cultural wonders of Northern Thailand.

Northeastern Thailand (Isan)

Isan, a region of sprawling rice fields and rich history, is Thailand’s rural heartland. The geography blends flatlands with small mountain ranges, highlighted by the Mekong River. The green season here is vibrant, making its rice paddies and forests lush and lively. It is famous for its spicy cuisine, ancient Khmer ruins, and vibrant local festivals, providing a unique glimpse into Thailand’s cultural life.

The Gulf Islands

Semi-Private Discovery of Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan’s Beauty ©transislandtravel

The Gulf Islands – particularly Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao – are a tropical paradise during the green season. Known for their stunning beaches and clear waters, each island has its own charm: Koh Samui has luxury resorts, Koh Phangan has secluded coves, and Koh Tao has renowned dive sites. This time of year offers a peaceful atmosphere, with lush greenery enhancing the islands’ natural beauty.



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What you need to know about planning a trip during the Rainy Season

“The Green Season requires a little flexibility when it comes to planning, but by no means is it much of a hindrance. The positives far outweigh the negatives, and so long as you remember that most of the rain comes in the afternoon, it’s easy to plan your day around it. What’s important is finding the right balance between outdoor and indoor activities. Our Self-Guided tours can be a great option too will give your guests the autonomy to choose when and where to explore.”

– Bram Van Den Bossche

Our Recommended Experiences

Here are some of our favorite experiences that showcase Thailand’s beauty and serenity during this time of year.

Northern Thailand and its surrounding

Pai – A Visit to Paem Bok Community and Bamboo Bridge

Explore Paem Bok’s iconic bamboo bridge and neighboring community. Gain unique insights into history, Shan culture, and local livelihoods. This immersive experience offers a holistic understanding of the region’s cultural tapestry.

  • This community-based experience is suitable for a wide range of profiles.

Discover a Remote Karen Village in the Mountains of Mae Hong Son

Discover Karen village hidden in the mountains of Mae Hong Son. Engage with the ethnic culture, take a leisurely hike, and partake in traditional crafts and local cuisine. This off-the-beaten-path experience fosters meaningful interactions with friendly locals.

  • This is a great interactive experience for people who love nature and culture.

Chiang Mai – An Intimate Meal Experience at an Organic Farm

Escape Chiang Mai’s hustle to enjoy the charm of a peaceful organic farm. Surrounded by lush green rice fields during the rainy season, this hidden gem offers a serene retreat. Hosts provide warm hospitality, sharing stories as you explore and learn about life in the countryside around Chiang Mai.

  • This activity creates a fun family experience and an original alternative to a classic cooking class.

Northeast Thailand, or Isaan

Discover Isaan’s Countryside by E-Tak and Taste Local Specialties

Discover the unspoiled beauty of Isaan on an E-tak adventure. Traverse villages, river beds, and plantations to a scenic waterfall spot. Indulge in local specialties prepared on the spot, concluding with an E-tak ride back, offering a peaceful and authentic Thai countryside experience.

  • This is an excellent option for anyone who loves catching a glimpse of local life and trying local food.

Southern Thailand

Discover Koh Samui’s Local Areas by Bicycle

Cycle through Koh Samui’s local communities and untouched green areas. Discover the island’s authentic side, often overlooked amid its beautiful beaches. This excursion offers unique insights into local life, providing a refreshing perspective on “coconut island” beyond the tourist hotspots.

  • This is an excellent addition to a beach stay to make it more active.

Koh Samui – Semi-Private Discovery of Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan’s Beauty

Embark on an early catamaran journey from Koh Samui to the captivating Koh Nang Yuan and Koh Tao. Explore hidden bays and vibrant underwater wonders on a private longtail boat. Indulge in a delicious local lunch while creating lasting memories. A blissful return to Koh Samui awaits.

  • This Easia Signature experience offers a unique and relaxing snorkeling experience.


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What to Pack for the Green Season

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  • Light Rainwear: Stay dry during short showers with lightweight, waterproof gear.
  • Airy Apparel: Comfort is critical in the humid climate, so opt for breathable materials.
  • Waterproof Bags: Essential for keeping your belongings safe during sudden rains.
  • Mosquito Repellent: A must-have for evenings outdoors.
  • Sturdy Footwear: Ideal for exploring Thailand’s diverse terrains.

Thailand’s green season is a hidden gem, offering an unparalleled experience of the country’s natural beauty and culture. The rain is not a hindrance but a part of the charm, bringing life to the landscapes and creating a unique and serene atmosphere. During these months, prepare to be enchanted by the less crowded, more vibrant Thailand.

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