Thailand in November: Weather, Tips & Lush Landscapes
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There is good news and more good news when it comes to touring Thailand in November. While much of Europe and North America is reaching for another sweater during this month, Thailand is basking in some of its best weather conditions for sightseeing of the year. Snorkeling and diving are also hitting their prime and beaches along the country’s west coast welcome the return of sun worshipers. On top of that, there is the Loy Krathong Festival, one of the most important annual celebrations in the southwestern part of the country.
Thailand Weather in November
The first month of Thailand’s dry season, November is also one of the best times to discover the country. Daytime temperatures remain constant throughout Thailand during this month, hovering between 29 and 31°C. Bangkok, the capital city, sees the highs of 32°C, while the lows stay at around 24°C during this month. Plus, humidity levels are among the lowest of the year, making walking tours around busy cities a much more pleasant experience.
For the most part, Thailand does not receive much by way of rainfall in November. There is an exception, though. The east coast of Thailand sees its highest rainfall of the year during this month, with Koh Samui receiving a staggering 467 mm of rain. In November, if you are heading to Thailand for its beaches, stick to those on the west coast instead.
For a seasonal overview, read our article on the best time to visit Thailand.
Weather in Thailand in November - Rainfall and Temperatures
|Avg Daily (°C)||32||33||34||35||34||33||33||33||32||32||31||31|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||21||23||25||26||26||26||26||26||25||25||24||21|
|Avg Daily (°F)||89.6||91.4||93.2||95||93.2||91.4||91.4||91.4||89.6||89.6||87.8||87.8|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||69.8||73.4||77||78.8||78.8||78.8||78.8||78.8||77||77||75.2||69.8|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||10||10||50||110||180||180||180||170||220||190||40||10|
Why Visit Thailand in November
Although most travelers visit Thailand in November to enjoy its pleasant weather, there are a lot more reasons why you should plan your trip to this country for this month. Let us take a look at some of them below.
- Lush landscapes: It may be a cool, dry season in Thailand in November. However, the echoes of monsoon rains that came earlier can still be found throughout the country, in the bright, verdant greens of its forests that offer a multitude of short and long hikes.
- Lesser crowds: Although this month is the beginning of the main tourist season, there are still fewer international visitors to Thailand in November than in the months that follow, making it a good pick for those looking to settle on the beach without worrying about finding a space.
- Snorkeling & diving: The coastal waters off Thailand’s west coast have some of the best visibility of the year, giving you an unparalleled view of life beneath the waves.
- Range of destinations: Besides the beaches along the country’s east coast (and there are plenty of west-coast alternatives anyway), few destinations are off-limits in Thailand in November, meaning you can tick off all those bucket-list attractions during your stay in the country!
- Watersports: Thailand’s waters are calm in November and those looking to try out water sports such as windsurfing and wakeboarding will not be disappointed with what is on offer.
Where to go and what to do
For less footfall and stunning natural beauty, you might want to head for the southern part of the country, and tour in and around Krabi, during your stay in Thailand in November. Still relatively unexplored, this area is home to secluded beaches located inside national parks that spread out across small offshore islands. For a change of pace, add a tour to Bangkok to your itinerary. The Thai capital is an always-exciting destination, combining the relics of former ages such as the Grand Palace and modern conveniences like world-class shopping malls. Head to Chiang Mai in the far north is different again. Set among hills and traditionally inhabited by tribes whose way of life is very different from that of the people living in the south, this region adds to the country’s diversity. If you wish to learn more about the cultures and traditions of the people living in southern Thailand, you might also want to add the Loy Krathong Festival to your itinerary. Celebrated every year in November, this event sees baskets woven out of banana leaves sent down a river carrying the dreams of those who made them. For more information read our article on how many days to spend in Thailand.
November has long been seen as one of the best times to visit Thailand. Despite this, crowd numbers are still down during this month compared with December and January, while the weather is perfect for urban exploration and oceanside lounging. Design your very own tailor-made trip to Thailand by contacting one of our local travel specialists. Else, take a look at our pick of Thailand tours in November for more ideas!