Chiang Mai is Thailand’s most popular tourist destination, providing visitors a variety of thrilling activities. One of the most important items to consider while visiting Chiang Mai is determining the ideal travel time.
Chiang Mai has the greatest weather from November to February, with cool, comfortable temps. It is the height of the tourist season.
Northern Thailand’s weather, especially Chiang Mai, does not follow the usual seasons of spring, autumn, summer, and winter. There are three distinct seasons in the region: the cool season, hot season, and rainy season. Due to its geographical location, Chiang Mai is much cooler than Bangkok.
You can always visit during the weekend and park your car in the car park near Chiang Mai Airport (รับ ฝาก รถ ใกล้ สนาม บิน เชียงใหม่, term in Thai) which is managed by PD Car Parking and the facility is available on a 24X7 basis.
Weather that you will get in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai’s weather is milder than that of southern and central Thailand, because of the more mountainous inland geography of Northern Thailand. However, the same 2 opposing monsoon winds, which can influence the rest of Thailand also pass through Chiang Mai. These winds change throughout the year, resulting in 3 distinct seasons (that include the sunny inter-monsoon period):
- Rainy season: From June to October, hot, wet southwest monsoon winds blow across the Indian Ocean that can bring in the water-saturated ocean air, resulting in torrential rainfall.
- Cool, dry season: From November through February, a cool, dry north-eastern monsoon flows southward from Siberia, providing dry but cool weather.
- Hot, humid season: From March to May, there is a transitional phase with hot but dry weather
The sights that you see (also the price that you pay to view them) during your vacation to Chiang Mai are determined by these three seasons. Chiang Mai enjoys superb weather during the peak tourist season during the “winter” months, which is accompanied by a high tourist volume and high pricing. During the rainy season, prices are lower, but not all kinds of attractions are open owing to the weather.
Best time for visiting Chiang Mai City
Don’t be put off by the hordes that descend between the months of November and February. Usually, the cooler months are hands down, the ideal time to walk about Chiang Mai Old City. The temperature is roughly 77°F (25°C) during the day and 55°F (13°C) at night at this time of year. Upland temperatures can drop as low as 37°F. (3°C). Walking around feels genuinely pleasant because ofthe low humidity and chilly breezes.
It is a good idea to have all-weather gear, especially if you plan on renting a motorcycle or going on any mountain excursion. However, don’t forget your summer attire, as temperatures can reach 30°C (86°F) during the day.
If you enjoy shooting photos, bring your camera; now is the greatest time to capture breath-taking images of Chiang Mai. If you are heading to a tourist attraction, it is best to go early in the morning because it will be less congested.