When To Go

The 'City of Angels' has three distinct seasons: the hot season runs from March to May or June, followed by the rainy season until November, and the cool season from November until the end of February. With its low humidity, relatively low temperatures and clear skies, the cool season is the best time to visit, though regular days of high 20s and low 30s might leave you wondering just who came up with the term 'cool'. The hot season vivifies the famous Noel Coward verse: 'In Bangkok at twelve o'clock they foam at the mouth and run, But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.' The fresh winds from February to April are a relief, but May is deadly. The monsoon season brings rain almost daily, but it's rare that it will rain all day and it's often limited to a short, refreshing afternoon downpour.

Not surprisingly, Bangkok's peak tourist season is during the cool season, with a secondary peak during July and August. If your main objective is to avoid crowds and to take advantage of discounted rooms and low-season rates, come during April to June and September and October.

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