One of the reasons Thailand is such a popular holiday destination is because of it’s inviting tropical climate.

Thailand has three seasons – the hot season from March to May, the rainy season from June to October, and the dry season from November to February.

We are often asked when is the best time to travel to Thailand, and the answer depends on the type of holiday you are planning.

For instance, if you’re interested in seeing the rainforest at it’s most lush and beautiful, you are best to travel to Khao Sok during the rainy season. If jungle trekking is your thing, then the dry season will be more suitable.

Take a look at the summary below to discover which season best suits your travel plans:

Hot Season (March to May)

In Bangkok and some parts of northern Thailand, the weather can be extremely hot during this season.

In the south, however, with cool sea breezes and lush rainforest vegetation to cool things down, you’ll generally find that even in the hot season, the weather in Khao Sok and the southern seaside destinations is much more pleasant.

This season is also relatively dry, so jungle trekking, elephant riding and other outdoor activities are usually available. Wildlife spotting is also usually at it’s best at this time of year.

The jungle can be quite humid at this time of year, so jungle trekkers should drink plenty of water and rest often.

Rainy Season (June to October)

This, in some ways, is the best time to visit Khao Sok & Chieow Laan Lake. The rainforest is at it’s most lush and beautiful and the many waterfalls are at their most magnificent.

The temperature is also at it’s mildest at this time of year. Days are comfortably warm and nights are generally cooler.

This is the best time of year for canoeing and inner tubing in the Klong Sok River and also for relaxing and soaking up the rainforest atmosphere at one of the floating rafthouses on Chieow Laan Lake. Elephant trekking is also available.

Due to the high rain levels, jungle trekking can be a slippery and slow process, and cave exploration may not be an option due to the high water levels in and around the caves.

Dry Season (November to February)

The dry season is also the peak tourist season in Thailand and for good reason. The weather is generally cooler than in the hot season and dryer than in the rainy season.

Jungle trekking, caving and elephant riding are all usually available options. The giant Rafflesia flower also blooms during this time.

Water levels in the Klong Sok River are usually quite low, so inner tubing and canoeing on the river may not be available. Canoeing at Chieow Laan Lake is, however, available all year round.

This is the time of year when all tourist destinations in Thailand are at their busiest, and Khao Sok and Chieow Laan are no exceptions. If you are looking for tranquility and peace in the jungle, consider visiting during the hot or rainy seasons, rather than at this time of year.

If you do decide to visit during the dry season, please ensure you book all transport, accommodation and tours well in advance.