April is one of the hottest months in Thailand, with temperatures soaring above 30°C. The scorching heat is a menace, and it can get quite sultry. It is advisable to stay indoors and explore the places after sunset when it is relatively cooler. Tourists are often attracted to the islands and coastal regions due to the clear skies during April.
If you are lucky, occasional showers can cool down the temperature, but they are rare and come in the form of thunderstorms. It is recommended that people prone to heat strokes and sunburns avoid Thailand during the month of April.
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Places to Visit in Thailand in April
The capital of Thailand, Bangkok is the perfect blend of cultural diversity and modernity. With a fast-paced city life with exhilarating nightlife, this city attracts tourists from all around the world. This is the most developed city of Thailand and all major attractions and destinations are air-conditioned thus nullifying the April heat. Pattaya lies just 3hrs away which offers a great beach getaway. Wat Phra Kaew – the shrine of the reclining Buddha, the Temple of Wat Arun, Grand Palace and Ocean World are attractive tourist spots. The travellers can also explore the local and night markets for their shopping endeavours.
Phuket is a wonderful tropical paradise in itself. With long sandy beaches and a variety of attractions present in the city, it offers a wonderful experience to all the tourists. The city is the largest island in the country and hosts a variety of water sports for the recreation of tourists and locals alike. A large number of islands lie in close vicinity adding to the list of activities to do. The beach offers a quick escape from the scorching heat in April, and the weather is very cool and comfortable after sunset. Phuket FantaSea cultural theme park is a must-visit as well (provided that the weather is comfortable enough).
One of the most popular beach destinations in the world, Krabi is a tropical paradise in every sense with its luxurious resorts, sandy beaches and diverse vegetation. It can be chosen for the perfect getaway from the intense heat of April with the sea breeze moderating the hot weather.The Mu Ko Lanta and Than Bok Khorani national parks provide a glimpse of the biodiversity present. Khao Yai and Ao Luek Tai waterfalls offer a cool relaxing bath. The Krabi Tiger Cave temple is another wonderful attraction to explore.
4. Koh Phi Phi
Home to the famous Tonsai Beach, this island is a collection of 4 smaller islands that together make the Koh Phi Phi. With beautiful beaches, vibrant and stunning wildlife, and a collection of shops, bars and restaurants, this island is a must-visit tropical paradise. The waters around the island are home to exotic marine life and provide a wonderful diving and snorkelling experience.
5. Chiang MaiThis is the largest city in northern Thailand and is set on hilly terrain, thus ideal for providing a much-needed break from the heat in April. The city has a lot of historical significance and is perfect for people interested in historical artefacts and places. A large number of temples and places of worship are situated in this city. It offers the perfect retreat for a much needed calm and spiritual outing. Chiang Mai city has 117 Buddhist temples in the Muang (city) district, with the most famous one’s being -
- Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the city's most famous temple,
- Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple in Chiang Mai, dating from the 13th century.
6. Chiang Rai
Considered the “Art Capital” of Thailand, Chiang Rai is home to beautifully constructed temples and monuments. The city is home to a variety of museums and galleries displaying magnificent works of art. They provide a glimpse into the local architecture and artwork and are a great source of indoor activities to do in the scorching heat of April.
Sukhothai is considered the founding city of Thailand as it was the capital of the country for more than 140 years. It is considered to be one of the premier heritage cities of the country. Historical monuments with exquisite detailing attract tourists from all over the world. The city is also a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site. The Sukhothai Historic Park is a major tourist attraction and is densely populated with trees, thus providing adequate shade from the scorching sun in April while exploring the park.
Festivals in Thailand in April
8. The Songkran Festival
The Songkran Festival or The Water Festival is one of Thailand's most popular and celebrated festivals taking place exclusively in April. This festival takes place over three days and represents harmony and fun through water fights. Tourists worldwide take part in this festival using buckets, water guns, hoses, and pipes to drench each other and enjoy the festival. The festival usually is celebrated in the second week of April.
With drinking, music and dancing, this makes for one of the most fun-filled festivals in the world. It started as a Buddhist tradition to sprinkle water as a symbol of purification in the New Year but has turned out to be a wild party festival. The localities much await it as it provides a much needed cooling break from the scorching heat of April.
Songkran Festival Dates 2023 - 13th to 15th April, 2023.
Crowd and Cost in Thailand in April
April is one of the cheapest months to visit Thailand. The country hosts multiple festivals to attract tourists and keep the locals engaged. Providing a diverse and enriching experience, Thailand in April can be considered as a good budget getaway option.
If heat is not a problem for you, then Thailand in April is the perfect tropical getaway at a decent budget.