Best Time To Visit Chiang Mai

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Sub-Region: Chiang Mai Province

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What is the best time to visit Chiang Mai?

The winter season from November to February, which is known as "cool season" is the best time to visit Chiang Mai. During this time the average temperature ranges from 19 degrees to 25 degrees, which is just the perfect temperature to explore the city and its mountain ranges. These months are also the most popular season of Chiang Mai for a tourist. August is the onset of the rainy season in Chiang Mai which goes on till October; this is the best time to avoid peak tourist season. You can easily explore its natural areas because they will be in full bloom. The accommodation charges also drop off during the rainy season. If you want to attend the world-famous Songkran Festival, then April will be an excellent time to visit.

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Monthly Weather in Chiang Mai

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 19 29
February 17 32
March 21 36
April 24 35
May 24 34
June 25 32
July 24 31
August 25 31
September 24 31
October 24 32
November 22 31
December 18 29

Chiang Mai in Peak Season / High season

Peak season in Chiang Mai starts from mid-November till February. The average temperature hovers around 22-degree Celsius, with a pleasant cold breeze and dry weather, the tourists, fall in love with this place during these months. But beware the prices of Accommodation may increase up a bit since the tourists flock from all over the world during this time. During this season the world-famous Lantern Festival is also held in Chiang Mai, for which thousands of people come to attend it.

The months from July to October is considered as a shoulder season because it welcomes the Rainy Season although it rains for only 1 to 2 hours a day, which won’t affect your vacation. The average temperature ranges between 26-28 degree during this time, but the humidity in the air rises a little bit. The season is perfect to avoid the peak tourist season which comes around the later part of the year. A nature sightseeing is an ideal plan during this time since the whole mountain ranges will be in their full bloom. Although it doesn’t rain a lot, you should always carry an Umbrella with you, and don’t forget to look for a fantastic hotel at a huge discount during this time of the year.

March to June is considered as a low-season in Chiang Mai, because of the increase in temperature up to 33-36 degree Celsius, which is why it is famous as the “hot season”. The number of tourists is almost minimal during these months, which is also contributed by the unprecedented pollution during this time of the year. However, this is the time when Chiang Mai’s historical Songkran Festival is held, which goes on for 3-days. You can also visit famous Temples of Chiang Mai during this time.

The cold season from November to February is also the peak season in Chiang Mai. Tourists flock from all around the world to explore this ancient city. The lowest temperature goes down to 15 degrees in December. Shopping in the Warorot Market or going onto sightseeing the various temples can be engaging. By February, the temperature starts to rise, however, pleasant enough to roam around with light clothing. Pack some woollen too since the nights are comparatively colder.

Events and Festivals
One of the most famous festivals in Chiang Mai is Loi Krathong which is held in November. December marks the beginning of the Winter Fair which goes on for 15 days. Relish the delicious thai food at the Chiang Mai food festival. The Lampang Ceramic Fair is also held for eight days during the first week of December that showcases beautiful ceramic art. January is famous for the Red cross events which go on for two weeks. It aims to raise charity funds for the Red Cross. During the first week of February, the colourful Flower Carnival is held in Chiang Mai. The festival contributes mainly to the tourism sector since it attracts a lot of tourists from all around the world. The festival goes on for about three days. Chinese New Year is also celebrated at a large-scale in Chiang Mai.

The hot season begins in March; the days can be sweaty, although not unbearable. Trekking and Hiking could be an enjoyable experience in March. The temperature is at its peak in April; there will only be hot days while the nights could be a breath of relief. You can relax in a resort during day time or go on for a local food-tour in the evenings. Much like April, the weather will still be hot during May, but the added humidity makes the situation even worse for a tourist to enjoy the city. However, there is an added benefit of having cheap accommodation during May; hence this is a perfect time for budget travellers. There are occasional rainfall and thunderstorms in June; therefore, it's better to avoid visiting Chiang Mai during this month.

Events & Festivals
Thai Elephants day is celebrated on the 13th of March at the Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang. It is a beautiful festival to pay respect to the Elephants of Chiang Mai. The Lanna Giant Drum Festival is also celebrated in March. In April, Chiang Mai hosts it's one of the biggest festivals which is Songkran when there's a massive influx of tourists. There are festivals like the ancient city pillar celebration, village fairs and the agriculture's day held in May.

July marks the onset of the rainy season that lasts till October. The temperature ranges from 24 to 32-degree Celsius. Don't forget to carry an Umbrella with you during this month, since there's going to be frequent rainfall. However, indulging yourself in local activities like taking a ride in a tuk-tuk across the city or even joining some cooking classes. The weather is delightful with cold nights. September is the wettest month of the year with rainfall at its peak lasting for 3 hours a day. This is not an ideal time to visit Chian Mai. By mid-October, rainfall decreases drastically with mild showers at night. However, this is the end of Offseason hence a last chance for budget travellers to grab discounts.

Events and Festivals
The Candle festival and Buddhist lent are held in July. The yearly event of Half-Marathon is held in the first week of August, along with other local festivals like Lam Yai and Feung Fah Festivals. If you love flowers then head to Chiang Mai in September to witness the Mexican Flower Blooming. Wan Awk Phansa is an event that marks the end of lent and rainy season in Chiang Mai. A boat ride across Mae Ping river will be a delightful thing to do in Chiang Mai in October.

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