Planning a trip to Thailand in February? Read our article about weather and travel in February in Thailand for average temperatures, rainfall, and travel tips on what to wear, travel costs, and best places to visit in February.
Thailand Weather in February Overview
- Average temperature range: 25–33°C (77–91°F)
- Average rainfall: 20 mm (1 inch)
- Average rainy days: 8
- Average sunny days: 20
February is the last month of the “cool” dry season, which is from November to February. (In March, the hot season begins.) The average temperature range in all but northern areas is from 25°C to 33°C. The average rainfall is just 20 mm falling over 5 to 8 days.
February marks the official end of Thailand's high season, although the weather throughout the kingdom is still fantastic at the end of the month. The whole of Thailand experiences sunny days and little rainfall, making it a great month to visit the kingdom.
Thailand's Regional Weather in February
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Bangkok and central Thailand: While Bangkok and central Thailand are very warm compared to the rest of the country, daily temperatures in February are still temperate compared to the scorching hot season months of March and April.
Temperatures in the capital tend to hover around the low 20s°C at night and low 30s°C (75–90°F) at midday. The lack of rain makes this a great season to explore the city's many tourist attractions.
Chiang Mai and northern Thailand: February falls between the cool and hot seasons in northern Thailand. The early mornings and evenings are still mild and pleasant, and temperatures during the day can get up to 32°C (90°F).
February is the last month before local farmers start burning their left-over crops to prepare for the season ahead. This annual tradition leads to the accumulation of an uncomfortable haze across the north of Thailand, so if you are planning to visit Chiang Mai or any of the surrounding provinces, it's best to do so before March.
Southern coasts/islands of Thailand: The weather on the Andaman Coast of Thailand is at its best in January and February. Phuket, Krabi, Ko Phi Phi, and ko Trang all receive plenty of sunshine and little rainfall. The conditions at sea are fantastic for water activities like swimming and diving.
Over on Koh Samui, the last of the January rain subsides, making way for sunny days with a constant temperature of around 27°C (80°F). It's perfect weather for soaking up some sun on the beach! You are likely to experience a little rain only every four or five days on the eastern coast (February is its driest month), so you could spend most of your time outdoors exploring the stunning tropical islands of Koh Chang, Koh Mak, Ko Kut, and Koh Wai.
The 5 Best Places to Visit in Thailand in February
February is one of the best months to visit Thailand. The weather is mild/warm and dry in most parts of Thailand in February. Here are some of the best places to visit in February.
As the weather is still mild in Bangkok in February, it is a great time to visit the country's capital. With Chinese New Year (often) and Valentine's Day in February, a trip to Bangkok to witness the celebrations is a special experience.
Bangkok turns pink on “Wan Valentine” and couples walk around clutching flower bouquets and oversized stuffed toys. The famous Pak Khlong Flower Market goes into overdrive in the lead up to the big day, and traders do some of their best business of the whole year.
February is a hot and dry month in Phuket, with average temperatures ranging between 34°C (93°F) and 25°C (77°F). It is one of the best times for swimming and other water activities. Phuket is home to some of Thailand's most popular beaches, high-end resorts, and nightclubs. If you like islands with a great nightlife and fabulous beaches, Phuket could be the place for you.
With its cool and dry weather, February is a good time to visit Krabi. It is also one of the wildly popular destinations among tourists across the globe. Its highlight is undoubtedly, Railay Bay. The beach has a breathtaking mix of white sand and limestone karsts, and although it is technically a mainland beach, it has a real island feel because the bay is only accessible by boat.
4. Koh Phi Phi
Traveling to the stunning Phi Phi Islands in February can be a real treat. With average daily temperatures of around 28°C (82°F), it's the perfect time for beach lovers to visit. It only rains on around four days of the month, so there's little chance of bad weather ruining your boat trips.
5. Chiang Mai
February is a perfect time to visit Chiang Mai, as the weather is suitable for all kinds of activities. While the Spring Festival celebrations in Chiang Mai don't quite match up to those in Bangkok, it's still a beautiful affair. There are red lanterns all over town, and celebrations go from morning to night.
Another famous festival in February is the Chiang Mai Flower Festival, which showcases the region's beautiful flowers and ornate decorations. The main event takes place at Tha Pae Gate and Nong Buak Hard Park over three days. It includes exhibitions, flower competitions, traditional Lanna dance shows, and a floating parade.
Crowding and Costs in February
February is the high season for traveling in Thailand. As one of the busiest months of the year, you will encounter big crowds and long waits in lines at most attractions in Thailand. If you are visiting the main cities during Chinese New Year, which happens at the end of January or beginning/middle of February, you will see even bigger crowds as more holiday tourists come from nearby countries including China. Hotel rates are also the highest of the whole year. It’s highly advisable to book your rooms and plane/train tickets well in advance.
Clothes to Wear in February
February is between the cool and hot season in Thailand. It’s warm/hot in the daytime, but the temperature in the evening is lower. In northern mountainous areas, you will still feel cool in the evening, so bring an extra layer.
Generally, shorts, light trousers, T-shirts, light long-sleeve clothes, sandals, and hats are worn. Rainy days are fewer than 8 everywhere, and any rain doesn’t last long. So, it usually isn’t necessary to take rain gear with you. A very light raincoat (kag-in-a-bag style) could be kept at the ready in your day bag on cloudy days.
Monthly Weather and Travel Information for Thailand
Learn about the weather in Thailand for 12 months and find out the best places to visit each month.
|Thailand in January||Thailand in February||Thailand in March|
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