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Thailand Weather in November: Which Island to Choose

Thailand Weather in November: Which Island to Choose

By Mike HoUpdated Dec. 19, 2022

The weather of Thailand is warm in November with an average temperature range from 25°C to 32°C. With the start of the warm and dry season in most of Thailand, November is a great time to explore the national parks, hunt for exotic foods, bike through the countryside, relax on the beach island (Weather is better in Phuket and Krabi.), as well as indulge in the Thailand Lanter Festival celebrations (Nov. 27-28 in 2023).

  • Average temperature range: 25–32°C (77–89°F)
  • Rainfall: 50–500 mm (2–20 inches), depending on location
  • Rainy days: 6–19
  • Sunny days: 10–15
Thailand Weather in November

This article will help you plan a trip to Thailand in November. Read more about average temperatures, rainfall, and tips on where to go (especially which island to choose) and what to wear.

Thailand's Regional Weather in November

Location Min. Temp. (ºC) Max. Temp. (ºC) Rainfall (mm)
Bangkok 23 32 46
Chiang Mai 19 30 51
Phuket 23 31 200
Krabi 24 31 153
Hua Hin 24 30 140
Koh Samui 24 30 430

Temperatures in central Thailand (Bangkok, Hua Hin) begin to drop through November. With the average temperature dropping to a more pleasant 27°C (82°F), and moreover the wet season departing, outdoor sightseeing and activities are more comfortable.

The average daily low temperature for mountainous northern Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Sukhothai) drops around 17°C (63°F). For some places in northern Thailand in November, such as Chiang Rai, pack long-sleeved pullovers or windbreakers.

Islands on the east coast of the Thailand peninsula, including Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Chang, and Koh Samet, experience peak monsoonal rainfall in November, with a torrential 500 mm (20 inches of rain). Some sun can be seen between the downpours, but the Koh Samui area is lowest value in November. (Phuket vs Koh Samui: Which Is Better to Go )

Islands in the Andaman SeaPhuket, Khao Lak, Koh Lanta, and Krabi — experience better weather in November, with only moderate rainfall in increasingly smaller bursts. Soak in bright sunshine for most of the time and try out a range of exciting water sports without any worries.

Most areas in Vietnam and Cambodia (Angkor Wat) share the similar weather as in Thailand. For your first trip to Southeast Asia, you can spend two weeks in visiting these three countries together.

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The Best Places to Visit in Thailand in November

November is one of the best months to visit Thailand. The weather is more pleasant with warm average temperatures and rains retreating from most areas.

With celebrations of the lantern festivals (Loi Krathong and Yee Peng Festival), which usually fall in November, you can experience romantic Thai culture at this special time in many cities such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Phuket. In 2022, it is observed on November 8th and 9th. It will the pecfect time to make your milestone trip (birthdays, honeymoons, graduations...) happen along with this once-in-a-life-time experience.

1. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai (Romantic)

Visit Chiang Mai in November for the Thailand Lantern Festival Visit Chiang Mai in November for the Thailand Lantern Festival

Chiang Mai must be the first place on your list if you plan to visit Thailand in November. The unmissable Yee Peng Festival is held in November (Nov. 8–9 in 2022), which we highly recommend to visitors.

  • Enjoy the unforgettable experience of releasing lanterns to the sky with your loved one.
  • Create a Thai Krathong (floating lantern) and release it onto the river to make a wish. Prepare your camera for the moment when thousands of lantens float together with candles lit in the middle.

You can take a 2-day romantic Thailand Lantern Festival tour to enjoy the festivity in Chiang Mai or join in a 10-day mini-group tour including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket at the price of US$ 1999 per adult.

With three hours' driving from Chiang Mai, you can extend to Chiang Rai to visit the unique Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) and Baan Dam Museum (Black Temple), as well as the mysterious Golden Triangle.

In only 10 days, enjoy Thailand’s Lantern Festival celebrations as well as plenty of beach relaxation and culture exploration:

2. Bangkok (Historical)

Wat Arun Temple Wat Arun Temple

November, after December and January, is one of the best months to visit Bangkok. At daytime, it is ideal for appreciating the historical and cultural wonders of Bangkok, including Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun temples, and more. In the evening, you can board a cruise along the Chao Phraya River to enjoy the night view of this busstling city with a cup of champagne.

For bicycle lovers, November is great to cycle in the forest of Bang Krachao, which is said to be the Lungs of Bangkok.

3. Khao Yai National Park (Family-friendly)

Khao Yai National Park

As the weather is milder, November is a good time to explore the diverse wildlife, spectacular waterfalls, and even wild elephant reserves in the third-largest park in Thailand and probably the most well-known one — Khao Yai National Park. It takes around three hours by car from Bangkok. You can explore it with a day trip or spend a camping night in the park.

See more in 12-Day Thailand Wonders Tour including Bangkok, Khao Yai, Chiang Mai, and Krabi.

4. Phuket (Relaxing)

Sunset in Phuket Sunset in Phuket

If you are looking for an island with warm tropical weather and diverse water sports without too much rain in November, then Phuket is the place to be. The comfortable water temperature, good visibility, steady sea conditions, and crystal-clear waters make Phuket a great place for scuba diving and snorkeling. (Phuket vs Krabi: Which Is Better to Go? )

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5. Sukhothai (Historical)

Sukhothai Historical Park

Sukhothai in northern Thailand used to be the capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom. You can learn about this glorious kingdom and its gradual disappearance in Sukhothai Historical Park by riding a rented bicycle or motorcycle to save time and for a different tour experience, which is nice in November’s balmy weather.

Sukhothai is also one of the best places to see the Loy Krathong Festival because this is where the festival actually began around 600 years ago. (Read more about 8-Day A Unique Loy Krathong & Yi Peng Festival Tour including Bangkok, Sukhothai, and Chiang Mai)

6. Pai (Natural)

Bamboo bridge and rice paddies in Pai Bamboo bridge and rice paddies in Pai

Pai in northern Thailand has stunning landscapes and a peaceful environment, which make it a popular weekend escape. You can have a relaxing bath in Tha Pai Hot Spring while enjoying the surrounding scenery in this cool season.

Suggested read: How to Plan Your First Trip to Thailand — 7 Easy Steps.

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Crowding and Costs in November

November sees the torrential end of the monsoon in a small corner of Thailand around Koh Samui, but the beginning of the high season of tourism in the rest of the country, where the rainy season is already over.

With the coming of drier weather, more and more tourists from all over the world come to Thailand. Usually it is less crowded in the first part of the month. However, things change in 2022 as the Loi Krathong and Yi Peng occur on November 8th and 9th in Chiang Mai. Most of the hotels in the ancient town have been fully booked now. You can check with us for the proper place to stay and the best deal.

The cost of hotels depends on where you are going to stay, and the hotel type you choose, and demand. You may find some of them have lifted their price for high season while some are still using the low season rate. So, research early to choose the best times to come and places to stay, and book early to secure deals.

To visit Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia at a relaxed pace? You can check the 15-Day Best of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam Tour

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What to Bring/Wear in November

November is still hot/warm in the south/center of Thailand in the day, but cool to warm in the north. Pack summer clothes — shorts, light trousers, skirts, T-shirts, light shirts, sun protection... — with some trousers and a jacket plus insect repellant if you head to the northern mountains.

To avoid getting uncomfortably wet on the rainy days, which are only really an issue in the south in November, it is recommended to take an umbrella or a light waterproof jacket, or alternatively a waterproofed bag with a change of clothes.

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