Thailand in November: Weather & Where to Visit

Thailand in November: Weather & Where to Visit

By Chris QuanUpdated May. 25, 2021

November sees the start of Thailand’s cool season and is one of the busiest months for tourism in the kingdom.

With the onset of cool and dry weather, November is a great time to explore Thailand’s many temples and historical attractions as well as its many islands. Kick back, enjoy the sunshine, and soak in the sense of tranquility and adventure.

Read on to learn more about the weather in Thailand and the six best places to visit in November.

releasing sky lanternReleasing sky lantern in Chiang Mai

November Climate Averages for Popular Cities in Thailand

Location Min. Temp. (ºC) Max. Temp. (ºC)  Rainfall (mm) Min. Temp. (ºF) Max. Temp. (ºF)  Rainfall (in)
Bangkok 23 32 46 73 90 2
Chiang Mai 19 30 51 66 86 2
Phuket 23 31 200 73 88 8
Krabi 24 31 153 75 88 6
Hua Hin 24 30 140 75 86 5
Koh Samui 24 30 430 75 86 17

Central Thailand and Bangkok

Temperatures in Bangkok and central Thailand begin to drop through November. With the average temperature dropping to a more pleasant 27°C (82°F), outdoor sightseeing is more comfortable. With the end of the rainy season, you can add a plethora of outdoor activities to your tour.

Northern Thailand

The weather in northern Thailand is cooler in November compared to the previous months, with an average temperature of 24°C (76°F).

The cool weather makes sightseeing a more pleasant experience, so you can explore the many historical and cultural attractions of this region comfortably.

Nights can get a bit chilly, so we suggest you pack some long-sleeved shirts or windbreakers.

Southern Islands

Southern Thailand has two coastlines — along the Gulf of Thailand in the east and the Andaman Sea in the west. Both coasts also have beautiful sun-kissed islands waiting for you to explore them.

The Gulf of Thailand — which is home to islands such as Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Chang, and Koh Samet — experiences monsoonal rainfall in November. The monsoons may cause rough seas, leading to the closure of water sports activities.

On the other hand, the islands in the Andaman Sea — Phuket, Khao Lak, Koh Lanta, and Krabi — experience better weather in November. Soak in the bright sunshine and try out a range of exciting water sports without any worries.

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Why Visit Thailand in November?

November is one of the best months to visit Thailand. The weather is more pleasant with an average temperature of around 25–28°C (77–82°F). With the end of the rainy season, you can venture out without any worries of getting drenched.

The other attraction is celebrating the festival of Loi Krathong, which often falls in early November. Grand festivals and celebrations are held at this time in many cities such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Phuket.

If you travel to Thailand in November, you can participate in this traditional and romantic festival which we are sure you will love.

The 6 Best Places to Visit in November

In case you are planning to visit Thailand in November and are trying to zero in on the best places to visit, we have selected the six best places for you. We hope you thoroughly enjoy your trip and make unforgettable memories there.

1. Chiang Mai

Yee Peng Festival And Sky LanternsYee Peng Festival in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai must be the first place on your list if you plan to visit Thailand in November. The unmissable annual Yee Peng Festival is held in November, which we highly recommend to tourists.

The Yee Peng Festival falls on the full moon of the twelfth lunar month every year, which usually falls in early November.

Thousands of brightly lit lanterns are released into the night sky to pray for good fortune in the new year. Colorful hanging lamps and flag decorations adorn houses, temples, and public places.

You can also expect traditional Thai rituals, dance shows, parades, fireworks, and busy bazaars with all kinds of local snacks and handicrafts.

2. Bangkok

Wat Arun Temple Wat Arun Temple

November, followed by December and January, is one of the best months to visit Bangkok. By this time, the hot and humid rainy season will be over; the dry and comfortable weather of November is ideal for appreciating the historical and cultural wonders of Bangkok.

Glimmering in bright sunlight, the Grand Palace looks spectacular during the day. The views on both sides of the Chao Phraya River are exceptional; the most striking temple there is Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). Its 79-meter-high (259-feet-high) central spire with four smaller spires that are inlaid with a variety of colorful ceramic plates, glass, and shells are magnificent.

One of the highlights of visiting in November is the grand celebration of Loi Kratong. Lotus-shaped baskets decorated with candles and flowers are released into the river — they bear inside them people’s wishes for luck in the coming year.

You can take part in the festivities in many places in Bangkok, such as ASIATIQUE The Riverfront, Chulalongkorn University, and Wat Arun.

3. Phuket

sunset in phuketSunset in Phuket

If you are looking for an island with cool weather and diverse water sports, then Phuket is the place to be. From November to February, Phuket’s weather is at its best — cool and dry.

The comfortable water temperature, good visibility, steady sea conditions, and crystal-clear waters make Phuket a great place for scuba diving and snorkeling. Popular diving spots include Anemone Reef, Shark Point, King Cruiser Wreck, Racha Noi, and Racha Yai.

Further, sunbathing on its beautiful beaches is a dream, as is cruising on Phang Nga Bay, wandering through Phuket town, and taking part in a Thai cooking class. You can also explore some nearby islands, such as Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi.

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4. Sukhothai

sukhothai historical parkSukhothai Historical Park

Sukhothai is located in northern Thailand, 427 km (265 mi) north of Bangkok. The average daily maximum and minimum temperatures in November are 31°C (88°F) and 22°C (72°F), respectively.

Sukhothai used to be the capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom. You can learn about this glorious kingdom and its gradual disappearance in Sukhothai Historical Park.

Within its old walls, the park houses the remains of 21 historical sites and 4 large ponds; an additional 70 sites are located within a 5 km (3 mi) radius.

You can tour the expansive park on a rented bicycle or motorcycle to save time and for a different tour experience.

5. Khao Yai National Park

 Khao Yai National ParkKhao Yai National Park

 

Located 120 km (70 mi) northeast of Bangkok, Khao Yai National Park is the third-largest park in Thailand and probably the most well-known one. The park features diverse wildlife, spectacular waterfalls, and lush jungles.

As the weather is at its coolest, November is the best time to hike in the park. If you are lucky, you may spot wild elephants and other animals.

6. Pai

Pai is a small town in Mae Hong Song Province in northern Thailand, about a 3-hour drive from Chiang Mai. Its stunning landscapes and peaceful environment make it a popular weekend escape in Thailand.

The average temperate in Pai in November is about 24°C (75°F). You can have a relaxing bath in the Tha Pai Hot Spring while enjoying the surrounding scenery in this cool season.

The pace of life in Pai is slow. You can rent a bicycle or a scooter and explore the place on your own. Go to Coffee in Love to drink a cup of coffee and relax, watch the sunrise and sea of clouds at Yun Lai Viewpoint, and stop by Pai Canyon, from where you can get a full view of this town.

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