Thailand in October: Weather & Where to Visit

Thailand in October: Weather & Where to Visit

By Chris QuanUpdated Oct. 19, 2021

October heralds the end of the rainy season in Thailand. The average daily maximum and minimum temperatures in October for popular cities are 31°C (88°F) and 24°C (75°F) respectively, and the top destinations receive an average precipitation of 229 mm (9 in) in the month.

Is it worth traveling to Thailand in October? How can you plan a wonderful trip despite the likelihood of rain? Here we share with you the answers to these pressing questions and the five best places you must definitely visit!

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October 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 25 32 190 77 90 7
Chiang Mai 22 31 118 72 88 5
Phuket 24 31 280 75 88 11
Krabi 25 31 298 77 88 12
Hua Hin 24 31 200 75 88 7
Koh Samui 24 30 290 75 86 11

Bangkok and Central Thailand

Occasional downpours occur in Bangkok and central Thailand, which decrease gradually towards the end of the month. The average temperature is around 28°C (83°F).

Given the likelihood of rain in October, you can include more indoor activities in your itinerary, such as museums, cooking classes, and spas.

Northern Thailand

Compared with the other parts of Thailand, northern Thailand experiences less rain and moderate temperatures of around 26°C (79°F) at this time. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are the most popular destinations in this region.

Southern Islands

The southern islands experience monsoon rains in October. Temperatures during the monsoon season can, on average, go up to 28°C (82°F) and 29°C (84°F). This hot and humid weather can make outdoor sightseeing exhausting.

The days are moderately long, with 7–8 hours of daylight per day. Though heavy monsoon showers are likely, they do not last very long. You still be able to enjoy a sunny beach holiday.

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Why Visit Thailand in October?

Compared with September, Thailand experiences better weather conditions with less rainfall and lower temperatures in October. You can add outdoor activities to your tour accordingly.

Showers usually last for only an hour or two in the afternoon. With some smart planning, you can ensure that they will not affect your holiday plans.

The rains provide a respite from the heat and bring in a cool and fresh breeze. October is an excellent choice for travelers who wish to avoid sightseeing in unbearable heat.

Being in the shoulder season, October is a great time to get good deals on flights and hotels and to relish the attractions of Thailand without being rushed by crowds.

If you find humid conditions taxing and want to avoid crowds and stick to a more affordable budget, you can consider moving your trip to late October when the rainy season will be tapering off.

The 5 Best Places to Visit in Thailand in October

If you are planning a trip to Thailand in October and are looking for the best places to visit, we have selected the top five for you. We hope you will have a fulfilling trip and make unforgettable memories in these locations.

1. Chiang Rai

Black House in Chiang Rai Black House in Chiang Rai

If you are looking for a Thai destination but don’t want the hassle of dealing with rain, you can visit the northern cities. Chiang Rai, with many interesting temples and beautiful countryside, is a popular tourist attraction in northern Thailand.

Drop by the unique White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), which is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. An all-white building, the temple symbolizes the purity of the Buddha.

Close to the White Temple is the Black House (Baan Daan) and the Blue Temple (Wat Rong Suea Ten), which are both unique and worth a visit.

When visiting Chiang Rai, extend your trip a little further to visit the Golden Triangle — a stunning viewpoint from where you can see the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet. From the Thai side of the border, you can also see the might Mekong River and the surrounding hills.

2. Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Old Town Chiang Mai Old Town

Along with Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai is a must-visit northern city in Thailand and is often praised as “the rose of the north.”

Surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, Chiang Mai is greener and quieter than Bangkok. Simultaneously, its role as the capital city of the ancient Lanna Kingdom and its 300 ancient temples grant it a deep sense of history.

You can enjoy a panoramic view of Chiang Mai at the famous Doi Suthep and have a close encounter with elephants in one of the 3 Truly Ethical Elephant Sanctuaries in Chiang Mai. If it is a rainy day, you can join a traditional Thai cooking class and discover the secrets of Thai cuisine.

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3. Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya Historical Park Ayutthaya Historical Park

Ayutthaya used to be the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. In 1767, the Burmese attacked and conquered Ayutthaya and the capital was thereafter moved to Bangkok.

Located 80 km (50 mi) north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya Historical Park retains the ruins of the temples and palaces of the capital of the ancient Ayutthaya Kingdom.

While exploring the 715-acre (1 sq mi) park, you will learn about the glory of one of the largest kingdoms in Indochina history. The most impressive building in the park is Wat Chaiwatthanaram.

The 35-meter-tall (115-feet-tall) Khmer style prang (tower-like spire) in the center is solemn and elegant, especially when viewed at sunset.

4. Koh Samet

Samet Island In Thailand Samet Island In Thailand

It is easier to plan a sunny beach holiday in Thailand in late October. Of the many islands in Thailand, Koh Samet guarantees, for the most part, a bright day. Even though there are occasional downpours, these are short-lived and are quickly replaced by warm sunshine.

Koh Samet has many quiet and beautiful beaches on the east coast such as Hat Sai Kaew, Ao Phai, and Ao Hin Khok. The west coast is famous for its stunning sunsets and is suitable for visitors who prefer a quieter vibe at beaches such as Ao Phrao.

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5. Hua Hin

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Fairly centrally located and on a narrow peninsula that extends down to Malaysia, Hua Hin is not as affected by monsoon downpours as the south. The average temperature in October goes up to 27°C (81°F).

With its beautiful seaside scenery, laid-back vibe, luxury resorts, and varied activities such as golf and spas, Hua Hin is a popular beach resort. The Thai royal family visits Hua Hin for a holiday every year.

You can relax on the beaches, visit Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, and stop by Mrigadayavan Palace, which is a symbol of the love shared by King Rama VI and his wife.

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