Thailand weather & when to go: April
Thailand Weather April
Temperatures throughout Thailand in April can be summed up in one word – hot – with average temperatures in the high 30°C’s a frequent occurrence. The heat in Bangkok and central Thailand (around Kanchanaburi) can be particularly oppressive, making sightseeing hard work, so plan for shorter experiences rather than all-day visits.
To avoid the heat, head south, where temperatures are slightly cooler (avg temp: 29-34°C). The east coast beaches are the pick of the bunch in April, with rain showers expected on the west coast beaches of Phuket, Khao Lak and Krabi, especially as the month progresses. The east coast also enjoys more favourable dive conditions than the west coast this month, with good underwater visibility and the possibility of spotting whale sharks around Koh Tao and Koh Samui.
Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies
Songkran – Thai New Year
13th – 16th April
The Big One! Songkran festivities typically last for between three and five days depending on your location. There’s lots of water, fun and feasting!
Slash & Burn
In Thailand during March and April you may witness the effects of ‘slash and burn’ farming used throughout Asia. New ground is cleared in February and, once dry, any wood and brush not required is burnt. Fires are lit across the country – but are particularly prevalent in the north and north-east of the country – and these can create a hazy effect at times.
Where’s the sun and sand?
Hua Hin, Pranburi, Cha Am, Koh Chang, Koh Kood, Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, Khanom