Thailand weather & when to go: March
Thailand Weather March
Temperatures will now be starting to rise throughout Thailand, and this is most often felt in Chiang Mai and the north of the country where the cooler winter months make way for the start of summer and daytime temperatures can hit 35°C. High temperatures and little chance of rain can also be expected in Bangkok and central Thailand, making sightseeing hard work, so plan for shorter experiences rather than all-day visits.
Predominantly dry weather continues in Khao Sok National Park, although humidity levels are high and increasing temperatures can hit 33°C.
In the south, dry, sunny weather is the order of the day with plenty of blue skies and little chance of rain. Average daily temperatures of 26-31°C can be expected, with the west coast beaches of Phuket, Khao Lak & Krabi marginally warmer than Koh Samui and the east coast beaches. Favourable diving conditions continue off the west coast with a good chance of spotting manta rays and whale sharks during March.
Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies
Makha Bucha Day
(February/March) Day when Thais visit their local temple to make merit, listen to sermons and take part in processions. (2017: 13th February)
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, Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi, Koh Lanta