Thailand: Weather & when to go: October

October Overview

October marks another transitional period for Thailand. The months of rains start to slowly subside and the temperatures start slipping as the month progresses. In the north, temperatures begin falling lower, getting the region ready to move into its ‘winter’ season. Between Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, daily averages are around the mid 20s.

For those seeking a beach holiday, October doesn’t have much to offer with sunshine and dry days. While the rains aren’t as heavy as they have been in the previous few months, conditions are still less than ideal. While almost all the traditional beach destinations are experiencing rains (Koh Kood, Koh Chang, Krabi, Phuket, Samui and Phangan), temperatures are quite comfortable in the mid to high 20s. Despite the seasonal rains of October, destinations such as Phuket and Krabi are slowly creeping out of their wet season, and as the month moves towards its latter half, nicer days are a more common occurrence.

In Khao Sok National Park, October again marks one of the wettest points of the year, which, as previously mentioned, also makes for some of the best wildlife spotting. For those who don’t mind donning raingear and getting a bit wet during their visit, their resilience will be rewarded with some great wildlife spotting. Temperatures hover in the mid to high 20s, which makes visiting quite comfortable… outside the wet conditions.