Pattaya is one of the most popular beach destinations in Thailand. Like all other parts of Thailand, Pattaya enjoys a wet & dry climate. The winters here are cool and dry. It extends from November to March and is the peak tourist season of the island. Summers in Pattaya starts from March and are hot and humid. Monsoon arrives in Pattaya by May.
All the three-season in Pattaya has its charm. The island welcomes tourists all year around.
The best time to visit Pattaya largely depends on your priorities. Here is an extensive Pattaya weather guide to help you decide which would be the best time for you to visit the island.
Peak Season- November to March
Peak Season in Pattaya starts with the onset of winters. The islands stay crowded with tourists during this period. Winters in Pattaya are comfortable and comparatively cool. The average temperature remains around 31 degrees Celsius.
The weather and temperature during this season are best for beach vacations and all kinds of outdoor activities. Humidity remains as low as 64%. The only draw-back of the season is high hotel prices and flight fares. Accommodations get filled months in advance. Several festivals including Loy Krathong and Pattaya Carnival takes place during the peak season.
Shoulder Season- April and May
The Shoulder Season in Pattaya is similar to the Peak Season. All beach activities, tours, and water sports are open during the season. The only difference being the tourist footfall falls during the season due to the rise in the temperatures and humidity.
The average temperature during the season remains around 32 degrees Celsius. The weather stays hot and the humidity reaches around 71%. All the resorts on the island are air-conditioned which helps in battling the humidity. Remember to carry sunglasses and hats, drink ample water, and apply loads of sunscreen when outside.
Shoulder Season is a good time to visit Pattaya if you do not mind the heat. It’s a great time for beach bumming, ziplining, and island exploration. April is also the month for Songkran, The Thai New Year. Though many people choose to visit Pattaya during this time of the year to take part in the celebration. Many avoid it to avoid the crowd. The tourist crowd, however, during the whole of April and May is marginally less than the peak season. Hotel prices and flight fares might still be high as compared to the low season.
Low Season- June to October
Pattaya attracts a lesser crowd during the Monsoon Season. The reason being its unpredictable weather. It rains almost daily from June to October. But, opposite to the contrary belief, the downpour only occurs in short intense bursts during the late afternoon or early evenings.
The temperature during the season remains high at around 29 degrees Celsius to 31 degrees Celsius. The air is highly humid at around 74%. Hence, rain is a welcome change. Traveling is cheaper during the season. The lush greenery of the countryside looks extremely beautiful during the rainy season. Due to the less crowd, you can enjoy the island peacefully.
Rainy Season might not be an ideal time to enjoy scuba diving or snorkeling due to the stormy waters. You might not have a large variety of hotels and resorts to choose from. However, accommodation rates are extremely low almost half of what it is in the peak season.
There is no prior need of making your bookings in advance which means you can exercise more flexibility with your schedule. You can look up the weather forecast and make your plan accordingly. If you are looking for perfect weather and beach vacation then you might want to skip this season. However, if you are looking for a laid-back, peaceful, low-budget vacation, and are ready to take chances with the weather then this is the best time to visit Pattaya.
Weather– January falls in the peak season and is one of the busiest months of the year. The weather stays pleasant with temperature as low as 23 degrees Celsius. Be prepared to encounter a huge crowd in all major tourist destinations. January is one of the driest months of the year which results in low humidity. Hotel rates and flight fares remain high during the season. It is best to make your bookings 2-3 months in advance.
Why Visit– Perfect weather for a beach vacation, water sports, and all kinds of outdoor activities.
Weather– February along with January and December is the peak tourist month. All major attractions continue to stay busy. The days are sunny and less humid. Nightlife remains in full swing. The temperature remains between 23 degrees to 25 degrees Celsius. The weather remains less humid and perfect for tours and excursions.
Why Visit– Weather stays perfect. All resorts and beach activities remain open and functioning during the period.
Weather– March marks the end of the peak season. The weather continues to stay sunny. However, the temperature starts to rise and is usually around 25 degrees Celsius. Humidity too rises and reaches around 72%. Visitors number starts to fall but is still high as compared to the low season. All the beach resorts remain open. The weather conditions stay ideal for all kinds of water sports activities and excursions.
Why Visit– One of the least crowded months in the peak season. Some hotels and resorts might start offering discounts.
Weather– April is the hottest month of the year and the start of the summer season. The temperature soars up to 32 degrees Celsius and above. Humidity reaches around 73% yet the number of visitors remains high due to Songkran. The Thai New Year falls between 13th to 15th of April. Be prepared to be drenched in water every time you step out of the hotel. Festivities in Pattaya last for a week. While some tourists visit Pattaya in April especially to celebrate Songkran others avoid it for the same reason. If you do not like crowds and water fights then you might want to visit Pattaya in some other month.
Why Visit– Good weather, sunny days and Songkran, the Thai New Year.
Weather– Mostly the weather stays similar to April. Monsoon arrives in Pattaya around mid-May. The temperature remains around 32 degrees Celsius. The humidity drops to around 71%. Visitors numbers start to drop. Bars and beaches become quieter. This is a good time to visit if you wish for a less crowded vacation.
Why Visit – Resorts and hotels start offering discounts. It’s a great time to enjoy the island without brushing elbows with fellow travelers.
Weather– It rains a little less in June. The average temperature during the month falls to 26 degrees Celsius and humidity remains between 71-74%. June has ample sunny days to let you explore the island. Tourist crowd remains less than in the peak season but slightly more than June. It is a great month to visit Pattaya in the low season. There might be some showers of rain here and there but mostly the weather stays good.
Why Visit– Great discounts on hotels and flight fares. Best time for the fruit lovers to visit Pattaya. Local fruits are available at low prices.
Weather– July is similar to June in terms of weather. July sees the least amount of rainfall during the monsoon season. Hotels and resorts continue to offer discounts. Most days are sunny with a very short amount of downpour. The rain is not enough to dampen your plans. However, it’s always wise to make your bookings after checking the weather forecast.
Why Visit– Great discounts on flights and hotel bookings. Good time for surfing.
Weather– Another drier month in the monsoon season. Stunning sunny days are frequent at the start of the month. Rainfall increases towards the end of August. The average temperature remains around 31 degrees Celsius. The month of August is highly humid. Nightlife remains quieter from June to August. Starting of the month is a good time to visit.
Why Visit– Great discounts on hotel stays. More chances of sunny weather and quieter beaches.
Weather– September is the wettest month of the year. Thunderstorms and rain are more frequent during the month. Yet there are fair chances of sunny days. The temperature remains around 31 degrees Celsius but the humidity rises to 77%. The rain showers are a welcome relief during the day. The thunderstorm is a beautiful sight from hotel rooms. The tourist crowd is the lowest during September.
Why Visit-Biggest discounts on hotel stays and flight tickets. Great time to enjoy the nightlife.
Weather– October is similar to September in terms of weather. Rain showers and thunderstorms remain frequent during October. The temperature continues to fall and is usually around 30 degrees Celsius. October is a highly humid and least crowded month of the year. If you would love a low-budget vacation and aren’t afraid to take chances with the weather conditions then this is the best month to visit Pattaya.
Why Visit– Biggest discounts on hotel rates and flight tickets and the least number of tourists.
Weather– November marks the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the high season. There is a significant rise in the number of foreign tourists. November sees very little rainfall and has better chances of sunny days. The weather is more pleasant with the average temperature ranging between 23 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius. Humidity percentage falls to 71%.
Why Visit– One of the best months to visit Pattaya. Some hotels continue to offer discounts, the peak season crowd is yet to arrive, and the weather mostly stays dry and sunny.
Weather– December is one of the busiest months in Pattaya. Beaches and markets start to get crowded. Hotel rates and flight fares start to peak. The temperature continues to fall and ranges between 22 degrees Celsius to 29 degrees Celsius. Humidity falls to around 68%. December hardly sees any downpour, the days are mostly sunny, and the nightlife is in full swing.
Why Visit– Christmas and New Year’s festivities make December a top favorite among tourists