What is Bangkok, Thailand’s Rainy Season Like?

Screenshot from Phrakanong’s excellent rainy season video (see below) – copyright Phrakanong – YouTube


I get quite a few people contacting me asking what is Bangkok, Thailand’s rainy season like? They’re usually planning on traveling to Bangkok sometime during Thailand’s rainy season, and they’re worried about the temperature, the wet and, of course, the inconvenience. They actually shouldn’t be. While rainy season in Thailand might conjure up weeks of non-stop rain, it’s not like that at all.

Usually, it will rain every day during rainy season and it will come down in buckets. I’ve traveled all over the world and I’ve never seen rain like it. But…….having said that, the rain usually doesn’t last for long.

For instance, where I live in Bangkok it will pour down during rainy season once a day, and it’s usually late morning, early afternoon or early evening. It will come down so hard you can barely see three feet in front of your face and it will rain like that for 15 minutes. Then, that’s it. The rain disappears, the sun comes out again and everything is back to normal.

Of course, because it buckets it down you will get some flooding in some sois and roads. But….what was very strange to me when I first arrived here was how fast the water disappears. Within 10-15 minutes, most of the standing water has gone. With the heat, the rest of it dries up in 30 minutes or so.

And that’s it. Until tomorrow.

So, if you’re in Bangkok during rainy season, of course, you can still walk around in it with an umbrella. But, why bother? I normally head into the closest shopping mall for a bit of window shopping, as do many Thais, or I’ll hit a coffee shop (they’re everywhere) and spend half an hour reading my book, working on my laptop or just watching people walk by.

Rainy season in Bangkok, Thailand really isn’t as bad as you’d expect. As for the time period, obviously it does differ but, as a general rule, rainy season is classified as being from sometime in April till the end of October.

And the best time to visit Thailand? November thru mid-March. It’s a lot cooler, hardly any rain and just more pleasant temperatures and weather to walk around in.

Now, for an idea of what you can expect during rainy season in Thailand, watch this beautiful video from an excellent YouTube videographer call Phrakanong. It’s just six minutes long and was filmed last month – but it will show you what everyone wears during rainy season (normal lightweight clothes), and how fast the rain disappears and life goes on as normal.  Make sure you watch it in full HD and on full-screen mode. It’s very pretty that way.