Thailand, one of the most culturally diverse countries in Southeast Asia, attracts millions of tourists for its striking structures, warm soups, buzzing nightlife, relaxing coastlines, and a lot more. The country features a vivid social life comprised of various communities and ethnicities. A trip to Thailand is never a failure, you will be served with loads of options to explore and be amazed at every nook and cranny. Temples, adventures, nature, and delectable Thai cuisine will bring out the best in your Southeast Asia experience. Moreover, the amazing weather allows you to unwind by the beautiful beaches in Thailand.
With such a vibrant destination, there is always a good time to be in Thailand. Choose any season, and you will find so many things to do that one visit is never enough. However, the holiday (dry) season, from November to March is the best time to visit Thailand. To be precise, December is one of the best months to visit Thailand. The temperatures will be cool, so it will not be scorching hot, and the rains have just bid their farewell in most parts of Thailand, which makes it a great time to spend your Christmas or New Year vacation.
Thailand in December weather
Thailand’s weather in December is warm, and the entire northern and southern parts of the country are dry compared to other seasons. The average temperature in Thailand ranges from 24 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius (75-89 degrees Fahrenheit). Here is the place-wise break-up of weather in Thailand.
Bangkok, Central, and Eastern Thailand
The temperature of Central, Eastern, and Bangkok in December hovers between 21 degrees Celsius to 31 degrees Celsius (70-88 degrees F). These are popular travel destinations in Thailand, and there is virtually no rain in either location.
Chiang Mai and North Thailand
Northern Thailand gets most of its chilly weather in December, while in Chiang Mai, temperatures typically drop to 15 degrees Celsius at night, making it one of the few months in Thailand where you might need a jacket.
Islands of Southern Thailand
Southern Thailand is ideal for those seeking tropical vibes, beautiful beaches, and warm weather, with temperatures ranging from 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit) to 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit). However, rainfall in the east (Koh Samui and Koh Phangan) and west (Phuket, Krabi, and Koh Phi Phi) of Thailand is quite different. Phuket in December enjoys a temperature between 20 degrees C (70 degrees F) and 31 degrees C (88 degrees F).
Expenses and Crowds in Thailand
As December welcomes tourists across the world, both the crowd and expenses will be higher at this time of year. Arguably, it is one of the best Asian countries to check out on Christmas & New Year’s Eve – especially drawing American and European tourists. You are likely to witness a larger number of tourist buses and long lines at the top-rated sites. The accommodation is much more expensive as the hotels use a two-tier pricing system. So, make sure to book everything in advance.
Where to Go and What to Do in Thailand in December?
Thailand offers a seamless option to explore and enjoy. At first look, you will find Thailand holding an incredible history, which can be seen in most of the temples. Bangkok, Thailand’s capital since the 1300s, is a treasure trove of temples, towers, and statues. You can marvel at the beautiful temples in Bangkok, often glittering with golden roofs. Here are all the things to do in Thailand in December:
Wat Pho Temple
Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, a giant gilded figure of Lord Buddha stretches out an impressive 150 feet.
Not far from Wat Pho Temple, the famous Grand Palace showcases the one-time home of the famous Kings of Siam. Standing in stunning architecture, explore the rich history of Bangkok.
Bangkok is teeming with art galleries displaying works by both local and internationally renowned artists. Visit the Tonson Art Gallery, which aims to promote the contemporary art scene of Thai and international artists, while the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre and Bangkok CItyCity Gallery showcase a variety of exhibitions of contemporary art, music, and designs.
Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai also have a lot in store for you. Explore the Elephant Nature Park Chiang Mai (where you can volunteer yourself), while trekking and hiking in Chiang Rai. The swapping beachside, lush forests, and beautiful hills are perfect for a nature trip.
If you are planning to explore the South, Khao Yai National Park is great for encountering elephants and taking nature walks, including the one that takes you to a waterfall featured in the Hollywood movie The Beach. Take a tour of Krabi, Phang Nag Bay, or Phi Island, Island for adventurous scuba diving and other water sports. In case you are stuck in the rain, head to watch the Phuket FantaSea trapeze and circus show, or visit the Wat Chalong Temple and enjoy an indoor exploration of Southern Thailand.
Thailand Events in December
- Phuket King’s Cup Regatta: One of the largest sailing events of its type in Asia, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta attracts sailing interests around the world to witness dinghy classes and five days of racing.
- King’s Birthday: Thailand, being an exceptional country, celebrates the King’s Birthday (Father’s Day) in December and is the only country in the world where Father’s Day is an official holiday. It is because Father’s Day falls on the birthday of Bhumibol Adulyadej-King Bhumibol the Great, 1987.
- Christmas: As a predominately Buddhist country, Thailand does not celebrate Christmas as an official holiday, yet has a delightful celebration at shopping malls and five-star hotels.
- New Year: Experience the celebration of New Year’s Eve like never before. Thailand has a variety of locations to ring in the New Year with a bang, whether in the capital or at beachside parties.
December invites a large number of exploring enthusiasts across the globe, making it one of the best times to visit and experience the best of Thailand. This guide will help you make a perfect plan and have a good time in Thailand in December.