Weather in July
July in Thailand can be summed up in two words: wet and hot. There will be plenty of sunshine, but expect a reasonable amount of rain as well. It might even rain every day, through it’s usually limited to tropical downpours in the morning and in the late afternoon. The islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao will offer the most chance of sunshine and it rains considerably less than in other parts of Thailand.
Bangkok and the surrounding area
July means rain in Bangkok as well. Expect showers that last over an hour on a daily basis. The upside is that it’s a great time to go and visit Kanchanaburi and Khao Yai National Park as nature will be in full bloom and the waterfalls in the surrounding areas are spectacular.
Ayutthaya – Soak up the culture and visit historical temples.
Bangkok – Thailand’s capital blends old temples with ultra modern skyscrapers.
Kanchanaburi – Town brimming with nature and history.
Khao Yai National Park – The oldest nature reserve with wild elephants.
Koh Samet – White sandy beaches, only three hours from Bangkok.
Koh Samui and the southeastern Gulf of Thailand
Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao are your best bet if you want to go island-hopping in July. Expect tropical showers once a day – mostly during the late afternoon – though there’s enough sunshine during the rest of the day. You’ll still be able to go the beach, snorkeling or on an adventurous hike.
Chiang Mai and the North of Thailand
Thailand’s north will see more and more rain during the month of July, with sunshine in the morning often making way for more clouds as the day progresses, generally culminating in heavy tropical rains. It’s during this that the rice is planted – be sure to take some nice pictures of the rice fields!
Chiang Mai – A great city surrounded by nature and rich in culture.
Chiang Rai – Gorgeous natural surroundings and best known for the white temple.
Mae Hong Son – Mountain tribes and rice fields near the Burmese border.
Pai – Hippie-at-heart mountain village nestled in Thailand’s most beautiful valley.
Phuket and Krabi
If you’re traveling to Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta or Krabi, expect rain every day. Weather conditions can be turbulent, often bringing rough waters. But don’t let the weather reports scare you off. Take a risk; it won’t be rainy all day and there will also be dry and sunny spells lasting several days, weeks even.
Khao Sok National Park – Wake up in a straw cabin on a clear blue lake.
Koh Jum – Small-scale tourism near Koh Phi Phi.
Koh Lanta – Laid-back atmosphere and nice beaches.
Koh Phayam – Gorgeous but underdeveloped island.
Koh Phi Phi – Thailand’s number 1 tropical party island.
Koh Yao Yai – Big island with long and empty beaches.
Krabi (Ao Nang) – The perfect place to start your island-hopping adventure.
Phuket – Thailand’s largest island, best known for its beaches.
Koh Chang and the Eastern Gulf of Thailand
Koh Chang’s weather won’t have improved one bit. Expect a lot of rain and strong gusts of wind. The island will still be easily accessible by ferry, though islands surrounding it may be slightly less easy to reach due to rough seas. The best time to visit Koh Chang is between the months of November and April.
Koh Chang – Pleasant island with beautiful beaches and a laid-back atmosphere.
Koh Kood – A gorgeous, and partially unspoiled, island.
Koh Mak – Small-scale tourism, laid-back atmosphere.
Koh Wai – Snorkeling island between Koh Chang and Koh Kood.
Koh Lipe and the Trang islands
Koh Lipe will enter the third month of its rainy season in July. However, it’s still nowhere near as wet as it is in September and October, the region’s wettest months. So Koh Lipe is still a pretty good alternative in July, since even in the rainy season there’s sunshine. Enjoy it to the fullest!
Koh Lipe – Tropical island, home to Thailand’s most beautiful beaches.
Koh Mook – Small-scale tourism and a spectacular cave.
Koh Ngai – Long golden beaches and no roads.
Koh Tarutao – National park, former prison island, and camping site.
The weather in Thailand’s northeast is virtually the same as in the previous month: warm and still wet. Rain falls every other day, leaving enough time to go and explore the natural surroundings or visit temples. The Isan region has so many beautiful things to offer!
Pha Taem National Park – Ancient murals along the Mekong River.
Phimai – Thailand’s most beautiful Angkor Wat temples.
Ubon Ratchathani – Large city in Isan region with many sights.
Udon Thani – Large city near the Lao border, but famous mainly for its Red Lotus Sea.
Monthly weather overview