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Thailand in May
Written by Sowmya C on June 14, 2021 Share on

Thailand in May 2023 – All in One Guide to Thailand Travel in May

Being one of the top 5 most visited tourist destinations in the world is not an easy task. Thailand just casually manages to feature in this list every single time because it has so much to offer. It offers a mixture of cultural, historical, natural, and culinary experiences. But the most beautiful thing that you shouldn’t miss out on is the beaches. The second reason that closely follows is the exceptional weather. Always wanted to make the best of the off-season to visit the “Land of Smiles” to make most of the money you spend? So here are a few facts about the weather and other things during Thailand in May.

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Weather in Thailand in May

Parts of Thailand experience their monsoon in the month of May. On average, it rains at least 15 days in the month post afternoons and in the evenings. Thunder and lightning usually accompany the rains. There also might be cases of cities getting flooded and being evacuated as well. It is best to listen to experts on the news if they warn you to stay at home around this time! Tourists despite all this use some precious morning time to visit attractions since it is usually rain-free. This land in meantime sure does continue to be tropically warm around 25°C to 33 °C this time of the year too! Bet it won’t be just the locals who will be warm and welcoming 😀

What to Pack for Thailand in May?

Pack all the light coloured and cotton clothes for your Thailand trip in May as the weather is warm and hot this month. Other than this, pack hats, capes, scarves, sunglasses, etc. Carry a water bottle with you always and don’t forget to wear sunscreen lotion. You can also pack your camera to click some astonishing photographs. Be comfortable and experiment and mismatch your clothes.

Should I consider travelling to Thailand in May?

After reading the last paragraph, I am sure you are thinking what is the point of this blog given that Nature doesn’t exactly pitch in and help out in this regard? Yes, that is true and there is no denying these facts. As they say, every coin has two sides. There are three reasons that might just make you think it is worth the effort to consider for your tiny visit to Siam during the 5th month of the year. First, it celebrates a bunch of exciting festivals of major cultural importance that you would want to be a part of! Second, the place is not as crowded as it is during the rest of the year. Third, the amazingly low prices during this time of the year. So, read on if you want to make the best out of your May vacation to Thailand! 🙂

Also read : Thailand In February – A Complete Guide For A Perfect Trip!

Places to visit in Thailand in May
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May might not exactly seem like the best season to visit Thailand. But the rains don’t lash out everywhere in the Land of Smiles. The east coast of the southern peninsula is slightly protected from wet weather. The showers are sparse here and you might just catch some sunshine before you head back home. Alternatively, Bangkok might also be a good option to consider since most of your sightseeing here is indoors and the Skytrain or the BTS offers impeccable connectivity that doesn’t rely on regular road transport. Thus, your best bets for an amazing vacation would be Koh Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, Hua Hin, Koh Tao and Bangkok!

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Fun Facts about Thailand

  • One-tenth of the population of Thailand lives in Bangkok, of course, it is the largest city in the country.
  • I bet we are very lucky to know Bangkok as Bangkok because its official name is “Krung Thep Mahana khon Amon Rattana kosin Mahin thara Ayuthaya Maha dilok Phop Nopp harat Ratcha thani Burirom Udomrat chaniwet Maha sathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit and so on” This long name is shortened to “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon” Feeling lucky enough now?
  • Thai people admire their royal family
  • 95 per cent of Thai people follow Buddhism
  • There are 76 letters in the Thai alphabet, shocking!

Festivals in Thailand in May

Thailand is known for its rich heritage and culture. It is no surprise that there are a few events that you will not be able to enjoy if you don’t take a trip to Thailand in May. Here is a list of festivals you can look forward to :
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  • The Royal Ploughing Ceremony – This is where everybody royalty and the general public alike come together to celebrate the beginning of the rice-growing season. It happens at Sanam Luang in Bangkok and surely will be a sight to behold.
  • Chanthaburi Fruit Day – This festival is celebrated in the last week of May or early June. It is the ultimate display of fruits of all sizes and colours to celebrate the harvest and includes parades with fruit-decorated floats.
  •  Elephant Buffet and Jumbo Queen Contest – A festival entirely dedicated to respecting the elephants of the region and making sure they have a good time! It is hosted annually on May 1st or 2nd by the Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo. It also includes a contest to pick the most mysterious female elephant in the zoo.

Also read: The Essential Tourist Guide For Visiting Thailand This January

Things to do in Thailand in May

This country as a destination has a lot to offer for the world to enjoy. The most notable activities to enjoy here would be, going diving in Koh Samui when the rains retreat briefly, hitting the museums in Bangkok, taking a cruise in The Mu Koh Angthong National Park, or just experiencing Thailand’s nightlife in Sathorn!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thailand in May

Q: Is May a perfect month to visit Thailand?

A: Yes, May is a good time to visit Thailand not much in terms of weather as it will be warm but in terms of expenses, crowds and availability. Fewer people visit Thailand in May, making it a perfect opportunity to explore all by yourself.

Q: Which are the peak tourist months in Thailand?

A: The peak tourist months of Thailand are from November end to March end when the temperatures are moderate in each part of the country. This tropical weather attracts a lot of visitors, making everything a bit more expensive.

Q: What was Thailand known as earlier?

A: Thailand was known as “Siam” until 1939.

Q: Is Thailand a safe destination to visit?

A: Yes, Thailand is considered to be a safe destination for all tourists but you need to be attentive and reluctant as pickpocketing or scams can happen.

Q: What are the best souvenirs to buy from Thailand?

A: The best souvenirs to buy from Thailand are some of the following given below:
1. Thai Silk
2. Handmade Bags
3. Statue of Buddha
4. Spa Products
5. Thai spices
6. Special handicraft
7. Thai Snacks

So, that is everything you need to know about Thailand in the month of May! Ready to explore Thailand on your next vacation? Then, go ahead and explore Pickyourtrail and choose your perfect Thailand holiday package or Thailand honeymoon package. We are India’s leading travel company that gives travellers the freedom to customize their own Thailand itinerary based on their budgets, requirements, and interests completely online. Go ahead and check out one for yourself. Happy Thailand vacation to you! 😀

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