Krabi Weather Overview
Krabi enjoys a tropical climate with the temperature rarely dropping below 27C in the daytime, year round (the average is around 32C). There are two seasons, dry and rainy, defined by the reversal of the monsoon winds.
The northeasterly winds bring the driest weather from around December to April, with the temperature getting progressively hotter as the months go by. The southwesterly winds make rain more prevalent during May – November, with the wettest months tending to be September and October. But the seasonal changeover does not always happen on schedule so, for example, it is possible that the rain starts “early” in April one year and not until mid-June the next.
Here is the break-up of Krabi weather during different periods of year:
November to mid-March: This is the coolest season in Krabi after the rains are over. With the best weather, naturally, this is also the busiest time with most tourists planning their trips around this period. This is the perfect time to spend the day relaxing on one of the gorgeous beaches in Krabi and enjoying water sports in the calm sea.
Mid-March to May: These are considered as the hottest months in Krabi just before monsoon hits Thailand. The temperatures vary in the mid-thirties, with humidity levels steadily on the rise. One of the reasons why you should plan a trip in April is to witness the Songkran Festival, the Thai New Year, when people sprinkle water on each other!
June to October: Monsoon season in Krabi lasts from May to October. While the weather is humid, the prices are at an all-time low, making this one of the cheapest seasons to plan a trip. Apart from being cost effective, it’s also a peaceful time to visit because it’s not as crowded as the high season. The wettest months are May, September and October, but continuous days of heavy rainfall are rare.
Check the below table for the general idea of Krabi weather throughout the year
|January||33°/ 23°||2 days|
|February||33°/ 23°||6 days|
|March||35°/ 24°||7 days|
|April||34°/ 25°||20 days|
|May||33°/ 25°||19 days|
|June||32°/ 25°||18 days|
|July||32°/ 25°||9 days|
|August||31°/ 25°||19 days|
|September||31°/ 24°||18 days|
|October||31°/ 24°||30 days|
|November||31°/ 24°||18 days|
|December||32°/ 23°||8 days|
Best time to go to Krabi
The best time to visit Krabi is from November to March. This place experiences a typical tropical climate throughout the year where the temperature never gets below 27 degrees during day time. Krabi weather can be classified as two seasons; dry and rainy. The driest weather lasts from December to April, and the weather gets progressively hot with each month. The months between May and November are more susceptible to rain. The wettest months in Krabi are September and October. Travelling between the rainy months is a bit of a gamble where you could experience short to heavy showers which can tamper your outdoor plans. Or, you can have a perfectly sunny day with slashed prices, cold weather, and an entire island to yourself.
Krabi Seasonal Weather Guide
Krabi in High Season
The dry seasons which includes November to March is considered as the high season of Krabi. The maximum temperature during November is around 31 degrees Celsius, and the lowest temperature is 24 degrees Celsius. From Late December to March, the weather is almost perfect with plenty of sunshine, calm seas, and very minimal rains. The sea temperature is between 28 degrees and 30 degrees Celsius making it ideal for taking a dip or exploring water activities like snorkelling and scuba diving. Christmas and New Year is very crowded, and it is advised to book months in advance if you want to get into your favourite hotel/resorts.
Krabi in Shoulder Season
April and May make up the Shoulder season of Krabi. April is the hottest month with temperature averaging around 28 to 30 degrees and minimal rainfall. With the temperature on the higher side, a lot of travellers put off this season making it ideal of budget travellers. May is right before the first onset of monsoon which makes the weather pretty humid and slightly unpredictable. Mostly it is dry, and it is always better to check up on the weather, right before you book.
Krabi in Off Season
June through October is the low season of Krabi. The weather is between 30 degrees and 25 degrees, but the sunshine is not guaranteed every day. The long periods of sunshine are interrupted by heavy to isolated showers which lasts a day or sometimes even a week. This pattern changes every year. For example, July could be sunny and dry this year and stormy and wet the following one. The Tourism Authority of Thailand is promoting this season as 'Green Season' with a variety of all-weather activities like trekking, temple visits, and kayaking planned during this season. A lot of hotels also offer a significant discount which is a boon to budget travellers. The only tip is to plan your trip no more than a week in advance with the help of the weather prediction apps.
Krabi in January-February-March
The temperature from January to March is between 34 degrees Celsius and 22 degree Celsius. The sea is pretty warm, the humidity is relatively low, and there is a lot of sunshine. It is the best time to indulge in underwater activities as the visibility is all time high making it easy to spot colourful fishes and tropical coral formations. Due to the great weather, this is the peak season of Krabi. People come from all over the world to experience sunshine and explore underwater gems.
Events & Festivals
The New Year?s Eve is celebrated at many resorts and hotels of Krabi. The Laanta-Lanta Festival is celebrated every March which gives you a great insight into local culture. It is mainly celebrated to keep the roots intact owing to the growing island. There are a lot of authentic meals and snacks available for three days with exotic beverages. There is also a performance of Rong-Ngen which is a traditional dance and music of Sea Gypsies, performed by individuals and groups across the country. There is also a display of traditional crafts and arts at various cultural booths. The Sea Gypsies also seek protection and wade off evil spirits into the sea by having a traditional boat floating ceremony.
Krabi in April
The temperature in April is slightly higher than 34 degrees Celsius with a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. The humidity also goes up which makes the travellers a little reluctant to travel during this season. This also officially marks the shoulder season of Krabi.
Events & Festivals in April
Around Mid-April Songkran is celebrated, the Lunar New Year according to Thai Calendar. Processions are held, and all Buddha images are washed. It is also the day young people seek the blessings of monks and elders. There is a friendly water fight which is the highlight of the whole celebration. People throw water at each other as they believe it will wash away the bad luck from the previous year.
Krabi Province and Tourist Association come together in organising the Krabi International Rock Climbing event during the last week of April. It is held at picturesque limestone cliffs with excellent facilities and quite popular among the well-renowned rock climbers.
Krabi in May-June-July
May is the start of the rainy season and low season of Krabi with temperature stable around 30 degrees. June sees the first phase of monsoons with strong winds and rough seas making it difficult to visit the other islands. But there will be plenty of activities offered inside the island as well as the resorts like a striking spa deal. The strong winds die down around July, and it remains slightly clear. The rains sometimes are short outbursts during the day or can be continuous for weeks. Although it is somewhat difficult to plan a vacation during this season it is not entirely impossible.
Krabi in August-September-October
The weather during these months is between 29 degrees Celsius and 25 degree Celsius. August is still a little bit clearer and the second onset of monsoon usually starts in September. The monsoon season continues till October end which is the wettest month of the year with over 19 or more days of rainfall. The crowd is thinner during this season.
Sat Duan Sip Festival takes place during Mid-August which is Festival of Tenth Lunar Month to honour their ancestors. The families bring baskets of traditional foods for their deceased relatives and then take them to the monastery in a colourful procession.
Krabi in November-December
The monsoon winds recede during November and December where the temperature is relatively low around 28 degree Celsius. This also marks the beginning of the high season of Krabi. The skies are clear, and the sun shines brightly making it almost perfect of people who live in cold countries.
Events & Festivals
Krabi Boek Fa Andaman Festival takes place during Mid-November which is the official beginning of the tourist season. There are lots of musical performances, parades, races, open-air markets with fresh produce. A lot of cultural competence and water sports like sea kayak competition take place during this time.
The Chak Phra festival happens in December which means pulling off the Buddhist monks. It is celebrated to preserve traditions among the local community. Many Buddhists wear yellow shirts for this festival and participate in the parade that goes for 3 kilometres long. The King?s birthday falls on 5th December and is celebrated with pomp and fare.