Pattaya Weather Overview
The climate of Pattaya is tropical, hot all year round, with a dry season from December to April, and a rainy season from May to mid-November due to the southwest monsoon.
Annual precipitation amounts to about 1,100 millimeters (44 inches), so the rains are not that heavy, if not in the first phase (May) and the last (September-October): this happens because the bulk of the rains is released on the Burmese west coast, which therefore protects this area of Thailand. However, some strong downpours can not be excluded also from June to August, although in this period, rainfall remains on average around 95/120 mm (3.7/4.7 in) per month.
Here is the break-down of Pattaya weather during different periods of year
November to February: The best time to visit Pattaya is from November to February when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold and remains mostly pleasant. This is also the peak tourist season and most beaches and other places of attraction are packed with visitors. One can expect short spells of rain and regular days of bright sunshine. But do try to make all your bookings in advance because places get sold out and prices tend to rise.
March to May: The weather becomes hot and humid during the months of March, April and May but nevertheless the influx of tourists remains high. While the beaches are busy during this period, they aren’t as crowded as during the peak season. Be sure to carry plenty of sunscreen lotion, sunglasses and a hat.
June to October: Pattaya experiences heavy rainfall from June to October and if you’re looking to enjoy Pattaya at its quiet best, then the rainy season is ideal. The beaches are much less crowded, temperature is not too high and hotel accommodation naturally becomes cheaper. Many people prefer to travel to Pattaya, especially during July and August, when rainfall is considerably lower and accommodation prices are more favourable. Don't forget to pack a sturdy pair of shoes to handle the rains!
Check the below table to have the general idea of Pattaya weather throughout the year
|January||31°/ 25°||3 days|
|February||31°/ 25°||4 days|
|March||32°/ 26°||7 days|
|April||32°/ 27°||15 days|
|May||33°/ 28°||17 days|
|June||32°/ 27°||21 days|
|July||31°/ 27°||18 days|
|August||30°/ 26°||24 days|
|September||30°/ 26°||25 days|
|October||31°/ 26°||27 days|
|November||31°/ 25°||4 days|
|December||30°/ 23°||1 days|
Best time to go to Pattaya
The best time to visit Pattaya is from November to March which is the winter season. The city faces a tropical wet and dry climate type throughout the year and thus is prone to heavy rainfall. The weather in winter is cool and pleasant with figures ranging between 23-degree Celcius to 30-degree Celcius. The monsoon begins around July and extends up to October. The summers are extremely hot with an average high temperature of 32-degree Celcius.
Pattaya Seasonal Weather Guide
Pattaya in Peak Season
Peak Season in Pattaya is from November to February. The place is too crowded during these months, but if you are a party lover, this season is for you! The temperature is averaged at 30 degrees Celsius, that is apt for beach life and outdoor activities. Occasional showers can be expected, although most days are sunny. It is recommended to get your bookings done in advance, as accommodation and other necessities can get expensive during the peak season. In this season, one can indulge in Loy Krathong Festival in November and Pattaya Carnival in February. Party the night away in Walking Street, or get amazed by Ripley's Believe It or Not, get plunged in the abundance of offerings by Pattaya!
Pattaya in Shoulder Season
March to May, the three-months shoulder season in Pattaya is at par with the peak season when it comes to the activities held at the place! Lesser crowd is seen during these months because of the hot and humid weather conditions. The temperature is at 33 degrees Celsius, creating a need for sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen lotion. This season is appropriate for ziplining and Koh Larn exploration. Other places, like Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and Khao Chi Chan, can also be visited. Pattaya International Music Festival, held in March, and Pattaya Songkran Festival, held in April, are worth experiencing as the best memories can be created here. Never-ending parties are organised during these months as well, and there's no way you should miss them!
Pattaya in Low / Off Season
People who like isolated and quiet places should visit Pattaya between June and October. It is a low/offseason for the place, and heavy rainfall is experienced. The accommodation can be found easily and cheaply during this period, and the temperature averages at 32 degrees Celsius. Pattaya Marathon is held every year in July, and Pattaya Vegetarian Festival is held in October. Indulge in these festivities, to take a closer look at the place?s culture! To blend relaxation with fun, you can visit Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, and visit the biggest Buddha at Wat Phra Khao Yai. You may also spend a day at Koh Larn, which is a little, quaint beach!
Pattaya in Winter (November - February)
The Winter season in Pattaya, from November to February is possibly the best time to visit the place. With pleasant and comparatively dry weather, Pattaya sees a lot of tourists in this season. The temperature during the day averages at 30 degrees Celsius, and during the night, it stays at around 20 degrees Celsius. The accommodation during these months is however expensive. We highly recommend getting your bookings done beforehand so that you don?t have to deal with the problem of unavailability of accommodation. While on your trip to Pattaya, experience Loy Krathong Festival in November, or Pattaya Carnival in February. During the Winter season, sunbathe in Ban Amphur Beach, Party in Walking Street, take a trip to Khao Phra Tamnak and whatnot!
Pattaya in Summer (March-May)
Lasting from March to May, the summer season in Pattaya is hot and humid. During these months, it is recommended to carry lotions and sunglasses, to be able to make the most out of your trip. The temperature is usually around 33 degrees Celsius with a comparatively lesser crowd in this season. Pattaya International Music Festival, organised in March, is worthy of your time and energy, and Pattaya Songkran Festival, held in April, is worth experiencing. Despite the heat, there are plenty of activities for you to indulge in, like Koh Larn exploration, ziplining and shopping at Pattaya floating market.
Pattaya in Monsoon (June - October)
Rainy Season in Pattaya is from June to October. During this period, the temperature is around 32 degrees Celsius, and there is abundant rainfall. Pattaya remains isolated in these months and accommodation can be easily and cheaply found, making it the most appropriate time for peace-lovers to visit the place. Experience Pattaya Marathon in July, and Pattaya Vegetarian Festival in October. Visiting Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden and Wat Phra Khao Yai can prove to be very satisfying and fulfilling. You may also spend a day at Koh Larn, a beautiful, little beach located nearby. Due to the heavy rainfall, it is highly recommended to carry waterproof boots along with you.