Bangkok in December: weather and travel tips

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 30.11.2023

Wondering about the weather in Bangkok in December? Read on for a run-down of everything you need to know. Here we cover everything from average air and sea temperatures, to what to expect in terms of costs and crowds, and what to wear.

Is December a good time to visit Bangkok?

Thanks to the good weather in Bangkok in December, this month is perfect for visiting Thailand's capital city. The city takes a break from the heat and rain, making it an ideal destination for outdoor activities and sightseeing. 

In addition, Bangkok is filled with festive spirit with colourful decorations and festive events, allowing visitors to have a unique Christmas and New Year's Eve experience. December is ideal for exploring the sights, parks and markets outdoors without the discomfort of extreme heat or torrential rains, enhancing the overall Bangkok travelling experience.

Thinking of visiting Bangkok in December? Talk to our local Thailand travel experts and save yourself the hassle of planning.

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Shyline view from Lumpini Park in Bangkok, Thailand @ Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Bangkok in December

The weather in Bangkok in December is more comfortable and cooler compared to the scorching heat of the rest of the year. Daytime temperatures usually range between 24°C - 32°C (75°F - 89°F), giving you a break from the scorching heat. Nights are cooler, with temperatures dropping to 20°C to 25°C (68°F - 77°F). 

Although Bangkok is not a coastal city, nearby coastal areas and islands such as Pattaya and the Gulf of Thailand have sea temperatures of around 27°C to 30°C (81°F -86 °F) during this month. These sea temperatures are ideal for swimming and water activities, making coastal holidays popular.

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Bangkok tuk tuk

Tuk Tuk in Bangkok @ Shutterstock

Average rainfall in December

The weather in Bangkok in December is characterised by relatively low rainfall compared to wetter months. The average rainfall in Bangkok during this period is around 30 millimetres (1.18 inches). Although it may occasionally rain briefly, December is considered one of the driest months in the city and is a favourable month for outdoor activities and exploring the city without frequent interruptions of heavy rain.

For more details on the weather in Thailand around the year, read up on when to go to Thailand.

What about the crowd & cost?

In December, Bangkok becomes a popular tourist destination and the city sees moderate to large crowds, especially in the second half of the month when Christmas and New Year festivities are in full swing. This period is considered the peak of the tourist season because of the good weather and festive festivities.

In terms of cost, December in Bangkok can be relatively expensive, primarily due to the increased demand from tourists. Prices for accommodation, flights and popular attractions can be higher. However, Bangkok offers a wide range of options for different budgets, and you can still find inexpensive places to stay and eat if you plan and book in advance.

Set on taking a winter break? For further inspo, discover more of the best places to visit in December.

Rooftop restaurant in Bangkok @ Shutterstock

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Wat Phra Kaeo, Temple of the Emerald Buddha Bangkok, Asia Thailand © apiguide/Shutterstock

Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand © apiguide/Shutterstock

Tips for travelling to Bangkok in December

As you prepare for your December visti to Bangkok, remember a few important Thailand travel tips to make the most of your journey.

What to pack for Bangkok in December

When preparing for a trip to Bangkok, think about ease and comfort. The weather in Bangkok in December is warm and humid, so bring breathable clothes: shorts, t-shirts, and summer dresses. When visiting temples, make sure your clothing is modest, which means your knees and shoulders should be covered. 

Protect yourself from the intense tropical sun with sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat and high-SPF sunscreen. Although December is mostly dry, bring a compact umbrella or poncho in case of unexpected downpours. Choose comfortable shoes for walking and sandals for walking, and don't forget insect repellent and travel adapters.

Book accommodation in advance

When visiting Bangkok in December, it is advisable to book accommodation in advance. This is the peak tourist season and many travellers come to the city because of the good weather and festive season. 

Whether you prefer luxury hotels, boutique guesthouses or budget hostels, booking in advance will help you plan your trip more efficiently and minimise the risk of last-minute availability issues. It also provides peace of mind and allows you to focus on enjoying your visit to this vibrant and bustling city.

Be cautious about scams

Be cautious when it comes to possible scams in Bangkok. Although the city is generally safe for tourists, some scams do exist. These include tuk-tuk drivers luring you into overpriced shops, gem scams and unofficial tour operators. 

To avoid falling victim to scams, use licensed transport services with a good reputation, be sceptical of offers that seem too good to be true, and book tours through trusted agencies. It's wise to research information about common scams.

Street food Bangkok © Anansing/Shutterstock

The weather in Bangkok in December allows you to fully enjoy the street food of Bangkok © Anansing/Shutterstock

What to do in Bangkok in December

While going on a trip, one must consider the weather in Bangkok in December and the nuances that this month brings. To not miss any highlights, also read our list of the best things to do in Thailand at any time of year.

Enjoy the atmosphere of the Christmas

Bangkok celebrates Christmas with a bang. Many hotels, shopping centres and restaurants are beautifully decorated and special Christmas dinners and events are available. Don't miss the opportunity to admire the stunning Christmas illuminations.

Celebrate New Year's Eve

Join the massive New Year's Eve festivities throughout the city. The most famous countdown takes place at CentralWorld Square, with live music, fireworks and a lively atmosphere.

Head out to explore the parks

Take advantage of the pleasant weather in Bangkok in December and take some time to visit Bangkok's beautiful parks including Lumphini Park, Benjasiri Park and King Rama IX Park, where you can relax, picnic or just enjoy the green surroundings.

Dive into the nightlife of Bangkok

Bangkok's vibrant nightlife kicks off in December. Head to lively spots like Khao San Road for street parties, Asiatique the Riverfront for shopping, dining and entertainment, or rooftop bars with breathtaking views of the city - the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable evening.

The gate to chinatown in Yaowarat at night, Bangkok © Shutterstock

The gate to Chinatown in Yaowarat at night, Bangkok © Shutterstock

Planning your December trip to Bangkok

For more inspiration, get yourself The Rough Guide to Bangkok and check where to stay in Bangkok.

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Daunted by the prospect of planning? No problem! Browse our customisable Thailand itineraries, and talk to our local Thailand travel experts

Olga Sitnitsa

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 30.11.2023

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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