Thailand weather in February

Wondering about the weather in Thailand in February? 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. In addition, we share inspired itinerary suggestions that’ll help you make the most of your trip.

Is February a good time to visit Thailand?

February is the perfect month to visit Thailand. The weather in Thailand in February is dry and comfortable, with warm sunny days and cool evenings, especially in the northern and central regions. This is the peak tourist season, so plan and book accommodation and activities well in advance. 

In the southern beach areas such as Phuket and Krabi, the weather is ideal for swimming and water sports. There are also colourful festivals, including Chinese New Year, with grand parades and cultural events. This month provides the perfect opportunity to explore cultural attractions, enjoy outdoor activities and immerse yourself in Thailand's diverse culture and natural beauty.

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Yao Noi, Phuket © Shutterstock

Yao Noi, Phuket © Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Thailand in February

The weather in Thailand in February is characterised by pleasant air and sea temperatures, making this month exceptionally advantageous for outdoor activities and beach walks.

February air temperatures in Thailand

  • Northern Thailand: Daytime temperatures typically range from 25°C to 30°C (77-86°F) and the evenings are cool, making them pleasant for outdoor activities.
  • Central Thailand: Daytime temperatures typically range from 28°C to 33°C (82-91°F), making for warm and comfortable walking weather.
  • Southern Thailand: Daytime temperatures in this region typically range from 28 to 34°C (82 to 93°F), creating an ideal beach climate for water sports and relaxation.

February sea temperatures in Thailand

  • Andaman Sea: Sea temperatures range from 28 to 30°C (82 to 86°F).
  • Gulf of Thailand: Sea temperatures here range from approximately 26-28°C (79-82°F).

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Can it rain in Thailand in February?

The weather in Thailand in February is usually pleasant and dry, making it a great time to visit the country. The likelihood of rain depends on the region. In the north of Thailand, the weather is dry and cool, while the central areas, including Bangkok, are mostly free of rain. 

In southern Thailand, the weather is usually dry on the west coast, such as Phuket and Krabi, while the east coast, such as Samui, may experience brief and infrequent rains. These rains are usually brief and should not significantly affect your travel plans.

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Koh Samui © Shutterstock

Koh Samui @ Shutterstock

What about the crowd & cost?

February is the high tourist season in Thailand. Expect moderate to large crowds of tourists, especially in famous destinations like Bangkok and Phuket. To avoid making the wrong choice of accommodation and activities, it is advisable to book in advance. Although prices can be a bit steep, there are still budget options, especially if you go to less touristy areas and eat at local restaurants. 

Comfortable weather and minimal rainfall make February an attractive time to explore Thailand, despite the crowds and costs involved, as you will have the opportunity to experience the country's diverse culture and natural beauty in ideal conditions.

What to wear in Thailand in February?

For travelling to Thailand in February, it is very important to choose the right clothes. The weather is usually warm and dry, so light and breathable clothing is essential. To feel comfortable, choose cotton and linen clothing such as T-shirts, shorts, sundresses and light trousers. 

Don't forget swimwear if you plan to go to the beach. Sun protection is also vital, so bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. For temple visits, bring a cover-up such as a sarong. 

Although rain is unlikely, it's a good idea to bring a small travel umbrella or mackintosh just in case. Insect repellent won't hurt either, especially in the evenings. With all of these items packed, you'll be well prepared for a fantastic February trip to Thailand.

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

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

Unforgettable and fully customisable Thailand itineraries

Our tailor-made trip service allows you to fully enjoy the weather in Thailand in February without the planning or hassle. All of our planned itineraries are created by local Thailand travel experts and can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

  • Pattaya Sun (5 days): The sandy beaches and tiny offshore islands, dense forests and hidden waterfalls are a natural draw to Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard. Pattaya abounds with activities – from watersports to international-standard golf courses.
  • Thailand Explorer (12 days): A great way to see Thailand, this multi-centre trip takes you from lively Bangkok to the beach resort of Pattaya before completing your circuit in the fresher climate of verdant Chiang Mai.
  • Krabi Discovery (6 days): Visually striking, Krabi and its islands make for one of Thailand’s most charming spots. It’s perfect for beach lovers, sports enthusiasts and those seeking a bit of adventure around the Andaman Coast.
  • Or discover more Thailand itineraries.

Sichang Island, Pattaya, Thailand @ Shutterstock

What to do in Thailand in February

While going on a trip, one must consider the weather in Thailand in February and the nuances that this month brings. You may also be interested in our list of the best things to do in Thailand at any time of year.

Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere

Experience Chinese New Year as you take part in grand parades and cultural festivities in the country's Chinese cities. Experience rich traditions, including extravaganza lantern shows. Alternatively, immerse yourself in Chiang Mai's colourful Flower Festival, where intricate flower arrangements and vibrant blooms create a stunning spectacle.

Visit Sukhothai Historical Park

Step back in time and wander the ruins of Sukhothai, Thailand's first capital. This UNESCO World Heritage Park is home to well-preserved ancient temples and statues. At dusk, the park is transformed with spectacular light and sound shows, creating a mesmerising journey into history where the past comes alive in a dazzling display of art and culture.

Go Bird Watching

Embark on a birding adventure in Thailand's unspoilt bird sanctuaries, of which Khao Yai National Park is a standout. With lush forests and diverse ecosystems, there are many species of birds to see here, including some unique to the region. 

Bring your binoculars and immerse yourself in the melodious world of Thailand's feathered inhabitants for an unforgettable experience for nature lovers.

Witness the fire dancing

Experience the hypnotic charm of fire dancing on the shores of Koh Phi Phi Phi. As night falls, skilful performers mesmerise audiences with their fiery performances. Intricate choreography, rhythmic music and blazing poi create a mesmerising spectacle that fills the night with a sense of magic and adventure, making it a must-see in this tropical paradise in Thailand.

Sukhothai Wat Mahathat Buddha, Thailand © Shutterstock

Sukhothai, Thailand @ Shutterstock

Planning your February trip to Thailand

For more inspiration, discover some of the best things to do in Thailand, and start planning your trip with The Rough Guide to Thailand

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 29.12.2023

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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